• Happy 88th Birthday, George Wein!

    October 3, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    George Wein, pianist and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, talks with WBGO's Tim Wilkins about his career and the evolution of the jazz audience and music. Wein celebrates his 88th birthday with two nights of concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 3 and 4, where he will perform at 7 p.m. with Anat Cohen and Lew Tabackin on reeds, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Howard Alden on guitar, Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums.

    To hear more of George's thoughts on the future of the music he loves, tune in to our weekly new music magazine, The Checkout, on WBGO-FM on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. Happy Birthday, George from all of your friends at WBGO!


  • Benefit To Save John Coltrane Home on October 6

    October 2, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Kathleen Hennessy and Steve Fulgoni talk with WBGO's Gary Walker about a benefit concert for the John Coltrane Home in Dix Hills, New York. The event, which will be held from 11:30 to 3 p.m. at EN Brasserie, 435 Hudson Street in Manhattan, will raise funds to preserve the house, where the saxophonist lived with his wife Alice and son Ravi, and composed A Love Supreme and other well-known works. The event will feature guitarist Carlos Santana, authors Dr. Cornel West and Ashley Kahn, and the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. Enjoy!


  • Leonieke Scheuble & Coleman Hughes: The Future Of Jazz

    October 2, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Eleven-year-old Leonieke Scheuble and seventeen-year-old Coleman Hughes talk with WBGO's Gary Walker about the future of jazz and play some of their favorite recordings by J.J. Johnson, Nina Simone and others. Scheuble, a pianist and organist, has received a "Youth In Action" award from International Women in Jazz and will record on organ at Rudy Van Gelder's studio this month. Hughes, a trombonist, just received a $25,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Enjoy!


  • WBGO Congratulates Monk Prize Winner Melissa Aldana

    September 19, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO congratulates Melissa Aldana, the 2013 winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute's International Jazz Competition. A 24-year-old tenor saxophonist from Santiago, Chile, Aldana is the first woman and first South American to win the competition in its 26-year history.

    WBGO will feature Aldana's group, The Crash Trio with Pablo Menares on bass and Francisco Mela on drums, in a live broadcast and webcast from Boston at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 on October 9 at 8 p.m., the first in our fall series of live concerts from Berklee.

    Can't wait? Aldana visited the WBGO studios in 2008, when she was a twenty-year-old member of Berklee's Blue Note Ensemble, and performed live in our Studio B as part of our annual in-studio festival of student ensembles for Jazz Appreciation Month every April.

    Click here to hear Melissa's chat on that occasion with Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton, in which she describes picking up an alto saxophone at age six to accompany her father, saxophonist Marcos Aldana:

    Click here to hear Melissa perform with the Blue Note ensemble:

    Congratulations Melissa, and see you in Boston on October 9!

    Paul Morigi/Getty Images for the Thelonious Monk Institute
    Paul Morigi/Getty Images for the Thelonious Monk Institute
  • Blues Singer Dayna Kurtz With Michael Bourne

    September 11, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Blues Singer Dayna Kurtz talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about her new album, The Secret Canon Vol. 2, and performances in New York in a memorial concert for 9/11 victims today from noon to 2 p.m., and on October 1 at The Living Room. Enjoy!