• George Wein's Carefusion Jazz Festival 55 in Newport

    August 14, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    When I visited George Wein's Carefusion Jazz Festival 55 last weekend, I spoke to Roy Haynes briefly about Lester Young (more about that coming soon).  I also interviewed George Wein, John Phillips, Carefusion's Jim Mazzola, and musicians Reid Anderson and William Parker about the state of the oldest American music festival in Newport.   Hear a preview of the feature which airs tonight on WBGO's Journal at 7:30p.  Tune in and subscribe to the podcast. - Simon Rentner

  • Bonnie Raitt & Taj Mahal Interviewed by Michael Bourne

    August 10, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Blues giants Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal aren't strangers.  They've worked together since the early 70s, when Raitt recruited Mahal's artistry for her third album Takin' My Time.  Over the years, they've made beautiful music together, and tomorrow night, they write the next chapter in their musical relationship: Their BonTaj Roulet Tour "Alone & Together" comes to NJPAC.  Listen to their fascinating interview together with WBGO's Michael Bourne by clicking below.

    Airs today on The Blues Hour at 3pm.

  • My Story: Nina Simone

    July 30, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    WBGO reached out to its devoted volunteers, and requested them to submit entries to our blog.  Here's a story about the great Nina Simone by Judith Tatti. - Simon

    When I listen to Nina Simone I thank God for having put someone on this earth who sings from a place where passion is nourished by spirit, and I understand why she is called the High Priestess of Soul.

    I first heard Nina Simone when I was about sixteen. My boyfriend had albums by her and would listen to them often. At this time most of the kids I hung out with liked jazz and played the most popular jazz albums of the time, and Nina Simone’s albums were always being played.

    In the New York area everyone who liked jazz listened to this radio program at night called Symphony Sid. Symphony Sid played jazz and Latin jazz all night, from ten at night until four in the morning. It was so cool.  I remember sitting in someone’s car with the radio turned on listening to one great jazz song after another. Nina Simone had several hits that were aired on that show at that time.

    Nina Simone has a sound like no other singer, and when you hear her arrangements they are unmistakably, uniquely hers. Her songs paradoxically demand your attention while at the same time heal and soothe you.

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