WBGO Blog
  • Celebrate WBGO's 35th Birthday with Chick Corea

    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.


    Tickets




    For more information, or to pay by check or credit card via the phone you can email events@wbgo.org or call 973-624-8880 x283.

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater Stars in Lady Day - Benefit for 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

    Dee Dee Bridgewater, photo by Carol Rosegg
    Dee Dee Bridgewater as Billie Holiday, photo by Carol Rosegg

    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.

    TICKET PRICES:

    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: tickets@actorsfund.org
    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.

    Jessye Norman (photo by Carol Friedman)

    Just announced (8/28/13) JESSYE NORMAN will be Honorary Chair and Hostess of the evening!

    David Ayers
    David Ayers
    Jim Cammack
    James Cammack

    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.

  • Hurricane Sandy Musicians' Benefit at Le Poisson Rouge

    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.

    You can learn more about musicians affected by Hurricane Sandy, and the JFA's ongoing efforts to support them, by following these links.

    Thank you, Wendy and the JFA!

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    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