• Auld Lang Syne from Near Times Square

    December 28, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Soon you'll be hearing the WBGO Jazz 88 signal from our new transmitter, high atop a tall building in Times Square. Not long ago, WBGO broadcast live from Birdland near Times Square, ringing in 2006 with Arturo O'Farrill and the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Michael Bourne presiding and Hilary Kole, vocalist. Listen.

    Photo by John Abbott
    Photo by John Abbott

    In 2008, Arturo and the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra (above) won a GRAMMY for Best Latin Jazz Album for Song for Chico.

    In 2012, Arturo and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra are nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Large Ensemble Album for Forty Acres and A Mule. Announcements February 12! And BTW, Arturo's playing at Cornelia Street Cafe this New Year's Eve. What an intimate spot.

    And this Saturday night -- as every New Year's Eve -- we'll celebrate with jazz coast to coast on Toast of the Nation. Wynton Marsalis will be live at midnight from New York. Rhonda Hamilton is the anchor. And we're opening a chat room from 2-3:30am, as pianist Billy Childs plays live from Los Angeles at the very hip new Toast venue, the Blue Whale in Los Angeles. Happy New Year from WBGO and Toast of the Nation.

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