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Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards features legendary and emerging artists of mainstream, Latin and Brazilian Jazz. Jay's goal for his audience is education and entertainment better known as "edu-tainment." He achieves this during Jazz Tones with interviews with composers, instumentalists, and vocalists.

Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards features legendary and emerging artists of mainstream, Latin and Brazilian Jazz. Jay's goal for his audience is education and entertainment better known as "edu-tainment." He achieves this during Jazz Tones with interviews with composers, instumentalists, and vocalists.
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Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards features legendary and emerging artists of mainstream, Latin and Brazilian Jazz. Jay's goal for his audience is education and entertainment better known as "edu-tainment." He achieves this during Jazz Tones with interviews with composers, instumentalists, and vocalists.




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Jazz Tones Insights-David Sanchez

Grammy award - winner David Sanchez recently joined me during Jazz Tones on WCLK to talk about his music, his academic career, and a Friday night performance at Georgia State University. Globally, he is considered one of the finest saxophonists of his generation. Sanchez "merges Jazz syntax with musical dialects of his native Puerto Rico and other Caribbean and Latin American sources,"states Howard Reich. Sanchez has eight Grammy nominations and has received a Latin Grammy in 2005 for best...


Insights- Joe Jennings Saxophonist

This Sunday July 22 during Jazz Tones on WCLK from 3pm until 7pm, I'll be joined by Joe Jennings. Mr. Jennings recently retired and is founder of The Spelman College Jazz Ensemble and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Spelman College. Joe has been director of music at the Atlanta Center of Black Art, and artist-in residence at the Neighborhood Arts Center, also in Atlanta. He was the founder and director of the Neighborhood Arts Ensemble, a 22 piece big band. He also led The Joe Jennings...


Jay Edwards Talks With Manhattan Transfer's Cheryl Bentyne About The Junction, Atlanta Appearance

Join me on Jazz Tones on WCLK Sunday June 24 from 3-7pm when my guest will be Cheryl Bentyne of the Manhattan Transfer. Their new studio release is The Junction (BMG), and they will be appearing at Atlanta Symphony Hall on Friday June 22, at 8:00pm. The Manhattan Transfer has been performing and making music for over forty years. The late Tim Hauser formed the group in 1969, and they explore a capella, vocalese, swing, jazz and other forms of music. https://youtu.be/WJRJjfaFCdk


Jazz Tones Insights: Allan Harris and The Genius of Eddie Jefferson

Join me for Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK Sunday, June 3 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. This week I'll be talking to Allan Harris, a native New Yorker and singer-songwriter, who is considered a classic romantic crooner. Harris pays heartfelt tribute to iconic singer and innovator of vocalise Eddie Jefferson in his new Resilience Music release The Genius of Eddie Jefferson . He discovered the depth of Jefferson’s unusual takes on the classic solo’s of Jazz giants like: Miles Davis, Dexter...


Jazz Tones Insights: Lao Tizer

Keyboardist Lao Tizer was a child prodigy and is a native of Boulder Colorado. Lao’s career spans a quarter of century and nine albums. His latest release is Songs from the Swinghouse (Yse Records) which was recorded in three days and documented by award-winning Film Director Andy LaViolette. The Lao Tizer Quartet Featuring Eric Marienthal will be appearing at The Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018 and performing Sunday May 27 at 1pm on the Legends Stage. You can here more Jazz Tones Insights on...


Jazz Tones Insights: Morgan Guerin

Morgan Guerin was a child prodigy and was given his first pair of drum sticks at six months. He grew up within a musical family and was influenced by his father saxophonist Roland Guerin and his mother Brianna Williams, an entertainment attorney. Morgan is currently studying at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. He was also a member of the Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Gordon Vernick. Morgan has two self-releases, The Saga and The Saga II . Guerin...


Jazz Tones Insights: Bradie Speller & Climate Change

Join me for Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK Sunday, May 20 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. I'll talk with Bradie Speller. Speller is a producer, acoustic and electronic percussionist from New York City. He has a unique style that incorporates African and Latin drumming. This has allowed him to perform with such notable musicians as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report and The Pyramids. His debut release is Climate Change , dedicated to artists who had and continue to have influence on...


Jazz Tones Insights-Monika Herzig's Sheroes

Sunday on Jazz Tones on WCLK, 3pm-7pm I'll be joined by Monika Herzig. She is a composer,pianist, arranger,author and Head of Indiana University's Music Department. Her recent release Sheroes is the second release of this all female international band. They are all incredibily accomplished musicians, including Rosa Avila drums, Jamie Baum flute, Myra Casales percussion, Monika Herzig piano, Ingrid Jensen trumpet, Reut Regev trombone, Ada Rovatti tenor sax, Leni Stern electric guitar, and...


Jazz Tones Insights- Oscar Hernández

I was joined last Sunday on Jazz Tones by Larry Harlow and Oscar Hernández. Hernández will be sitting in for Larry Harlow as Larry Harlow's Latin Legends Band performs this Saturday April 28, 2018 at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts at Georgia State University. More information including tickets is available here . Oscar Hernandez is the leader of the world renowned Spanish Harlem Orchestra he is a pianist, composer and arranger. His recent release in 2017 The Art of Latin Jazz &...


Jazz Tones Insights-Dr. Lonnie Smith

Join me for Jazz Tones on WCLK Sunday at 3pm as I feature a rare opportunity to interview Dr. Lonnie Smith- organist,composer, arranger and vocalist. He is a native of Buffalo, New York, and is considered a living legend icon. Dr. Lonnie is a NEA Jazz Master 2017, the highest honor in Jazz. He was also awarded Organist/ Keyboardist Of The Year 2003-204 by the Jazz Journalist Association. As young artist he completely immersed himself into listening to the organists of the 1950's including...


Insights- Vocalist René Marie

Sunday afternoon on Jazz Tones on WCLK I had the opportunity to interview René Marie. She is a vocalist, arranger and composer. theatrical performer, and teacher. She was born in Warrenton, Virginia and neither of her parents were formally trained musicians but exposed her to Blues, R&B,classical, folk and bluegrass music. Part of René's musical philosophy has been focused on giving back. In 2010 she launched a series of vocal group sessions called Slam. Her lastest release was 2016's...


Jazz Tones Insights-Eric Alexander

I interviewed Eric Alexander in advance of his weekend appearances at the Velvet Note. The saxophonist discussed his recent High Note release, Song of No Regrets . There are few artists on stage who combine chops, imagination and technique with a fluidity of ideas as he does --High Note. Eric reveals that he was trained classically on clarinet, piano, alto sax before choosing tenor sax. He is a graduate of William Patterson University in New Jersey. A composer and producer, Eric has...


Jazz Tones Insights - Lisa Hilton

Join me Sunday, March 11 for Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK between 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. I interview Pianist and classically-trained Composer Lisa Hilton. Her latest release, Escapism, focuses on and savors the beauty that still surrounds us. Lisa states that "I compose much like abstract or non-figurative painters - expressing musically and emotionally so the audience connects with the experience when songs are performed". Hilton's body of work includes over 200 recorded tracks and she is...


Jazz Tones Insights - Miguel Zenon

Join me on Jazz Tones at Jazz 91.9 WCLK on Sunday, January 21 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. I'll be joined by Miguel Zenon who is a multiple Grammy nominee, Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowship award recipient. He is also an alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader, producer and educator. As the founding member of the San Francisco Jazz Collective and the Miguel Zenon Quartet, he has performed as a sideman with such notables as Bobby Hutcherson, Joshua Redman, Danilo Perez and Antonio...


Jay Edwards interviews Blue Note Records President Don Was, Sunday On Jazz Tones

Join me for Jazz Tones on Sunday, November 19 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. I'll be talking with Don Was (Don Edward Ferguson), president of Blue Note Records. He is a successful producer of pop and rock, and was also the bass player with the band Was (Not Was) . Don received three Grammy awards including 1994 Producer Of The Year. In January 2012, he was appointed president of Jazz record label Blue Note Records, succeeding Bruce Lundvall.


Jay Edwards Talks Dreams and Daggers With Cecile McLorin Salvant

Join me on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK on Sunday November 12, from 3- 7 pm. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to interview Vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant about her recent release Dreams and Daggers(Mack Avenue). The release features Aaron Diehl on piano, Paul Sikivie on double bass, Lawrence Leathers on drums, Catalyst Quartet on strings, and Sullivan Fortner piano. This is Salvant's third album and it shows her developing curosity for the history of American music and the...


Sweet Lu Olutosin Talks About His Music With Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

Join me for Jazz Tones on WCLK, Sunday afternoon from 3pm-7pm. Recently, Atlantan Sweet Lu Olutosin was a guest on Jazz Tones. We discussed his third release as a leader, Meet Me At The Crossroads , a record that exhibits social consciousness with tracks such as Skin Game(Granny Said It) and How They Do That . He shared that his grandmother taught him that racism was an unnecessary game. A Joe Henderson tune, Don't Forget To Remember(Recorda Me),exhibits his lyrical versatility and homage...


Jazz Tones Insights - Jazzmeia Horn (VIDEO)

Join me for Jazz Tones, Sunday, July 30 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on WCLK. I'll be joined by Jazzmeia Horn. She is the 2015 winner of the Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition. Hailing from Dallas, Texas. Jazzmeia has been a rising star in New York, performing with Winard Harper, Billy Harper, Bernard Linnette, Johnny O'Neal and Peter Bernstein. She is a teaching artist in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Well's Fargo Jazz for Teens Program. A Social Call is...


March 26: Eddie Palmieri On Jazz Tones, Plays Rialto Center April 1

Sunday, March 26 on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK between 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., I will interview Eddie Palmieri. He is a composer and arranger of Salsa and Latin Jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of Jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.Palmieri was born in Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx. You can read about his honored career by visiting Palmieri...


Insights - Nate Smith On Jazz Tones Sunday

Sunday, March 12 on Jazz Tones, 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK , I will interview Nate Smith -- drummer, composer and producer. Smith, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, will share insights into his recent release on Water Baby Music, Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere . According to Smith "I n conceiving this project, I wanted to focus on creating the material with very few ingredients; just improvising at the drums or piano singing ideas into a voice recorder, focusing primarily...