WBGO Blog
  • Sidrans At Newport Day One: Listen Now

    August 1, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Ben and Leo Sidran report on the first full day of music the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival, including concerts by Christian McBride, Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton and Snarky Puppy.

    Follow all of their adventures at WBGO.ORG/SIDRAN, and click on the links below the photo to hear all of their Newport reports. Enjoy!

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    Click on the links below to hear all of the Sidrans' Newport 2015 reports:

    Interview with Newport Founder George Wein

    Newport Preview

    Newport Day One

    Newport Day Two

    Newport Day Three

    Newport Recap

  • Coming Up on WBGO 88.3 FM: Week of July 30th

    July 28, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Here's what to look forward to in the coming days on WBGO...

    *Wednesday:

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: Featuring the music of pioneering guitarist Charlie Christian

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm:  guest – Donnie Joseph; New Jersey Jackals relief pitcher Donnie Joseph talks about his MLB days with the Kansas City Royals and his first season in New Jersey.

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Jazz Prodigies; JNIA explores jazz prodigies from different eras, including 11-year-old pianist, Joey Alexander.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8pm – 1am: a tribute to the late big band leader Nancie Banks.

    Thursday:

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: Featuring the music of saxophonist and composer James Spaulding

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest David Hyde Pierce

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8pm – 1am: Happy Birthday to a singer (Kevin Mahogany) & 2 reedmen (James Spaulding & David Sanborn)

    *Friday:

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring a birthday tribute to pianist Hank Jones

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pmJimmy Witherspoon Albums Vol.7

    WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: The race for the Republican nomination for U.S. President shifts into high gear next Thursday night in Cleveland.  That's when and where the first of a possible twelve GOP debates takes place.  WBGO's Bruce Johnson speaks to noted Rutgers University Political Science Professor Dr. John Glascock about the crowded field; WBGO's Thad Komorowski reports on the NY Poetry Festival; Ben Sidran and his son Leo Sidran report from the Newport Jazz Festival.

    Evening Jazz  – 8pm – 1am:  Nicole Sweeney is in for Awilda Rivera

    *Saturday:

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Erskine Hawkins Vol. 4

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: the “All Request” show

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm:  SONGS OF COURAGE- Standing ovation For James Spaulding. Honoring the brilliant saxophonist, composer and living legend who celebrates his 78th birthday this week. We'll feature some of his landmark collaborations with Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter, among others as well as his dynamic sessions as a leader.

    Sunday:

    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm: featuring the music of Airto & Flora Purim

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program

  • Pianist Joey Alexander Live at WBGO: Listen Now

    May 11, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Eleven-year-old Indonesian jazz pianist Joey Alexander performs live at WBGO and talks with Gary Walker about his debut album, "My Favorite Things."

    This is Alexander's first radio interview. He will be performing at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 1. WBGO offers day and weekend trips to the Newport Jazz Festival July 31 - Aug. 2 from several locations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Enjoy!

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  • Roseanna Vitro & Mark Soskin Live At WBGO: Listen Now

    May 4, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Roseanna Vitro and pianist Mark Soskin perform live at WBGO and are interviewed by Michael Bourne to celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30, 2015. Enjoy!

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  • International Jazz Day Concert 2015: Watch Now

    April 30, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO celebrates International Jazz Day with the Global Concert in Paris, France on April 30th at 1 p.m. Click below to watch this live webcast.

    Now in its fourth 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.

    Throughout the month of April, WBGO hosted top school ensembles from the New York Metro area and Boston in our studios and on-air. 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, in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013 and in Osaka, Japan in 2014. Enjoy this year's broadcast from Paris!