WBGO Blog
  • Toast in New York!

    December 31, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    The New York segment of NPR and WBGO's Toast of the Nation comes to you from the Jazz Standard in Midtown Manhattan. The Jazz Standard is in the basement of a smokin' barbecue joint called Blue Smoke.

    Blue Smoke front window

    Earlier today we soundchecked the Mingus Big Band. And big it is, with a full complement of saxes and brass including tuba! Trombonist Kumba Frank Lacy is also doing some vocal work:

    Frank Lacy

    Those are two important elements in making a live broadcast such as this happen. Keep reading for the others.

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  • Freddie Hubbard (1938 - 2008)

    December 29, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Freddie Hubbard

    The great trumpeter and composer Freddie Hubbard passed away today at Sherman Oaks hospital in LA, California. He had been hospitalized for over a month after suffering a heart attack.  Stay tuned to WBGO in the coming days for exclusive Freddie Hubbard music and interviews.

  • BEST CD’S OF 2008 selected by Rhonda, Brian, & Sheila

    December 24, 2008. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    PLAYLIST FOR BEST CD'S OF 2008 SHOW WITH
    RHONDA HAMILTON, BRIAN DELP & SHEILA ANDERSON

    KENNY BARRON - THE TRAVELER ON SUNNYSIDE RECORDS

    ROY HARGROVE - EARFOOD ON EMARCY

    AHMAD JAMAL - IT'S MAGIC ON DREYFUS JAZZ

    TOM LELLIS & TONINHO HORTA - TONIGHT ON ADVENTURE MUSIC

    JAMES MOODY & HANK JONES - OUR DELIGHT ON IPO RECORDS

    ARTURO O'FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA - SONG FOR CHICO ON ZOHO RECORDS

    AARON PARKS - INVISIBLE CINEMA ON BLUE NOTE

    DANILO PEREZ - ACROSS THE CRYSTAL SEA ON EMARCY

    ART TATUM - PIANO STARTS HERE: LIVE AT THE SHRINE ON SONY CLASSICAL

    THE VANGUARD JAZZ ORCHESTRA - MONDAY NIGHT LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD ON PLANET ARTS