WBGO Blog
  • WBGO and NPR at the 2008 JVC Newport Jazz Festival

    July 31, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Earlier this summer, WBGO launched NPR's first concert series of live jazz webcasts, "Live at the Village Vanguard," which offers monthly shows from the legendary New York City venue. Next weekend, August 9 and 10, WBGO and NPR Music are teaming up to live webcast main stage acts from the JVC Jazz Festival Newport. On the bill are legendary pianist Herbie Hancock; producer, performer and Jazz Festival founder George Wein; guitarist Howard Alden; along with rising jazz stars Esperanza Spalding and Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos. I'll be your host. Should be fun.

    Check out one of my favorite performances captured at Newport.

     

  • Guillermo Klein Interview

    June 9, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Guillermo Klein - Photo by Kim Bacon
    I interviewed composer Guillermo Klein this weekend. Listen to it here, and enjoy the raw materials. Don't forget to tune in to the show Wednesday night at 9pm. We'll be live at the Village Vanguard with Guillermo Klein Y Los Guachos. Their newest release, Filtros, hits the streets on Tuesday. Stay tuned for a Song of the Day feature on NPR Music.
    Onward.
    -Josh

  • Live at the Village Vanguard Concert Series

    June 6, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD
    WBGO, VILLAGE VANGUARD AND NPR MUSIC JOIN FORCES FOR NEW MULTI-MEDIA LIVE BROADCAST SERIES

    MONTHLY SERIES FEATURING TOP ARTISTS FROM PREMIER JAZZ VENUE
    BEGINS JUNE 11; FIRST CONCERT WITH GUILLERMO KLEIN Y LOS GUACHOS

    WBGO/Jazz88.3FM in Newark, NJ and NPR Music will webcast and broadcast a concert series from the legendary New York City jazz club, The Village Vanguard. The Live at The Village Vanguard series begins next week and will offer monthly concerts for live, free streaming at WBGO.org. Concerts in the series will also be broadcast live NPR Music at www.NPR.org/music.

    The Village Vanguard is arguably the Mecca of jazz performance venues. Well into its seventh decade, the Vanguard is revered around the world for its rich history, its continued commitment to jazz, and its near-perfect acoustics. Next spring, WBGO/Jazz 88.3 FM celebrates its 30th anniversary as the premiere jazz broadcaster in the country. Last fall, National Public Radio (NPR) launched the highly anticipated NPR Music site - a free, comprehensive music discovery destination, featuring content from NPR and 12 NPR Member public radio stations, which include WBGO. Now, this trio of music producers and presenters have come together to create a jazz experience that melds new media, technology, and of course - jazz.

    Live at the Village Vanguard is a newly launched monthly series from WBGO, The Village Vanguard and NPR that presents jazz programming in a completely fresh way, using multi-platform media to heighten the jazz experience. “WBGO is a public media institution. We are natural communicators, and our mission is jazz. Social media platforms give us the opportunity to build on our foundation, to find and create new fans, and to reach out to people with a real-time connection to music made in the moment,” says WBGO Special Projects Producer, Josh Jackson.

    Music and social media is the core of this project along with the fundamental notion shared by all involved that jazz is not an exclusive genre on the margin of the vast and expanding media trends and experiences. Beyond your typical live broadcast radio experience, the concerts will be hosted by Jackson, who will be blogging and web-chatting during the performances, in real time from inside the club, on the WBGO Blog: Jazz & Beyond (WBGO.org/blog). The WBGO broadcast team will create exclusive content to connect personally with the public, such as an online photo gallery created live during the concerts that visitors can check out using Flickr, an online photo management and sharing application gallery.

    Live at The Village Vanguard begins on June 11 with Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos, the Argentine pianist and composer and his 11-piece band. On June 18, WBGO, NPR and the Vanguard present a live show with innovative jazz drummer Brian Blade, in performance with the Fellowship Band. Other scheduled concerts are the Uri Caine Trio on July 1; the Kenny Barron Quintet on August 27; Paul Motian, Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano on September 3; the Bill Charlap Trio on October 8; the Ravi Coltrane Quartet on November 19; and the Cedar Walton Quartet on December 17.

    Jazz content currently accounts for 15 percent of the music on the NPR music site, and NPR believes this is an exciting way to reintroduce the genre to its overall audience. Live at The Village Vanguard is the first jazz concert series to be live webcast by NPR Music and the latest addition to the site’s popular “Concerts” section, which features hundreds of regional and national web concerts and adds more than 15 new performances each month. The series continues NPR Music’s long tradition of presenting live performance jazz on air and online.

    The Village Vanguard continues to blaze the trail when it comes to live performance. Vanguard owner Lorraine Gordon did not hesitate when she was approached with the idea of a broadcast collaboration. "It’s an honor and a pleasure to work with WBGO. [W]BGO is a part of the structure of jazz today and the scene…very necessary."

    Live at the Village Vanguard Schedule
    Join us at the Village Vanguard, or from your living room for any of the following dates:

    Wed. June 11th – Guillermo Klein Y Los Guachos
    Wed. June 18th – Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band
    Tues. July 1st – Uri Caine Trio
    Wed. August 27th – Kenny Barron Quintet
    Wed. September 3rd – Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano
    Wed. October 8th – Bill Charlap Trio
    Wed. November 19th – Ravi Coltrane Quartet
    Wed. December 17th – Cedar Walton Quartet

    • Live Meebo chat room: www.wbgo.org/villagevanguard

    • Live blogging: www.wbgo.org/blog

    • OR, get it the next day at WBGO.ORG/ONDEMAND and NPR.ORG/MUSIC.