• WBGO in Saint Tropez: The Early Birds

    July 22, 2015. Posted by Lezlie Harrison.

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    In jazz as in life, the early bird gets the worm. WBGO's early birds catch the ferry to Saint Tropez!

    We arrived in St. Maxime just in time to board the scenic ride to this coastal town on the French Riviera.


    We cruised past the estates and villas of some of the world’s richest executives and celebrities. One of the most famous and celebrated residents of the island is Brigitte Bardot, the French actress, model, and singer turned animal activist.


    Pullling in to the port of St. Tropez, we passed some very impressive private yachts including ones with helicopters!


    Our walking tour takes through the old quarter of St. Tropez, known as La Ponche, which is next to the Vieux Port harbor basin and  below the Citadel of St. Tropez.


    We wound our way through the old quarter's narrow streets, alleys and inlets filled with orange and rose colored buildings and shops, and stumbled across this this fabulous fish market:


    Some of us climbed the hill to get a view of the harbor from above.


    After a walking up and down hills all morning in the hot Mediterranean sun, we had worked up an appetite. Time for my favorite part of the day - LUNCH - served at Le Girelier:


    What's a "Tarte Tropézienne," you might ask? In a word, delicious. For those of you who want to know more about what you're missing, here it is:


    We returned to Juan les Pins with our bellies full and our skins sun-kissed. After a dip in the sea. it was time for the evening’s concert featuring violinist and composer, Thomas Enhco, and jazz vocalist Lionel Richie!


    Another hard day on the Côte d'Azur. Tomorrow we are off to Cannes!

  • WBGO in Antibes: The Monaco Blues

    July 21, 2015. Posted by Lezlie Harrison.

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    Another day with the blues, the good kind - blue water and blue skies  - here in Juan Les Pins with WBGO! Ah, la Côte d’Azur…


    Breakfast on the terrace, overlooking the Mediterranean and the foothills of the Alps, makes for a great start to the day.


    We head to the Rock of Monaco for a walking tour of the beautiful grounds of the Princes’ Palace.

    The palace is currently inhabited by Prince Albert II, the son of Prince Rainier III and the late Grace Kelly.


    Princess Grace, who died tragically in 1982, is memorialized in the palace gardens with this statue.


    Jean-Paul, our well-informed Monaco guide, shares wonderful stories about the royal family and Grace's close friendship with singer and American expat Josephine Baker.


    One of the best parts of our tours is always lunch! Today we dined at Castleroc Restaurant. It was, I must say, incroyable!

    When in France - “drink wine, Spo-dee-o-dee!” My new wine of choice is Rosé!

    Thank you Anna Maria Sorrentino of Shop Wine and Dine for making everything so delicious.


    After lunch, we head back down the hill, stopping at St. Nicholas Church before getting back on the WBGO bus and heading to Eze.


    After a drive along the seaside, we’re back in Juan Les Pins for the evening concerts of the Jazz a Juan Festival.

    It’s the festival’s 55th anniversary this summer, and tonight’s highlights were Rhiannon Gidden and Brooklyn’s own - Snarky Puppy!


    It’s an early morning tomorrow as we head to St. Tropez!

    La vie, c'est difficile sûr la Côte D’Azur…

  • Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen: Listen Now

    July 20, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Keyboardist Jason Miles and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen talk with Monifa Brown about "Kind Of New," their concert and album tribute to Miles Davis. Enjoy!


  • Vocalist Vanessa Rubin: Listen Now

    July 20, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Vocalist Vanessa Rubin talks with Eulis Cathey about her career and performance at Newark's Gateway 2 as part of WBGO's monthly lunchtime concert series. Enjoy!


  • Saxophonist Houston Person: Listen Now

    July 20, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Saxophonist Houston Person talks with Gary Walker about his album "The Melody Lingers On." Person performs at New York's 92Y in a tribute to Duke Ellington on July 22, and at the Jazz Standard July 23 through 26. Enjoy!