• Marcus Strickland plays Winter's Eve

    November 15, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    When the folks at New York's largest holiday festival, Winter's Eve, asked WBGO who we would recommend to perform at the American Folk Art Museum during the November 26th event, Marcus Strickland came immediately to mind. WBGO has featured Strickland as a band leader and in performances where he was a sideman.

    Marcus Strickland
    Marcus Strickland

    In 2008, Strickland came into WBGO for a studio session and interview with Josh Jackson which was featured on NPR Music.

    Last year, the saxophonist made several appearances on WBGO, from an interview with Rhonda Hamilton, to two performances on The Checkout (as a leader and as a sideman) and two views of his performance with Jeff "Tain" Watts group on the Detroit Jazz Festival (on The Checkout and also JazzSet).

    Marcus Strickland will perform on Winter’s Eve at the American Folk Art Museum where you can visit with WBGO Jazz 88.3 and take in the museum’s latest exhibits, Ooh Shiny! and Foiled: Tinsel Painting in America.

    Location: American Folk Art Museum – Columbus Avenue between 65th and 66th Streets
    Time: 6:45pm & 7:45pm

  • NJ and NYC voting information

    November 6, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy the Board of Elections of the City of New York is temporarily relocating or combining some poll site locations across all five boroughs. New York voters can visit the poll site locator on the NYC Board of Election’s website here or call 866 VOTE NYC [1-866-868-3692] for information about your polling location.

    The New Jersey State Board of Elections has also made changes to accommodate “any voter who has been displaced from their primary residence because of Hurricane Sandy.” These voters are hereby designated as an “overseas voter” and may submit a mail-in ballot application to the County Clerk of the county in which they live. These voters may submit that application by email or fax. Contact information for the applicable Clerk is available at the applicable county’s website or at the New Jersey Division of Elections website. Further information is available by calling the following toll-free number: 1-877-NJVOTE [1-877-658-6837].

  • David Amram with Michael Bourne on Clearwater Award

    November 3, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    David Amram, one of the most open-eared and open-hearted musical artists in the world, came to WBGO for a talk with Michael Bourne.  He’s being honored with the “Power of Song” Award from the Clearwater Foundation at a stellar gathering Friday November 9 at Symphony Space in Manhattan.

    Pete Seeger, founder of Clearwater, will present the award and perform alongside other friends of David, including  Paquito D’Rivera, Henry Butler, Guy Davis, Josh White Jr, and young musicians premiering a new Amram composition.  Also premiering at the event will be the documentary film “David Amram: The First 80 Years."

    Amram (left) with Pete Seeger and Dizzy Gillespie in 1985, photo courtesy of the artist

  • Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West Celebrate James Moody

    October 19, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West share their memories of tenor saxophonist James Moody, who is being celebrated this week in the inaugural James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The pair's weekly radio show on current events, "Smiley & West," is broadcast on WBGO-FM every Saturday at 6 a.m.


  • Sarah Vaughan Vocal Competition Producer Larry Rosen

    October 16, 2012. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Sarah Vaughan
    Sarah Vaughan
    Larry Rosen
    Larry Rosen

    Jazz producer Larry Rosen organized the first annual Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, whose finalists will perform Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.  in Newark.

    To get ready for this weekend's battle between talented young vocalists, Rosen joined WBGO's Gary Walker to give his insight on the finalists.  Listen to the interview here.

    You can also listen to Rhonda Hamilton's interviews with finalists Cyrille Aimée, Alexis Cole, Hilary Kole, Sandra Booker and Monifa Brown's interview with finalist Ashleigh Smith, right here on the WBGO blog. Enjoy!