WBGO Blog
  • Meet The Sidrans At Newport: Listen Now

    July 31, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO welcomes Ben and Leo Sidran as our special correspondents at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, July 31 - August 2.

    Leo and Ben will report every day on the sights and sounds of the fest for WBGO-FM, WBGO HD2 and at WBGO.ORG/SIDRAN.

    Their first report will air on the WBGO Journal on Friday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.

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    Ben Sidran is familiar to many NPR listeners as the longtime host of  “Jazz Alive” and “Sidran on Record.” He’s also a free-spirited pianist, university professor and poet who’s been dubbed “the first existentialist jazz rapper.”

    Leo, Ben’s son, is also a musician and record producer, whose credits include the Academy Award-winning song “Al Otro Lado Del Rio,” from the 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries. He’s  the host of The Third Story, a podcast series of unguarded conversations with musicians and other creative artists.

    “It’s a perfect match,” says Ben. “WBGO is the flagship jazz station in the world, and Newport is the flagship festival. We’re so excited to be here, together.”

    Of particular interest to the Sidrans is the festival’s embrace of new and emerging talent, such as twelve-year-old pianist Joey Alexander and the Brooklyn-based band Snarky Puppy.

    "What I really love about the feeling this year is that there’s so much talk about the future,” says Leo.

    Follow all of their adventures at WBGO.ORG/SIDRAN.

    Welcome, Leo and Ben!

  • Violinist Regina Carter on "Southern Comfort": Listen Now

    July 30, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Violinist Regina Carter talks with Gary Walker about her album "Southern Comfort," which explores her musical and cultural heritage. Carter performs at New York's Jazz Standard July 31 through August 2. Enjoy!

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  • WBGO In France: Yes, We Cannes!

    July 24, 2015. Posted by Lezlie Harrison.

    Yes we Cannes! WBGO is up and ready for another splendid day on the French Riviera.

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    With our sunscreen and hats on  - temperatures hover around one hundred degrees, with an ocean breeze - we make our way to the farmers market for a bit of shopping.

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    Back on the WBGO bus, we take an amazing ride through the spectacular Alpes-Maritimes mountains, to reach the medieval town of Grasse, which is known as the "Perfume Capital of the World.”

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    We visited the one of the oldest factories, the historic Parfumerie Fragonard. We learned about the history and process of making perfumes.

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    Composing scents is similar to composing music. Base notes are the strongest part, heart notes is where the harmony is created and the peak notes are your first impression one smells that last about twenty minutes.

    Smells like music to me!

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    Yes, we have worked up a bon appetit! Our next stop - Auberge des Gorges du Loup, the "Wolf's Gorges Inn!"

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    What kind of house dessert does a wolf serve? Feast your eyes on this panacotta delight!

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    Our waiter thought my napkin looked better as a "crown"! Que pensez-vous?

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    Our next stop - St. Paul du Vence. One of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera filled with art galleries, contemporary art museums shops, and magnificent views.

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    The town square hosts some exciting games of pétanque, which is the French cousin of bocce!

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    I see a mailbox with my name on it - en français - in the future!

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    We head back to out headquarters - the Mediterranean Sea - for tonight’s concert, featuring Al Jarreau and Melody Gardot.

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    Magnifique! A demain...