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  • WBGO At The 2014 NYC Winter Jazz Fest

    December 31, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    It's that time of year, when jazz madness descends on Lower Manhattan. More than 400 musicians and 90 groups storm New York stages for the 2014 Winter Jazz Fest, and WBGO is proud to introduce you to this rising generation of jazz talent.

    To celebrate its tenth year, the festival's two-day jazz marathon hosts simultaneous shows at ten Greenwich Village clubs, starting Friday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m., as well as special concerts during the week. Click here for a full festival schedule and details.

    Wait - you're not sure whether to hear the Revive Big Band, Mother Falcon, the Blue Cranes, or Dawn of Midi? Or any of the dozens of other outrageously talented groups who may not yet be household names? WBGO is here to help.

    As we did last year, starting New Year's Day WBGO's HD2 will stream a continuous mix of music by all of these groups and musicians. This mix will play around the clock before, during and after the festival. We will also publish previews of this year's Winter Jazz Fest shows on the WBGO blog.

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    On Friday, Jan. 3 at noon on WBGO-FM, Rhonda Hamilton interviews pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran, who headline a special Winter Jazz Fest concert which celebrates the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records at Town Hall on with Jan. 8, with Ravi Coltrane, Bilal, Eric Harland and Alan Hampton.

    On Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. on WBGO-FM, Josh Jackson previews highlights of the festival on his weekly new music magazine, The Checkout, in a conversation with Patrick Jarenwattananon, the host of NPRMusic's A Blog Supreme.

    Jackson will also introduce Glasper and Moran at their Town Hall concert, and on Jan. 10 and 11 will host shows at the festival's anchor venue, (le) Poisson Rouge, at 158 Bleecker Street.

    Enjoy the best of jazz past, present and future, and the best of the 2014 New York Winter Jazz Fest, with WBGO!

  • Wynton Marsalis Septet Live Webcasts: Dec. 26 Through 31

    December 26, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO webcasts the Wynton Marsalis Septet live for six nights from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center. Click on the links below to watch video, with sets at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

    This unprecedented residency reunites the master trumpeter's legendary 1990s lineup with Victor Goines and Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson on reeds, Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Eric Reed on piano, Reginald Veal on bass and Herlin Riley, drums.

    On December 31, sets are at 7:30 and 11 p.m. to ring in the New Year, which WBGO-FM will broadcast live, as will other NPR stations across the country as part of our annual coast-to-coast Toast of the Nation celebration.

    Starting at 9 p.m., every hour Toast of the Nation brings you live music from different venues across the country, as we ring in the New Year in every time zone. Enjoy the best in jazz, with our best wishes for the New Year, from all your friends at WBGO!

  • Top Holiday Tunes!

    December 25, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Thank you to our listeners who voted in the holiday poll! Many songs received two to three votes and several songs received one vote each.

    Here are the top five:

    #1 “The Christmas Song” Nat King Cole (48 votes)
    #2 “My Favorite Things” John Coltrane (24 votes)
    #3 “Christmas Time” Vince Guaraldi (15 votes)
    #4 “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Ella Fitzgerald (13 votes)
    #5 “Blue Xmas” Miles Davis (8 votes)

    Happy holidays from WBGO!
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