March 1, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.
What are Michael Bourne's favorite interviews from his three decades at WBGO? We asked the host of Afternoon Jazz, Blues Hour and Singers Unlimited to share these with us, as we prepare to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Enjoy!
I've interviewed countless musicians and others through my going-on-30 years as a jock on WBGO. Maybe a thousand? Maybe two thousand -- if you count the 25-a-day I've sometimes talked with at conferences or festivals we've broadcast from. I've loved especially broadcasting from my favorite festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
This year being FIJM's 35th and WBGO's 35th, you can expect a more exciting broadcast than ever as the world's best jazz festival (sez me) and the world's best jazz radio station (sez everybody) celebrates together.
Who've been my favorite interviews for WBGO? So many of my favorite artists:
Tony Bennett at WBGO, parts 1 and 2
Tony in Montreal
Dave Brubeck, at his home in Connecticut
Cleo Laine & John Dankworth
And from the Blues Hour:
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi
Other greats come to mind from before our era of on-demand everything - Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gatemouth Brown, Little Milton...
Several generations of jazz artists have come along in the years since WBGO came on the air.
We're still (and always will be) playing Ella and Sarah, Dizzy and Miles, but in this last 35 years along came some new one-name-only singers and players: Kurt and Cassandra, Wynton and Branford -- and they're now an older generation.
Our annual JAM-fest (Jazz Appreciation Month Festival) in April is a spotlight on the newest generation, some of the best and brightest newcomers from schools in NJ, NY, and down from Boston.
When you hear them playing live on WBGO, you're hearing the future of jazz… and of the station.
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February 27, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.
Josh Jackson, WBGO’s VP of Content, brings many artists to perform live at WBGO. This is one of the many ways we offer listeners musical experiences no one else can.
As we gear up to celebrate our 35th Anniversary in April, we asked Josh to list of some of his favorite sessions over the years.
“Each session was a different experience," says Jackson. " I like these...”
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February 24, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.
Playdate is WBGO's new series of great moments from our archive of live recordings. Tune in Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear Show #4 with Michael Brecker, Max Roach, Kurt Elling, Shelly Manne, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Stéphane Grappelli and Bucky Pizzarelli, James Newton, and more!
We’ve already posted on Wayne Shorter, The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Ruth Brown, Sun Ra, Dorthaan Kirk, Chick Corea with Gary Burton, The "Salsa Meets Jazz" Series, Joe Henderson, and The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.
This week's first web extra, available now at WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, comes from a historic performance inside the walls of WBGO.
In late 1980s, drummer Max Roach fused his working quartet with a string quartet to create a Double Quartet. Hear this group perform Rahsaan Roland Kirk's “Bright Moments” live in the WBGO studios by clicking here.
Portrait of Max Roach, Three Deuces, New York, N.Y., ca. Oct. 1947. Photo by William P. Gottlieb.
Roach was one of the most prolific and influential figures in modern jazz. Best known for his work with saxophonist Charlie Parker, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, and other bebop pioneers, his use of thematic improvisation forever changed how jazz drummers approach their instrument.
This week's Playdate, Show #4, begins with a solo drum song by Roach. Our host, drummer Matt Wilson, draws inspirations from Max Roach every-time he sits down at his kit - Wilson has also named one of his sons Max after this great jazz icon.
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