• 2012 WBGO Thanksgiving Blues Poll

    November 29, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Muddy Waters tops the list of WBGO listeners' favorite blues artists, according to the annual poll conducted by Blues Hour host Michael Bourne.

    Held at the same time as our annual Thanksgiving Jazz Parade, which asks listeners to rank their favorite jazz artists in a variety of categories, Bourne asks his listeners to vote on their top three blues performers.


    This is the fourth year Waters has come out on top in the poll, with BB King right behind him. This year, Buddy Guy and Howlin' Wolf tied for second place, one of several ties this year, out of the 106 total artists who received votes. There are also a number of newcomers in this year's results:

    1  Muddy Waters
    2  Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy
    4  BB King
    5  Albert King
    6  John Lee Hooker, Eric Clapton
    8  Stevie Ray Vaughan
    9  Allman Brothers
    10  Etta James Tedeschi Trucks Band

    Thanks to all who participated in this year's poll!

  • Vocalist Tessa Souter Talks With Michael Bourne

    November 26, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Vocalist Tessa Souter talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about her new album, Beyond the Blue, and her approach to writing lyrics. Enjoy!


  • Drummer Winard Harper Talks With Michael Bourne

    November 25, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Drummer Winard Harper talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about his new album, Coexist, his band, the Jeli Posse, and experiences working with saxophonist Frank Wess and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn. Enjoy!


  • Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield Talks With Michael Bourne

    November 22, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about his career and the tenth anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Enjoy!


  • David Amram with Michael Bourne on Clearwater Award

    November 3, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    David Amram, one of the most open-eared and open-hearted musical artists in the world, came to WBGO for a talk with Michael Bourne.  He’s being honored with the “Power of Song” Award from the Clearwater Foundation at a stellar gathering Friday November 9 at Symphony Space in Manhattan.

    Pete Seeger, founder of Clearwater, will present the award and perform alongside other friends of David, including  Paquito D’Rivera, Henry Butler, Guy Davis, Josh White Jr, and young musicians premiering a new Amram composition.  Also premiering at the event will be the documentary film “David Amram: The First 80 Years."

    Amram (left) with Pete Seeger and Dizzy Gillespie in 1985, photo courtesy of the artist