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  • Love Letters from WBGO Listeners

    February 14, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO asked listeners to send us love letters for Valentine's Day, and we received some wonderful notes, poems, song lyrics and well wishes. Take a look and add your love letter to the bottom of this post! Happy Valentine's Day from WBGO.

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    My Grandfather and I listened to your station religiously.......He's passed but I continue our Sunday tradition. Thanks for the continuous years of great music

    Love Tammy

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    My wife and I are in love with BGO. We have been loyal members and listeners for 12 years. We would be hard pressed if the station went off the air and that's why we give our support year after year. So kudos for another great year.

    Sincerely,

    Michael W.

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    My Dearest WBGO,

    You are so nice to come home to – one of my favorite things.

    We can be alone together; and if I’m afro blue or in one of those sentimental moods,

    you can bring me some of that epistrophy boplicity jelly roll jitterbug black magic and get me to straighten up and fly right.

    Oh yes!  You’ve got what it takes to make my heart sing.

    It don’t me a thing if it ain’t got that swing. And hey, WBGO.  You’ve got it!

    You could  be my one and only love; or even my funny valentine.

    But  if you don’t know by now, you’ll always be the sunshine of my life.

    Love always….

    from Nina  never knew…..aka Nina H.

    PS….I listened to WRVR since I was seven years old,

    and to WBGO since I returned to NYC in the early eighties.

    KEEP THE MUSIC COMING!!!

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    How do I love thee? Let me count the ways:

    W hether you're happy, tired, jazzed, or just got the
    B lues, you know the one and only place to
    G o is right at your fingertips (radio or web),
    O n 24/7, just waiting on you.                                            Noreen S.

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    WBGO I love you and your amazing music! I really dig it! Y
    Thank you for your programs!

    Love,
    Laura H. Y

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    A Valentine’s Poem to WBGO

    Roses are red,

    Violets are blue,

    This is so cliché,

    And so not you!

    Trumpets are winds,

    Saxophones are reeds,

    Jazz is an artistic expression openly share by WBGO,

    Thus I kindly thank thee!

    Over the years,

    And through the obstacles,

    Mr. Cephas Bowles,

    You have honored us.

    With your creative endeavors,

    And blessed plan and action,

    You and your team have aided WBGO and Newark in their successful expansion.

    I wish WBGO increased stardom,

    And to Mr. Bowles, your team and listeners,

    I wish you continued success, joy and wisdom.

    Poem by:      O. Xiomara Luna

  • Tony Bennett with Michael Bourne (Part II)

    January 29, 2013. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Tony Bennett concludes his conversation with WBGO's Michael Bourne, his longtime friend.  If you missed it, click below.

    Tony Bennett

    Tony Bennett and Michael have been friends for a long time.  Tony is a much admired painter, and when Tony and Michael get together, they usually talk about art.   But once in a while, they get together at WBGO and talk about Tony’s life as a great singer.  Just before a performance last Sunday at NJPAC, Michael talked with Tony about his recent world travels, his new CD (Viva Duets), his new DVD (The Zen of Tony Bennett), his new philosophical memoir (Life Is a Gift), and his life’s work (73 CD’s and 3 DVD’s, The Complete Collection).   If you missed Part I of the interview, see below.

  • Bourne's Mohonk: Jazz on the Mountain, Day Four

    January 29, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    This is the last of four posts on this year's Jazz on the Mountain Festival.

    Jazz on the Mountain always ends on Monday morning with what I call the Parlor Games, a mixing and matching of the artists, sometimes playing my musical fantasies (a bass solo or a bass and bass sax duet, Joe playing a cappella, and the like) or whatever feels like it'll be fun.

    This year ended with a grouping I called the Mohonk Nuclei: Anat, Scott, Joe, Martin, Matt. We quickly sketched out a program, and then let the games...happen.

    Photo by Beth Lasoff
    Photo by Beth Lasoff

    "Solar" for starters, and then a trio of Anat with M&M. They'd enjoyed playing together so much last year that they recorded together, and they played a whimsical piece inspired by a rutabaga festival.

    Photo by Jeff Riman
    Photo by Jeff Riman

    Joe told a story about being inspired early on by a record of Jimmy Scott, and about the thrill years after of recording with Jimmy. Joe played, alone at the vibes, his tribute to Jimmy, "Sword of Whispers."

    I (or the mostly dormant actor in me) usually join in the Parlor Games. I'll "act" some lyrics or poems with the cats playing along. Last year: a jigsaw of Stephen Sondheim. This year: a shuffling of Cole Porter I called "Cole Slaw."

    Photo by Jeff Riman
    Photo by Jeff Riman

    I performed shards of Porter's lyrics with the players improvising counterpoints or playing some of Porter's melodies. Especially beautiful were a Joe Locke solo of "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" and a duet of Matt's drums and Scott's bass sax playing "You Do Something to Me."

    Photo by Beth Lasoff
    Photo by Beth Lasoff

    I called up an actual singer, Amy Cervini, to sing some Blossom Dearie songs. Martin, with Joe and Scott, played the aptly-titled Hank Jones tune called "Sublime."
And, as the jazzfest began with a Monk tune, we ended with a Monk tune, "Rhythm-a-ning."

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    Photo by Marilyn Catasus

    I always enjoy when Matt Wilson goes nuts at the drums, as when, mid-solo, he leaped up, threw open the door to the balcony, and hurled a drumstick onto the ice of Lake Mohonk.

    Photo by Jeff Riman
    Photo by Jeff Riman

    Rather like tossing a penny into the Trevi Fountain for the promise of a return to Rome, Matt's drumstick was the promise of a return to JOTM 2014 at the Mohonk Mountain House.

    --Michael Bourne