• Melissa Walker on Montclair Jazz Fest: Listen Now

    August 14, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Vocalist Melissa Walker talks with Gary Walker about the Montclair Jazz Festival Aug. 15, 2015. Walker hosts the free event in Montclair, New Jersey's Nishuane Park, which features peformances by Walker, Jazz House Kids, the Christian McBride Big Band, saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera and singer José James. Enjoy!


  • Pianist Luis Perdomo on "Twenty-Two": Listen Now

    August 11, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Pianist Luis Perdomo talks with Gary Walker about his album "Twenty-Two," which explores the musical influences from the twenty-two years he spent in his native Venezuela, and  twenty-two years in the United States. Enjoy!


  • Coming Up on WBGO: August 11th to August 16th

    August 11, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.


    Jazz After Hours 1 till 6 am:  Rich Keith is in for Brian Delp; birthday salute to pianist Jess Stacy

    Morning Jazz - 6 til 10 am: Brian Delp is in for Gary Walker

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: salute to longtime Ellington Orchestra reed master Russell Procope

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 6:30 pm: guest is Edmar Castaneda; Castañeda is a Colombian harpist.  His new recording features seven musicians from seven different countries.

    Conversations w/Allan Wolper – 7:30 pm: guest - Sam Schwartz; Schwartz is known worldwide as Gridlock Sam, a nickname the media gave him for his role in coining the term, Gridlock. As New York City's traffic commissioner in the 1980's, he designed routes for numerous crowded corners. He is also a columnist for The Daily News.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 10 pm: Birthday salute to saxophonist Donny McCaskin


    Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 till 6 am: Happy birthday to guitarist Pat Metheny

    Morning Jazz - 6 til 10 am: Gary Walker returns from vacation

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: featuring the music of pianist Wynton Kelly

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

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm:  guest is Laurin Mincy, one of the best high school basketball players in NJ history, starring at University High School. Mincy would go on to lead the University of Maryland to two final four appearances.

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Tootie Heath Turns 80! Jazz Night In America is honored to celebrate the 80th birthday of drummer, bandleader, and force of nature Albert “Tootie” Heath. He’s recorded with Coltrane, lead a band for fifty years, and played with Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, Wes Montgomery, and many more. In eight decades, Heath hasn’t missed a beat.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to singer Earl Coleman


    Midday Jazz w/Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm
    : featuring the music of George Shearing and Mulgrew Miller; also, remembering the Thelonius Monk/Gerry Mulligan recording “Monk Meets Mulligan”, recorded on this date in 1957.

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

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest is Grammy Award-winning bandleader, composer and pianist Arturo O’Farrill

    Newark Today – 8pm: Newark – the  next Silicon Valley?; guests, Jimi Olaghere of Geek Supply company,  Councilwoman Gayle Cheneyfielld Jenkins, Mark Bonamo of Newark Inc.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 9 pm: birthday salutes to singer Kathleen Battle and pianist Mulgrew Miller


    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring a birthday tribute to violin pioneer Stuff Smith

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pmBilly Eckstine Vol. 2

    WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: hosted by Doug Doyle and Alexandra Hill; reviews from Harlan Jacobson and Michael Bourne; story about college prep program at NJIT from college reporter Andrew Hines; Alexandra Hill interviews New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne of Newark

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to singer Lorez Alexandria


    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Dinah Washington from the beginning Vol. 15

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: “The Philly Sound”

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm:  Grew’s Tune- One more for Mulgrew; August 13th is the anniversary of Mulgrew Miller ‘s birth. He was a musician’s musician. We’ll keep the tunes spinning for Mulgrew - playing his own recordings and other musicians playing his compositions.


    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 (and Brooklyn’s own) Mandrill

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

  • WBGO in France: To Your Health!

    August 7, 2015. Posted by Lezlie Harrison.

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    WBGO's wonderful group of travelers bid farewell to France by raising our glasses to the wines of Provence - all day long. A votre santé!


    For over 2000 years, Provence has been producing wines. World famous for its rosé wines, the region's climate also makes it a cradle for fine wine growing in general.

    Rosé is a wine that is made from red grapes. The difference between the red and rosé is the length of time the grape juice stays in contact with the skins.

    On this hot summer day, je préfere un verre du vin rosé!


    Our first stop, Chateau du Berne,has been a family owned winery since 1790 with 292 acres of vines. They also have also kept with the times, and have ultra-modern processing facilities.


    After we tasted a few varieties of whites, reds and rosés, it was time to pair full glasses of wine with lunch!


    It’s time to make our way to our second winery du jour - Chateau Sainte Roseline - an estate dating back to 1300 with a chapel dating back to 1329.


    We make our way back to the hotel to take in a brief hang on the beach, before tonight’s concert at the Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival.

    The concerts are held next door to the hotel, where most of the musicians are staying.

    It was a nice surprise to see our friend, percussionist, Mino Cinelu on the beach, taking in some sun and salt before hitting the stage with bassist Marcus Miller!


    This is the last night of the Festival, and what a way to end our wonderful week of music! We enjoyed  the Kenny Garrett Quartet and Marcus Miller's 21 piece band, featuring Ibrahim Malouf!


    It's been a marvelous time with all of our WBGO tour group!

    Merci a tous et pour tout!

    A bientôt...


  • The Sidrans At Newport: Listen Now

    August 7, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO is proud to welcome new contributors Ben and Leo Sidran. The father-and-son team were our special correspondents at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, July 31 - August 2.

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

    Click on the links below to hear all of their reports:

    Interview with Newport Founder George Wein

    Newport Preview

    Newport Day One

    Newport Day Two

    Newport Day Three

    Newport Recap


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

    Leo is a musician and producer whose credits include the Academy Award-winning song “Al Otro Lado Del Rio,” from the 2004 film The Motorcycle Diaries.

    He’s also 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.”

    The Sidrans paid close attention to 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.

    Highlights of their Newport coverage include encounters and interviews with Jon Batiste, Jamie Cullum, Bob Dorough, James Carter, Jack DeJohnette and much, much more. We hope you enjoy it!

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

    Welcome, Leo and Ben!