• 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

  • Live at the Village Vanguard 2009

    December 11, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Village Vanguard Sign
    Next week, Cedar Walton's trio wraps up our 2008 concert series from the Village Vanguard.  Don't worry, there's more to come:

    The series kicks off 2009 with a performance from guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel on January 7, which will be available for download as a podcast. Grammy© winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard brings his quintet to the Vanguard in February along with special guests, and Grammy© nominated saxophonist David Sanchez follows in March with his quartet performing material from Sanchez's recent recording, Cultural Survival.  In April, trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell and his quintet will play music from an upcoming release, Prana's Dance.

    Live at the Village Vanguard Schedule
    Wednesday, December 17 - Cedar Walton Trio
    Wednesday, January 7 - Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
    Wednesday, February 18 - Terence Blanchard Quintet
    Wednesday, March 18 - David Sanchez Quartet
    Wednesday, April 8 - Tom Harrell Quintet

  • Johnny Griffin: April 24, 1928 - July 25, 2008

    July 25, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Saxophonist Johnny Griffin
    WBGO bids farewell to Johnny Griffin, a master jazz musician. Many jazz people referred to Griffin as "The Little Giant," no doubt because of his dimunitive stature (he was a shade below 5 and a half feet tall). The consensus, however, was that Griffin's true stature loomed large in the music. Johnny Griffin could easily fall under the category of "hard bop saxophonist," but to do so would be an injustice. When you listen to the raw muscular sound of early Johnny Griffin records, you can hear a combination of saxophone legend Coleman Hawkins, the rough-and-tumble rhythm and blues of Griffin's Chicago hometown, and some definitive gospel wails. It was a big, combustible sound. One that will be missed.

    Read the New York Times obit.

    If you're looking for good music from Griffin, you have plenty of options.
    Some suggestions after the jump.
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