WBGO Blog
  • WBGO Congratulates Monk Prize Winner Melissa Aldana

    September 19, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO congratulates Melissa Aldana, the 2013 winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute's International Jazz Competition. A 24-year-old tenor saxophonist from Santiago, Chile, Aldana is the first woman and first South American to win the competition in its 26-year history.

    WBGO will feature Aldana's group, The Crash Trio with Pablo Menares on bass and Francisco Mela on drums, in a live broadcast and webcast from Boston at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 on October 9 at 8 p.m., the first in our fall series of live concerts from Berklee.

    Can't wait? Aldana visited the WBGO studios in 2008, when she was a twenty-year-old member of Berklee's Blue Note Ensemble, and performed live in our Studio B as part of our annual in-studio festival of student ensembles for Jazz Appreciation Month every April.

    Click here to hear Melissa's chat on that occasion with Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton, in which she describes picking up an alto saxophone at age six to accompany her father, saxophonist Marcos Aldana:

    Click here to hear Melissa perform with the Blue Note ensemble:

    Congratulations Melissa, and see you in Boston on October 9!

    Paul Morigi/Getty Images for the Thelonious Monk Institute
    Paul Morigi/Getty Images for the Thelonious Monk Institute
  • The Checkout Live from Berklee: Walter Smith III

    March 7, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO presents saxophonist Walter Smith III live from the Red Room at Cafe 939 at the Berklee College of Music in Boston on Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m.

    The Checkout – Live at Berklee brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts. Smith will be joined in the concert by fellow Berklee alumnus Matt Stevens on guitar, bassist Harish Raghavan, Taylor Eigsti on piano, and Clarence Penn on drums.

    Watch the concert live right here or listen to our on-air stream with host Josh Jackson, and join the conversation below.

    Like WBGO's other live broadcasts every month, these shows live on in our video archive and at NPRmusic.org.

    If you like what you hear, tune in to WBGO's sister station, The Jazz Bee, to hear recordings by Smith, his bandmates and other cutting-edge performers. Enjoy!

  • The Checkout – Live at Berklee with Jaleel Shaw February 7

    January 31, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO presents saxophonist Jaleel Shaw Live from the Red Room at Cafe 939, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, on Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. Shaw will be joined in the concert by fellow Berklee alumnus Lawrence Fields on piano, bassist Boris Kozlov, and drummer Johnathan Blake.

    Watch the concert live right here or listen to our on-air stream with host Josh Jackson, and join the conversation below.

    Like WBGO's other live broadcasts every month, these shows live on in our video archive and at NPRmusic.org.

    If you like what you hear, tune in to WBGO's sister station, The Jazz Bee, to hear recordings by Shaw and other cutting-edge performers. Enjoy!

    The Checkout – Live at Berklee brings critically acclaimed, New York-based Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts. Shaw is a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet and the Mingus Big Band, and has performed with Christian McBride, Jason Moran, Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb, and more.

    Upon graduating from high school in his native Philadelphia, Shaw received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee, where he graduated with degrees in music education and performance. At Berklee, he received the Billboard Endowed Scholarship, two Woodwind Department Awards, the Outstanding Student Teacher Award, and the Boston Jazz Society Award. Shaw then earned a master's in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music in New York.