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Ranky Tanky's Soulful Blend Comes Alive on Morning Jazz

The appeal of any art form is to take one to another place, perhaps a place never seen or heard before.

For Ranky Tanky, that transporting power comes from a mixture of ingredients: the Gullah culture of the Carolinas, griot stories, poems and children’s rhymes. Those elements further combine with an incendiary blend of gospel, folk and jazz that gives the group both youth and depth.

Loosely defined, Ranky Tanky means “get funky.” The five members of the band — drummer Quentin Baxter, guitarist and vocalist Clay Ross, trumpeter and vocalist Charlton Singleton, bassist Kevin Hamilton and vocalist Quiana Parler — brought the fire from their latest recording, Good Time, to Morning Jazz.

Here is the title track of Good Time, performed in our studio.

Here is "Freedom."

And here is "Stand by Me."

Quiana Parler, vocals; Charlton Singleton, trumpet and vocals; Clay Ross, guitar and vocals; Kevin Hamilton, bass; Quentin Baxter, drums

Videography: Chris Tobin

Audio Mix and Video Edit: Corey Goldberg

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.