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  • WBGO's Playdate: Preview Of Show Two, 2/11/14

    February 10, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.

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    Playdate is a new series hosted by drummer Matt Wilson with highlights from the WBGO archive of live recordings. Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., we'll broadcast a new show on WBGO-FM. You can also hear the show on demand, hear extra tracks and read web extras for each episode at WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, so check back all week for more surprises.

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    Tomorrow night, we’ll debut Show #2. Tune in to hear saxophonist Clifford Jordan (1931-93) at The Village Vanguard, the bandleader and arranger Chico O’Farrill (1921-2001) at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, bassist Bill Lee and the Natural Spiritual Orchestra celebrating a New Year's Eve at the WBGO performance studio, pianist Stanley Cowell in both Jordan's and Lee's groups and solo, and - from the Paul Robeson Center at Rutgers-Newark - the Vibration Society playing and singing a piece by Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

    As a sneak preview on WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, we're streaming “Armando’s Rhumba” by Chick Corea, with by Corea on piano and Gary Burton on vibes, at Buffalo State College in 1985. The full tune can be streamed here.

    Missed Show #1? Never fear, you can hear it in its entirety right here.

    From Show #1, we’ve also posted web extras on Wayne ShorterThe Mel Lewis Jazz OrchestraRuth Brown, and a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the Playdate theme.

    Thank you for joining us on Playdate With Matt Wilson!

  • WBGO's Playdate With Matt Wilson Arrives!

    February 3, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.

    Playdate, WBGO's brand new series of stunning live recordings hosted by drummer Matt Wilson, is here! Join Matt every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear rare gems from the WBGO archives.

    For our first show, we celebrate our host! Tune in Tuesday, Feb. 4 to hear Matt (below right) perform with bassist Drew Gress (left) and pianist Fred Hersch (center) at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival.

    Hear Matt Wilson perform with bassist Drew Gress and pianist Fred Hersch at the 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival

    Join Matt Wilson Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in February and March for this exclusive series featuring rare music from the WBGO archive of live recordings.

    Get to know the our intrepid host and his accomplice, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, in this behind-the-scenes video of the recording of the Playdate theme in the WBGO studios!

    Tune in tomorrow night to hear the selections below, and check in all week to get the stories behind the playdate.

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  • Thanks for supporting our Winter Membership Campaign

    February 1, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Thanks to our dedicated volunteers for their devoted services also to restaurants/caters for supporting our winter fundraising membership campaign by donating food and refreshments for the volunteers during our long hours.

    New Jersey

    • 16 PROSPECT WINE BAR & BISTRO - WESTFIELD
    • BRAGMAN’S RESTAURANT & DELICATESSEN - NEWARK
    • CHATEAU OF SPAIN - NEWARK
    • CIAO PIZZA - UNION
    • FIVE GUYS BURGERS AND FRIES - WESTFIELD/SPRINGFIELD
    • GOURMET TEAS -
    • HERO KING - NEWARK
    • HOBBY’S DELICATESSAN & RESTAURANT - NEWARK
    • JERSEY BUZZ - NEWARK
    • KIM’S IN THE MIX - RAHWAY
    • M.S.S. DISTRIBUTORS - NORTH ARLINGTON
    • SANDY SASSO -
    • SHANGHAI JAZZ RESTAURANT & BAR - MADISON
    • SPANISH PAVILLION - HARRISON
    • SUPREME BAKERY - WEST ORANGE
    • SUZY QUES BBQ & BAR - WEST ORANGE
    • THE WOOD PIT - MONTCLAIR
    • TWO BOOTS PIZZA - JERSEY CITY

    New York

    • BLACK COW COFFEE - CROTON-ON-HUDSON & PLEASANTVILLE
    • LUSCIOUS LITTLE DESSERT COMPANY - NEW ROCHELLE