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Although guitarist Django Reinhardt and his violinist friend Stéphane Grappelli formed their Quintette du Hot Club de France back in 1934, there are legions today with a burning desire to join the club and know more about the music, the man and the lifestyle that generated such feverish playing.

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Dexter Gordon was an indisputable jazz legend when he died in 1990, at 67. An iconic and dashing bebop hero of the 1940s, he had also made some of the defining Blue Note albums of the 1960s. He'd made a new life in Europe and then returned triumphant to New York, reaching a new tier of prominence — the kind that garners a nomination for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.

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Torch Song
Michael Bourne for WBGO

It’s more of a renewal than a revival.  WBGO theater critic Michael Bourne  reviews the Second Stage production of Torch Song, now back on Broadway.

Click above to hear the review.

Jerry Gant
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A memorial service is set for Monday morning at 9 o’clock at Newark Symphony Hall for renowned Newark visual artist, poet and educator Jerry Gant.

Gant’s friend and business partner Linda Street, who calls herself the chief chick at Pink Dragon Artist Syndicate in East Orange, says Gant lost his battle with liver cancer last Sunday.

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Governor Phil Murphy says there were about 1,800 plows and salt spreaders ready to clear the roads, but the snowstorm hit much harder than anyone predicted.

“Unfortunately, the worst of the storm coincided with the early dismissals from schools and workplaces. Meaning that when we needed our road crews and all of that equipment out there the most, they were competing with folks, understandably by the way, trying to get back home at the same time as well,” Murphy said.

Ian O'Connor
Chris Tobin for WBGO News

Ian O'Connor grew up in Englewood, New Jersey as a Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Roger Staubach fan.  He also graduated from St. Cecilia High School, the same school where the legendary Vince Lombardi coached.

O'Connor is a senior writer at, a nationally-acclaimed columnist and the author of three New York Times bestsellers.  His most recent one is the definitive biography of the NFL's most controversial but successful coach, Bill Belicheck.

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