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  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: CHRIS WASHBURNE & the SYOTOS BAND ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014 AT 12PM

    September 22, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO Jazz 88.3FM & 2 Gateway Center present Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band . This free concert is hosted by WBGO’s Sheila Anderson of Weekend Jazz After Hours and will be held outdoors in the Championship Plaza (also known as Prudential Plaza on Market & Mulberry Street) in downtown Newark, NJ on Wednesday, October 1 at 12pm.

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    This group electrified a Newark audience at our free concert in May 2014 with their musical combination of Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music. Trombonist Chris Washburne’s musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. He has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, David Byrne, Paquito D’Rivera, among many others. His SYOTOS (See You on the Other Side) band is a NY institution featuring alumni from the bands of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto. You will not want to miss the group that has held the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York, performing weekly for 20 years straight.

    Come celebrate WBGO’s 35th anniversary as a cultural institution for jazz with a performance that will be unforgettable. We are your jazz source.

  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: ANTOINETTE MONTAGUE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMEBER 3, 2014 AT 12PM

    August 27, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to its FREE concert series occurring once a month during lunch time. Come celebrate summer and WBGO's 35th Anniversary with jazz vocalist Antoinette Montague on Wednesday, September 3 at 2 Gateway Center Plaza, Newark, NJ at 12pm.

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    Born and raised in Newark, Antoinette Montague has a love of humanity and music to bring joy to people. She has played most of the major jazz clubs in New York, and has performed abroad including Israel with the 46-piece Ashdod Orchestra and with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia.Montague has a smooth sound with a soulful edge. She never gets tied up with vocal excesses, emphatic when she needs to be, and tender at the appropriate moments.

    WBGO is excited to present one of Newark's finest talents and welcome all to this wonderful event. Connect with your jazz source for a festive afternoon.

  • Summer Fun With WBGO: Photo Gallery

    August 18, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    As summer 2014 winds down, we wanted to take a look back at some of the great many WBGO listeners we had the chance to meet this season at our partner events.

    Thanks to our partners, we made it out to more than 50 concerts this summer, during the Blue Note Jazz Festival, SummerStage (all around NYC), Celebrate Brooklyn, Montclair Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Garden and Sounds of the City (both in our hometown of Newark), Newport Jazz Festival, WBGO's concerts at Gateway 2 and more.

    To get information about these events and others, sign up for WBGO's Jazz-e-News, and visit WBGO.org/events.

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: LAKECIA BENJAMIN ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014 AT 12PM

    July 15, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to its FREE concert series occurring once a month during lunch time. Come celebrate summer and WBGO's 35th Anniversary with saxophonist and bandleader Lakecia Benjamin on Wednesday, August 6 at 2 Gateway Center Plaza, Newark, NJ at 12pm.

    Photo by Elizbeth Leitzell
    Photo by Elizbeth Leitzell

    Charismatic and dynamic, Lakecia Benjamin has played with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots and Macy Gray. Her music is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone and the Meters as well as classic jazz.

    A streetwise New York City native born and raised in Washington Heights, Lakecia Benjamin has become one of the most highly sought-after players in soul and funk music. She first picked up the saxophone at Fiorello LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, after which she joined the renowned jazz program at New York's New School University. By that time she was already playing with renowned jazz figures like Clark Terry and Reggie Workman, which led to gigs and tours with a wide array of artists such as Rashied Ali, the David Murray Big Band, Vanessa Rubin and James "Blood" Ulmer. With her deep jazz roots, she was soon in demand as an arranger and horn section leader, landing stints with acclaimed artists.

    Benjamin has also had the honor of performing at the White House at President Obama’s inaugural ball. She’s performed on four continents and her extensive recording credits include saxophone and arrangements for Santigold, Maurice Brown, the Clark Terry Big Band, Krystle Warren and Talib Kweli, among others. Benjamin's unique new contribution to the future of soul and funk is sure to win you over

    Come and enliven your day with WBGO & 2 Gateway as celebrate 35 years, the beautiful summer and great music. Bring your lunch, friends, family and connect with WBGO, your jazz source for a festive afternoon. All are welcome.

  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: The Claire Daly Quartet, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 12pm

    June 19, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of WBGO 88.3 FM at the monthly free concert series featuring The Claire Daly Quartet on Wednesday, July 2 at 12pm.

    Baritone saxophonist and composer Claire Daly has established herself as one of the most compelling and creative voices on the baritone saxophone. She is a a six time winner of the Down Beat Critics' Poll "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" and winner of the 2005 Jazz Journalists Association's "Baritione Saxophonist of the Year".

    As a very (very) young girl, playing saxophone for 3 months, Daly heard a big band concert at the Westchester County Center. The saxophone section stood up for a soli, and Claire was on her chair screaming. She says "...when I was a kid, I was drawn to music. I chose it because it spoke to me. I felt that it was a calling early on." And when you listen to her, you'll be glad she answered the call.

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    Her recording Baritone Monk has been described as a "marvelous tribute to Monk's music. His music is notoriously difficult, though you wouldn't know it from this recording. Daly's superb quartet combines a mastery of Monk's less-recorded repertoire with the casual joy of a jam session. Her pianist avoids Monkish cliches, displaying his own unique style to great effect and her bass player plays with a profound sense of melody, swing, and harmonic imagination. Daly's breadth of styles, enormous tone, and distinctive phrasing place her among the very best of contemporary baritone players."

    Bring your food, family and friends for an afternoon of wonderful music.