• A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln at the Kennedy Center

    May 23, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    UPDATE: Read the review from The Washington Post here. Critic Mike Joyce tells you about THE BAND! And there's a good photo. BP

    On Friday night at the Mary Lou Williams Festival in Washington, DC, four daughters of Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) opened her songbook together, for the first time.

    Bridgewater, Carrington, Wilson, Reeves backstage after the show .. photo by BP

    This was a dynamic concert, and generous too. More than five hundred people in the Terrace Theater concentrated on the artists onstage concentrating on words and music that came from Abbey Lincoln's own concentration. We felt the loss of her, and newly appreciated the gift she left us.

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  • Newark, NJ: An "Organ Town" for Over 50 Years

    April 7, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Dr. Lonnie Smith plays in the studio tomorrow at 3 p.m.
    Dr. Lonnie Smith plays in the studio on Saturday at 3 p.m.

    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

  • JAM Fest 2011: William Paterson University Sextet

    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

    Set list
    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)