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  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12pm

    April 22, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of WBGO 88.3 FM at the monthly free concert series featuring Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band on Wednesday, May 7 at 12pm.

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    Trombonist Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player, but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. S.Y.O.T.O.S. (an acronym coined by Chris Washburne, meaning See You On The Other Side) was founded in 1992 by trombonist Chris and features some of the best Latin jazz players in New York City. SYOTOS pushes the genre of Latin Jazz into uncharted waters with a postmodern mix that embraces dissonance, weaving contemporary uptempo beats with a driving sound. This boundary-breaking band exemplifies Latin jazz with a global reach, combining Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music – “think Tito Puente meets James Brown meets Charles Ives!” TimeOut New York calls the group “a Latin jazz institution” as they held the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York, performing weekly for 20 years straight.

    Thanks to listener support, WBGO celebrates 35 years on-air as the jazz source. So join the party. Bring your friends, family, food and enjoy this wonderful performance.

  • WBGO JAM Live 2014: William Paterson Mulgrew Miller Ensemble

    April 14, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    The William Paterson University Mulgrew Miller Ensemble performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month and are interviewed by Michael Bourne. Click to hear this concert, and check back to hear more groups featured in our student jazz marathon for International Jazz Day on April 30.

    The ensemble, directed by John Mosca, is Dylan Anderson, tenor sax, Matt Tischio, alto sax, Ryan Tomski, piano, Eric Zolan, guitar, Daseul Kim,bass and Joe Spinelli, drums. David Demsey, coordinator of jazz studies at WPU, also speaks.

  • WBGO Jam Live 2014: New School Charli Persip Ensemble

    April 14, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    The New School's Charli Persip Improv Ensemble performs live at WBGO for Jazz Appreciation Month and are interviewed by Michael Bourne. Click to hear this concert, and check back to hear more groups featured in our student jazz marathon for International Jazz Day on April 30.

    The ensemble, directed by drummer Charli Persip, is Andrew Freedman on piano, Myles Sloniker, bass, Michael Robinson, guitar, Matt Chalk, alto sax, Max Zooi, tenor, bass clarinet, soprano Cody Rowlands, trumpet, and Matthew Bumgardner, trombone. Martin Mueller, executive director of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, also speaks. A full set list is below.

    New School Charli Persip Improv Ensemble
    Live At WBGO 4/9/14

    Charli Persip, director
    Martin Mueller, executive director of Jazz at the New School

    1. "Geronimo" - Matt Chalk

    2. "Katheryn-Agatha" - Max Zooi

    3. "Natives are Restless" - Horace Silver (arranged by Max Zooi)

    4. "Choice" - Mike Robinson