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  • Celebrate the New Year with WBGO!

    December 29, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Celebrate with WBGO all New Year's Eve and into New Year's Day with three specials!

    Thursday 12/31, 6PM & Friday 1/1, 5AMThe Best of 2015

    Join WBGO hosts Gary Walker, Rhonda Hamilton and Michael Bourne as they discuss and play excerpts from their favorite jazz releases of 2015.

    Gary Walker, Rhonda Hamilton, Michael Bourne

    Thursday 12/31, 7PM The WBGO New Year’s Eve Swing Party with Bob Porter

    Bob Porter’s big appetite for rhythm and blues is world renowned. But you may be surprised to find out he also has a sweet tooth for swing; he’ll ring in the new year with a foot tapping mix of his favorites and music influenced by the swing era.

    Thursday 12/31, 9PM & Friday 1/1, 6AM Toast of the Nation;

    A WBGO and NPR tradition every New Year's Eve, Toast of the Nation is the perfect sound track for the occasion. Hosted by our own Rhonda Hamilton, Toast of the Nation brings you jazz that you will party to all night long with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations, contributing something new to the musical feast. 8 hours of music will start at 9pm EST and continue throughout the night until 5am. Featuring recorded performances by Allan Toussaint, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Snarky Puppy, Wycliffe Gordon, and more.

    Toast of the Nation kicks off with Anat Cohen!

    Anat Cohen
    Anat Cohen

    From all of us here at WBGO, we thank you for a great 2015 and wish you a happy, healthy & prosperous New Year!!

  • WBGO's Favorite Snow Songs: Listen Now

    January 27, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO keeps you warm all blizzard long! Listen to our announcers' favorite snow songs, and more to keep you feeling as light as a snowflake on Jazz 88.3 FM - the jazz source. - Steve Williams, WBGO interim program director

    SNOWFALL - CLAUDE THORNHILL

    Music Director Gary Walker tipped us to "Snowfall," which pianist Claude Thornhill wrote as a theme song for his popular big band in 1941:

    SNOWFALL - AHMAD JAMAL

    Sunday Night Music Mix host Eulis Cathey offers us a different, but equally entrancing, version of Snowfall, as recorded by pianist Ahmad Jamal at Chicago's Alhambra nightclub in 1961:

    I'VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM -
    ELLA FITZGERALD & LOUIS ARMSTRONG

    Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton offers us the home-for-the-holidays warmth of Ella and Louis' version of Irving Berlin's classic, recorded for their 1957 album Ella and Louis Again.

    SNOWBOUND - SARAH VAUGHAN

    We'll be feeling "Snowbound" for a while, and Singers Unlimited and Afternoon Jazz host Michael Bourne loves Sarah Vaughan's version of this song about two lovers, recorded in 1962 with the Don Costa Orchestra:

  • WBGO on "Public Radio's Top Songs of 2012" at NPRmusic.org

    December 24, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO-FM and WBGO's HD2 stream, The Jazz Bee, are featured in NPRMusic.org's "Public Radio's Top Songs of 2012."

    For the list, a select group of radio programmers from across the country chose favorite tracks from the thousands of new releases they received this year.

    Our picks include "Breakdealer" by the Pat Metheny Unity Band, shown here at this year's Newport Jazz Festival, and "Farafina" by Lionel Loueke. Read our full lists below, and visit  NPRMusic.org to hear these artists, along with other tracks selected by stations across the country. Enjoy!

    METHENYTRIO1

    • Aruan Ortiz, "Alone Together"
    • Isaac Darche, "Beautiful"
    • Lionel Loueke, "Farafina"
    • Gregoire Maret with Toots Thielemans, "O Amor e Meu Pais"
    • Johnathan Blake, "Of Things To Come"
    • Alfredo Rodriguez, "Qbafrica"
    • Edmar Castañeda, "Quitapesares"
    • Billy Hart, "Song For Balkis"
    • Robert Glasper Experiment, "The Consequences Of Jealousy"
    • Christian Scott, "The Red Rooster"
    • Linda Oh, "Ultimate Persona"

    WBGO-FM’S TOP SONGS OF 2012:

    Pat Metheny Unity Band, "Breakdealer"

    • Ulysses Owens Jr., "Good And Terrible"

    Chick Corea & Gary Burton, "Hot House"

    • Mark Masters Ensemble, "Lawrence Brown Blues"

    • Gary Smulyan, "Little Miss Half Steps"

    • Jazz Soul Seven, "Move On Up"

    • Branford Marsalis Quartet, "My Ideal"

    • Chano Dominguez, "Nardis"

    Ryan Truesdell, "The Maids Of Cadiz"

    • Brad Mehldau Trio, "Time Has Told Me"

    WBGO - THE JAZZ BEE’S TOP SONGS OF 2012:

    • Aruan Ortiz, "Alone Together"

    • Isaac Darche, "Beautiful"

    • Lionel Loueke, "Farafina"

    • Gregoire Maret with Toots Thielemans, "O Amor e Meu Pais"

    • Johnathan Blake, "Of Things To Come"

    • Alfredo Rodriguez, "Qbafrica"

    • Edmar Castañeda, "Quitapesares"

    • Billy Hart, "Song For Balkis"

    Robert Glasper Experiment, "The Consequences Of Jealousy"

    • Christian Scott, "The Red Rooster"

    • Linda Oh, "Ultimate Persona"