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  • Singer Ian Shaw With Michael Bourne

    October 21, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Ian Shaw talks with Michael Bourne about his tribute to Joni Mitchell at 54 Below in New York on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. The concert is part of the nightclub's WBGO Jazz series. Click below to listen to this interview.

    Shaw, originally from North Wales in the United Kingdom, first made his mark in jazz with the 1992 Concord album Ghostsongs. In 2005, he recorded  Drawn to All Things, an album of compositions by Joni Mitchell, for Linn Records. His most recent project, A Ghost In Every Bar, is based on lyrics written by poet Fran Landesman.

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  • WBGO Says Goodbye To Gloria Lynne

    October 16, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says goodbye to singer Gloria Lynne, who passed away in Newark Oct. 15 at age 81. Best known for her 1964 hit "I Wish You Love," Gloria won first prize in the "Amateur Night" at Harlem's Apollo Theater at age fifteen. She also wrote lyrics to Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" and performed with, among others, Ray Charles, Harry Belafonte Billy Eckstine, Quincy Jones and Ella Fitzgerald. Among her many honors, she received an International Women in Jazz Award and a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 1995, New York City proclaimed July 25 "Gloria Lynne Day."

    A memorial service for Gloria will be held at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clark Place (138th Street) in Harlem, on Monday, October 28th at 1pm.

    Last month, Lynne sat down with with WBGO's Michael Bourne to talk about about her career and performances at 54 Below in New York on August 27 as part of the nightclub's WBGO Jazz Series. We would like to share this interview with you again now. Farewell, Gloria, we will miss you!

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  • Margarett Cooper -- Host-an-Hour

    September 22, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    WBGO says farewell to our dear friend Margarett Cooper, who passed away Friday at age 99. Margarett was a true member of the WBGO family, and lived so many things the rest of us can only read about. As we remember her, we'd like to share audio from the unforgettable hour she spent with us on the air in 2010. Farewell Margarett, we will miss you!

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    Part II

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    Margarett Cooper hosted an hour with me in the spring of 2010, a gift from WBGO supporter Gordon Davis.  96, she was, at the time.   Everyone kept mentioning her age, but her spirit belied her age.

    I especially enjoyed hearing stories about her hearing performances of Art Tatum and the other jazz greats she wanted to play as a guest DJ.    She said she was nervous, but her hour was sweet and swinging -- like Margarett Cooper herself.

    She was planning her next host-an-hour when she passed away. one month shy of her hundredth birthday. For us, she is ageless.

    - Michael Bourne