Serenade To The City on WCLK

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.

When I got the call about Dave Koz's new full length New Day(Just Koz Entertainment) I was eager to hear it. When I learned his first single would be Side By Side featuring David Sanborn, I knew the listeners were in for a treat.  Personally, I wanted to hear it, having worked with both of them as a label executive at Capitol and 

This live performance recorded for Concord Jazz at  Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre is the perfect setting to commemorate the 100th Birthday of the one and only Ella Fitzgerald. It's an All Star cast hosted by David Allan Grier and features: Patti Austin, Ledisi, The Count Basie Orchestra, Lizz Wright and so many more.

If one didn't know better, this could be interpreted as the Atlanta-based Jazz musician's theme song. Anytime Joey Sommerville picks up his trumpet and begins to play you know the music will be hot and the listener will have fun. However, in this case it's his take on the Sylvester Stewart (Sly and the Family Stone) classic Hot Fun In The Summertime.  

What happens when a saxophonist from New Zealand connects with a singer/songwriter/ guitarist born in Kinross South Africa and they interpret soul singer Anthony Hamilton?  You get Best of Me. I’m tough on cover songs, but this one’s in the pocket. Andrea Lisa has put her magic on Ralph Johnson’s Co-Swagit and contributed to Kirk Whalum’s Humanite.

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