WBGO Blog
  • Michael Bourne's Favorite Interviews

    March 1, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    What are Michael Bourne's favorite interviews from his three decades at WBGO? We asked the host of Afternoon Jazz, Blues Hour and Singers Unlimited to share these with us, as we prepare to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Enjoy!

    I've interviewed countless musicians and others through my going-on-30 years as a jock on WBGO.  Maybe a thousand?  Maybe two thousand -- if you count the 25-a-day I've sometimes talked with at conferences or festivals we've broadcast from.  I've loved especially broadcasting from my favorite festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

    This year being FIJM's 35th and WBGO's 35th, you can expect a more exciting broadcast than ever as the world's best jazz festival (sez me) and the world's best jazz radio station (sez everybody) celebrates together.

    Who've been my favorite interviews for WBGO?  So many of my favorite artists:

    Bourne Bennett

    Tony Bennett at WBGO, parts 1 and 2

    Tony in Montreal

    Dave Brubeck, at his home in Connecticut

    Paquito D'Rivera

    Cleo Laine & John Dankworth

    Claire Martin

    Diana Krall

    Ian Shaw

    Manhattan Transfer

    Barbara Carroll

    Robert Klein

    And from the Blues Hour:

    Marcia Ball

    Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi

    Other greats come to mind from before our era of on-demand everything - Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gatemouth Brown, Little Milton...

    Several generations of jazz artists have come along in the years since WBGO came on the air.

    We're still (and always will be) playing Ella and Sarah, Dizzy and Miles, but in this last 35 years along came some new one-name-only singers and players: Kurt and Cassandra, Wynton and Branford -- and they're now an older generation.

    Our annual JAM-fest (Jazz Appreciation Month Festival) in April is a spotlight on the newest generation, some of the best and brightest newcomers from schools in NJ, NY, and down from Boston.

    When you hear them playing live on WBGO, you're hearing the future of jazz… and of the station.

  • FIJM Programmer Johanne Bougie's favorite shows

    July 3, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    Friends Johanne Bougie & Michael Bourne - photo by BP

    As the Programming Coordinator for the FIJM since 2000, Johanne starts with the visions of the Artistic Director and others and contributes her own deep, detailed knowledge of musicians worldwide, then -- over many months -- works her magic to create more than 120 ticketed events, filling almost a dozen halls from the smallest to Symphony Hall for twelve days running. Until this year, Johanne tracked her progress with colored post-its affixed in boxes on a grid on her office wall, but this year she advanced to a spreadsheet on a screen. Technology has not damped her fabulous personal style. She books artists from around the planet into spaces that are ideal for them, on the days when they can come, with a minimum of bunch-ups and conflicts and a maximum of creativity. Johanne says it's like shopping -- start with a vision, find out what's available, fall in love with it and then put the pieces together into an outfit. Bravo, Johanne!

    She remembers some FIJM favorites in this clip.