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.

CD of the Month: Julian Vaughn's Bona Fide

Jul 13, 2017

Kansas City native and self- taught bassist Julian Vaughn is back with his 4th CD as a leader, titled Bona Fide for Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records. 

May CD: Nicholas Payton's Afro-Caribbean Mixtape

May 11, 2017

A powerful personal statement and journey in Black American Music.

April CD: Carmen Lundy's Code Noir

Apr 11, 2017

It’s been nearly 3 years since we’ve heard from vocalist Carmen Lundy. She’s back with a  stunning new CD, “CODE NOIR”, on Afrasia Records. 

March CD: Heads of State, Four in One

Mar 1, 2017

Four jazz giants and living legends collide once again on the Smoke Session Recording label. Four in One is the latest effort of the Heads of State, which is comprised of saxophonist and Baltimore native Gary Bartz; pianist Larry Willis; drummer Al Foster; and the latest addition to the ensemble, bassist David "Happy" Williams. 

February CD: Reverence

Feb 1, 2017

The latest CD of famed Grammy award-winning Composer and Bassist Nathan East has arrived. Reverence is the follow-up to his long awaited self-titled debut CD. 

January CD: Greg Hatza's Diggin Up My Roots

Jan 12, 2017

Reading, PA, native and Baltimore resident Greg Hatza is back with his ORGANization in a brand new CD titled “Diggin Up My Roots.” The project features a collection of R&B and Blues songs that the B3 Organist grew up with. 

December CD: Leslie Odom Jr.'s "Simply Christmas"

Dec 2, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! However, for musical releases in the holiday season that is not always the case. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened a new Christmas-themed CD that is simply just the same old remake of holiday classics — from “The Christmas Song” to “Jingle Bells” — and offers nothing new, nor creates any different movement than the versions performed before. This was not the case when I opened up the brand new holiday offering from newcomer Leslie Odom Jr., titled “Simply Christmas”.  

November CD: Bob Baldwin Affair

Nov 1, 2016

July CD: Gregory Porter's "Take Me to the Alley"

Jul 13, 2016

So good that we’ve extended it another month! Grammy Award winning vocalist Gregory Porter is showcasing why he’s one of the top male vocalist in music today on his brand new release for Blue Note Records.

March CD: Kenny Barron's "Book of Intuition"

Mar 8, 2016

In this day and age, the term Living Legend is used few and far between. How great it is that one of the jazz greats who fits that title is still adding to his discography. With more than 40 albums to his credit as a leader, NEA Jazzmaster and pianist Kenny Barron returns for another gem on a new release titled Book of Intuition. 

If you aren’t aware, in Detroit every year during labor day weekend, the world’s largest open-air free jazz festival takes place. It’s the Detroit International Jazz Festival and man, what a great time it is to gather with people from all over the globe who are equally excited about a weekend full of music featuring some of the most incredible talent in the world.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! This month we will be featuring quite a bit of holiday cheer, including an incredible release from The Count Basie Orchestra titled, "A Very Swingin’ Christmas.” 

November CD: Spur of the Moment's "N2 Deep"

Nov 13, 2015

I got excited when I heard the DC-based band Spur of the Moment was recording a new project. Spur of the Moment has been blessing us with some incredible music for the last two decades. After a hiatus from recording, they return with an incredible CD titled, “N2 Deep.”

September CD: Lizz Wright's "Freedom & Surrender"

Sep 3, 2015

Here’s a vocalist that I fell in love with the very first time I heard her music. My love for her sound was deepened when she came into the WEAA studios nearly 10 years ago and sang live for me in studio. It was the most beautiful performance I’d ever witnessed up close and personal. Her name is Lizz Wright.

August CD: Terri Lyne Carrington's "The Mosaic Project"

Aug 5, 2015


It’s all about the Ladies on the latest release of Grammy Award winning percussionist, drummer, composer and producer Terri Lyne Carrington.