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  • 2014 Thanksgiving Blues Poll

    November 27, 2014. Posted by Michael Bourne.

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    muddy-waters1This year's poll of listeners to the Blues Hour generated the most votes (and voters) ever for blues favorites. Amazingly, 140 artists or groups got votes, and #1 for the 4th year running was Muddy Waters -- with BB King again #2. Really, they're all winners, all great, and all played (frequently) in the Blues Hour -- always made possible by the support of blues lovers. Thanks to everyone who voted and everyone who contributes to keep the blues alive on WBGO!

    Here's the 2014 tally:
    #1 Muddy Waters
    #2 BB King
    #3 Howlin' Wolf
    #4 Buddy Guy
    #5 Stevie Ray Vaughan
    #6 The Allman Brothers
    #7 (a three-way tie): John Lee Hooker, Albert King and Etta James
    #10 Little Walter

    -- Michael Bourne

  • WBGO's 7th Annual Coat Drive

    November 26, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Coats display

    WBGO's 7th Annual Coat Drive begins Monday, December 8, 2014! Donate your clean, new or used coats for infants, children or adults in need this winter. Drop off locations and times are:

    12/8/14 thru 1/16/2015:

    WBGO: Monday - Friday, 10AM – 4PM

    54 Park Place, Newark, NJ

    Christoffers Flowers: Monday - Saturday, 9AM – 5PM
    860 Mountain Avenue
    Mountainside, NJ

    NAI DiLeo-Bram Company
    Corporate Real Estate Services
    1315 Stelton Road
    Piscataway, NJ

    WBGO Coat Drive

    Coats will be distributed to charities within Essex County.

  • SpokFrevo Orquestra: Carnival And Jazz

    November 19, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    The SpokFrevo Orquestra is led by the saxophonist known as Maestro Spok. (Image Credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

    During Carnival in Brazil, music fills the streets. And often that music is frevo, a genre drawing from marches, Brazilian quadrilha, polka and classical music.

    The SpokFrevo Orquestra brings a jazz-influenced take to that joyous celebration. Fronted by virtuoso saxophonist and arranger Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, better known as Spok, the 17-piece orchestra presents an adventurous program featuring special guests Melissa Aldana (saxophone) and Wycliffe Gordon (trombone) inside the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Jazz Night in America offers highlights from this exhilarating performance, while tracing the origins of Brazilian Carnival music.

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