• Newport's George Wein With Leo Sidran: Listen Now

    July 28, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein talks with Leo Sidran about some of his favorite jazz musicians, including 2015 Newport performers Jon Batiste, Maria Schneider and Ambrose Akinmusire.

    Leo and Ben Sidran will be WBGO's special correspondents at the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival July 31 to August 2. Follow their adventures at WBGO.ORG/SIDRAN. You can hear more of Leo's interviews with musicians on his podcast, The Third Story.


  • Farewell To Guitarist Jim Hall: Concert & Interview

    December 10, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    We say goodbye to our friend Jim Hall, who passed away in his sleep Dec. 10, one week in to his 84th year in music.

    Jim was revered by fellow guitarists, and rightly so. He was a gentleman's gentleman, too.

    We were fortunate to enjoy many moments with Jim over the years, and would like to share some with you now.

    In 2004, Jim shared some wonderful stories with WBGO's Sheila Anderson on the occasion of his being honored as an NEA Jazz Master, the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician.

    We were with him at the Newport Jazz Festival this August, where we broadcast his heartbreakingly beautiful guitar duet with Julian Lage, as well as Steve Colley on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. This is one of Jim's last recorded performances.

    Farewell Jim, we will miss you!

    Photo by Adam Kissick for NPR
    Photo by Adam Kissick for NPR
  • Happy 88th Birthday, George Wein!

    October 3, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    George Wein, pianist and founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, talks with WBGO's Tim Wilkins about his career and the evolution of the jazz audience and music. Wein celebrates his 88th birthday with two nights of concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center on October 3 and 4, where he will perform at 7 p.m. with Anat Cohen and Lew Tabackin on reeds, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Howard Alden on guitar, Peter Washington on bass and Lewis Nash on drums.

    To hear more of George's thoughts on the future of the music he loves, tune in to our weekly new music magazine, The Checkout, on WBGO-FM on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. Happy Birthday, George from all of your friends at WBGO!