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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 10/27/11

    October 27, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Babs Gonzales
    Babs Gonzales

    Today at WBGO:

    - At 6:30 p.m. on Piano Jazz, guitarist Julian Lage shows off his amazing technique and improvisation on "My Funny Valentine" and teams up with host Marian McPartland on "You and the Night and the Music."

    - At 9 p.m., Awilda Rivera interviews trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez about his show on Saturday in Newark at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and his love for bebop, Latin jazz and Spanish music.

    - WBGO's Champions of Jazz Benefit on November 2 will honor Jimmy Heath and Tommy LiPuma, with performances by Natalie Cole, Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano, Russell Malone, Lizz Wright, and much more. Click here for details and to buy tickets to this event.

    Join us on Friday, November 4 for a free members event starting at 6 p.m. on the Rutgers-Newark campus: tour the Institute of Jazz Studies, see the Louis Armstrong exhibit, and enjoy the film In Good Time: The Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland.

    - On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., join us at the Newark Museum for free jazz for kids as trumpet player Marcus Printup presents a program which demonstrates the many emotions that can be expressed while playing jazz.

    Click through for more of today’s musical happenings:

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    Jimmy Heath 85th Birthday Celebration is at the Blue Note

    Rob Garcia 4 is at Cornelia Street Cafe

    Claire Daly Quintet is at the Gershwin Hotel

    Al Caiola and Jerry Bruno are at the Glen Rock Inn

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Babs Gonzales – 1919

    Elmon Wright - 1929

    George Wallington - 1924

    Sonny Dallas – 1931

    Boyd Raeburn - 1913

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 10/23/11

    October 23, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Odean Pope by John Abbott
    Odean Pope by John Abbott

    Today at WBGO:

    - At 2 p.m., singer Kurt Elling talks with Michael Bourne about his performance at Birdland this week with The Kluvers Big Band, an 18 piece ensemble.

    - At 6:30 p.m., Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra romp through the Kansas City songbook of the Count Basie Band. Wendell Pierce hosts

    - WBGO's Champions of Jazz Benefit on November 2 will honor Jimmy Heath and Tommy LiPuma, with performances by Natalie Cole, Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano, Russell Malone, Lizz Wright, and much more. Click here for details and to buy tickets to this event.

    - On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., join us at the Newark Museum for free jazz for kids as trumpet player Marcus Printup presents a program which demonstrates the many emotions that can be expressed while playing jazz.

    Click through for more of today’s musical happenings:

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    Mona's Hot Four is at the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township

    Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra is at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Mingus Orchestra is at the Jazz Standard

    Butch Morris is at Nublu

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Louis Barbarin – 1902

    Sonny Terry - 1911

    Dan Morgenstern – 1929

    Jimmy Dawkins - 1936

    Odean Pope – 1938

    Rick Margitza - 1961

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 10/21/11

    October 21, 2011. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie
    John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie

    Today at WBGO:

    - Happy Birthday, Birks!

    - At 12 p.m., Eulis Cathey interviews guitarist Stanley Jordan about his new CD "Friends" and his performances at The Iridium this weekend.

    - At 2 p.m., Michael Bourne interviews Michael Wolff about his role as Music Director of WBGO's Champions of Jazz Benefit on November 2, which will honor Jimmy Heath and Tommy LiPuma, with performances by Natalie Cole, Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano, Russell Malone, Lizz Wright, and much more. Click here for details and to buy tickets to this event.

    - At 7:30 p.m. on the WBGO Journal, Doug Doyle interviews award-winning actress Tyne Daly about her performance in the musical comedy It Shoulda Been You, currently at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick.

    - Join us for free jazz for kids this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Middle School with  Zaccai Curtis on piano and his brother Luques Curtis on bass, who will present a program of jazz and Afro-Caribbean music.

    Click through for more of today’s musical happenings:

    Highlights From Today's WBGO Music Calendar:

    Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars are at the Blue Note

    Johnson Brothers are at Cecil's Jazz Club and Restaurant

    Jon Irabagon Trio is at Cornelia Street Cafe

    John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble and Kenny Wheeler are at the Jazz Standard

    Tedeschi Trucks Band is at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

    George Benson is at Town Hall

    Today's Jazz Birthdays:

    Celia Cruz – 1925

    Dizzy Gillespie – 1917

    Fred Hersch – 1955

    Don Byas - 1912

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