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  • WBGO's Love For Moody Week

    December 23, 2010. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    WBGO Executive Director Cephas Bowles (left) showing some love for James Moody

    WBGO dedicates this week of programming to the memory of Newark native and jazz luminary James Moody, who passed away Thursday, December 9 at the age of 85.

    UPDATE: The final segment of our James Moody tribute airs tonight at 8 p.m., 88.3 on your fm dial. Or, have a listen to it here:

    As Becca and Brandy have mentioned previously, this week will feature some of our favorite Moody memories as we close out the 2010 broadcasting year (and look forward to Toast of the Nation.)

    Tonight at 6:00 p.m., we will air a special edition of JazzSet, recorded for Moody's 80th birthday at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2005. It features some other heavy hitters, too, including Slide Hampton, Paquito D'Rivera, Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller. The show will re-air on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

    Tomorrow at noon (right after the news) we will follow up with Piano Jazz, featuring an interview with Moody and the show's always-lovely host, Marian McPartland.

    On Thursday, we close out our special coverage with a compilation of Moody interviews from our extensive archives, edited by Simon Rentner. The hour-long feature begins at 8:00 p.m.

    Follow the links below for more WBGO coverage celebrating the life and music of James Moody:

    Doug Doyle remembers Moody for the WBGO Journal

    Becca Pulliam pulls some Moody music from the WBGO archives

    Eulus Cathey interviews Moody in 2009:

    Josh Jackson pays homage to Moody on The Checkout

    Finally, a video produced by Josh Jackson and Dan Karcher:

    WBGO has been truly blessed by Moody's presence for many years -- we're sad to see him go, yet so fortunate to be able to honor his legacy. Join us this week as we celebrate the life of one of one of New Jersey's greatest contributions to jazz history. Please, feel free to share your favorite Moody memories in the comment section below.

  • JazzSet host's daughter, China Moses, brings her mother onstage

    July 18, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    How is your French?

    Earlier this month on Facebook, Dee Dee Bridgewater posted this video -- a news piece about an attractive vocalist coming to Jazz a Vienne in France. The reporter begins by noting that the singer looks familiar, and there's a reason. china

    At the conclusion of the piece, China Moses and her mother are onstage, in action -- China in the foreground, DDB at her side. China's current album is a tribute to Dinah Washington. Her pianist is Raphael Lemonnier. Their label is Blue Note in Europe. China's website has more.

  • A Great Day in Detroit

    September 1, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    WEB Great Day 3

    It's FREE, downtown, outdoors, celebrating thirty consecutive Labor Day weekends, and in 2009 WBGO is all over it. WBGO fan Shanetta Dorsey of Kent State University won the vacation package for two. WBGO's Dorthaan Kirk is going for the music and the chance to see long-time friends. WBGO's Bob Porter will moderate panel discussions on Cannonball Adderley, the Blue Note-New York-Detroit connection, and the Many Sides of Donald Byrd. It's the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

    The 2008 festival theme was the Philly-Detroit Connection. So, to create an image a la the 1958 Great Day in Harlem picture of jazz musicians on a NY stoop, the Festival staged a photo shoot in the vaulted lobby of the Guardian Building, a beautiful old skyscraper. Gerald Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Geri Allen, Yonrico Scott (drummer with Derek Trucks), Professor Dennis Wilson and more represented Detroit. Christian McBride, Randy Brecker, Jimmy and Tootie Heath, and Bootsie Barnes represented Philadelphia. And Steve Turre, who's from neither, chimed in with his pride in the occasion -- "It's a real jazz festival with jazz, not pop music." View the video about the photo, A Great Day in Detroit, below.