• Guitarist Lionel Loueke On New CD "Heritage"

    September 6, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Guitarist and singer Lionel Loueke talks with WBGO's Tim Wilkins about his new Blue Note CD, Heritage, and his new band for the disc with pianist Robert Glasper, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Mark Giuliana. The group appears tonight at New York's Blue Note jazz club.

    Loueke also performed one on the tracks he wrote for the disc, "Ife," live in our studios, and discusses his inspirations for the composition.

    More from Loueke's live performance, and more from the interview, will be featured on The Jazz Bee, WBGO's new HD2 channel for new and emerging artists, in coming weeks, so stay tuned.



  • John Abercrombie with WBGO's Michael Bourne

    August 9, 2012. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    John Abercrombie performs the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and others from the 1960s on his newest ECM release Within A Song. He shares selections from that recording, and talks about his about his upcoming performances at Birdland in his conversation with Michael Bourne.  Listen to the full interview.

    John Abercrombie

  • WBGO Is Live At The Newport Jazz Festival 2012

    August 4, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO is back in Newport, with host Josh Jackson broadcasting live from the 2012 Jazz Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This year's festival is packed to the gills with fresh-faced and veteran talent, so will be exciting.

    Our new sister HD2 station, The Jazz Bee, is also playing a special selection of recordings by the more than forty artists and groups who are performing at Newport this year. So listen to Newport's finest, including Jack DeJohnette, The Bad Plus, and the Tedeschi Trucks Band live on WBGO-FM, or to their best recordings on The Jazz Bee, take your pick!

    We will also stream live video from the festival, in partnership with our friends at NPRMusic.org and WGBH. A full rundown of the concerts we will broadcast is below. Enjoy every minute of Newport 2012 with WBGO!

    Newport 2012 Broadcast Rundown

    Saturday, August 4th

    11:00am Broadcast Preview

    11:15am Pedrito Martinez Group

    11:50am John Ellis Double-Wide

    12:40pm Jack DeJohnette Group

    1:40pm Dafnis Prieto Sextet

    2:25pm Darcy James Argue Secret Society

    3:25pm The Bad Plus w/ Bill Frisell

    4:25pm Three Clarinets

    5:05pm Jack DeJohnette All-Stars

    6:10pm Bill Frisell Plays John Lennon

    7:00pm END

    Sunday, August 5th

    11:00am Broadcast Preview

    11:05am Lewis Nash Quintet

    11:50am Jenny Scheinman/Bill Frisell

    12:20pm Kurt Elling

    1:00pm Rudresh Mahanthappa and Samdhi

    1:55pm Three Cohens

    3:00pm Miguel Zenon Rayuela Quartet

    4:00pm Ryan Truesdell Gil Evans Centennial Project

    4:40pm John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet + 1

    5:20pm Tedeschi/Trucks Band

    7:00pm END

  • Pianist Bill Charlap with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton

    July 11, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Pianist Bill Charlap talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about the 92nd Street Y's Jazz in July festival, which runs from July 16th through 26th. Charlap is the festival's artistic director.

    On July 17, Michael Bourne will host a WBGO member's event at the 92Y's concert with the Freddy Cole Quartet and the Bill Charlap Trio, with vocalist Ernie Andrews and saxophonist Houston Person as special guests. WBGO members get the best seats in the house for this event, and will be treated to a reception with Bourne and the artists after the performance.


  • NJ Youth Theatre's "Smokey Joe's Cafe" with Michael Bourne

    July 11, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Michael Bourne talks with Cynthia Meryl, director of the New Jersey Youth Theatre's production of "Smokey Joey's Cafe," and cast members. The musical showcases rock 'n' roll compositions by songwriters Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, which will run from July 18th through 21 in the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, and from July 26th through 29th at the Sitnick Theater  at Lackland Performing Arts Center in Hackettstown, New Jersey.