• Newport Jazz Festival Weekend 2016

    October 27, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Travel invites you to bask in the fun and music at the Newport Jazz Festival July 29-31, 2016.

    Full Line up Announced!   Kamasi WashingtonPeter ApfelbaumChick Corea featuring Christian McBride and Brian BladeBen WilliamsSullivan Fortner, Tyshawn Sorey, Darcy James, Tierney Sutton, Angélique Kidjo, who was recently nominated for a Grammy for her album "Sings",  Gregory Porter and more! Click here for the complete 2016 Newport Jazz Festival line up!

    We’re rolling out the red carpet just for you Thursday night when you check in at Newport’s only resort-style hotel, the Hyatt Regency Newport, where you can relax, unwind, go for a swim or take a bike ride!  Next, enjoy a toast to the weekend with fellow travelers with a welcome reception at the Historic Bowen's Wharf.  Finally, get ready for the Friday kickoff of the Newport Jazz Festival!

    Friday night it’s time to enjoy some music in your reserved box seats for the concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, we’ll have a complimentary shuttle that will take you to the ferry dock where you'll be transported to where your music filled day awaits at the popular, legendary outdoor festival inside historic Fort Adams State Park.  And we’ll make sure you are well taken care of as WBGO weekend travelers will enjoy unique and exclusive access at the festival!

    Before departing back to reality on Monday, join us for a “Bon Voyage Breakfast” while you take in the relaxing view of the water.  During your stay WBGO will provide you with an insider’s guide to some of the best places to visit in Newport.  When the music isn’t playing, the activities department can make a list of things to do, or you can take a swim in one of the hotel’s two pools (indoor heated or saltwater outdoor), relax at the hotel spa, enjoy complimentary bike rentals, outdoor fire pits and take advantage of the 24 hour fitness center.

    Details of Newport weekend package (based on double occupancy):

    • Welcome reception at Alex and Ani store at the historic Bowen's Wharf
    • 4 night hotel stay at the resort-style Hyatt Regency Newport (Check in Thursday/Check out Monday)
    • Two reserved seat concert tickets for Friday night, 8pm at The International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, plus round trip ground transportation to/from venue and hotel
    • Two general admission festival tickets for Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    • Access to WBGO shade tent on festival grounds
    • Bon Voyage Breakfast at the hotel on Monday morning
    • Parking at the hotel for 4 nights

    **Not included in package pricing: Ferry passes to festival site , parking at festival, and transporation to and from Newport

    For FAQ about the Newport Jazz Festival Weekend click here.

    For Newport Shuttle Information click here.

    Rates & Reservations:

    Double Occupancy (4 nights: Check in Thursday/Check out Monday):

    $2,997 - EARLY BIRD (ended 1/21/16 at 10AM)
    $3,197 - ADVANCE (includes above detailed package for two people ends April 30)
    $3,397 - REGULAR (includes above detailed package for two people)

    Single Occupancy (4 nights: Check in Thursday/Check out Monday):

    $2,475 - EARLY BIRD (ended 1/21/16 at 10AM)
    $2,697 - ADVANCE (includes above detailed package for one person ends April 30)
    $2,897 - REGULAR (includes above detailed package for one person)

    Inquire about family rates.

    Reservations: Please call WBGO Travel & Events at 1- 973-624-8882 or email events@wbgo.org.  A $500 deposit is requested upon booking.

    Checks payable to WBGO/Newark Public Radio.

    Mailed to WBGO - Attn: Travel & Events, 54 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102, or by credit card.   Full payment due by June 27, unless a special plan is arranged.

    Read our Cancellation Policy.

    Folding Chairs

    Get your WBGO Folding Chair
    If you do not have a chair that meets the regulations of the Festival, we will have some onsite for purchase. If you advise us by reply email or phone that you are interested we will have it for you when you arrive for $30. Should you purchase it onsite it will be $40.
    Dimensions are : 29”H x 19” W x 19” L. Seat to floor is approx. 18” H. Weight limit – approx. 250 lbs. It folds and fits into a carrying case with a strap, they are lightweight and easy to move about. Available in red. There is limited availability! Chairs can be purchased individually when you make a booking. Click here to get your WBGO Folding Chair!
  • T.S. Monk Talks "The Point Of Monk" With Sheila Anderson

    October 23, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Drummer, composer, and bandleader T.S. Monk talks about the essence of his father Thelonius's philosophy, the difficulties that faced his generation of jazz musicians, and some of his favorite tunes with Sheila Anderson.


  • Mark Murphy with WBGO's Michael Bourne

    October 23, 2015. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Mark Murphy passed on Thursday October 22nd, 2015, at age 83.  A singer’s singer.  A singer’s teacher.  You can hear in countless singers around the scene (and around the world) the vocal DNA of Mark.  “Stand next to the drummer,” Mark once told me, was the first and most important lesson.

    Mark Murphy was my favorite jazz singer.  And (sez me) was the definitive jazz singer.  Always improvising.  Always imaginative.  Colorful with a melody.   Poetic with a lyric, even when scatting.  And always swinging.

    I’d heard the Riverside album Rah when new in the 60’s, when I was first getting into jazz, but what really pulled my ears and shook my head was Mark singing “I’m Glad There Is You,” first song on the 1972 Muse album Bridging a Gap. Mark sings the verse, quietly, tenderly, with only the guitar, floating freely. Then some chords from the keys enter with a pulse, and Mark sings into and around the pulse — until, like Icarus flying skyward, Mark swirls up to the sun, to the climax of the verse, and with a cry at the top of his voice, whoooom! Mark swoops suddenly down and deep into the song.  “In this world … of ordinary people … extraordinary people … I’m glad there is,” sings Mark, lovingly caressing “you…”

    I’m glad there is, on all the records, in all the memories, Mark Murphy …

    Here’s an interview, my last with Mark, broadcast on WBGO July 18, 2011, just before a gig at Birdland:

  • Pianist Fred Hersch on Singers Unlimited with Michael Bourne

    October 21, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    The multiple-Grammy nominated pianist and composer Fred Hersch is as prolific as he is celebrated. The musician checks in with Michael Bourne about staying sane, artistic theft, and his long career.


  • Drummer Will Calhoun With Sheila Anderson

    October 20, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

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    Will Calhoun has electrified audiences with his rock group Living Colour, served as bandleader in his own jazz ensembles, and played sideman to artists like Pharoah Sanders, BB King, Dr. John, and others. Calhoun sat down with WBGO's Sheila Anderson to talk shop and share his own music picks.