WBGO Blog
  • Blues Singer Joe Louis Walker: "Hornet's Nest"

    April 1, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Blues singer Joe Louis Walker talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about his new Alligator Records album, Hornet's Nest. Enjoy!

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  • Singer Carrie Jackson: Sarah Vaughan's Newark Legacy

    March 26, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Carrie Jackson talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about the album she recorded to honor singer Sarah Vaughan. Like Vaughan, Jackson is a Newark native. Enjoy!

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  • Playdate With Matt Wilson Show #8: 3/25/14

    March 24, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.

    PlaydateBannerUpdatedWelcome to Playdate #8, the last in our series of highlights from WBGO's archive of live recordings. We've packed this show, which airs on WBGO-FM March 25 at 6:30 p.m., to the brim with excitement, and there's even more at WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE.

    First up is JazzSet's historic trip to Cuba in December of 1998. You'll hear trombonist Steve Turre jam on conch shells in the streets of Havana with a seven-woman percussion group, trumpeter Roy Hargrove grooving hard with locals, and more music and stories from producer Becca Pulliam and field engineer Duke Markos.

    To read and hear more about this trip, visit this blog post we created for JazzSet's twentieth anniversary.

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    The view of the Habana River from Producer Becca Pulliam's hotel room

    Show #8 also features pianist Harold Mabern, The Dave Holland Quintet at the 1998 Mount Hood Jazz Festival, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and music from the two hosts of JazzSet: saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who hosted the show in its first decade, and vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, our current host.

    You'll also hear part of an intimate performance by guitarist Larry Coryell with pianist Albert Dailey, bassist George Mraz and drummer Billy Hart at the Village Vanguard on April 26, 1984.

    That morning, Count Basie passed away. Coryell dedicates his version of "Body and Soul" to the legendary organist, pianist and bandleader, who embodied for many jazz lovers, the sound and sense of "swing."

    At WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, you can hear the full audio from this performance, as well as "On Green Dolphin Street," which features Coryell's group with innovative saxophonist Geroge Braith. On the track, Braith plays the Braithophone - a multi-reed instrument of his own invention.

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