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  • Send WBGO a Love Letter

    January 1, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Last year, there was an initiative asking musicians to sign a love letter to public radio. At WBGO, we became inspired that not only was this a great way of learning what public radio means to musicians, but also to the community it serves.

    We'd like to hear from YOU, our listeners. Please submit your love letters to WBGO below in the comments section, email them to our Marketing Manager or drop us a card to let us know why you love WBGO. Letters received by February 1 will be entered to win a Valentine treat from WBGO, so please don't forget to include a way for us to reach you if you are sending by mail.

    Public Radio Love Letter
    Public Radio Love Letter

    Love Letters can be mailed to:
    WBGO Love Letters
    54 Park Place
    Newark, NJ 07102

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  • WBGO on "Public Radio's Top Songs of 2012" at NPRmusic.org

    December 24, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO-FM and WBGO's HD2 stream, The Jazz Bee, are featured in NPRMusic.org's "Public Radio's Top Songs of 2012."

    For the list, a select group of radio programmers from across the country chose favorite tracks from the thousands of new releases they received this year.

    Our picks include "Breakdealer" by the Pat Metheny Unity Band, shown here at this year's Newport Jazz Festival, and "Farafina" by Lionel Loueke. Read our full lists below, and visit  NPRMusic.org to hear these artists, along with other tracks selected by stations across the country. Enjoy!

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    • Aruan Ortiz, "Alone Together"
    • Isaac Darche, "Beautiful"
    • Lionel Loueke, "Farafina"
    • Gregoire Maret with Toots Thielemans, "O Amor e Meu Pais"
    • Johnathan Blake, "Of Things To Come"
    • Alfredo Rodriguez, "Qbafrica"
    • Edmar Castañeda, "Quitapesares"
    • Billy Hart, "Song For Balkis"
    • Robert Glasper Experiment, "The Consequences Of Jealousy"
    • Christian Scott, "The Red Rooster"
    • Linda Oh, "Ultimate Persona"

    WBGO-FM’S TOP SONGS OF 2012:

    Pat Metheny Unity Band, "Breakdealer"

    • Ulysses Owens Jr., "Good And Terrible"

    Chick Corea & Gary Burton, "Hot House"

    • Mark Masters Ensemble, "Lawrence Brown Blues"

    • Gary Smulyan, "Little Miss Half Steps"

    • Jazz Soul Seven, "Move On Up"

    • Branford Marsalis Quartet, "My Ideal"

    • Chano Dominguez, "Nardis"

    Ryan Truesdell, "The Maids Of Cadiz"

    • Brad Mehldau Trio, "Time Has Told Me"

    WBGO - THE JAZZ BEE’S TOP SONGS OF 2012:

    • Aruan Ortiz, "Alone Together"

    • Isaac Darche, "Beautiful"

    • Lionel Loueke, "Farafina"

    • Gregoire Maret with Toots Thielemans, "O Amor e Meu Pais"

    • Johnathan Blake, "Of Things To Come"

    • Alfredo Rodriguez, "Qbafrica"

    • Edmar Castañeda, "Quitapesares"

    • Billy Hart, "Song For Balkis"

    Robert Glasper Experiment, "The Consequences Of Jealousy"

    • Christian Scott, "The Red Rooster"

    • Linda Oh, "Ultimate Persona"

  • WBGO on NPR's "10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012"

    December 24, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO's new HD2 stream, The Jazz Bee, is featured in NPRMusic.org's list of "10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012."

    Radio programmers from across the country were asked to select some of their favorite under-the-radar acts for the list. Our pick? Brazilian singer and guitarist Pedro Moraes, who will host a showcase of Brazilian "explorative" music at New York's (le) Poisson Rouge on January 14, with groups led by Ivo Senra, Elisa Cassini, Sergio Krakowski, Mauricio Zottarelli and Gabriel Santiago.

    Moraes himself is a great introduction to Rio de Janeiro's adventurous music scene. Like Jason Moran, Lionel Loueke and other roots-minded jazz musicians, Moraes turns traditional rhythms and forms on their heads, and comes up surprising ways to embrace Brazil's rich musical tradition and carry it into the future.

    Curious? You can visit this link at NPRMusic to download "Marcela," one of the tracks from Moraes' 2010 release, Claroescuro. Enjoy!

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