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  • WBGO Says Farewell To Al Harewood

    March 17, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO bids farewell to master drummer and friend Al Harewood, who passed away last week at age 90.

    The Brooklyn born-and-raised Harewood played a key role in ensembles with J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Curtis Fuller, Stanley Turrentine, and Lou Donaldson, among others, and can be heard on many Blue Note sessions from the 1950s and 1960s.

    Listen to Harewood's magisterial work with pianist Horace Parlan from the 1961 Blue Note release Up And Down:

    We can say goodbye to Al on Wednesday, Mar. 19th at Brooklyn's St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 725 Belmont Ave between Elton & Linwood Streets, with viewing from 3 to 6:30 p.m. A musical tribute will be held from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., followed by open tributes and a Funeral mass at 7 p.m.

    On Thursday, March 20, prayers will be held at St. Barnabas at 9:30 a.m., followed by burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth, New York.

    Farewell, Al, and thank you!

    Photo by Francis Wolff, courtesy of Mosaic Images
    Photo by Francis Wolff, copyright Mosaic Images
  • WBGO Says Goodbye To Amiri Baraka

    January 9, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says goodbye to Amiri Baraka, who died today at 79. The author, activist and Newark native made indelible contributions to literature and music criticism, in particular through Blues People, his groundbreaking 1963 collection of essays which traced the evolution of African-American music.

    "He was one of the most insightful and brilliant observers jazz has ever attracted," said jazz writer Paul de Barros, upon learning of his death. "Part of a time when the context for jazz writing was so much broader and more connected -- in Baraka's case, to poetry, drama, social criticism and politics."

    Many of us at WBGO had the good fortune to know Amiri, and his urbane, incisive and unrepentant wit. Most recently, WBGO's Josh Jackson sat down with Baraka to talk about Blues People on the 50th anniversary of its publication. We'd like to share the conversation with you again now.

    Thank you, Amiri, and rest in peace. WBGO's condolences are with Baraka's family and many friends.

    The Wake
    Friday, January 17, 2014
    4:00pm to 9:00pm
    Metropolitan Baptist Church
    149 Springfield Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07103
    973.642.2267
    www.mbcnewark.org

    The Funeral
    Saturday, January 18, 2014
    10:00am
    Newark Symphony Hall
    1020 Broad Street
    Newark, NJ
    973.643.8014
    www.newarksymphonyhall.org

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  • WBGO Says Goodbye To Sax Master Yusef Lateef

    December 23, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says goodbye to multi-reed master Yusef Lateef, who died Dec. 23 from prostate cancer. This "Gentle Giant" of the tenor saxophone, one of the first to bring non-Western instruments into his recordings and compositions, was named a NEA Jazz Master in 2010, the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician.

    Lateef sat down with WBGO's Josh Jackson to celebrate that occasion, and we'd like to share that conversation with you again now. Thank you, Yusef, we will miss you!

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