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  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2014 Day Trips

    January 8, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    photo by Doug Mason

    WBGO Travel invites you to hop aboard the bus from either New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle), Brooklyn (BRIC House, 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place), New Jersey (location TBD) or Boston (location TBD) for a direct ride to the front gate of the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island on Friday, August 1, Saturday, August 2 or Sunday, August 3. This excursion includes: round trip bus travel from departure location directly to the festival gate, general admission ticket to the festival for the full day plus access to the WBGO Shade Tent on the festival grounds. Bus will have wifi, restroom and reclining bucket seats.

    The full lineup is listed below, and includes exciting artists such as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Gregory Porter, Anat Cohen, Ron Carter, Dr. John, Gary Burton with Julian Lage, Robert Glasper, Trombone Shorty, Darcy James Argue, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland’s Prism and Cecile McClorin Salvant.

    Buses have varying departure times, please check below for specific times from your departure location. At the end of each day, buses leave from the front gate of the Newport Jazz Festival. Return times leaving festival are as follows: Friday 6PM, Saturday & Sunday 7PM.

    Details of RT New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 6AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.
    • This location only will have an extra drop in Harlem on the way back to Jazz at Lincoln Center.

    Details of RT Brooklyn (BRIC House) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 6AM at BRIC House located at 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at BRIC House located at 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.

    Details of RT New Jersey (NJPAC) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 6AM at NJPAC located at 1 Center St. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at NJPAC. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.
    • Parking will be available at Military Park Garage.

    Details of RT Boston (Berklee) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 8:30AM at Berklee School of Music located at 1140 Boylston Street. Bus will depart promptly at 9AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 7:30AM at Berklee School of Music located at 1140 Boylston Street. Bus will depart promptly at 8AM.

    Line up for the festival*:

    Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Jon Batiste & Stay Human
    John Zorn’s Masada Marathon: Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Cyro Baptista, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Ikue Mori, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Kenny Wollesen & many others
    Miguel Zenón Big Band
    Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
    Snarky Puppy
    Cécile McLorin Salvant
    Rudresh Mahanthappa – Charlie Parker Project, A World Premier
    Amir ElSaffar Quintet with Ole Mathisen, John Escreet, Francois Moutin & Dan Weiss
    Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Steve Bernstein, Jon Irabagon, Dave Taylor,Brandon Seabrook, Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliott & Kevin Shea
    Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors
    University of Rhode Island Newport Jazz Big Band

    Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
    Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
    Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn & Eric Harland
    Gregory Porter
    Robert Glasper Experiment
    SF Jazz Collective: Miguel Zenón, Avishai Cohen, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman & Obed Calvaire
    Cécile McLorin Salvant
    Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band with Jon Cowherd, Chris Thomas, Melvin Butler & Myron Walden
    Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo with Alvaro Benavides & Jhaire Sala
    Dick Hyman, Howard Alden & Jay Leonhart
    Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet
    Newport Now 60 Band: Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Larry Grenadier & Clarence Penn
    Umbria Jazz presents Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Holanda
    Symposium on Jazz
    And More …

    Sunday, August 3, 2014, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Bobby McFerrin spirityouall
    David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco with Billy Hart & Warren Wolf
    Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
    Gary Burton New Quartet with Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Marcus Gilmore
    Vijay Iyer Sextet with Graham Haynes, Mark Shim, Steve Lehman,Stephan Crump & Marcus Gilmore
    Danilo Perez Panama 500 with Ben Street, Adam Cruz & Roman Diaz
    Django Festival All-Stars featuring Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, DouDou Cuillerier & Brian Torff
    Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone & Donald Vega
    Lee Konitz Quartet with special guest Grace Kelly
    Ravi Coltrane
    The Cookers: Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee & Billy Hart
    Mingus Big Band
    The Brubeck Brothers
    George Wein & Newport All-Stars with Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Jay Leonhart & Lewis Nash
    And More …

    *Schedule Subject to Change Visit newportjazzfest.org for most up to date listing.

    Rates & Reservations:

    Same Day Round Trip from NYC, NJ & Brooklyn
    WBGO Member price per person: Friday - $185, Saturday/Sunday - $225
    Non-Member price per person: Friday - $205, Saturday/Sunday - $245
    Student price per person: Friday - $145, Saturday/Sunday - $165
    (must show valid student ID at festival gate)


    NYC, NJ & Brooklyn Packages
    Location Pick Up



    Round Trip from Boston
    WBGO Member price per person: Friday - $145, Saturday/Sunday - $185
    Non-Member price per person: Friday - $165, Saturday/Sunday - $205
    Student price per person: Friday - $120, Saturday/Sunday - $140
    (must show valid student ID at festival gate)


    Boston Packages
    Location Pick Up




    Bus cancellation policy:
    Until May 15 – guest will receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee.
    Until June 20 – guest will receive a 50% refund.
    Until July 14 – guest can transfer their package to another guest, no refund after this date.

    For questions or reservations call 973-624-8880 x269 or email events@wbgo.org. Please indicate departure city.

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater Stars in Lady Day - Benefit for WBGO

    August 1, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO Benefit Event Brings Exclusive Broadway Experience as
    Dee Dee Bridgewater Stars in Lady Day
    Jessye Norman, Honorary Chair and Hostess

    Dee Dee Bridgewater, photo by Carol Rosegg
    Dee Dee Bridgewater as Billie Holiday, photo by Carol Rosegg

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 7pm
    Times Square’s Little Shubert Theatre
    (422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)


    All proceeds from the September 24 preview performance ONLY benefit
    WBGO and The Actors Fund.

    Tony and Grammy Award® winner Dee Dee Bridgewater brings the essence and spirit of the late, great Billie Holiday to the stage this fall. Told through onstage triumphs and backstage personal trials, Lady Day tells the inspired and heart-wrenching story of Billie's attempt at a final comeback performance. Premium seats to this exclusive event will include a pre-show cocktail reception and post-show talk back.

    TICKET PRICES:

    Seating: $88 Ticket Includes post-show talk back
    BUY TICKETS: Visit Broadway Offers
    and use the code WBGO

    Premium Seating: $250 Ticket Includes premium seating (in first 8 rows of theater), pre-show cocktail reception (5:30pm) and post-show talk back
    BUY TICKETS: Visit
    The Actors Fund Store
    or EMAIL: tickets@actorsfund.org
    When emailing or leaving voice mail, please include name, address, phone, number of tickets, and we will confirm your order.

    *Telecharge service and handling fees will apply to purchases of the $88 tickets unless purchased at the Little Shurbert Theatre Box Office in person.

    CALL: 212.221.7300 ext. 133.  Ticket line hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am - 4:30 pm.

    You can pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check and money order payments. All sales are final. Please remember that these tickets are solely for the benefit of WBGO and The Actors Fund and tickets cannot be exchanged, refunded or re-sold.

    Jessye Norman (photo by Carol Friedman)

    Just announced (8/28/13) JESSYE NORMAN will be Honorary Chair and Hostess of the evening!

    David Ayers
    David Ayers
    Jim Cammack
    James Cammack

    Ms. Bridgewater will be joined by David Ayers (Wicked and SILENCE!) in the role of "Robert," Billie Holiday's Manager and newcomer Rafael Poueriet in the role of the "Assistant Stage manager."

    James Cammack, veteran bass player for legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, tenor saxophonist Ken Hitchcock, who has played for legendary drummers Elvin Jones and Buddy Rich, Jerome Jennings (performer & drummer for Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins) and Bill Jolly (three-time Emmy Award winning pianist/composer/arranger) complete the acting ensemble  in the roles of onstage musicians.

    Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the musical will make its New York debut having been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and Theatre du Gymnase Marie Bell in Paris as well as The Donmar Warehouse and The Piccadilly Theatre in London, where it received critical praise and garnered an Olivier “Best Actress in a Musical” Award nomination for Ms. Bridgewater. Produced by Misty Road Productions the show’s creative team also includes Mr. Jolly, who will also serve as musical director.

  • Jazz from Caramoor.. Rhonda Hamilton hosts highlights on Labor Day at 1pm

    August 31, 2012. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Here's the special in six segments. Click to listen.

    Kenny Barron, piano - Love Walked In (Gershwins)
    The Cookers (personnel named under photo, below) - Capra Black (Billy Harper)

    Gretchen Parlato, voice Taylor Eigsti, piano; Earl Burniss Travis II, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums Alô, Alô (Da Viola, arr. Parlato) Circling (Parlato) Better Than (Parlato)

    The Cookers - The Peacemaker (McBee) Kenny Barron – Lotus Blossom, A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing, Star-Crossed Lovers (Strayhorn, Ellington)

    Kenny Barron - Shuffle Boil (Thelonious Monk)
    Dee Dee Bridgewater, voice Craig Handy, saxophones; Edsel Gomez, piano; Michael Bowie, bass; Kenny Phelps, drums
    Lady Sing the Blues (Billie Holiday)

    Two more from Bridgewater's group
    A Foggy Day (Cole Porter)
    Fine and Mellow (Holiday)

    Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band with Jaleel Shaw, alto sax; Martin Bejerano, piano; David Wong, bass
    James (Pat Metheny) All Blues (Miles Davis)

    Here's the story:

    It's all play and no work this Labor Day from 1-3pm on WBGO 88.3 and wbgo.org and the Caramoor Jazz Festival Network*, with music from the 19th annual Caramoor Jazz Festival near Katonah, NY, in Surround Sound.

    Here are all five groups  in one 30-second spot. Click and listen.

    First up, The Cookers are the hard bop champions, led by trumpeter David Weiss with music by band members Billy Harper on tenor and Cecil McBee on bass.

    Left to right: Orrin Evans, Billy Harper, David Weiss, Cecil McBee, Eddie Henderson, Craig Handy, drummer Billy Hart
    Left to right: Orrin Evans, Billy Harper, David Weiss, Cecil McBee, Eddie Henderson, Craig Handy, drummer Billy Hart.. photos by Gabe Palacio for Caramoor

    Multi-award winning, always working, young Gretchen Parlato’s instrument is her quiet, rhythmic voice. On “Alô, Alô,” she sings in Portuguese and adds hand percussion. Her refrain from “Better Than” seems like a personal statement and I love it: “There’s a sky full of stars so just be who you are…”

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    Pianist Kenny Barron performs alone. Gershwin, Porter, Strayhorn, Monk – Barron delivers each on-the-spot with ideas, clarity and swing. Nothing is wasted. I spotted pianists from the other bands at the festival in the wings, watching and listening to Kenny Barron.

    The album Eleanora Fagan: To Billie with Love from Dee Dee won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal. Onstage at Caramoor, Bridgewater celebrates Billie Holiday with three songs, arrangements by Musical Director Edsel Gomez.  “Lady Sings the Blues”  is upbeat, and he puts a new hook on “A Foggy Day.” Craig Handy shines on sax on Billie and Dee Dee’s “Fine and Mellow.”

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    The Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band is one for all and all for one. Haynes’ feet dance at the drums, his cymbals shimmer, he snaps and crackles on the snare. He speaks the language of six and a half decades of jazz drums, and the flow is pure Roy Haynes. He closes the festival with “All Blues” by Miles Davis, a request from the audience.

    Producer Jim Luce has programmed nineteen consecutive summer weekends of jazz at the Caramoor Center of Music and The Arts. We thank Jim (former WBGO morning man!), Managing Director Paul Rosenblum and everyone for supporting Jazz from Caramoor . Information about year-round programming is available at caramoor.org.

    *Traveling on Labor Day? Check out  Jazz from Caramoor on the  Caramoor Jazz Festival Network, including WICN Worcester, MA; WNCU Raleigh-Durham; WCLK, Atlanta; WUSF Tampa; WDNA Miami; WCBE Columbus OH; KCCK Cedar Rapids IA; KBEM Minneapolis; KTSU Houston; and KMHD Portland. Broadcast times vary.

    Roy Haynes and Dee Dee Bridgewater.. Richard Conde Photography
    Roy Haynes and Dee Dee Bridgewater.. Richard Conde Photography