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  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: CHRIS WASHBURNE & the SYOTOS BAND ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014 AT 12PM

    September 22, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO Jazz 88.3FM & 2 Gateway Center present Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band . This free concert is hosted by WBGO’s Sheila Anderson of Weekend Jazz After Hours and will be held outdoors in the Championship Plaza (also known as Prudential Plaza on Market & Mulberry Street) in downtown Newark, NJ on Wednesday, October 1 at 12pm.

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    This group electrified a Newark audience at our free concert in May 2014 with their musical combination of Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music. Trombonist Chris Washburne’s musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. He has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, David Byrne, Paquito D’Rivera, among many others. His SYOTOS (See You on the Other Side) band is a NY institution featuring alumni from the bands of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto. You will not want to miss the group that has held the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York, performing weekly for 20 years straight.

    Come celebrate WBGO’s 35th anniversary as a cultural institution for jazz with a performance that will be unforgettable. We are your jazz source.

  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: ANTOINETTE MONTAGUE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMEBER 3, 2014 AT 12PM

    August 27, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to its FREE concert series occurring once a month during lunch time. Come celebrate summer and WBGO's 35th Anniversary with jazz vocalist Antoinette Montague on Wednesday, September 3 at 2 Gateway Center Plaza, Newark, NJ at 12pm.

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    Born and raised in Newark, Antoinette Montague has a love of humanity and music to bring joy to people. She has played most of the major jazz clubs in New York, and has performed abroad including Israel with the 46-piece Ashdod Orchestra and with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia.Montague has a smooth sound with a soulful edge. She never gets tied up with vocal excesses, emphatic when she needs to be, and tender at the appropriate moments.

    WBGO is excited to present one of Newark's finest talents and welcome all to this wonderful event. Connect with your jazz source for a festive afternoon.

  • Bourne's Montreal: Zappa, Meet Zappa

    August 7, 2014. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    I first encountered Dweezil Zappa, who played FIJM at Montreal’s Metropole this year, in the womb.

    I met his father, Frank Zappa, on the 4th of July, 1969, in Indianapolis at a Holiday Inn.  I was interviewing Frank for a cover story in Down Beat.  Frank's wife Gail was great with child.  Dweezil.

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    I was nuts about Frank's uniquely jazzy/rocky/funny theatrical music, and I hung with The Mothers of Invention variously on the road from '69 into the 80's.

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    I'd never heard  Dweezil playing his father's classics until Montreal, and I was singing along from the jump.  "Call Any Vegetable."  "Suzy Creamcheese."  Mostly songs from the early Mothers albums and some of the best of Frank's  satiric ("I Am The Slime," about television) and surreal ("Montana," about dental floss) classics.

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    Dweezil's band was loudly orchestrated, almost as if the living albums with the volume turned up, and all in the band are virtuosic enough to whip it out — especially singer and saxophonist Scheila Gonzalez, whose animated  presence on stage reminded me of Frank's sexy (and very musical) Ruth Underwood.

    Except that he didn't play extended concerto-like improvs, Dweezil's guitar chops sounded very like his dad's.

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    I missed every other gig that night.  "Zappa Plays Zappa" was so cool I was flooded with great memories — and the contact high with all the other older Zappaholics in the crowd was quite bulbous.