For over 40 years, Clark Atlanta University's WCLK-FM has been a beacon for jazz music in Atlanta. The station has recently been under fire from critics and loyal listeners who have criticized the new formatting to include more "smooth jazz" to the platform. However, the change has brought on a positive impact to the station and has attracted more listeners, resulting in a sold out anniversary concert featuring Gregory Porter and the Melvin Jones Quintet. Audiences had an opportunity to share in an intimate concert experience with one of jazz musics (and dare I say R&B) most unexpected and refreshing talent. The evening opened with the Melvin Jones Quintet, known for their straight ahead style with a contemporary slant, trumpeter Melvin Jones is a "force majeure" that kept the audience mesmerized with their performance.
Gregory Porter fresh off of the red-eye from L.A., (his hometown) after an appearance on The Jay Leno Show the night before the anniversary concert, walked onto the stage at the Ferst Center with an exuberant energy and then took the audience on a journey of rhythm and blues, jazz and gospel. While Porter is no stranger to Atlanta, his reach has began to capture more attention and for those who long for music with depth, soul and uncompromising talent, Porter is not to be missed! Congratulations to WCLK on your 40th anniversary, if you keep this up, you will be on target for forty more!