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Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin & Wood, arguably the most accomplished jam band on the planet, expands his universe in adventurous music-making.

 

 

 

A heavy groove drummer who has never been shy in incorporating exotic sounds — from bamboo rain sticks to Tibetan bowls — Martin is now ready to make his mark in contemporary classical music. MMW recently teamed up with the renegade classical chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound for Omnisphere, a concert album released last week.

Big Jay McNeely, a rhythm-and-blues legend known as “King of the Honkin’ Sax,” died on Sunday, according to multiple sources. He was 91. Bob Porter, the author of Soul Jazz, remembers him here.

Don Schlitten / Courtesy of Resonance Records

When George Klabin started Resonance Records, he had no idea he was planting the seed for a bumper crop of historic jazz recordings.

“We started with living musicians,” says Klabin,  a veteran producer and engineer, “and it didn’t make the impact that it makes even now.”

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This coming Wednesday will be another opportunity for WBGO listeners to support their public radio station while helping others in need. 

WBGO is partnering with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Stop & Shop to help provide "family packs" of food for the hungry in the area. 

Carlos Rodriguez, President and CEO of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey chats with WBGO's Doug Doyle about the partnership and the hunger issue in New Jersey.

You will be able to help by calling 1-800-499-9246 or making a pledge at www.wbgo.org/support.

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The second annual Believe in a Healthy Newark conference at NJIT is set for September 27th.

The initiative is led by leaders of Rutgers Newark , RWJ Barnabas, the United Way and others.

One of the organizers of the conference and chair of the steering committee is Dr. Denise Rogers who is with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

You can get the details of the conference by going to www.believeinahealthynewark.org.

Click above to hear the entire interview with Dr. Rogers and WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

Days To Come
Mint Theater Company

Theater critic Michael Bourne was on Theatre Row again this week to review the revival of Days To Come.

The Mint Theater Company's Days To Come was the second play of Lillian Hellman, first performed in the 1930's.

Click above to hear Michael's review.

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This month marks the 10 year anniversary of the start of the financial crisis and market crash.

It was September 15th, 2008 when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The collapse of the big bank shattered the too big to fail theory setting off the start of a financial crisis and huge plunge of the stock market over the months to come.

Ultimately, the government bailed out the banks. September 29th, 2008. The Dow, Nasdaq and S@P 500 all dropped between roughly seven and nine percent.

Michael Carig who runs a brokerage firm recalls that day.

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