January 20, 2011. Posted by Michael Bourne.
Mohonk was again a great success, especially musically. Mohonk Mountain House was sold-out Saturday and close to full Friday and Sunday, including this year more than two dozen WBGO supporters who booked through the station. Our supporters enjoyed a special dinner with the artists on Saturday evening, and plenty of WBGO listeners came up to me through the weekend to say how much they listen to and love Jazz 88.
John Pizzarelli played guitar and sang opening night, joined by his brother, bassist Martin Pizzarelli. John was as funny telling stories as the brothers were swinging, playing especially Nat Cole, Duke Ellington, and bossa nova favorites. John's climactic solo on "Lady Be Good" was as virtuosically plectral as I've ever heard him.
© 2011 WBGO
December 14, 2010. Posted by Michael Downes.
WBGO is pleased to extend a personal invitation to join us at the historic Mohonk Mountain House resort for ‘Jazz on the Mountain’ January 14-17, 2011 in the beautiful Catskills.
Celebrating 12 years at the Mohonk Mountain House, WBGO announcer Michael Bourne will once again host this stellar program – a four-day jazz extravaganza over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday – with an all-star lineup of contemporary jazz greats.
The weekend includes three daily performances featuring acclaimed artists such as NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, the New York Voices, Fred Hersch, Carol Fredette and Steve Kuhn, Carolyn Leonhart and Wayne Escoffery, The “Lowblow Trio” and John Pizzarelli.
As a friend of WBGO, Mohonk is offering a discounted rate exclusively for WBGO. This unique package includes an intimate dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests on Saturday evening and tea, cookies and “fireside chat” with Michael and musical guests on Sunday afternoon.
DATES: January 14-17, 2011
Mohonk Mountain House, a National Historic Landmark located just 90 miles north of New York City.
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
Two (2) nights Single Occupancy: $759
Three (3) nights Single Occupancy: $1,049
Two (2) nights Double Occupancy: $1,210
Three (3) nights Double Occupancy: $1,565
*These rates include a 15% service charge. Tax is excluded for WBGO guests only.
Please note: WBGO rates include dinner, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cookies and all associated gratuities. Also included is the exclusive private dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests. Guests also receive amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, ice-skating, skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and comprehensive fitness center.
Visit www.mohonk.com for more information.
RESERVATIONS: Please call Jennifer Spiegler at 973-624-8880 x269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation by December 31, 2010. Space is limited.
We hope you can join WBGO for this very special jazz event and look forward to seeing you on the Mountain!
© 2010 WBGO
April 27, 2009. Posted by Grey Johnson.
Nearly 100 WBGO Members piled into the Blue Note jazz club in New York City, Wednesday evening, April 22, for a set by the fiery Dominican jazz pianist, Michel Camilo and his trio. Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton mingled and led the foot-stomping to Camilo’s incredible sound, and then jumped up onstage to interview the still-sweating pianist. Michel expressed his love for WBGO and talked about his non-stop touring schedule—Japan, Europe, the Canary Islands. Rhonda took questions from the audience. “Will Camilo have a big band album out?” “Soon,” said the pianist. “The band plays so tightly; how long have they been together?” “The bassist, Charles Flores, has been with me for 6 or 8 years, and the drummer, Cliff Almond, since 1989.” “Will you play just one more tune!?” “Yes,” and Camilo launched into an incredible solo that somehow combined all the melody, all the passion and all the syncopation shifts of the evening. Though you sometimes couldn’t actually SEE Michel’s hands on the piano, they were moving so fast, we could all FEEL what came out.
Thanks to the Blue Note Staff who were so gracious and made it all seem easy, to WBGO staff—Assistant General Manager Amy Niles who got the deal rolling, Program Director Thurston Briscoe who made the Camilo connection, down to helping organize autograph seekers in Michel’s dressing room, to our Membership staff David Rosenak and Rita Keith without whom we simply would not be able to accomplish a Members Night. And thank you members for all of your support and for joining the fun on this night. More Members Nights ahead. Stay tuned.
© 2009 WBGO