CD of the Month

With so many new jazz CDs being released every week, you can trust Program and Music Director Marcellus Shepard to select the best new offerings. WEAA’s CD of the Month is carefully selected from hundreds of albums, and our hosts play selected tracks from the release throughout that month’s jazz programming. In addition, listeners have several opportunities throughout the month to win the CD and add it to their own collections.

What truly has me excited about the art form of jazz is the next generation of artists who stand strong, fearless and take countless risks to move the music forward to its next level. One standout in this group is bassist Ben Williams. The Grammy-award winning artist and Washington, D.C. native returns to the Concord label for his sophomore release, Coming of Age.

The Superman of Soul, bassist Marcus Miller, is back on the scene with his brand new release, Afrodeeziahis debut for the Blue Note recording label. The album was inspired by his role as a UNESCO Artist For Peace, which took him all over the world. Miller recorded tunes on the CD from several locations, including Paris, Morocco, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.

January, 2015

Ben Tankard’s Full Tank

November, 2014

Jonathan Butler’s Living My Dream