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The name Paul Jackson, Jr. for most music lovers conjures up his work on the hit sounds of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, Dave Koz, David Benoit and so many other great musical artists and projects. Paul is one of the most accomplished guitar session players in the music business, covering just about every genre.

Support for Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by support from Marietta's New Theatre In The Square, presenting The Cotton Club Revue. This fun musical comedy takes you back to a time when music and fashion were king. The Cotton Club Revue opens with a performance on Friday, August 20 at 8pm. The show then runs weekends through October 3. More information and tickets are available at theatreinthesquare.net or at 770-426-4800.

George Cables: Too Close For Comfort

Aug 9, 2021
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George Cables has a new record out on High Note, called Too Close For Comfort. He’s been releasing records of his own and has performed as a side man since 1975, playing with a who’s who of Jazz including Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, and Joe Henderson. He's been one of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. He's a part of the intergenerational Jazz supergroup The Cookers.

Steve Slagle: Nascentia

Aug 1, 2021

I’ve been listening a lot to the recent release by Alto Saxophonist, Producer and Arranger Steve Slagle. It's called Nascentia(Panorama Records) . It features a song-cycle of mostly new compositions by Slagle. He leads a first rate sextet on this record that includes Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Clark Gayton on trombone, Bruce Barth on piano, Jason Tiemann on drums, and Ugonna Okegwo on bass.

The first lady of the flute returns with a song that clearly states how easy it is for her to create good music. Off The Cuff finds Ragan and longtime collaborators Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin along with Phil Hamilton on guitar creating musical magic once again.  Off the Cuff is the kind of funky and fun song we’ve come to love from Ragan as she redefines the flute in the tradition of Bobbi Humphrey.