WBGO Blog
  • Coming Up On WBGO: July 15th - July 19th

    July 15, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.


    Here's what to look forward to on WBGO in the coming days- tune to 88.3 FM or listen in to our internet live stream to catch the magic!

    Wednesday:

    Jazz After Hours - 1 til 6 am: songs by Dorothy Fields. Tracks from Leroy Vinnegar’s “Leroy Walks” recorded on this date in 1957.

    Morning Jazz w/ Gary Walker – 9 am: Interview with trombonist Dave Gibson

    Midday Jazz - 10 am til 2 pm w/ Rhonda Hamilton: Remembering drum great Philly Joe Jones.

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm: guest – Bobby Edwards, St. Joseph's University and former St. Benedict's goalkeeper

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Introducing Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation. Marcus’ new 11-piece ensemble—featuring many of his younger protégé—perform original material by Marcus and the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Chick Corea, and Horace Silver. We speak to Marcus and the members of the ensemble about the formation of the band in Tallahassee, Florida and explore what it means to teach jazz through mentorship.

    Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Sheila Anderson is in for Awilda Rivera; more live recordings from historic jazz venues
    Thursday:

    Jazz After Hours - 1 – 6 am: Remembering guitarist Bola Sete, as well as pianist Nat Pierce. Classic recordings from Jimmy Smith, Eric Dolphy and Bill Evans.

    Midday Jazz - 10 am til 2 pm w/ Rhonda Hamilton: Featuring the music of Cal Tjader

    Afternoon Jazz w/ Michael Bourne - 2 pm: WBGO listener Raymond Clausss hosts an hour

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest – vocalist and songwriter José James, who draws his musical inspiration from hip hop and indie rock in addition to jazz and R&B. He’s toured extensively and has gained a following with his acclaimed 2013 album, No Beginning No End, and his 2014 release, While You Were Sleeping. On this Song Travels, James remembers Billie Holiday, who was born 100 years ago this past April, and performs her classics “Loverman” and “I Thought About You.”

    Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Sheila Anderson is in for Awilda Rivera

    Friday:

    Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 til 6 am: Birthday tributes for drummers Joe Morello, Alvester Garnett, Ben Riley, singer Jimmy Scott and saxophonist Chico Freeman. More from Bill Evans’ “Interplay” and from George Benson’s “Body Talk” made on this date.
    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring the music of pianist Vince Guaraldi, composer of many jazz classics as well as the theme music for the Charlie Brown TV series.

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pm – Dinah Washington Albums Vol. 12

    Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Awilda Rivera returns!

    Saturday:

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Buddy Johnson Vol.4

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: Classic Labels - an extra helping of Motown and Stax in today’s soulful mix.

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm: DRUMS OF THUNDER- We'll celebrate the birthdays of two of the greatest rhythmic forces of the jazz world- Philly Joe Jones and Ben Riley. Classic sessions with Philly Jone's and Miles Davis as well as Riley with Thelonious Monk will be among the highlights. As Babatunde Olatunji once said "..Rhythm is the soul of life." It's going to be a soulful afternoon of rhythms celebrating life and legacy of these two giants.

    Sunday:

    Jazz Night in America – 6 pm: Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen leads Choro Aventuroso, a culmination of both her affinity and intense study of Choro, a genre often referred to as “The New Orleans Jazz of Brazil.”

    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm: featuring pianist, composer bandleader and educator Patrice Rushen

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

  • WBGO's 7th Annual Coat Drive

    November 26, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Coats display

    WBGO's 7th Annual Coat Drive begins Monday, December 8, 2014! Donate your clean, new or used coats for infants, children or adults in need this winter. Drop off locations and times are:

    12/8/14 thru 1/16/2015:

    WBGO: Monday - Friday, 10AM – 4PM

    54 Park Place, Newark, NJ

    Christoffers Flowers: Monday - Saturday, 9AM – 5PM
    860 Mountain Avenue
    Mountainside, NJ

    NAI DiLeo-Bram Company
    Corporate Real Estate Services
    1315 Stelton Road
    Piscataway, NJ

    WBGO Coat Drive

    Coats will be distributed to charities within Essex County.

  • WBGO Celebrates Blue Note's 75th Anniversary

    October 20, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO Presents: Our Point of View in their only East Coast Appearance
    December 12 at Le Poisson Rouge

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    To commemorate WBGO’s 35th anniversary year, we are teaming up with Blue Note Records at the close of their 75th anniversary year to present the only East Coast appearance of the supergroup, Our Point of View. With a limited number of engagements in Monterey, Paris, London and New York City, the December 12, 2014 performance in support of WBGO will be the only opportunity for fans in the jazz capital to experience this historic group.

    Created in honor of Blue Note’s anniversary, Our Point of View celebrates the vitality of the label by looking ahead and bringing together the leading young artists on the Blue Note roster who steadfastly continue to move jazz forward. Featuring keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and bassist Derrick Hodge with drummer Kendrick Scott, the band’s repertoire draws from each of these artists’ own remarkable catalogs as well new spins on Blue Note classics.

    The creative young voices of jazz have been the lifeblood of Blue Note Records since its formation in 1939—from Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, to Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson—all of whom made their debut albums for the legendary label. Since WBGO’s inception in 1979, the station has been at the forefront of many brilliant jazz careers, including the members of this group, each of whom has performed in WBGO’s studio in Newark.

    Our Point of View
    Our Point of View

    December 12, 2014 ι Le Poisson Rouge

    In 2009, WBGO launched an innovative program entitled, The Checkout, which brought each of these musicians into our Newark studios to perform as band leaders and discuss their music. Two years later, veteran record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note as Chief Creative Officer and soon became its president, renewing its dedication to the original label vision, articulated by Blue Note founder Alfred Lion that “any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.”

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