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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 10/10/11

    October 10, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    monk1Today at WBGO:

    - Happy Birthday Thelonious, Sweets and Junior!

    - Rhonda Hamilton interviews bassist Esperanza Spalding at 12 noon about her performance this evening at the Count Basie Theater and October 15 at Kean College.

    - Check out Dr. Lewis Porter’s “You Don’t Know Jazz! Column on our blog, where he debunks commonly held myths about early jazz drummers and drumming.

    - This week’s edition of the New Jersey Capital Report at 7:30 p.m. features Assembleyman and Deputy Speaker John F. McKeon, Steve Malanga, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Matt Katz, Trenton Statehouse reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Click through for more of today’s musical happenings:

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    Esperanza Spalding is at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank

    Tomoko Ohno and Diva Trio are at the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township

    Francisco Mela's Cuban Safari Quintet are at the Blue Note

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Thelonious Monk - 1917

    Harry "Sweets" Edison - 1915

    Junior Mance - 1928

    Alex Bugnon – 1958

    Cecil Bridgewater – 1942

    Ed Blackwell - 1929

    Francisco Aguabella – 1925

    Monk Montgomery - 1921

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 10/8/11

    October 7, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Papa Jo Jones
    Papa Jo Jones

    Today at WBGO:

    - Happy Birthday Papa Jo!

    - at 12 p.m., Rhonda Hamilton interviews Marcus Strickland at 12 p.m about his career and new CD, "Triumph Of The Heavy."

    - At 7:30 p.m., join us for our award-winning current affairs program, The WBGO Journal.

    - On Saturday at 6:30 a.m., treat yourself to thought-provoking, intelligent and stimulating dialogue on news, politics, entertainment and culture with Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West.

    - Organist Rhoda Scott will be at Newark’s Symphony Hall this Saturday at 12:30 to kick off our October kids’ jazz series. Got kids? Bring them, it’s free for them and you! No Kids? Rhoda will be back at Symphony Hall in November.

    - Michael Bourne had a great time with the JBs - Maceo Parker, Pe Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley – when they visited our studios on Tuesday. Listen to their conversation here.

    - Thanks to our more than 4,000 listeners who pledged in September. Click here to read the latest on our signal improvement project.

    Click through for more of today’s musical happenings:

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    Bill Charlap Trio is at the Village Vanguard

    The New Brunswick Jazz Festival kicks off at Due Mari

    Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, and Bill Stewart are at the Jazz Standard

    The John Escreet Trio is at the Jazz Gallery

    Kenny Werner/Chris Potter Duo is at Kitano New York

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Jo Jones - 1911

    Larry Young, Jr. – 1940

    Amiri Baraka – 1934

    Aaron Parks – 1983

    Alvin Stoller - 1925

    Vaughn Monroe – 1911

    George Young - 1937

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 10/7/11

    October 6, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Tony Allen
    Tony Allen

    Today at WBGO:

    - Sheila Jordan's unique singing style lights up Piano Jazz with guest host Jon Weber. Jordan reflects on her early inspirations in Detroit and chasing the great Charlie Parker.

    - Michael Bourne had a great time with the JBs - Maceo Parker, Pe Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley – when they visited our studios on Tuesday. Listen to their conversation here, and you can hear them live at Town Hall tonight!

    - Organist Rhoda Scott will be at Newark’s Symphony Hall this Saturday at 12:30 to kick off our October kids’ jazz series. Got kids? Bring them, it’s free for them and you! No Kids? Rhoda will be back at Symphony Hall in November.

    - Thanks to our more than 4,000 listeners who pledged in September. Click here to read the latest on our signal improvement project.

    Click through for more of today’s musical happenings:

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, and Maceo Parker are at Town Hall

    The Jack Walrath Group is at Smalls

    The Bill Charlap Trio is at the Village Vanguard

    Anthony Braxton is at Roulette

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Tony Allen – 1938

    Sammy Price – 1908

    Norman Simmons – 1929

    Jessie Mae Hemphill – 1934

    Steve Elmer - 1941

    Mark Whitfield - 1966

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 10/4/11

    October 3, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Leon Thomas
    Leon Thomas

    Today at WBGO:

    - Pianist Bill Charlap talks with Gary Walker at 9 a.m. about his upcoming appearance at The Village Vanguard with his trio.

    - Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker, and Fred Wesley of the JBs sit down with Michael Bourne during the Blues Hour from 3 to 4 p.m.

    - On The Checkout at 6:30 p.m., Josh Jackson talks with master drummer Roy Haynes.

    Click through for more of today’s musical happenings:

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    Ted Curson and Friends are at the Baha'i Center

    Greg Osby, Frank Kimbrough, John Hebert, Nasheet Waits are at the Jazz Standard

    Orrin Evans, Conrad Herwig and Stanley Cowell celebrate William "Prof" Fielder at Rutgers' Mason Gross in New Brunswick

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Duke Robillard – 1948

    Francisco 'Chino' Pozo – 1915

    Leon Thomas - 1937

    Mat Maneri – 1969

    Steve Swallow – 1940

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 10/3/11

    October 3, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Von Freeman
    Von Freeman

    Today at WBGO:

    - Happy Birthday Earle Lavon! Von Freeman is featured on this week's JazzSet. Click here to listen to the show or catch Von on the air Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

    - Thanks to the more than 4,000 listeners who pledged in September! We are now halfway towards our signal improvement project goal of $3 million.

    -   At 6:30 p.m., Wendell Pierce examines Prohibition and the Jazz Age, with the music of Beiderbecke, Morton and Armstrong. Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano also join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

    - On the New Jersey Capitol Report at 7:30 p.m., Steve Adubato talks with Assembleymen John Wisniewski and Michael Patrick Carrol, and Commissioner of the Department of Banking and Insurance Thomas Considine.

    Click through for more of today’s musical happenings:

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    Butch Morris is at Nublu

    The Mingus Big Band is at the Jazz Standard

    Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are at the Edison Hotel

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Albert Collins – 1932

    Edgar 'Puddinghead' Battle - 1907

    George Wein – 1925

    Mike Clark – 1946

    Ronnie Laws – 1950

    Von Freeman - 1922

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