October 10, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO, NPR Music, and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present a second year of The Checkout – Live at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts in the Red Room @ Cafe 939. The shows will be webcast live worldwide in high definition over NPRmusic.org and in New York over WBGO-FM as a special edition of The Checkout, the acclaimed multimedia show featuring what’s new on New York’s jazz scene. They will also be archived, and available for on-demand listening, at NPRmusic.org, and WBGO.
Year two of The Checkout – Live at Berklee will debut with pianist and composer Chihiro Yamanaka’98 on October 18. The series continues with saxophonist and composer Dayna Stephens’01 on November 15, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw’00 on February 7, 2013, and tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III ’02 on March 7, 2013. Concerts and broadcasts will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET. Tickets to the live performances at the Red Room @ Cafe 939 are $10 for the general public and $5 with a Berklee ID. Tickets are available at cafe939.com.
“Boston is a major incubator for jazz, and this series aims to underline that fact,” said Josh Jackson, host and producer of The Checkout. “WBGO and The Checkout are delighted to return to Berklee. We look forward to showcasing these young talents as they pursue their artistry and inspire future generations.”
Chihiro Yamanaka is one of the most exciting jazz pianists and composers of her generation, and is the leader of the Chihiro Yamanaka Trio. 2012 has been a milestone year: she performed in the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, in a concert featured on JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater, at the Iridium Jazz Club and Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, at the Regattabar in Boston, and in a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. Yamanaka’s new CD, Reminiscence is her second U.S. release. Reminiscence reached the #1 spot on the Japanese jazz charts and won the Nissan Presents Jazz Japan Award for Album of the Year.
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February 14, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.
One of the ways WBGO will celebrate black history this month is a partnership with the American Museum of Natural History this Saturday. The event, The African-American Musical Mosaic, will feature performances by artists from jazz to hip hop, gospel and more.
The program takes place Saturday, February 18 from noon to 6:30pm at the American Museum of Natural History located in Manhattan at Central Park West and 79th Street.
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April 1, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month and here at WBGO we are also appreciating our members in several ways.
April 8-10 is Member Appreciation Weekend with special thank you gifts for new and renewing members. There is also a very special live broadcast from the WBGO performance studio in Newark on April 9 @ 3pm with Dr. Lonnie Smith!
You can also join us on the following Saturdays at 12:30pm for a free WBGO Kids Jazz Concert :
April 9 - Michael Carvin Quartet @ Burgdorff Cultural Center
April 16 - Helen Sung @ Montclair Art Museum
April 30 - Tia Fuller @ Newark Museum
May 7 - Jon Faddis @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Victoria Theater
We celebrate on air with an incredible lineup of student ensembles during the Jazz Appreciation Month Student Broadcast Festival live weekdays at 2pm. Hosted by Michael Bourne with series is produced with support from Berklee College of Music Summer Programs:
April 1 – NYU, Wayne Shorter Ensemble
April 4 – Queens College
April 6 – William Paterson
April 8 – New School – The New School Jazz JAM Ensemble, directed by Richard Boukas
April 11 – Manhattan School of Music
April 12 – Juilliard
April 18 – SUNY Purchase – Purchase Jazz Endeavor (Jazz Combo)
April 20 – NJCU – NJCU Jazz Ensemble directed by Ed Joffe
April 22 – Rutgers – Rutgers New Brunswick Jazz Ensemble
April 26 – Berklee College of Music
April 28 – LaGuardia High School
There are other special broadcasts during this appreciation month, including:
April 7, 3pm - Live in studio performance by Marcia Ball
April 13, 9pm - Josh Jackson hosts Live at the Village Vanguard featuring Martial Solal
April 14, 8pm - Newark Today with Mayor Cory Booker
April 22, 8pm - The Mingus Orchestra recorded live at St. Bart’s in Manhattan
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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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