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  • Happy Birthday Branford!

    August 26, 2015. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Happy Birthday to WBGO all-time favorite Branford Marsalis! The brilliant yet often unpredictable saxophonist of New Orleans royalty turns 55 today. Jazz 88 celebrates him by showcasing this compelling interview from 2009 with former Program Director and The Checkout host Josh Jackson.

    He talks about quartet his recording Metamorphosen featuring his longtime bandmates Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis, and Jeff “Tain” Watts. He also shares a playlist of some of his favorite popular recordings from the 1970s -- songs from James Brown, Parliament, Elton John, Seals and Crofts, and an elemental dance classic from Earth, Wind and Fire.

    Brandford Marsalis

    Don’t miss Branford Marsalis on tour! He performs in Newark and New Brunswick September 25th through the 27th , as part of his “Classical Tour” backed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. These epic performances will feature the music of Ravel, Milhaud, Mussorgsky, John Williams, and more at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and State Theatre in New Brunswick.

    Upcoming Tour Dates

    NJPAC Tickets

    State Theatre Tickets

  • WBGO Member Discounts - August 2015

    August 25, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Felix Hernandez

    Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

    The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts will once again offer a 15 percent discount to WBGO members for selected performances during its 2015-16 season.

    The WBGO member discount can be applied to the following performances:

    Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me (Sat, Oct 24 at 7:30pm)

    Black Violin (Sat, Nov 14 at 2pm)

    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Sat, Nov 21 at 8pm)

    Christmas in Vienna with The Vienna Boys Choir (Sat, Dec 12 at 8pm)

    The Colonial Nutcracker (Sun, Dec 13 at 2pm)

    Step Afrika! (Sat, Jan 23 at 2pm)

    Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration (Sun, Jan 31 at 3pm)

    Moscow Festival Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet / Carmen Suite (Sat, Mar 5 at 8pm)

    The Golden Dragon Acrobats (Sun, Mar 13 at 3pm)

    The Robert Glasper Trio (Sat, Mar 19 at 8pm)

    Darlene Love in concert (Sat, Apr 2 at 8pm)

    Rhythm Revue: A Latin Soul Celebration featuring Joe Bataan and DJ Felix Hernandez (Sat, Apr 9 at 8pm)

    Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort (Sat, Apr 16 at 8pm)

    Clifford the Big Red Dog – Live! (Sun, Apr 17 at 2pm)

    Straighten Up & Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli (Sun, May 1 at 3pm)

    WBGO members should use code WBGO15 to receive a 15% discount when purchasing tickets online or present their WBGO member card if buying tickets at the box office. For more information contact the Brooklyn Center at http://www.brooklyncenter.org or call 718-951-4500.

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    Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
    Carlos Henriquez: Back in the Bronx

    Saturday, September 12, 8pm | Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

    One of the first truly bilingual musicians, equally virtuosic with the language of jazz and the Afro-Latin tradition, Carlos Henriquez – the Bronx-born, Nuyorican veteran bassist of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – is a force to be reckoned with. By age 14, Henriquez was performing with Latin jazz greats Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Celia Cruz, and as a member of the first ever top-placing Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival and Competition jazz band, Henriquez’ roots with Jazz at Lincoln Center run deep. To kick off the new season, the Bronx native brings the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis back to the Bronx with a one-night-only performance at Lehman College, where his compositions and most notable arrangements will be front and center.

    WBGO members will receive a 25 percent discount when purchasing tickets for this performance and using code WBGO25.

    The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, New York, 10468.

    For tickets and more information.

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    Do you have a business that would like to participate in WBGO's members discount program? Contact Josh Rosenfeld at jrosenfeld@wbgo.org or at 973-624-8880 ext 232.

  • This Week on WBGO

    August 25, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Branford Marsalis by Palma Kolansky
    Branford Marsalis by Palma Kolansky

    Wednesday:
    1-6AM Jazz After Hours: Rich Keith in for Brian Delp; Birthday spotlight on Branford Marsalis

    10AM-2PM Midday Jazz: Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton; Happy birthday to Branford Marsalis…

    6:30-7:30PM Jazz Night in America: Salute to Betty Carter. Betty Carter (1929-1998) was not only one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century; she was a giver and a teacher to dozens of younger musicians. In this episode of Jazz Night in America, we hear stories from the many alumni of “the school of Betty Carter” and a special concert saluting her lasting legacy featuring vocalist Charenee Wade, drummer and music director Alvester Garnett, and many other past members of Carter’s band through the years.

    7:30-8PM SportsJam with Doug Doyle: The legacy of Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente

    8PM-1AM Evening Jazz with Awilda Rivera: Birthday salute to Darmon Meader vocalist, arranger and saxophonist; founder and musical director, of the New York Voices.

    Thursday
    1-6AM Jazz After Hours: Rich Keith in for Brian Delp; birthday salute to Lester Young

    10AM-2PM Midday Jazz: Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton; revisiting Dexter Gordon’s “Go”, recorded on this date in 1962

    6:30-7:30PM Song Travels with Michael Feinstein: The songs of vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Rebecca Roubion have been featured on the TV shows Bones and Pretty Little Liars.  She joins Feinstein to talk about her recordings, Fields and Forests, and she performs her original songs “Vacherie Girl” and “Feel Better Sam.”

    8PM-1AM Evening Jazz with Awilda Rivera:  Remembering Lester Young aka "Prez", one of the most influential saxophonists, on the anniversary of his birth.

    Friday

    1-6AM Jazz After Hours: Rich Keith in for Brian Delp; birthday salute to pianist Kenny Drew

    10AM-2PM Midday Jazz: Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton; featuring “Big Band Bossa Nova”,  recorded by Stan Getz and Quincy Jones on this date in 1962

    6:30-7:30PM Portraits in Blue with Bob Porter: Lucky Millinder, Vol. 2

    8PM-1AM Evening Jazz with Awilda Rivera: birthday salutes to pianist Kenny Drew and trumpeter Jim Rotundi

    Saturday

    7-8AM Portraits in Blue with Bob Porter: Lionel Hampton, Vol. 2

    10AM-2PM Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez: "Rareities”

    2-6PM Saturday Afternoon Jazz: Nicole Sweeney in for Monifa Brown

    Sunday

    12-6AM Weekend Jazz After Hours with Sheila Anderson: guest is drummer Steve Williams

    10AM-2PM Singers Unlimited with Michael Bourne: Spotlight on Jack Teagarden, Kenny Dorham and other trombone players and trumpet players who are also singers.

    6-7PM Jazz Night in America: Bill Frisell - “Highway 51”

    7-11PM Sunday Night Music Mix with Eulis Cathey: featuring the music of drummer Billy Cobham

    11PM-12AM The Checkout with Simon Rentner: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program

  • Coming Up on WBGO 88.3 FM for the week of August 18th!

    August 18, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

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    Tuesday :

    Jazz After Hours w/Brian Delp - 1 till 6 am; songs by Otto Harbach, an American lyricist and librettist of about 50 musical comedies. He is remembered for being Oscar Hammerstein II's mentor and was one of the first librettists to believe that songs should be woven into a show, not just placed there. Some of his more famous lyrics are for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "Indian Love Call" and "Cuddle up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine". Also two classics from Dave Brubeck's "Time Out" recorded on this date in 1959

    Morning News - Glenn Crespo in for Doug Doyle

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm:  Count Basie birthday celebration - "SING A SONG OF BASIE” & “SING ALONG WITH BASIE”, featuring Count Basie's recordings with JOE WILLIAMS, ELLA FITZGERALD, FRANK SINATRA, JIMMY RUSHING, BILLY ECKSTINE, SARAH VAUGHAN, NAT KING COLE, TONY BENNETT, SAMMY DAVIS, CARMEN BRADFORD, RAY CHARLES, ROSEMARY CLOONEY & GEORGE BENSON.

    Noon news - Glenn Crespo

    Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of Sonny Rollins

    Afternoon News  4- 630 pm:  Alexandra Hill

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 6:30 pm: (repeat) Aaron Goldberg shares his recording "The Now" featuring Rueben Rodgers and Eric Harland; Marquis Hill's Modern Flows - Hill is a winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz competition. "That’s all there is. The rest is metaphysics.”  - Aaron Goldberg

    Conversations w/Allan Wolper – 7:30 pm: guest - Kim Ann Curtin;  known as The Wall Street Coach, Curtin has written a book, Transforming Wall Street, a Conscious Path for a New Future

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 10pm; birthday salute to trumpeter Oscar Brashear

    Wednesday:

    Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 till 6 am: It's "Guitar Day" with birthday wishes going out to Peter Leitch, Ron Eschete, Adam Rogers;  Remembering guitarist/trombonist/composer Eddie Durham and the "perfect pianist" Jimmy Rowles

    Morning News - Glenn Crespo in for Doug Doyle

    Morning Jazz with Gary Walker - 9 am: Host an Hour with Stephen Trezza

    Midday Jazz - Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm:  Count Basie birthday celebration - "SING A SONG OF BASIE” & “SING ALONG WITH BASIE”, featuring Count Basie's recordings with JOE WILLIAMS, ELLA FITZGERALD, FRANK SINATRA, JIMMY RUSHING, BILLY ECKSTINE, SARAH VAUGHAN, NAT KING COLE, TONY BENNETT, SAMMY DAVIS, CARMEN BRADFORD, RAY CHARLES, ROSEMARY CLOONEY & GEORGE BENSON

    Noon news - Glenn Crespo

    Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; focus on the music of Bill Evans

    Afternoon News  4- 630 pm:  Alexandra Hill

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm:  guest is A.J. Kirby Jones; He's the slugger for the New Jersey Jackals and has helped lead them to the playoffs.

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: tribute to drummer Max Roach.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to pianist Danny Mixon. Featuring music from his new release.

    Thursday:

    Morning News - Glenn Crespo in for Doug Doyle

    Midday Jazz - Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm:  Count Basie birthday celebration - "SING A SONG OF BASIE” & “SING ALONG WITH BASIE”, featuring Count Basie's recordings with JOE WILLIAMS, ELLA FITZGERALD, FRANK SINATRA, JIMMY RUSHING, BILLY ECKSTINE, SARAH VAUGHAN, NAT KING COLE, TONY BENNETT, SAMMY DAVIS, CARMEN BRADFORD, RAY CHARLES, ROSEMARY CLOONEY & GEORGE BENSON

    Noon news - Glenn Crespo

    Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard

    Afternoon News  4- 630 pm:  Alexandra Hill

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest is Grammy Award-winning singer and composer Bobby McFerrin; he stops by Song Travels’ studio to talk about his endless creativity and the enduring appeal of George and Ira Gershwin

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm:  celebrating the influence of west coast musicians; drummer Frank Capp and bassist John Clayton

    Friday:

    Morning News - Glenn Crespo in for Doug Doyle

    Midday Jazz - Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm:  Count Basie birthday celebration - "SING A SONG OF BASIE” & “SING ALONG WITH BASIE”, featuring Count Basie's recordings with JOE WILLIAMS, ELLA FITZGERALD, FRANK SINATRA, JIMMY RUSHING, BILLY ECKSTINE, SARAH VAUGHAN, NAT KING COLE, TONY BENNETT, SAMMY DAVIS, CARMEN BRADFORD, RAY CHARLES, ROSEMARY CLOONEY, GEORGE BENSON...

    Noon news - Glenn Crespo

    Afternoon news - 4- 630 pm: Bruce Johnson

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pm – Dinah Washington from the beginning Vol. 15

    WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: Alice Stockton Rossini reports on the heavy burden of student loan debt; In the late 1960's into the early 70's, a Newark based guitar accessory company joined with an amplifier manufacturer to create a line of guitars. Harptone Standel models were seen strapped to the likes of Keith Richards and George Harrison during that era, but it was after the company ceased it's run that that luthier Sam Koontz went back to Linden, hand carving about 300 guitars before his death in 1981.  WBGO's Ang Santos spoke with Chris Wylde, executive producer of a two part documentary that paid tribute to the world's largest collection of Koontz guitars; College reporter Darren Fisher recaps last weekend's Montclair Jazz festival...

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm:  "Twin Spin" - featuring the music of twin brothers who are also jazz musicians, including the first set of twin brothers to make the big time...Art and Addison Farmer.

    Saturday:

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Lucky Millinder, Vol. 2

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm:   "Ain’t It Funky Now" -  Felix leans a little on the funky side today.

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm: Lighting the Candles for Bobby Watson; we'll kick off the 61st birthday festivities for the venerable reed artist. Watson and Horizon; Watson with the Jazz Messengers and more! And of course we will play his landmark album, “Post Mo-town Bop.”

    Sunday:

    Singers Unlimited w/ Michael Bourne - 10 am - 2 pm; birthday salute to "Mr. Five by Five" , Jimmy Rushing.

    Jazz Night in America – 6 pm:  tribute to drummer Max Roach.

    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm:  featuring the music of 70’s jazz-funk group the Brecker Brothers.

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program

  • Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond: Listen Now

    August 18, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says farewell to civil rights leader Julian Bond. Bond organized voter registration drives across the segregated South with “SNCC,” the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, an organization he helped found at age twenty while an undergraduate at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

    Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives after the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, and served as chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2009.

    Bond was also a music lover, and he used music in the courses he taught on civil rights at Harvard, the University of Virginia and elsewhere. He also once dreamed of becoming a singer, with a band he would call “The Hot Pants.” Among his favorites, who he says helped propel him into a life of activism, were Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Curtis Mayfield.

    Julian sat down with WBGO’s Felix Hernandez in 2010 to talk about his love for music, and how it helped awaken young people's desire for social change in the 1950s and 60s.

    You can hear more of their extended conversation in Felix's hourlong special program, "Crossing the Color Line."

    Farewell, Julian, and thank you!

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