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Black Art Jazz Collective’s album ‘Truth to Power' featured on WBGO’s New Day, New Play April 1-5

For its 10th Anniversary release, the Black Art Jazz Collective offers 10 unique works that speak to both artistic freedom and musical relevance. Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, trombonist James Burton III, pianist Xavier Davis and drummer Johnathan Blake are founding members, joined for this project by pianist Victor Gould, trumpeters Wallace Roney, Jr. and Josh Evans, bassists Vicente Archer and Rahsaan Carter, and drummer Mark Whitfield, Jr. As Escoffery explains, "I formed the Black Art Jazz Collective as an ensemble of African American musicians, celebrating Black culture through original compositions with unapologetic pride." With Truth to Power they have everything to be proud of.

From Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5, one cut from the Black Art Jazz Collective’s album Truth to Power will be featured each morning in the New Day, New Play spotlight on my Daybreak show.

Preview “Lookin’ for Leroy” from the Black Art Jazz Collective’s album Truth to Power, above.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.