April 7, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.
Recently, WBGO has had the good fortune of acquiring an excellent Hammond C-3 organ (pictured below) that now sits in our studio. On Saturday, the acclaimed organist Dr. Lonnie Smith will make an appearance with his organ trio (featuring drummer Jamire Williams and guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg) to give it a whirl -- and as it turns out, this performance will be part of a long history of the jazz organ entertaining Newark audiences. Read more
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April 6, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.
Host Michael Bourne showcases the William Paterson University Sextet live in WBGO's performance studio. Listen to the full set below!
William Paterson University Jazz Sextet dir. by Mulgrew Miller and David Demsey
Kevin Sanchez, (Ridgefield, NJ) alto saxophone
Caleb Curtis, (Ann Arbor, MI) tenor saxophone
Billy Test, (State College, PA) piano
Brian Messenger, (Prescott, AZ) guitar
Bill Thoman, (Ridgewood, NJ) bass
Arthur Vint, (Tucson, AZ) drums
1)"Three and One" (Thad Jones)
Interview with David and Mulgrew
2)"Alter Ego" (James Williams)
Interview with Caleb Curtis
3)"My Ideal" (Lee Robin, Newel Chase, Richard Whiting)
4)"Samba No Choro" (Billy Test)
Interview with Billy Test
5)"Eternal Triangle" (Dizzy Gillespie)
6)"Mean What You Say" (Thad Jones)
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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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January 20, 2011. Posted by Michael Bourne.
Mohonk was again a great success, especially musically. Mohonk Mountain House was sold-out Saturday and close to full Friday and Sunday, including this year more than two dozen WBGO supporters who booked through the station. Our supporters enjoyed a special dinner with the artists on Saturday evening, and plenty of WBGO listeners came up to me through the weekend to say how much they listen to and love Jazz 88.
John Pizzarelli played guitar and sang opening night, joined by his brother, bassist Martin Pizzarelli. John was as funny telling stories as the brothers were swinging, playing especially Nat Cole, Duke Ellington, and bossa nova favorites. John's climactic solo on "Lady Be Good" was as virtuosically plectral as I've ever heard him.
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January 13, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.
2010 was a good year for Jason Moran. He celebrated ten years of music-making with his trio, The Bandwagon, alongside Tarus Mateen and Nasheet Waits. Their latest release for Blue Note, Ten, received rave reviews and found a place on nearly every jazz critic's "Best of 2010" list. To top it off, the MacArthur Foundation awarded Moran a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, which comes with a cool $500,000 in award money.
Moran is off to an ambitious start in 2011 as well. This weekend, he has organized a pair of concerts at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street, Manhattan) to feature his fellow Houstonians who are tearing up New York's jazz scene today.
Tomorrow (Friday), the event features songwriters Bryan Michael Cox, Leron Thomas, Alan Hampton and Josh Mease, backed by Moran and other members of the Houston cadre such as Kendrick Scott, Robert Glasper and Eric Harland. The concert begins at 9:00 p.m.
Saturday's concert features jazz more prominently, including sets by Billy Harper with Michael Carvin, Jason Moran & Marcos Varela, Kendrick Scott's Oracle with Mike Moreno, Jamire Williams & Erimaj, Robert Glasper & Jason Moran with guests, and an interview with Dr. Bob Morgan, the band director at Houston's High School for Performing and Visual Arts who has mentored most of these musicians. The concert begins at 9:00 p.m.
If you check it out, stop by and say hello to WBGO's Josh Jackson, who will be recording the concert and will feature highlights on his weekly show, The Checkout, sometime next month.
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