• WBGO Says Goodbye To Sax Master Yusef Lateef

    December 23, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says goodbye to multi-reed master Yusef Lateef, who died Dec. 23 from prostate cancer. This "Gentle Giant" of the tenor saxophone, one of the first to bring non-Western instruments into his recordings and compositions, was named a NEA Jazz Master in 2010, the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician.

    Lateef sat down with WBGO's Josh Jackson to celebrate that occasion, and we'd like to share that conversation with you again now. Thank you, Yusef, we will miss you!


  • Top Tunes of 2013

    December 23, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    As we reach the end of 2013, WBGO has looked back on the year in jazz and come up with not one, but TWO top ten lists. Well, one is a top 17 list, but you know what we mean...there is just a lot of great music out there and we are delighted to bring it to our listeners each and every day.

    Tune in or log on on New Year's Eve at 8pm, just before Toast of the Nation, to hear Gary Walker and Michael Bourne talk about the best music of 2013.

    (PS - music is a great holiday gift, for yourself or someone else, and if you click on the album covers below, when you purchase on Amazon, you will also be supporting WBGO!)

    WBGO Music Director Gary Walker's top picks:

    Top picks from Tim Wilkins of WBGO's HD2:

  • Farewell To Guitarist Jim Hall: Concert & Interview

    December 10, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    We say goodbye to our friend Jim Hall, who passed away in his sleep Dec. 10, one week in to his 84th year in music.

    Jim was revered by fellow guitarists, and rightly so. He was a gentleman's gentleman, too.

    We were fortunate to enjoy many moments with Jim over the years, and would like to share some with you now.

    In 2004, Jim shared some wonderful stories with WBGO's Sheila Anderson on the occasion of his being honored as an NEA Jazz Master, the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician.

    We were with him at the Newport Jazz Festival this August, where we broadcast his heartbreakingly beautiful guitar duet with Julian Lage, as well as Steve Colley on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. This is one of Jim's last recorded performances.

    Farewell Jim, we will miss you!

    Photo by Adam Kissick for NPR
    Photo by Adam Kissick for NPR