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  • WBGO & GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: The Firey String Sistas on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12pm

    February 11, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to its FREE concert series occurring once a month during lunch time. In March, we celebrate Women's History Month with The Firey String Sistas! They perform on Wednesday, March 5 at Gateway Center Plaza 2, Newark, NJ at 12pm..

    1) Firey String Sistas! Version 2 (October 5)

    This band of female string players is dedicated to promoting the work of female composers in jazz, world music, and beyond. Nioka Workman is the founder, frontwoman and cellist of this spirited group. The core members are Charisa Dowe Rouse (violin), Jennifer Axelson (violin, viola), Riza Printup (harp), and Melissa Slocum (bass). These artists all maintain exciting performance schedules as ‘band’ leaders all year around.

    As Firey String Sistas!, the group successfully mixes jazz, world, folk and new music presenting dynamic and educational performances. The group expands from duo to a 10 piece ensemble for events and the festival throughout the year. They just released their first cd, a lively jazz, blues and new music experience for the entire family.

    We can think of no better way for us at WBGO & Gateway to celebrate and recognize the contributions of women then to have this masterful group perform. So grab a friend or two, bring your lunch, and enjoy live music at 2 Gateway.

  • Club Watch: Rob Duguay at Jazz Standard

    July 29, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Rob Duguay drums, Alex Cowings dances .. Fran Kaufman photo
    Rob Duguay plays drums, Alex Cowings dances

    Many nights at Jazz Standard, Rob Duguay greets you at the door. But Tuesday night, he took the stage with his own fine band Songevity - Abraham Burton and Noah Preminger contrasting on tenor saxes, Justin Kauflin on piano, Rob on bass and more, Nadav Snir-Zelniker on drums. Yvonne Simone sang, Alex Cowings tapped and clapped, and Fran Kaufman snapped the photos. Packed house, great vibes, new faces.

  • Saratoga Jazz Festival Hopscotch

    June 29, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    At the recent Freihofer's Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY,

    Sarah Rasmussen of Baltimore was laying out a hopscotch board.

    A motif for a song?

    Sarah's hopscotch board

    Sarah Rasmussen at SPAC in Saratoga Springs

  • Newark’s Jazz Club Scene: An Aural History Project from WBGO News

    August 10, 2010. Posted by Andrew Meyer.

    Do you remember the Playbill, the Cadillac Club? How about the Key Club or Sparky J’s? Do you know someone, a friend, a parent, a grandparent who used to hang out in Newark’s jazz scene back during the heyday?

    WBGO News is looking for first-hand stories of Newark’s rich jazz history to capture as part of a new aural history project. We’re looking for remembrances from those times. What did the places look like, smell like, feel like, etc. Why were they so much fun during that time? What made the jazz clubs the place to be. What did they like about them. What performers did they see there? What songs got people moving? Did they perhaps meet their future spouse at a club?

    We’re looking to interview people who have stories to tell about this aspect of Newark’s rich cultural heritage. You can reach us at jazzclubs@wbgo.org, or you can get in touch with news director Doug Doyle at 973-624-8880, ext. 264.

  • The Other Side of Montreal

    July 5, 2009. Posted by Amy Niles.

    No, its not what you are thinking....

    Spend a little time away from the stages here at Jazz Fest, hang out in the press room at the festival and what do musicians talk about? Why, the wonderful food in Montreal of course. Read more