Jazz Tones

Jamal Ahmad

Join us on this Sunday for a special tribute to the late John “Jay” Edwards, host of Jazz Tones. Beginning at 2 pm, Debb Moore will kick off our tribute to Jay on The Sunday Jazz Suite with reflections from his fellow WCLK on air personalities and colleagues. Then at 3pm, Jamal Ahmad will host Jazz Tones, playing the music that Jay loved. You’ll hear from artists, members of the Jazz community, and you the listeners as we read some of your comments left here at wclk.com.

Remembering WCLK Announcer Jay Edwards

May 14, 2020

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague John “Jay” Edwards, who passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 after a lengthy illness.  An ardent Jazz curator and art lover, Jay had been part of the WCLK family for more than 20 years. He hosted, Jazz Tones, every Sunday afternoon from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m., where he dedicated his time to showcasing Jazz from its evolution until now.

Jazz Tones Insights: GayeLynn McKinney

Mar 8, 2019

Join me Sunday at 3pm on Jazz Tones on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK when my guest will be GayeLynn McKinney, a multi-genre percussionist and composer.  She is one of the most accomplished drummers in Detroit.  Her father was the legendary jazz pianist and composer Harold McKinney, who once played with Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, and John Coltrane among others. GayeLynn has been playing drums since childhood. After graduating from college, Gayelynn joined forces  with Bassist Marion Hayden and established Straight Ahead, an all female group that performs around the world.

Jazz Tones Insights-Stefanie Batten Bland

Feb 28, 2019

Join me for Jazz Tones on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK on Sunday from 3pm to 7pm. My guest will be Stefanie Batten Bland, choreographer and filmmaker. She is the daughter of Ed Bland, who produced the film The Cry of Jazz in 1959, a short film documentary that was a polemical essay on the politics of music and race.

Jazz Tones Insights-Joey Alexander

Feb 21, 2019

This past Sunday on Jazz Tones on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK I had the honor of interviewing an extraordinary pianist- Josiah Alexander Sila, better known as Joey Alexander. He was born in Bali in 2003 and lived in Jakarta and then moved to New York in 2014. At age 14, Joey has already recorded two Grammy-nominated studio albums-- 2015's My Favorite Things and 2016's Countdown, as well as Joey.Monk.Live.