February 25, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.
This week, WBGO web producer and Portland, Oregon native Alex W. Rodriguez traveled to his hometown to attend the Portland Jazz Festival. How has jazz in his hometown fared, eight years after he left for the East Coast? Watch this space to find out, as Alex shares his experiences throughout the main festival weekend.
Although the Portland Jazz Festival is *technically* halfway over, with five days of local and national acts having blown through town, things really started to heat up yesterday. Not only was clarinetist Don Byron in town to play an eclectic set of jazz-infused klezmer music inspired by the late singer/comedian Mickey Katz, but the city's local hero, media darling and consummate musician Esperanza Spalding (pictured) made her first public appearance at Portland State University. Read more
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May 19, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO received a My Source Community Impact Award for Engagement from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). WBGO's educational outreach to youth is manifold. The WBGO Kids Jazz Series accompanied with Jazzamatazz, a children’s newsletter, has been most successful. Also, the best college bands in New York and New Jersey visit WBGO's studio to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month every April. The SUNY Purchase Jazz Endeavor performed on the award-winning series Next Generation JAM. Listen to the live broadcast by clicking below.
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