• Hendrix On A Horn: The World Of Robin Eubanks

    November 28, 2015. Posted by WBGO.

    There have been plenty of distinctions in Robin Eubanks' career. The award-winning musician, composer and educator has played with Stevie Wonder, Elvin Jones and Art Blakey; he's appeared on The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, the Grammys. He even plays electric trombone — the result of years of listening to rock and funk music and wanting to get in on the action.

    "I was a guest soloist with a band in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the sax player had a mic clipped on his bell," Eubanks explains. "During the intermission, I asked him if I could clip it on my bell. I plugged it into the guitar player's rig, and all kinds of bells and whistles went off in my head. I said, 'This is it.'"

    But for all his accolades and experiments, there's something Eubanks hasn't tried until now. His latest album, More Than Meets the Ear, is a collection of big-band arrangements.

    "It just offers so many possibilities, 'cause within a big band, you have solo, duo, trio — you have all the different combinations of small groups," he says. "Of course, it's like three times the size of a quintet, or more, so there's a lot more overhead. It's a challenging thing. ... But I just love the sound."

    Robin Eubanks spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about the making of More Than Meets the Ear and channeling his love of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin into jazz. Hear more of their conversation at the audio link.

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  • "Kokomo Kidd" Guy Davis on Afternoon Jazz: Interview and Performance

    November 23, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Guy Davis brings his electric presence- and his banjo- to WBGO's Afternoon Jazz with Michael Bourne, as he talks about his new record, "Kokomo Kidd", and plays a song or two with bassist Mark Murphy.


  • Coming Up on WBGO: August 11th to August 16th

    August 11, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.


    Jazz After Hours 1 till 6 am:  Rich Keith is in for Brian Delp; birthday salute to pianist Jess Stacy

    Morning Jazz - 6 til 10 am: Brian Delp is in for Gary Walker

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: salute to longtime Ellington Orchestra reed master Russell Procope

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 6:30 pm: guest is Edmar Castaneda; Castañeda is a Colombian harpist.  His new recording features seven musicians from seven different countries.

    Conversations w/Allan Wolper – 7:30 pm: guest - Sam Schwartz; Schwartz is known worldwide as Gridlock Sam, a nickname the media gave him for his role in coining the term, Gridlock. As New York City's traffic commissioner in the 1980's, he designed routes for numerous crowded corners. He is also a columnist for The Daily News.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 10 pm: Birthday salute to saxophonist Donny McCaskin


    Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 till 6 am: Happy birthday to guitarist Pat Metheny

    Morning Jazz - 6 til 10 am: Gary Walker returns from vacation

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: featuring the music of pianist Wynton Kelly

    Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of organist Jimmy Smith

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm:  guest is Laurin Mincy, one of the best high school basketball players in NJ history, starring at University High School. Mincy would go on to lead the University of Maryland to two final four appearances.

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Tootie Heath Turns 80! Jazz Night In America is honored to celebrate the 80th birthday of drummer, bandleader, and force of nature Albert “Tootie” Heath. He’s recorded with Coltrane, lead a band for fifty years, and played with Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, Wes Montgomery, and many more. In eight decades, Heath hasn’t missed a beat.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to singer Earl Coleman


    Midday Jazz w/Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm
    : featuring the music of George Shearing and Mulgrew Miller; also, remembering the Thelonius Monk/Gerry Mulligan recording “Monk Meets Mulligan”, recorded on this date in 1957.

    Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of bassist Charles Mingus

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest is Grammy Award-winning bandleader, composer and pianist Arturo O’Farrill

    Newark Today – 8pm: Newark – the  next Silicon Valley?; guests, Jimi Olaghere of Geek Supply company,  Councilwoman Gayle Cheneyfielld Jenkins, Mark Bonamo of Newark Inc.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 9 pm: birthday salutes to singer Kathleen Battle and pianist Mulgrew Miller


    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring a birthday tribute to violin pioneer Stuff Smith

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pmBilly Eckstine Vol. 2

    WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: hosted by Doug Doyle and Alexandra Hill; reviews from Harlan Jacobson and Michael Bourne; story about college prep program at NJIT from college reporter Andrew Hines; Alexandra Hill interviews New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne of Newark

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to singer Lorez Alexandria


    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Dinah Washington from the beginning Vol. 15

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: “The Philly Sound”

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm:  Grew’s Tune- One more for Mulgrew; August 13th is the anniversary of Mulgrew Miller ‘s birth. He was a musician’s musician. We’ll keep the tunes spinning for Mulgrew - playing his own recordings and other musicians playing his compositions.


    Jazz Night in America – 6 pm: tribute to drummer Max Roach.

    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm: featuring the music of 70’s jazz-funk group (and Brooklyn’s own) Mandrill

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program