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  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: Clifton Anderson, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 12pm

    May 21, 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 Clifton Anderson on Wednesday, June 4 at 12pm.

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    Trombonist Clifton Anderson grew up surrounded by music. His father was a church organist /choir director, and his mother a singer and pianist. When he was just seven years old he got his first trombone, a gift from his uncle Sonny Rollins. Anderson got the call to join his uncle's group in 1983 and worked with him touring worldwide and appearing on ten of Sonny’s recordings. He left Sonny’s band in 2009 to actively lead his own group full time.

    Anderson has worked with a “who’s who” of diverse musical giants including Frank Foster, McCoy Tyner, Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paul Simon, Keith Richards, WyClef Jean, and T.S. Monk among others. His recordings as a leader/producer include the critically acclaimed Landmarks and Decade which led to a nomination for 2009 “Trombonist Of The Year” from The American Jazz Journalists Association. His latest recording And So We Carry On reached #4 on national jazz radio in the US and was picked as “One of the top CD releases of 2012” by Jazz Inside Magazine. He is now working with his stellar quintet in support of the recording.

    Anderson says, “With people increasingly faced with turmoil, uncertainty and crisis, I wanted to create music that uplifts the listener and offers a sense of hope to prevail”.

    Come and uplift your spirit with WBGO, Clifton Anderson and 2 Gateway.

  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12pm

    April 22, 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 Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band on Wednesday, May 7 at 12pm.

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    Trombonist Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player, but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. S.Y.O.T.O.S. (an acronym coined by Chris Washburne, meaning See You On The Other Side) was founded in 1992 by trombonist Chris and features some of the best Latin jazz players in New York City. SYOTOS pushes the genre of Latin Jazz into uncharted waters with a postmodern mix that embraces dissonance, weaving contemporary uptempo beats with a driving sound. This boundary-breaking band exemplifies Latin jazz with a global reach, combining Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music – “think Tito Puente meets James Brown meets Charles Ives!” TimeOut New York calls the group “a Latin jazz institution” as they held the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York, performing weekly for 20 years straight.

    Thanks to listener support, WBGO celebrates 35 years on-air as the jazz source. So join the party. Bring your friends, family, food and enjoy this wonderful performance.

  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: The Peter Bernstein Trio on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12pm

    March 25, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to celebrate April as Jazz Appreciation month and the 35th Anniversary of WBGO 88.3 FM at the free concert series featuring the Peter Bernstein Trio.

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    Peter Bernstein by Jordi Suol

    Jazz guitarist and New York City native Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. He has released nine albums and has performed with musicians from all generations, including Joshua Redman and Diana Krall. Bernstein is described as “an extremely elegant musician with a gorgeous tone” and legendary guitarist Jim Hall says “he is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard”. The Peter Bernstein Trio includes Mike LeDonne (organ) and Joe Farnsworth (drums).

    They join us in honor of April as Jazz Appreciation Month (an annual celebration of jazz as an original American art form) and to celebrate WBGO’s 35th anniversary as a publicly-supported, cultural institution that champions jazz to a worldwide audience through radio, online, travel, community events and more.

    So bring your friends, your family, your lunch and enjoy a wonderful performance.

  • 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.

  • “Meredith Willson's The Music Man” In Concert

    February 5, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    Join WBGO Travel & Events for a matinee performance of Meredith Willson’s beloved Broadway musical, The Music Man in concert on Saturday, March 15, 3pm at Two River Theater Company, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. A special private pre-show reception for WBGO guests is at 2pm. MUSICMAN TITLE

    Isaiah Johnson will play Harold Hill and Stephanie Umoh will play Marian Paroo. Johnson has appeared on Broadway in Peter and the Starcatcher and The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino. Umoh played Sarah in the 2009 Broadway revival of Ragtime. The show is directed by NAACP and Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara with music direction by Kenny Seymour (Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Musical Memphis) and is a collaboration between New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Two River Theater Company.

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    The Broadway classic (winner of Best Musical at the 1957 Tony Awards) is re-imagined with an African-American cast and tells the story of con man Harold Hill, who falls for piano teacher in the summer of 1912 as he bamboozles the townsfolk of River City, Iowa into financing a marching band. It is based on historical accounts of black communities established by former slaves after the Civil War and features a live six-piece on-stage band.

    Enjoy this "behind-the-scenes" trailer with the cast leads Isiah Johnson and Stephanie Umoh. )

    Prior to the 3pm performance, WBGO hosts a private reception for our guests in the theater's brand new Victoria J. Mastrobuono Library, a space that is normally reserved exclusively for theater members. Enjoy a special peek behind-the-scenes at the reception, along with music, and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Cheese Cave and Siam Garden.

    John Dias, Artistic Director of Two River Theater, says "Robert O'Hara brings to life the too-often-untold stories of African Americans in ways that are dynamic and highly theatrical. We are excited to see this great American classic through his inimitable lens."

    Come and enjoy this special musical performance at one of the best regional theaters in New Jersey and in the country. Two River Theater Company is wheelchair accessible.

    Tickets are $75 for WBGO members and $95 for non-members. Participation is limited so purchase your tickets today. For more information, call 973-624-8880 extension. 283 or email at events@wbgo.org

    Book your Tickets:

    WBGO Member price per person: $75
    Non-Member price per person: $95
    All tickets will be picked up at the theater.


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    For questions or reservations call 973-624-8880 x283 or email events@wbgo.org