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Artist Profiles - Guitarist Jeff Golub

Jeff Golub was a jazz guitarist. Golub had 12 solo albums and three CDs as the leader of the instrumental band, Avenue Blue. Before becoming an instrumentalist, Golub worked as a sideman to a number of successful rock and pop artists.

Golub was born in April 15, 1955 in Copley, Ohio, outside of Akron. Golub started playing by emulating 1960s blues rock guitarists. Golub was in his teens when he first heard a Wes Montgomery record. This moment set him on a whole new course which...

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At 19, R&B singer Ravyn Lenae knows how to channel her heartache. The Chicago-born artist's latest EP, Crush, proves that young people know love's perils just as well as the older and wiser. Her music recreates the merry-go-round of falling in love, even when you know it's with the wrong person.

Everybody likes Levar Burton, but the reason depends on your age. If you're a bit older, it's probably his starring role in the '70s miniseries Roots. A little younger, and it's his starring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation. If you were too young for all of that, then it was his PBS show Reading Rainbow. And kids born today will know him for his brand-new podcast LeVar Burton Reads.

Since Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo birthed "Manteca" in the '40s just as Cuban musicians like Machito were shaking up New York's jazz scene, Afro-Cuban jazz has continued to entice and fascinate North American musicians into new collaborations and explorations.

Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent his career at Newsday expanding coverage beyond local issues to include international stories first as a reporter, then as a columnist and editor — all while vehemently crusading for racial equality — has died at his home in Harlem, N.Y. He was 76.

Payne's son Jamal told Newsday that the retired journalist was working on a book about Malcom X when he had a heart attack in his home office Monday evening.

Terence Blanchard has always been drawn to a form of lyricism that runs burnished and bittersweet. You can track this mood throughout his career as a post-bop trumpeter, and no less in his dozens of film scores, in and beyond a long affiliation with Spike Lee.

Soul singer Jordan Rakei moved to London a few years ago and the creative community there has played a big role in his flourishing music career. His sophomore album, Wallflowers, is a collection of emotive, accomplished songs committed to a bolder exploration of his sonic craft. The jazz elements come through even stronger in his live performances. Wacth Rakei perform his track "Eye To Eye."

Photos By Brian Feinzimer

Comic Roy Wood Jr. is now a correspondent for The Daily Show, but he got his start performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man.

"I did a lot of shows in a lot of strange places," he says. "I've been called the n-word from the stage by somebody in the crowd and the club owner did nothing to defend me."

In National Geographic's forthcoming race issue, the 130-year-old scientific and cultural institution now admits it often showed foreign cultures through a racist lens.

Poet Philip Levine discovered jazz on the radio when he was a teenager.

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month

Fridays at Noon

"The Soul of Jazz" combines the best in classic and contemporary soul/jazz, international rhythms, dance music and other genre-bending styles with host Jamal Ahmed.

Fridays at 5:30 PM

WCSU Presents African American Sports Legends

Veteran sports broadcaster Lenny Moon invites African-American sports professionals to tell their stories, their challenges, their triumphs & their defeats.

Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays at 6 PM and Saturdays at 9 AM

Déjà vu With Turk Logan

Dr. John ‘Turk’ Logan hosts "Déjà vu," a new three-hour long program with a mixture of Urban/Jazz music.

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