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  • Coming Up on WBGO 88.3 FM: Week of July 30th

    July 28, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Here's what to look forward to in the coming days on WBGO...

    *Wednesday:

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: Featuring the music of pioneering guitarist Charlie Christian

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm:  guest – Donnie Joseph; New Jersey Jackals relief pitcher Donnie Joseph talks about his MLB days with the Kansas City Royals and his first season in New Jersey.

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Jazz Prodigies; JNIA explores jazz prodigies from different eras, including 11-year-old pianist, Joey Alexander.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8pm – 1am: a tribute to the late big band leader Nancie Banks.

    Thursday:

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: Featuring the music of saxophonist and composer James Spaulding

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest David Hyde Pierce

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8pm – 1am: Happy Birthday to a singer (Kevin Mahogany) & 2 reedmen (James Spaulding & David Sanborn)

    *Friday:

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring a birthday tribute to pianist Hank Jones

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pmJimmy Witherspoon Albums Vol.7

    WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: The race for the Republican nomination for U.S. President shifts into high gear next Thursday night in Cleveland.  That's when and where the first of a possible twelve GOP debates takes place.  WBGO's Bruce Johnson speaks to noted Rutgers University Political Science Professor Dr. John Glascock about the crowded field; WBGO's Thad Komorowski reports on the NY Poetry Festival; Ben Sidran and his son Leo Sidran report from the Newport Jazz Festival.

    Evening Jazz  – 8pm – 1am:  Nicole Sweeney is in for Awilda Rivera

    *Saturday:

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Erskine Hawkins Vol. 4

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: the “All Request” show

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm:  SONGS OF COURAGE- Standing ovation For James Spaulding. Honoring the brilliant saxophonist, composer and living legend who celebrates his 78th birthday this week. We'll feature some of his landmark collaborations with Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter, among others as well as his dynamic sessions as a leader.

    Sunday:

    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm: featuring the music of Airto & Flora Purim

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program

  • WBGO Says Goodbye to NEA Jazz Master Gunther Schuller

    June 21, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says farewell to NEA Jazz Master Gunther Schuller, who died today at age 89. The composer sought  to combine jazz and classical music in his seventy-year career, and coined the phrase "Third Stream" to describe this style.

    In 2008, he was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation's highest honor for jazz musicians and advocates. WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton was on hand for the occasion, and we'd like to share their memorable conversation with you again now.

    Thank you, Gunther, and rest in peace!

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    Schuller began his career as a French horn player in the early forties, and recorded with trumpeter Miles Davis and other jazz musicians while also principal hornist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman were among the jazz artists whose works he championed at this time.

    In 1959, he left performance to concentrate on scholarship and composition. He served as president of the New England Conservatory for twenty years, and as artistic director for the Tanglewood Music Center for fourteen. His two volumes on "Early Jazz" and "The Swing Era" are foundational texts of jazz musicology.

  • Guitarist Steve Khan on Sammy Cahn: Listen Now

    June 19, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Guitarist Steve Khan talks with Rhonda Hamilton about songs written by his father, Sammy Cahn. Cahn won four Academy Awards for his songs, which include many jazz standards and hits for Frank Sinatra, Broadway and Hollywood. Enjoy!

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