• 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

  • WBGO Going to Detroit

    September 2, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Detroit International Jazz Festival_MulgrewMonday, September 6, from 2-6pm, Rhonda Hamilton hosts a Labor Day special from the Detroit Jazz Festival, where Mulgrew Miller is Artist in Residence and the theme is Flamekeepers: Carrying the Torch for Modern Jazz. See more about Mulgrew here.

    Downtown, outdoors, free, with five stages rolling for three days from noon to 11pm or so, Detroit is a jazz lover's dream.  That's why we partner with the Festival.  Josh Jackson will blog and bring home music for The Checkout.  Bob Porter is moderating a session on the career of Ray Brown and contributing to other panels in the Talk Tent.  Dorthaan Kirk always makes the trip to hear music and see friends.  And contest winner and WBGO member Jim DiFeo of Union, NJ, is bringing his 25-year-old son with him.  David Tallacksen will post photos -- musical and non- --  like these two from last year . . .


  • WBGO Hosts Share Their Love of Music and Sports on SportsJam

    October 6, 2008. Posted by Doug Doyle.

    Rhonda Hamilton Playing GolfDoug Doyle and Michael Carvin Golf

    Bob PorterPassionate is a word I would use to describe Rhonda Hamilton and Bob Porter's approach to jazz and blues. However, after playing a round of golf with Rhonda and her husband, drummer Michael Carvin, then sitting down with Bob to talk about his beloved Red Sox, both hosts may be even more crazy about their favorite sports.

    Check out my SportsJam sessions with Rhonda and Bob here.

  • Rhonda Hamilton Interviews Guitarist Russell Malone

    May 1, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Rhonda Hamilton and Russell Malone

    Rhonda Hamilton interviewed guitarist Russell Malone yesterday.
    Fortunately, Russell didn't share any of his really colorful jokes with our audience. If he did, the FCC would level some hefty fines.
    He did, however, talk at length about his experience with Jimmy Smith. When Russell met the organist in Atlanta, he asked to sit in with the band. Russell played everything he knew, trying to impress Jimmy. The audience went wild. Then, Smith called a ballad, "Laura," and Russell did not know the song. That humbling experience led to an all-night lesson in music in Jimmy Smith's hotel room. Smith had played with some great guitarists, notably Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery. He taught Russell Malone a valuable lesson - to put himself into the music, rather than trying to emulate those guys. Listen to the interview.

  • When You Know - Rhonda Hamilton with Dianne Reeves

    January 18, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Rhonda Hamilton Interviews Dianne Reeves 1.18.08

    "It's what it is in that moment." That's singer Dianne Reeves' definition of jazz.
    Dianne Reeves is on her way home to Colorado today. She has just finished the final touches of her new recording, When You Know.
    It comes out April 15th - so pick up a copy when you drop off your taxes.
    Dianne has won multiple Grammys - for her live recording, In the Moment. For her tribute to Newark's own Sarah Vaughan, The Calling (Dianne's favorite). For her soundtrack to the film Goodnight and Good Luck. And when it comes to matters of love, there are few singers in jazz with the emotional depth of Dianne Reeves. So it is not surprising that the new record is a cycle of love songs. When You Know ends with the title track, a song about Dianne's spiritual connection. It also includes jazz versions of The Temptations' "Just My Imagination" and Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You," innocent love songs that Dianne remembers as a child.
    Can't wait until the record comes out? You're in luck. Dianne and her band (pianist Geoff Keezer, guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Reginald Veal, and drummer Greg Hutchinson) will debut the music live in concert - when else? - Valentine's Night at The Apollo.

    Listen to Rhonda Hamilton's interview with Dianne Reeves.

    - Josh Jackson