October 20, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO Presents: Our Point of View in their only East Coast Appearance
December 12 at Le Poisson Rouge
To commemorate WBGO’s 35th anniversary year, we are teaming up with Blue Note Records at the close of their 75th anniversary year to present the only East Coast appearance of the supergroup, Our Point of View. With a limited number of engagements in Monterey, Paris, London and New York City, the December 12, 2014 performance in support of WBGO will be the only opportunity for fans in the jazz capital to experience this historic group.
Created in honor of Blue Note’s anniversary, Our Point of View celebrates the vitality of the label by looking ahead and bringing together the leading young artists on the Blue Note roster who steadfastly continue to move jazz forward. Featuring keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and bassist Derrick Hodge with drummer Kendrick Scott, the band’s repertoire draws from each of these artists’ own remarkable catalogs as well new spins on Blue Note classics.
The creative young voices of jazz have been the lifeblood of Blue Note Records since its formation in 1939—from Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, to Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson—all of whom made their debut albums for the legendary label. Since WBGO’s inception in 1979, the station has been at the forefront of many brilliant jazz careers, including the members of this group, each of whom has performed in WBGO’s studio in Newark.
December 12, 2014 ι Le Poisson Rouge
In 2009, WBGO launched an innovative program entitled, The Checkout, which brought each of these musicians into our Newark studios to perform as band leaders and discuss their music. Two years later, veteran record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note as Chief Creative Officer and soon became its president, renewing its dedication to the original label vision, articulated by Blue Note founder Alfred Lion that “any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.”
Checkout the members of Our Point of View on WBGO:
© 2014 WBGO
March 6, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.
In April, WBGO will celebrate its 35th anniversary with many opportunities to participate, listen, learn and enjoy jazz. On April 10, the day after WBGO's birthday, we invite an intimate group to join us at Town Hall in Times Square for a wonderful concert and post-show meet-and-greet with the artist, Chick Corea.
When the legendary artist Chick Corea recorded Piano Improvisations on the ECM label in 1971, he was the first jazz pianist of his era to release such a recording. This groundbreaking album literally opened the floodgates to a new genre of solo piano that continues strong today.
In 2014, Chick will be releasing a new solo CD and embarking upon a world tour with a presentation that is as fresh and innovative as ever. With a perfect balance of in-the-moment improvisation, Corea Classics, jazz standards, classical renderings and the inimitable “Children’s Songs,” it is a must-see concert if there ever was one.
The title of the CD, Portraits, derives from something Chick occasionally includes in his solo shows — when the spirit moves him. The artist asks for volunteers from the typically packed house, sits them down one at a time next to the piano and proceeds to paint a musical “portrait” unique to each individual. It’s uncanny how the personality of the person is captured in Chick’s improvisations.
It’s pure Chick Corea spirit of play. Come see for yourself, and celebrate 35 years of the greatest jazz radio station on earth!
Limited WBGO meet-and-greet, premium seating available. Book your tickets today.
Book your Tickets:
WBGO Member price per person: $125
Non-Member price per person: $150
All tickets will be picked up at the theater.
For more information, or to pay by check or credit card via the phone you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-624-8880 x283.
© 2014 WBGO
August 1, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO Benefit Event Brings Exclusive Broadway Experience as
Dee Dee Bridgewater Stars in Lady Day
Jessye Norman, Honorary Chair and Hostess
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 7pm
Times Square’s Little Shubert Theatre
(422 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues)
All proceeds from the September 24 preview performance ONLY benefit
WBGO and The Actors Fund.
Tony and Grammy Award® winner Dee Dee Bridgewater brings the essence and spirit of the late, great Billie Holiday to the stage this fall. Told through onstage triumphs and backstage personal trials, Lady Day tells the inspired and heart-wrenching story of Billie's attempt at a final comeback performance. Premium seats to this exclusive event will include a pre-show cocktail reception and post-show talk back.
Seating: $88 Ticket Includes post-show talk back
BUY TICKETS: Visit Broadway Offers and use the code WBGO
Premium Seating: $250 Ticket Includes premium seating (in first 8 rows of theater), pre-show cocktail reception (5:30pm) and post-show talk back
BUY TICKETS: Visit The Actors Fund Store
or EMAIL: email@example.com
When emailing or leaving voice mail, please include name, address, phone, number of tickets, and we will confirm your order.
*Telecharge service and handling fees will apply to purchases of the $88 tickets unless purchased at the Little Shurbert Theatre Box Office in person.
CALL: 212.221.7300 ext. 133. Ticket line hours: Monday – Friday, 10 am - 4:30 pm.
You can pay by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check and money order payments. All sales are final. Please remember that these tickets are solely for the benefit of WBGO and The Actors Fund and tickets cannot be exchanged, refunded or re-sold.
Just announced (8/28/13) JESSYE NORMAN will be Honorary Chair and Hostess of the evening!
Ms. Bridgewater will be joined by David Ayers (Wicked and SILENCE!) in the role of "Robert," Billie Holiday's Manager and newcomer Rafael Poueriet in the role of the "Assistant Stage manager."
James Cammack, veteran bass player for legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, tenor saxophonist Ken Hitchcock, who has played for legendary drummers Elvin Jones and Buddy Rich, Jerome Jennings (performer & drummer for Benny Golson and Sonny Rollins) and Bill Jolly (three-time Emmy Award winning pianist/composer/arranger) complete the acting ensemble in the roles of onstage musicians.
Written and directed by Stephen Stahl, the musical will make its New York debut having been produced at the Theatre de Boulogne-Billancourt and Theatre du Gymnase Marie Bell in Paris as well as The Donmar Warehouse and The Piccadilly Theatre in London, where it received critical praise and garnered an Olivier “Best Actress in a Musical” Award nomination for Ms. Bridgewater. Produced by Misty Road Productions the show’s creative team also includes Mr. Jolly, who will also serve as musical director.
© 2013 WBGO
November 8, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
The Jazz Foundation of America hosted a special concert at (le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street in New York City, to benefit musicians affected by Hurricane Sandy. They hope to raise $100,000 from concertgoers and those who watch the concert online.
The hurricane swept away the electricity, homes and livelihoods of many musicians. Music-rich neighborhoods, including Manhattan's Lower East Side and West Village, and Brooklyn's Red Hook, were seriously damaged, as were Staten Island, the Rockaways and the Jersey Shore.
Wendy Oxenhorn, executive director of the JFA, went door to door to visit musicians in affected areas. She described her visit to one elderly musician in the blackout zone in this way:
"When we found our way into his building (we knew which apartment he was in because we could hear him playing his horn) the tears in his eyes when he opened the door and saw that someone came looking for him was overwhelming. When he saw the four of us there with water and food he said, 'Who are you? And, I love you.'"
Wendy and the JFA know a thing or two about hurricanes. They have helped more than a thousand New Orleans musicians rebuild their lives after Katrina, and provide emergency food, medical care and financial aid to more than six thousand musicians in need every year.
Thank you, Wendy and the JFA!
Tonight's benefit concert is a co-production with Truth Revolution Records, Revive Music, Motema Music and DL Media, will feature more than ten bands and over fifty musicians. A partial set list is below.
HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF CONCERT AT (LE) POISSON ROUGE
7:00 - 7:20 Marianne Solivan
7:30 - 7:50 TBA
8:00 - 8:20 Natalie Fernandez Project
8:30 - 8:50 Jorge Roeder and Julian Lage Duo
9:00 - 9:30 David Weiss & Point of Departure
9:40 - 10:00 Orrin Evans Trio
10:10 - 10:40 Jay Rodriguez & Soul System Orchestra
10:50 - 11:10 Marcus Strickland Trio
11:20 - 11:40 Manner Effect
11:50 - 12:10 Ryan Berg Retrospective (Featuring George Burton, Wayne Smith & Tivon Pennicott)
12:10 Session Begins Jazz for Hurricane Sandy Benefit Jam Session hosted by Ben Williams
© 2012 WBGO