• Steve Turre's "Bones Of Art" with Rhonda Hamilton

    July 31, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Trombonist Steve Turre talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about his new album, The Bones of Art, which features Turre and three other trombone alumni of drummer Art Blakey's band The Jazz Messengers: Steve Davis, Robin Eubanks and Frank Lacy. The album also features Xavier Davis, Peter Washington and Willie Jones III.

    The HighNote CD, which hits stores August 21, will be on-demand in a sneak preview at WBGO.ORG/RADAR starting on August 13. Enjoy!


  • Bassist Derrick Hodge's "Live Today" With WBGO

    July 31, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Bassist Derrick Hodge performs live at WBGO for a special edition of Josh Jackson's weekly new music show,The Checkout, which broadcasts on Tuesday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m.

    That same day, Hodge's Blue Note CD, Live Today, hits stores: click to hear Jackson's sneak preview of the album for NPR's First Listen series.

    A member of the Grammy-winning Robert Glasper Experiment, this Philadelphia native knows no boundaries. Hodge performs with hip-hop and soul artists such as Jill Scott and Maxwell, and with classical composer Osvaldo Golijov. Hodge also works with trumpeter Terence Blanchard on film scores which include Spike Lee's When The Levees Broke and Miracle At St. Anna.

    Hodge will also perform on August 6 at 8:30 p.m. at The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd Street in New York, with Travis Sayles on keyboards, Mark Colenburg on drums and Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet.

    Can't wait? Check out this video of Hodge's live broadcast for our Checkout Live series from the 92Y Tribeca in New York with Kris Bowers on piano, Dontae Winslow on trumpet, Jamire Williams on drums and Alan Hampton on guitar and vocals. There's more of Derrick and other cutting-edge performers in our video archive. Enjoy!

  • New Jazz at WBGO: Week of March 22

    March 24, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    If you've tuned into WBGO between 6 and 10 a.m. over the past 22 years, you've probably heard Gary Walker telling it like it is -- a gig he still enjoys getting up early for every weekday morning.

    But did you know that, in addition to his role as the host of Morning Jazz, Gary also manages the WBGO music library? Watch this space, as the WBGO Blog will post Gary's list of new additions to the music shelf, along with a few of his favorite new CDs from the bunch.

    Come back for more about the freshest new music that we are featuring on the air. Click the links to purchase the album -- when you do, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to WBGO.

    First, Gary's best of the week:

    Marcia Ball, “Roadside Attractions” (pictured)

    If you want a Tuesday or Wednesday night to feel like SATURDAY NIGHT (think Texas or Louisiana,)  get next to the roadside attractions of Marcia Ball.  Playful, good time blues …and that piano –Mercy! Buy the album here.

    Monty Alexander, “Uplift"

    Some of you remember those great Monty trios with Ray Brown. The feeling is still here as Alexander's no drag time band moves through ”One Mint Julep”, “Come Fly With Me”, “Body And Soul” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and other favorites along with some Monty moments of his own. Buy the album here.

    Vijay Iyer, Prasana & Nitin Mitta, “Tirtha

    The combination of piano, guitar & voice and tabla gives mobility here to to  jazz and Indian music, exploring  the feelings which embody these two creative forces. The crossing will keep the listener engaged, with the end result being the urge to see this music performed live. Buy the album here.

    Click here for the complete list of new jazz releases: Read more