WBGO Blog
  • Michael Bourne's Favorite Interviews

    March 1, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    What are Michael Bourne's favorite interviews from his three decades at WBGO? We asked the host of Afternoon Jazz, Blues Hour and Singers Unlimited to share these with us, as we prepare to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Enjoy!

    I've interviewed countless musicians and others through my going-on-30 years as a jock on WBGO.  Maybe a thousand?  Maybe two thousand -- if you count the 25-a-day I've sometimes talked with at conferences or festivals we've broadcast from.  I've loved especially broadcasting from my favorite festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

    This year being FIJM's 35th and WBGO's 35th, you can expect a more exciting broadcast than ever as the world's best jazz festival (sez me) and the world's best jazz radio station (sez everybody) celebrates together.

    Who've been my favorite interviews for WBGO?  So many of my favorite artists:

    Bourne Bennett

    Tony Bennett at WBGO, parts 1 and 2

    Tony in Montreal

    Dave Brubeck, at his home in Connecticut

    Paquito D'Rivera

    Cleo Laine & John Dankworth

    Claire Martin

    Diana Krall

    Ian Shaw

    Manhattan Transfer

    Barbara Carroll

    Robert Klein

    And from the Blues Hour:

    Marcia Ball

    Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi

    Other greats come to mind from before our era of on-demand everything - Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gatemouth Brown, Little Milton...

    Several generations of jazz artists have come along in the years since WBGO came on the air.

    We're still (and always will be) playing Ella and Sarah, Dizzy and Miles, but in this last 35 years along came some new one-name-only singers and players: Kurt and Cassandra, Wynton and Branford -- and they're now an older generation.

    Our annual JAM-fest (Jazz Appreciation Month Festival) in April is a spotlight on the newest generation, some of the best and brightest newcomers from schools in NJ, NY, and down from Boston.

    When you hear them playing live on WBGO, you're hearing the future of jazz… and of the station.

  • Blues Pianist Dave Keyes With Michael Bourne: Listen Now

    January 30, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Blues pianist Dave Keyes talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about his CD Right Here Right Now. Enjoy!

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  • Bourne's Journal: The Christmas Dragon Awakes

    December 18, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    Glenn Dicker, my son-in-law, is nuts about Christmas, and his Christmas
"Dickerations" on the family's house in Chapel Hill are the most
 spectacular for miles around.

Here's me, with my daughter Elizabeth, with last year's centerpiece, a
 Christmas Kong.

    Never Underestimate a Christmas Monkey
    Never Underestimate a Christmas Monkey

    I knew that Elizabeth was marrying a cool guy when I first saw his record
 collection, including about a foot-wide of Slim Gaillard CD's.  I was
 amazed all the more that there were that many Slim Gaillard CD's.

    Glenn
is enjoying great success as one of the owners of a record distributor,
RedEye -- they distribute the labels of Branford Marsalis and Dave Holland
 -- and a record label, YepRoc -- named for one of Slim's classic songs,
"YepRoc Heresy."  Glenn's label puts out an extraordinary variety of
 music, from the Mexican-wrestler-mask-wearing instrumental rockers Los
 Straightjackets to several British pop stars: Robyn Hitchcock, Paul
W eller, and especially Nick Lowe.  WBGO is playing one of YepRoc's newest 
blues albums, Tony Joe White's "Hoodoo."

    "Black Friday" is when most people go nuts shopping.  On the day 
after Thanksgiving, Glenn lights up his Christmas extravaganza.  There's
always 
something new and flabbergasting. This year, there's a secret weapon: a lawn-wide Christmas DRAGON!

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