WBGO Blog
  • Quincy Jones & Alan Hicks: Listen Now

    October 2, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Producer Quincy Jones & film director Alan Hicks talk with Gary Walker about Keep On Keepin' On, a documentary film about the life and teaching of Jones's musical mentor, trumpeter Clark Terry. The film will be shown at New York's Lincoln Plaza and Sunshine theaters this weekend.

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  • Saxophonist Igor Butman: Listen Now

    October 1, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Saxophonist Igor Butman talks with Gary Walker about The Moscow Jazz Orchestra's new CD and U.S. tour. The group performs at New York's 54 Below Oct. 2 and 3 at 9:30 p.m., and at Brooklyn's Kinsborough Community College on Oct. 5. at 3 p.m.

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  • Farewell to NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson

    September 9, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says goodbye to Gerald Wilson, who died Sept. 8 at his home in Los Angeles, four days after his 94th birthday.

    The trumpeter, bandleader and arranger played a key role in the development of West Coast and orchestral jazz over his 75 years as a professional musician. Fresh out of Detroit's Cass Technical High School in 1939, he joined Jimmie Lunceford's band and never looked back.

    Based in Los Angeles, Wilson arranged for Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and dozens of others, as well as his own large and small ensembles. In 1990, he was named an NEA Jazz Master, the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician.

    Wilson visited WBGO many times over the years, and stopped by in 2003 for a heartfelt chat with Morning Jazz host Gary Walker, which we'd like to share with you again now.

    Thank you, Gerald, we will miss you!

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