WBGO Blog
  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: Clifton Anderson, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 12pm

    May 21, 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 Clifton Anderson on Wednesday, June 4 at 12pm.

    Clifton Anderson

    Trombonist Clifton Anderson grew up surrounded by music. His father was a church organist /choir director, and his mother a singer and pianist. When he was just seven years old he got his first trombone, a gift from his uncle Sonny Rollins. Anderson got the call to join his uncle's group in 1983 and worked with him touring worldwide and appearing on ten of Sonny’s recordings. He left Sonny’s band in 2009 to actively lead his own group full time.

    Anderson has worked with a “who’s who” of diverse musical giants including Frank Foster, McCoy Tyner, Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paul Simon, Keith Richards, WyClef Jean, and T.S. Monk among others. His recordings as a leader/producer include the critically acclaimed Landmarks and Decade which led to a nomination for 2009 “Trombonist Of The Year” from The American Jazz Journalists Association. His latest recording And So We Carry On reached #4 on national jazz radio in the US and was picked as “One of the top CD releases of 2012” by Jazz Inside Magazine. He is now working with his stellar quintet in support of the recording.

    Anderson says, “With people increasingly faced with turmoil, uncertainty and crisis, I wanted to create music that uplifts the listener and offers a sense of hope to prevail”.

    Come and uplift your spirit with WBGO, Clifton Anderson and 2 Gateway.

  • International Jazz Day Concert In Osaka: Watch Now

    May 1, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO is proud to celebrate International Jazz Day with the Global Concert in Osaka, Japan, hosted by pianist and UNESCO ambassador Herbie Hancock. Click below to watch this broadcast.

    Now in its third year, International Jazz Day invites schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to host events in their local communities that celebrate jazz and its roots, future and impact, and raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.

    For International Jazz Day, WBGO hosted a student broadcast marathon of top school ensembles from the New York Metro area, Boston and California. Click here to explore these sessions.

    The Global Concert, the initiative's capstone event, was hosted at the United Nations in New York in 2012 and in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013. Enjoy this year's broadcast from Osaka!

  • WBGO JAM Live 2014: Berklee Global Jazz Institute

    April 23, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    The Berklee College of Music Global Jazz Institute Group 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 is Mao Sone, trumpet, Michael Wang, trombone, Takafumi Suenaga, piano, Tommaso Gambini, guitar, Alex Gasser, bass, and Jharis Yokley, drums. Marco Pignatari, managing director of Global Jazz Institute, also speaks.

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