June 6, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.
Jazz: Brooklyn’s Beat, a partnership between Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO 88.3FM, is a month-long celebration of world-class jazz in some of Brooklyn’s most cherished cultural venues: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park and Prospect Park Zoo.
This Saturday, June 9, music lovers of all ages will learn to do the samba alongside Prospect Park Zoo’s own sea lions, Beebe and Stella, at Samba with the Sea Lions. Visitors will dance to the Brazilian beats of NYC’s samba group Samba New York!
Below is a sample from last year's event.
Performances take place at noon and 2:30pm and are FREE with paid admission to Prospect Park Zoo ($5 for youth ages 3-12, $8 for ages 12 and up; FREE admission for youth under age 3), FREE to members of Wildlife Conservation Society and WBGO (one admission per card).
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May 31, 2012. Posted by Thurston Briscoe.
Christian McBride was a teenager when I first met him. Back when folks were still listening to records, WBGO hosted Record Fairs every year at Newark's Gateway Plaza, and Christian and was performing with trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Antonio Hart on saxophone and Greg Hutchinson on drums. These guys were dressed to the nines when they arrived at the gig.
Christian, Roy, Greg and Antonio put on a breathtaking performance, which made clear to me that a new generation in jazz was ready for the main stage. Today we would call them "emerging artists," but at the time they were called "young lions." It was a marketing label they rejected as hype - but it did capture the ferocity, focus and love they brought to jazz.
Christian's warm, humorous personality and diverse musical tastes captured my attention, and have kept it ever since. He, Ray Brown and Ron Carter are my favorite "out-front" bassists: their sound, and their spirit, allow them to step out and become leaders. Plus, I just like him.
Christian still dresses to the nines, is warm and funny, and plays his heart out every performance. And he works hard to pass his passion for jazz on to the next generation of "rising stars."
Today is his birthday. A milestone birthday. So I decided to make this week Christian McBride Week at WBGO.
Thanks, Christian, and Happy 40th!!
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May 23, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO is launching the WBGO Jazz Corps Street Team at our partner events this summer. And we would love your help to reach out to new listeners. The Street Team is a direct line between WBGO’s programming and listeners (current and potential) who are attending the area’s great live concerts.
If you enjoy WBGO, become a Street Team volunteer and engage people throughout our summer events, dispersing promotional materials and building awareness in conversations about WBGO programming such as:
All it takes to be part of the WBGO Jazz Corps Street Team is a few hours this summer. It’s a great way to explore the New York/New Jersey metro area. Team up with a friend, meet new people, hear great live music, and spread the word about a great public radio station. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Sylvia Brewer, and get involved.
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