Jazz 91.9 WCLK

This week on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturday 8am), I speak with community advocate Sherri Jefferson, founder of the African American Juvenile Justice Project. Amid the pandemic, a judge in Fayette County has sentenced a 76-year-old African American woman to 499 days in jail for a DUI that did not involve any people being harmed.

The week on The Local Take, we acknowledge October as Anti-Bully Awareness Month with Ms. Georgia Junior Teen, 2020, Courtney Smith. Smith's platform is focused on creating a respectful environment in school. Even though students are in virtual school this year, she explains that bullying is still a challenge. She recently addressed the Atlanta Public School Board about the challenges that many students face. Smith shares that 1 in 5 students report being bullied in school. She emphasizes that when students or people see someone being bullied, they should say something.

Music is the Universal language and these five talented twenty-something musicians from Budapest who call themselves The Peet Project are proof. Galaxies is the second single from their full length project Ups And Downs (Beagle Beat Records). It's the perfect follow up to Let's Do This, the first single. Galaxies is perfect for a Fall drive, a soundtrack for work, or if you just want to hear some feel-good music.

I listen to a lot of songs as WCLK Program Director, some good, some not as good. But you know immediately when you have a winner. I believe keyboardist Mark Etheredge's latest You & Me & We (Vipaka Records) is a winner. Mark's keys matched with Paul Brown's rhythm guitar is a match made in contemorary Jazz music heaven. This track is smooth and funky at the same time. You'll want to add it to your collection, but if you don't you can hear it on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK.

Gregory Porter: All Rise

Oct 18, 2020

Pre-eminent Jazz Vocalist(and friend of WCLK) Gregory Porter has a new record out, his sixth studio release, called All Rise(Blue Note). As you might guess, Porter heads down the gospel road a number of songs. Also, after his Nat King Cole & Me album in 2017 he decided he would continue to use an orchestra. Porter writes all the songs, which touch on themes large and personal. If you listen to Jazz 91.9 WCLK I don't really have to let you know anything more than he's got a new record out. If you don't know him you're in for a great surprise.

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