January 11, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
It's that time of year again, when jazz madness gripped a a six-block stretch of New York's Greenwich Village, in the form of Winter Jazz Fest 2013. Friday and Saturday between six clubs, listeners could take in the more than seventy acts who performed between 6 p.m. and at 2 a.m.
Anyone with the moxie to take in all - or even a tiny part - of the festival emerged weary but excited by what they heard. And since so many artists chose Winter Jazz Fest to premiere new projects and groups, you came away with a sense of being close to the pulse of jazz's constant evolution, at this moment in time.
But choosing between so many acts can be daunting, even to true believers: sets were short, and often cryptically-named: if you only have forty-five minutes to spare, should you run to check out Breeding Ground? Hazmat Modine? Or Merger?
WBGO's new HD2 channel, the jazz bee, was created precisely to help listeners navigate through the expanding universe of jazz creativity. As the festival's official radio partner, we have been streaming a special mix of new music by all of the artists at this year's Winter Jazz Fest, and on the WBGO blog and at NPRMusic.org we posted sneak peeks at some of the new music artists planned to perform.
To listen to this special stream, click on the jazz bee logo below:
On Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 4:00 to 5:45 p.m., WBGO-FM presents a special broadcast of Gregory Porter and James Carter, two artists who appeared at (le) Poisson Rouge on Saturday evening as part of the festival, with our own Gary Walker as host.
We hope that you enjoyed all that this year's festival has to offer, and thanks for your support of WBGO-FM and the jazz bee!
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August 29, 2012. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO has been mailing out the Upbeat program guide for decades. We recently discovered some gems from the early years and thought we would share a few of those covers here.
WBGO has been at the vanguard of technology with online streaming of our programs, HD, HD2 (the jazz bee), mobile apps and more. In an effort to keep Upbeat in step with all these forward thinking efforts, we have created a digital version of our familiar program guide, which you can view online, magazine style with embedded links right to further information on our website. Take a test drive of this new service below and let us know what you think.
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May 2, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
The Jazz Stream is back!
Now online listeners can enjoy our new 24-hour showcase for emerging jazz artists and styles, which has been on the air in the at 88.3 HD2 in the New York Metro area since January. We will introduce you to fresh jazz talent and offer insights into their creativity and inspirations.
In coming weeks, we'll roll out new features on The Jazz Stream, including exclusive interviews and music every week that you can only hear at WBGO. On the web, we'll have concert and album reviews, columns and special content from invited guests.
The Jazz Stream plays three tracks by emerging artists, such as vibraphonist Warren Wolf and drummer Kendrick Scott, for each track by a jazz “icon,” such as John Coltrane or Thelonious Monk. We will also feature highlights from WBGO interviews, live broadcasts and studio sessions.
Pianist Robert Glasper was the first featured artist on The Jazz Stream during our online "sneak preview" back in March. He stopped by our studios to talk with Tim Wilkins about his new album, Black Radio, and his band's original fusion of jazz with hiphop and soul. Your can click here to hear highlights from Glasper's album and our conversation.
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