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  • Josh Jackson Named WBGO's New VP of Content

    August 19, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    NEWARK, NJ, August 19, 2013 - Josh Jackson has been named to the newly-created position of Vice President of Content of WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM, it was announced today by Amy Niles, the station's Acting President and CEO. Jackson, who continues as host of WBGO's hour-long music magazine, The Checkout, was previously Special Projects Producer.

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    Josh Jackson, WBGO VP of Content

    "I am pleased to name Josh as our Vice President of Content," said Niles. "This new position reflects the evolving nature of WBGO as both a creator and distributor of content for our communities of Jazz and News. Josh has a keen understanding and respect for the past, present and future of jazz. He is the personification of WBGO's mission to continue the vibrancy of this music as a cultural art form and his enthusiasm for broadcasting is contagious."

    Jackson began his radio career at WWOZ in New Orleans, moved to New York to become the associate producer of Jazz from Lincoln Center with Ed Bradley and joined WBGO in 2001. He has created three multi-platform concert programs, Live at the Village Vanguard, The Checkout: Live at 92Y Tribeca and The Checkout: Live at Berklee, all in partnership with NPR. Jackson has produced award-winning documentaries and hundreds of live concert recordings while at WBGO. He is the co-founder of Joyride Media and the 2010 and 2012 recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association's Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting.

    Jackson's recent programming initiative is WBGO Radar - a discovery service for new music. Jackson and WBGO Music Director Gary Walker review new recordings and consider them for exclusive debuts at WBGO.org/RADAR.

  • 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!

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    • 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"

  • WBGO on NPR's "10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012"

    December 24, 2012. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO's new HD2 stream, The Jazz Bee, is featured in NPRMusic.org's list of "10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012."

    Radio programmers from across the country were asked to select some of their favorite under-the-radar acts for the list. Our pick? Brazilian singer and guitarist Pedro Moraes, who will host a showcase of Brazilian "explorative" music at New York's (le) Poisson Rouge on January 14, with groups led by Ivo Senra, Elisa Cassini, Sergio Krakowski, Mauricio Zottarelli and Gabriel Santiago.

    Moraes himself is a great introduction to Rio de Janeiro's adventurous music scene. Like Jason Moran, Lionel Loueke and other roots-minded jazz musicians, Moraes turns traditional rhythms and forms on their heads, and comes up surprising ways to embrace Brazil's rich musical tradition and carry it into the future.

    Curious? You can visit this link at NPRMusic to download "Marcela," one of the tracks from Moraes' 2010 release, Claroescuro. Enjoy!

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