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  • Bourne's Mohonk 2015: Better Than Ever

    February 9, 2015. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    This is the first of several highlights from this year's Jazz On The Mountain festival.

    I was afraid I was jinxing myself, as I got ready for this year's JOTM at the Mohonk Mountain House.

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    This year's line-up looked to be one of the best I've emceed, performed at, and "curated" - more like "fantasized" - at Mohonk in 16 years. Almost too good to be true.

    But this year’s JOTM turned out to be, indeed, one of the best.

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    L-R: Amy Niles, Michael Bourne, Guy Davis. Photo: Cynthia Lewis & Byron Smith

    This year’s Jazz On The Mountain was enjoyed by more WBGO’ers than ever before.

    About half of Mohonk’s enormous castle on the lake was filled with folks who'd come on the WBGO trip package, and something like 140 folks attended the Saturday evening dinner with the artists.

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    L-R: WBGO Dinner with Terry Dawson, Rita Annan-Brady & drummer Dennis Mackrel

    Kudos to the indefatigable WBGO travel troupe: Amy Niles, John Newcott, Carmen Balentine, and Jennifer Spiegler.

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    WBGO's Jen Spiegler

    My mantra about the artists I invite to Mohonk is that "they don't come to play a gig, they come to play!"

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    The Butler-Bernstein Hot Nine On Parade

    And the artists who get into the spirit of the jazzfest, in their own shows and often joining in other shows, while also enjoying being with their loved ones in the  Mountain House - we call these artists "Mohonk-y."

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    L-R: Scott Robinson, Martin Wind, Helen Sung, Dennis Mackrel

    And about that Mountain House… it was built in 1869, and it always looks beautiful!

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    Photo: Carmen Balentine

    Coming up: more on our favorite Mohonk-y moments and musicians, including Dave Stryker, Martin Wind, Scott Robinson and Catherine Russell, so stay tuned!

  • Newport Jazz Festival 2015

    January 21, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Images from the Newport Jazz Festival

    WBGO Travel invites you to enjoy the sun, fun and music at the Newport Jazz Festival, July 31- August 3, 2015.

    Arrive at the Newport Hotel & Marina on Thursday night, rested and ready for the Friday start of the Newport Jazz Festival.

    If a Friday arrival works better for your schedule, join us then. We will greet all our guests on Friday night at a welcome reception at the hotel,  then hop aboard the trolley to take you to/from the concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

    Saturday and Sunday mornings, take a short walk to the ferry dock where you will be jetted to a full day of a variety of musical enjoyment at the legendary outdoor Festival inside historic Fort Adams State Park. Before departing back to reality on Monday, join us for a bon voyage breakfast and take in the view from the marina. WBGO will provide you with an insider’s list of the best places to visit when the music isn’t playing, but when it is, you will hear:

    • Christian McBride Trio
    • Cassandra Wilson celebrates Billie Holiday
    • Jon Batiste & Stay Human
    • Chris Botti
    • Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
    • Jamie Cullum
    • Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
    • Jon Faddis: Triumph of Trumpets
    • Cécile McLorin Salvant
    • José James

    Details of Newport weekend package:

    • 3 [or 4] night hotel stay at the recently updated Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina.
    • Welcome Reception at the hotel on Friday evening
    • 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 both Saturday & Sunday
    • Bon Voyage Breakfast at the marina on Monday morning
    • Parking at the hotel for 3 [or 4] nights

    Festival Gates open at 10am, Saturday Festival Music Program: 10:45am-7pm, Sunday Festival Music Program: 11am-6:45 pm. Ferry passes to festival site not included. Parking at festival not included.

    Rates & Reservations:
    Double Occupancy:
    3 Night Price: $2,390 includes above detailed package for two people
    4 Night Price: $2,875 includes above detailed package for two people, plus Thursday night stay with Friday day time festival tickets
    Single Occupancy:
    3 Night Price: $1,965 includes above detailed package for one person
    4 Night Price: $2,375 includes above detailed package for one person, plus Thursday night stay with Friday day time festival tickets
    Inquire about family rates. Read our Cancellation Policy.
    To make your reservation call 973-624-8880 x269 or email events@wbgo.org

    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 or blue. There is limited availability!

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  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2015 Day Trips

    January 13, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    photo by Doug Mason

    WBGO Travel invites you to hop aboard the bus from either New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle), Brooklyn (BRIC House, 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place), New Jersey (NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark) or Boston (Berklee School of Music, 1140 Boylston Street) or Old Lyme, CT (The Side Door Jazz Club, 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT) for a direct ride to the front gate of the 61st Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island on Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 or Sunday, August 2. This excursion includes: round trip bus travel from departure location directly to the festival gate and general admission ticket to the festival for the full day. Bus will have wifi, restroom and reclining bucket seats.

    The full lineup is listed below, and includes exciting artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, Chris Botti, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Maria Schneider, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Fred Hersch, Billy Childs, Bill Frisell, Arturo Sandoval, Ambrose Akinmusire and More.

    Buses have varying departure times, please check below for specific times from your departure location. At the end of each day, buses leave from the front gate of the Newport Jazz Festival. Return times leaving festival are as follows: Friday 6PM, Saturday & Sunday 7PM.

    Details of RT New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 6:15AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly at 6:45AM.
    • Saturday – board the bus at 6AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
    • Sunday – board the bus about 7AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly after arrival. The bus will be coming from NJPAC, please be flexible with arrival time.
    • This location only will have an extra drop in Harlem on the way back to Jazz at Lincoln Center.

    Details of RT Brooklyn (BRIC House) to Newport trip:

    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 6AM at BRIC House located at 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.

    Details of RT New Jersey (NJPAC) to Newport trip:

    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 6AM at NJPAC located at 1 Center Street, Newark. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
    • Parking will be available at Military Park Garage.

    Details of RT Boston (Berklee) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 8:15AM at Berklee School of Music located at 1140 Boylston Street. Bus will depart promptly at 8:45AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 8:15AM at Berklee School of Music located at 1140 Boylston Street. Bus will depart promptly at 8:45AM.

    Details of RT Old Lyme, CT (The Side Door Jazz Club) to Newport trip:

    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 8:15AM at The Side Door Jazz Club located at 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT. Bus will depart promptly at 8:30AM. The bus will be coming from NYC, please be flexible with arrival time.

    Line up for the festival*:

    Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Snarky Puppy
    Christian McBride Trio w Christian Sands & Ulysses Owens
    John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
    Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
    Steve Lehman Octet
    Kneebody
    Gerald Clayton Quintet w Ambrose Akinmusire, Ben Wendel, Joe Sanders & Justin Brown
    Bria Skonberg Quintet
    Herlin Riley Quintet
    Lucky Peterson – Singin' The Blues
    Matana Roberts' Coin Coin
    Johnathan Blake Quartet
    Peter Evans Quinte
    The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra w special guest soloist Sean Jones

    University of Rhode Island Newport Big Band show/hide

    Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Cassandra Wilson celebrates Billie Holiday
    Jon Batiste and Stay Human
    Maria Schneider Orchestra
    Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
    Cécile McLorin Salvant
    José James
    Pat Martino Organ Trio
    Conrad Herwig's Latin Side of Horace Silver fea. guest Michel Camilo
    Jack DeJohnette's Made in Chicago
    Hiromi: The Trio Project w Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips
    Kenny Garrett Quintet
    Wycliffe Gordon & Friends
    Tom Harrell Quintet w Wayne Escoffery, Danny Grissett, Ugonna Okegwo & Johnathan Blake
    Introducing Joey Alexander

    RI Music Educators Association Sr. All-State Jazz Ensemble show/hide

    Sunday, August 2, 2015, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Jamie Cullum
    Arturo Sandoval
    Dr. John and The Nite Trippers
    Michel Camilo/Hiromi Piano Duets
    Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band
    Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra w special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa
    Bill Frisell Trio w Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen
    Billy Childs’ Jazz-Chamber Ensemble
    Jon Faddis: Triumph of Trumpets w Marquis Hill, Sean Jones, David Hazeltine, Kiyoshi Kitagawa & Dion Parsons
    James Carter Sextet - Living My Life: The Music of Don Byas
    Fred Hersch Trio w John Hebert & Eric McPherson
    Lou Donaldson Quartet
    Scott Robinson’s Doctette
    Jason Lindner Now vs. Now

    Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band show/hide

    *Schedule Subject to Change Visit newportjazzfest.org for most up to date listing.

    Rates & Reservations:

    Same Day Round Trip from NYC, NJ & Brooklyn
    WBGO Member price per person: Friday - $185, Saturday/Sunday - $225
    Non-Member price per person: Friday - $205, Saturday/Sunday - $245
    Student price per person: Friday - $145, Saturday/Sunday - $165
    (must show valid student ID at festival gate)

    Round Trip from Boston & Old Lyme, CT
    WBGO Member price per person: Friday - $145, Saturday/Sunday - $185
    Non-Member price per person: Friday - $165, Saturday/Sunday - $205
    Student price per person: Friday - $120, Saturday/Sunday - $140
    (must show valid student ID at festival gate)

    For questions or reservations call 973-624-8880 x247 or email events@wbgo.org.

    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 or blue. There is limited availability!

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