• Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley Visit WBGO!

    October 5, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Maceo Parker

    The JB Horns - trombonist Fred Wesley, saxophonists Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis -  anchored James Brown's funk machine in the 1970s, bringing their superb musicality to hits such as "Doing It to Death" and "Pass the Peas."

    The musical influence of the JBs is felt in every corner of the globe. WBGO was honored to have these three living kings of funk visit our studios yesterday ahead of their reunion at New York's Town Hall this Thursday, October 6 at 8 p.m.  The radio station was buzzing with excitement.

    When Michael Bourne talked with the JBs, Fred Wesley says they "took great pride being the tightest band in the world, the hottest band in the world." 

    Listen to their conversation here.

  • The Checkout Interviews Wayne Shorter

    February 8, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Wayne Shorter will be performing this Wednesday at Town Hall -- for more, check out my preview that ran Friday in the Newark Star-Ledger. He'll also be featured on this week's edition of The Checkout. Producer Josh Jackson caught up with him last week from his home in West Hollywood, and suffered a few technical difficulties along the way. Here's his take on what went down: Read more

  • Bobby McFerrin, Montreal Jazz Festival

    June 30, 2010. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Michael Bourne, center, with Bobby McFerrin and manager Linda Goldstein

    Listen to the interview: