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  • WBGO Congratulates the 2016 Grammy Winners!

    February 16, 2016. Posted by Nicole Sweeney.

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    WBGO celebrates the 2016 Grammy Award winners that call 88.3FM WBGO home!

    Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap Photo by: Alberto E. Rodriguez
    Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap Photo by: Alberto E. Rodriguez

    Tony Bennett & Bill Charlap won Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for their album: The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern. Tony Bennett recently talked with WBGO Afternoon Jazz Host Michael Bourne about his Bel Canto training, love of Art Tatum & more. Listen here!

    Drummer Antonio Sanchez won Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: Birdman -WBGO's "The Checkout" highlighted a 2012 concert featuring Antonio Sanchez. Listen here!

    Best Tropical Latin Album: Rubén Blades With Roberto Delgado & Orchestra, Son De Panamá

    Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn won for Best Folk Album: , Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn-WBGO's Morning Jazz Show host Gary Walker talks with Bela Fleck about music & more. Listen here!

    Best World Album: Angélique Kidjo, Sings

    Eliane Elias wins Best Latin Jazz Album: , Made in Brazil -Revisit Eliane Elias playing the music of Bill Evans at a live WBGO Broadcast here!

    Best Jazz Instrumental Album: John Scofield, Past Present

    Christian McBride wins Best Improvised Jazz Solo: Christian McBride, Cherokee- The host of Jazz Night in America was recently featured as JNIA  and follows him around his hometown of Philadelphia. Check it out here!

    Cecile McLorin Salvant wins Best Jazz Vocal Album:, For One to Love - We loved having Cecile as a guest on the WBGO "Checkout". Listen here!

    Maria Schneider wins Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)” (David Bowie album) AND Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: The Thompson Fields - WBGO's Gary Walker talks with Maria about this Grammy Award winning album! Listen here!

    Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra win Best Instrumental Composition: , "The Afro Latin Jazz Suite” - WBGO recently had Arturo O'Farrill and his boss level septet live in the WBGO studios! Listen here!

    Best Blues Album: Buddy Guy, Born to Play Guitar

    Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jon Cleary, Go Go Juice

  • WBGO Celebrates Valentine's Day

    February 12, 2016. Posted by Nicole Sweeney.

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    We asked our announcers to dig into their romantic memories and give us songs that remind them of love.

    Mid Day Jazz Host Rhonda Hamilton
    Mid Day Jazz Host Rhonda Hamilton

    Mid-Day Jazz Host Rhonda Hamilton:

    "A Time For Love": Many artists have recorded this Johnny Mandel composition. Shirley Horn’s version on her CD with strings, “Here’s To Life”, produced and arranged  by Mandel is especially lush and romantic. The entire album provides a perfect soundtrack for a lovely, loving evening.

    "The Island":  Any song that conjures up images of a tropical island puts me in a romantic mood. When Sarah Vaughan sings it on her album, “Crazy & Mixed Up” she transports you to a place so warm and sensual, you never want to leave.

    "Like A Lover": I was actually on the island of Anguilla with my husband when I first heard Carla Cook perform her gently swinging arrangement of this song.  It was a clear night with a warm tropical breeze, the stars were shining and we were just steps away from the sea. Whenever I want to revisit that romantic setting, I close my eyes and listen to Carla sing “Like a Lover.”

    Afternoon Jazz /Singers Unlimited Host Michael Bourne

    Michael Bourne
    Afternoon Jazz/Singers Unlimited Host Michael Bourne

    "I'll Remember April" by Andy Bey, Tuesday In Chinatown. Michele returned to my life in April, and whenever I play this song on the show I remember.

    "Speak Low"  Tony Bennett, Astoria,  one of the greatest lyrics about love and life.  "Time is so old and Love so brief.  Love is gold and Time a thief!"  It's also the only song I've ever requested Tony to sing, and he did!

    "Devil May Care" Bob Dorough - The only love song I can (more or less) sing and it's about the connection to a loved one, so deep, almost magical and yet truly real.

    Jazz After Hours Host Brian Delp

    Jazz After Hours Host Brian Delp
    Jazz After Hours Host Brian Delp

    "Broadway Romance" Dave Brubeck-The first time I heard this many years ago on the Great Plains, it evoked everything I imagined a New York romance to be; years later, I was proven right....

    "Autumn In New York" Charlie Parker with Strings-My wife and I danced to this at our Novermber wedding  while our guest pelted us with fake autumn leaves - much easier to clean up than rice!

    "The Quintessence" Quincy Jones-Phil Woods alto saxophone just drips sensuality and oozes gold.

    On Air Announcer Rich Keith

    When I started in radio back in the 70s, I fell in love with Ray Charles' version of Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen's "Come Rain or Come Shine". I got engaged to my wife in 1980 and one of the things we had to think about for the wedding in 1981 was our first song.  I suggested this song. Luck intervened when Streisand (my wife is a huge fan) decided to sing the song on one of her albums released around that time...so I was in.  The problem we ran into was that few of the wedding bands that we interviewed knew the song (as it was written in 1946)...and the ones who did sounded like they were playing "The Hokey Pokey". I got a copy of the Ray Charles version (my favorite) and the Streisand version (my wife's favorite) on a cassette and gave it to the band we ended up with, asking them to come up with something in between.  It must have worked out OK because were still married 35 years later.

  • 30th Anniversary Rhythm Revue Dance Party

    February 2, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    On March 16, WBGO will celebrate 30 years of Felix Hernandez and Rhythm Revue with a dance party at NJPAC in Newark. The party, which begins at 7:30pm, will feature the great classic soul Felix's audiences love, with a special performance by 2016 Grammy Nominee, drummer and vocalist  Jamison Ross! This is a party with a purpose: proceeds from the event support WBGO 88.3FM, which is the original home of Rhythm Revue - all the way back to 1986!

    JUST ANNOUNCED: R&B icon VALERIE SIMPSON to present award to Felix Hernandez at the event!

    Valerie Simpson
    Valerie Simpson

    Tickets are available for
    $35 - WBGO Members and Newark residents
    $88 - General admission
    $500 - VIP

  • Songs of the Civil Rights Movement - Rhonda Hamilton

    January 14, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO continues its celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. leading up to this weekend's Jazz & Civil Rights panel discussion in Newark.

    Rhonda Hamilton
    Rhonda Hamilton

    Today, we share Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton's favorite songs of the Civil Rights Movement. You can find a selection of all the songs available for download at WBGO's Amazon store, a portion of each purchase there supports this public radio station!

    BID ‘EM IN – OSCAR BROWN, JR. from SIN & SOUL

    WHEN PEOPLE MENTION THE “CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT” WE THINK OF THAT PERIOD IN THE LATE 1950’S AND 1960’S WHEN DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WAS LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, THAT STRUGGLE BEGAN HUNDREDS OF YEARS EARLIER DURING THE DAYS OF SLAVERY. OSCAR BROWN, JR. TELLS US THE RAW TRUTH WITH BID ‘EM IN.

    A CHANGE IS GONNA COME – SAM COOKE from PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND 1951-1964
    IN THE SAM COOKE COLLECTION, PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND IT’S SAID THAT HIS SONG, A CHANGE IS GONNA COME CAME TO HIM “ALMOST AS IF IT WERE DICTATED IN A DREAM.” COOKE DONATED THIS RECORDING FOR AN ALBUM THAT BENEFITED DR. KING’S SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE.

    I HAVE A DREAM – HERBIE HANCOCK from THE PRISONER
    IN 1963, ONE HUNDRED YEARS AFTER ABRAHAM LINCOLN ISSUED THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION AND 98 YEARS AFTER THE 13TH AMENDMENT ABOLISHED SLAVERY, DR. KING GAVE HIS FAMOUS “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH IN WASHINGTON, D.C. HERBIE HANCOCK’S COMPOSITION OF THE SAME TITLE WAS RECORDED ONE YEAR AFTER DR. KING WAS ASSASINATED.

    I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE – BILLY TAYLOR from MUSIC KEEPS US YOUNG

    DR. BILLY TAYLOR TOLD ME THAT HE WROTE THE SONG, I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE AS A WAY TO DEMONSTRATE TO HIS DAUGHTER, KIM, HOW TO SING A SPIRITUAL OR A GOSPEL SONG WITH FEELING. IT BECAME HIS BEST KNOWN AND MOST RECORDED COMPOSITION AND ULTIMATELY, AN ANTHEM OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

    IF YOU REALLY ARE CONCERNED – BILLY TAYLOR from TAYLOR MADE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER
    COMMISONED BY THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY, DR. BILLY TAYLOR COMPOSED “PEACEFUL WARRIOR”, AN EXTENDED WORK DEDICATED TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER SINGS AN EXCERPT FROM THE SUITE, IF YOU REALLY ARE CONCERNED.