• Nicholas Payton Speaks with Monifa Brown on Saturday Afternoon Jazz

    October 19, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Virtuosic multi-instrumentalist on trumpet, piano, and vocals; label head; Grammy winner; producer; and perhaps most importantly, New Orleans Saints fan; Nicholas Payton speaks with Monifa Brown about his life, his music, and the artists who inspire him.

  • Ben Williams with Awilda Rivera on Evening Jazz

    October 19, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Bassist Ben Williams stopped by WBGO during the BRIC Jazz Festival in New York City to talk about his new record, "Coming Of Age", and about his influences.

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  • WBGO Says Goodbye To Phil Woods: Listen Now

    September 29, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says goodbye to alto saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods, who passed away at age 83 from complications of emphysema.

    Woods was known for his soaring, seemingly effortless bebop improvisations, which often earned him comparisons to Charlie "Bird" Parker. He married Parker's widow, Chan, in 1955, and lived with her in France for several years.

    Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Woods became well-known to pop fans through his solos on songs such as Billie Joel's "Just The Way You Are" and Paul Simon's "Have A Good Time."

    Woods continued to perform despite his emphysema, including at a farewell concert September 6 in which he reprised the challenging arrangements of the album Charlie Parker With Strings at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh,

    "No doubts that Phil Woods is the most influential altoist after Bird. He is also a great and very funny colleague," said fellow saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera after that performance.

    Woods spoke with WBGO's Michael Bourne on many occasions, including  in 2007 when Phil was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician. We'd like to share that conversation with you again now.

    Farewell, Phil, and thank you!