WBGO Blog
  • WBGO and SummerStage

    June 30, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Ledisi at SummerStage 6.28.09

    On Sunday, June 28, WBGO's Josh Jackson hosted a great concert at Central Park SummerStage. The performance began with New Orleans pianist Jonathan Batiste, who paid homage to the late Michael Jackson in both song and attire. Bassist Esperanza Spalding followed with a set that ran the gamut of funk to soul to Ella inspired scat.

    Closing the performance was rising star of soul and jazz, Ledisi (LED-ih-see as she pointed out several times from the stage and in cards handed out after the show). If the pronunciation of her name is a little confusing, there is no confusion what so ever about her voice or her command of the stage.

    There are a great number of WBGO partner events this summer, many of them at no cost. Please visit the WBGO Events page for full details.

  • Purchase Jazz Endeavor on WBGO's award-winning series

    May 19, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO received a My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).  WBGO's educational outreach to youth is manifold.  The WBGO Kids Jazz Series accompanied with Jazzamatazz, a children’s newsletter, has been most successful.  Also, the best college bands in New York and New Jersey visit WBGO's studio to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month every April.  The SUNY Purchase Jazz Endeavor performed on the award-winning series Next Generation JAM. Listen to the live broadcast by clicking below.

  • WBGO Jazz Leadership Society Brunch with Simone!

    April 21, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Simone sings at Theater Square Grill during WBGO's JLS burnch 4/19/09

    The crowd was enthusiastic and the performance fantastic on Sunday, April 19 when over 125 of WBGO’s most loyal and generous supporters turned out for the Singers Unlimited Brunch at NJPAC's Theater Square Grill. The annual event, which honors members of WBGO’s Jazz Leadership Society, featured a concert by Simone, the daughter of legendary singer Nina Simone. Backed up by her quintet of veteran jazz players, Simone sang for the delighted Jazz Leadership Society members in a concert broadcast worldwide through WBGO Jazz88 and via the internet on wbgo.org.

    Listen to the full broadcast here!

    WBGO’s weekday morning host, Gary Walker emceed, filling in for WBGO’s Michael Bourne, currently on the mend from knee surgery. Gary led the audience in a chorus of “Hurry Back Michael” chants to cheer up Michael, WBGO’s long-time weekday afternoon announcer and host of the popular Singers Unlimited program. Between songs, Gary and Simone bantered about her career and growing up as Nina Simone’s daughter. Simone was wonderfully gracious and patiently autographed her CD Simone on Simone for dozens of grateful Jazz Leadership Society members in attendance.

    Prior to the live broadcast, WBGO’s General Manager Cephas Bowles and Chairman of the Board of Directors Tim Porter welcomed the Jazz Leadership Society members and thanked them for their support.

    Jazz Leadership Society (JLS) members receive a number of exciting benefits including insider access to the world of jazz, such as the annual Singers Unlimited Brunch. Basic JLS membership begins at the $1,000 annual gift level, with additional benefits available at the Silver ($2,500) and Gold ($5,000+) levels. For example, on March 23rd, Silver and Gold members were invited to an intimate evening with legendary jazz impresario George Wein.

    For more information about how you can become a member of the Jazz Leadership Society, please contact Vincent Bochis at 973-624-8880, ext. 285 or at vbochis@wbgo.org, or visit the JLS page on WBGO.org.