WBGO Blog
  • IAJE: T-minus 20 hours...

    January 8, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    The WBGO broadcast team is now up in Toronto, where we'll be hanging for the next few days and bringing you some of the highlights. After a few hours work, our broadcast booth is now up and has been tested. The Metro Toronto Convention Center is well-appointed and professionally staffed - it makes our job rather easy. We hope you'll keep tuning in right here at the WBGO blog, and keep listening to WBGO!

    WBGO IAJE 2008

  • What it takes to broadcast from a different country

    January 7, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    IAJE is coming up, and we'll be broadcasting from it - bringing you great interviews and music and more. The trick is, this year IAJE is in another country - Canada. Toronto, to be exact. But that means we have to set up a mini studio in a place that one needs a passport to fly to. So what do we do? We'll be renting the big equipment (mixers and such) from the very helpful CBC (which you owe it to yourself to check out some of their radio offering). But there is still a lot of little stuff to bring:

    Tech for Toronto

    Now I just need to find room for a shirt or two...

  • Sam Woodyard - Stompin' the Yard

    January 7, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    It's the birthday today of Sam Woodyard, one of the great drummers from Duke Ellington's Orchestra.

    Check out a killer solo from Sam Woodyard with Ellington, 1961.

     

    January seems to be a good month for drummers to join the world. This month alone, you'll find the birthdates of Kenny Clarke and Max Roach on the 9th and 10th (that's the bulk of bebop drums in two days). Then there's Grady Tate (1/14), Gene Krupa (1/15), and both Jeff "Tain" Watts and Jimmy Cobb on January 20th. - Josh