• Win a pair of tickets to Monk in Motion with Jazzmeia Horn

    February 17, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Monk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz presents the Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition (vocalist) - Jazzmeia Horn.
    Jazzmeia Horn
    Jazzmeia Horn

    By age 23, Jazzmeia “Jazz” Horn has earned a reputation in New York City as a dynamic musician with a soulful sound. Jazzmeia is a passionate vocalist and continues to receive accolades from top critics and musicians alike, earning her comparisons to classic vocalists like Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson. With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Jazzmeia moved to New York City in the summer of 2009 to study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Shortly after, she had her first live radio appearance with Junior Mance on WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark, NJ. Jazzmeia was awarded “The Rising Star Award” in the 2012 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition held at NJPAC. In 2013, she was selected into The Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program held at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Later that year, she won First Place Prize in the Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, hosted by WBGO and Jazz Roots.


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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