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:
Tony Bennett at WBGO, parts 1 and 2
Tony in Montreal
Dave Brubeck, at his home in Connecticut
Cleo Laine & John Dankworth
And from the Blues Hour:
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.
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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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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.
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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December 3, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Dancer, actor and singer Dulé Hill and trombonist Art Baron talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about the Broadway musical After Midnight, which features songs from the Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s, originally performed by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and others. The musical, which also features the Jazz At Lincoln Center All Stars, is at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theater.
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November 29, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
More listeners voted in the 9th annual Thanksgiving Blues Poll than ever before. Don't ask. I lost count — of how many voters. I've counted all the votes.
Here's a phenomenal number: 143. That's how many musicians or groups got votes. He's a top-ten of WBGO blues listener favorites.
Muddy Waters and BB King were even at the beginning of Wednesday's blues hour, and surges of votes for both happened during the hour. Muddy was up, then BB was up, then Muddy, then BB, then Buddy Guy vaulted up to pass BB, and Muddy jumped even higher. Fifth year at #1 for Muddy Waters.
1st Muddy Waters
2nd Buddy Guy
3rd BB King
4th (tie) Howling Wolf and Stevie Ray Vaughan
6th John Lee Hooker
7th Tedeschi/Trucks Band
8th Albert King
9th Johnny Winter
10th (tie) Robert Cray and Taj Mahal
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