WBGO Blog
  • WBGO In France: Yes, We Cannes!

    July 24, 2015. Posted by Lezlie Harrison.

    Yes we Cannes! WBGO is up and ready for another splendid day on the French Riviera.

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    With our sunscreen and hats on  - temperatures hover around one hundred degrees, with an ocean breeze - we make our way to the farmers market for a bit of shopping.

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    Back on the WBGO bus, we take an amazing ride through the spectacular Alpes-Maritimes mountains, to reach the medieval town of Grasse, which is known as the "Perfume Capital of the World.”

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    We visited the one of the oldest factories, the historic Parfumerie Fragonard. We learned about the history and process of making perfumes.

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    Composing scents is similar to composing music. Base notes are the strongest part, heart notes is where the harmony is created and the peak notes are your first impression one smells that last about twenty minutes.

    Smells like music to me!

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    Yes, we have worked up a bon appetit! Our next stop - Auberge des Gorges du Loup, the "Wolf's Gorges Inn!"

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    What kind of house dessert does a wolf serve? Feast your eyes on this panacotta delight!

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    Our waiter thought my napkin looked better as a "crown"! Que pensez-vous?

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    Our next stop - St. Paul du Vence. One of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera filled with art galleries, contemporary art museums shops, and magnificent views.

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    The town square hosts some exciting games of pétanque, which is the French cousin of bocce!

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    I see a mailbox with my name on it - en français - in the future!

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    We head back to out headquarters - the Mediterranean Sea - for tonight’s concert, featuring Al Jarreau and Melody Gardot.

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    Magnifique! A demain...

  • Join WBGO for Michael Bourne's 17th Year at Jazz on the Mountain

    May 11, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO is excited to extend a special invitation to our 6th annual "Jazz on the Mountain" at the historic, award winning Mohonk Mountain House January 15th-18th in the stunning Hudson Valley region of Upstate New York.

    Celebrating his 17th anniversary at Mohonk, WBGO's Michael Bourne will host this stellar program: a 4 day musical extravaganza over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.  Come find out why this event sells out every year! See photos from the 2015 trip.

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    This year's performance schedule:

    Friday
    9PM Mohonk All Stars - Scott Robinson, Helen Sung, Martin Wind, Dave Stryker

    Saturday
    11AM Guy Davis
    3PM Dave Stryker
    9PM Duchess

    Sunday
    11AM Helen Sung
    3PM Ed Palermo and Rob Papparozzi
    9PM Antonio Hart

    Monday
    11AM Parlor Games Jam Session
    Scott Robinson, Helen Sung, Dave Stryker, Ed Palermo and Rob Papparozzi, Antonio Hart...

    Also included:

    • welcome reception on Friday evening
    • private dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests on Saturday
    • WBGO/Mohonk Mountain House scavenger hunt on Sunday afternoon

    Location: Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark located just 90 miles north of New York City at 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

    Rates*:
    Three (3) nights Single Occupancy: $1,585
    Three (3) nights Double Occupancy: $2,285

    Additional guest nightly rate: Under 4 – Stay Free; 4-12 yrs. old - $110.00; 13 & over - $196.00

    *These rates are inclusive of a 12% service charge. Tax is excluded for WBGO guests only.

    Whether you are planning a trip for the entire family, a romantic retreat for two, a weekend with good friends or treating yourself to a getaway, the Mountain House has something for everyone! The WBGO package includes: lavish breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets-or dinner as a traditional served meal with afternoon tea and cookies and all associated gratuities.  Guests receive amenities such as wireless internet access, ice-skating, skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and comprehensive fitness center. Whether you choose to stay inside the Mountain House or venture out for some winter fun, this is sure to be an unforgettable weekend you'll mark on your calendar for years to come!

    Reservations: Please call WBGO Travel & Events at 1-973-624-8882 or events@wbgo.org. A $500 deposit is requested upon booking. Check payable to WBGO/Newark Public Radio, Attn: Travel & Events, 54 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102, or by credit card. Full payment will be due December 15.

    Cancellation policy:

    Please note there is a 14 day advance notice of cancellation in order to receive a full refund, less a $125 fee per room, non-refundable.

    Cancellations within 14 days will result in a forfeiture of one night’s stay.

  • Relive WBGO's 2015 Trip To South Africa

    April 29, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Twenty-five WBGO members visited South Africa this March with Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton and The Checkout's Simon Rentner.

    In addition to soaking up the sights and sounds of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, they enjoyed the Rainbow Nation's wildlife, culture, heritage, historical sites, golf and vibrant urban communities in Johannesburg, Soweto and Cape Town.

    Rhonda, Simon, and reporter Giovanni Russonnello share insights with us in a wonderful series of photo essays, news features and interviews. Click on the links below to share their Rainbow Nation experiences. Enjoy, and hope to see you there next year!

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    WBGO Dispatches from South Africa

    Lesedi Cultural Village

    Around Johannesburg

    In Soweto

    Elephants, Rhinos and Lions

    Rhonda and Simon Tee Up!

    Rhonda's FInal Thoughts

    Mandela's Garden

    In Cape Town

    At The Cape Town Jazz Fest

    The Checkout In South Africa

    Hugh Masekela: The Checkout Interview

    Thundercat: The Checkout Interview

    Claude Cozens: "Jubilee Jam"

    Benjamin Jephta: "The Homecoming"

    Carlo Mombelli: "Stories"

    Audio Features For WBGO News

    Simon Rentner: Lesedi Cultural Village

    Simon Rentner: The Apartheid Museum

    Giovanni Russonnello: The Business Of The Cape Town Jazz Fest

    Giovanni Russonnello: The Chimurenga Chronic

  • WBGO In South Africa 3: In Soweto

    March 25, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    I learned today Soweto is an acronym for South West Townships. It’s a sprawling, culturally rich and economically diverse collection of communities. With well over a million people, Soweto makes up half of the population of Johannesburg.

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    “The Soweto Uprising” began on June 16, 1976 when Hector Peterson, only 12 years old, was killed when South African police fired into a crowd of students.

    Over the next two days, perhaps as many as 1200 more black Africans were killed -- 89 under the age of 20 and 12 under the age of 7.

    The students had gathered to protest the State’s declaration that Afrikaans be the official language of instruction in African schools.

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    This now-iconic image of Hector being carried by 18-year-old Mbuyasi Makhubo was taken by news photographer Sam Nzima, and provoked an international outcry.

    Both were forced into hiding because of harassment by the police. The young girl is in the photo is Hector’s 17 year old sister, Antoinette.  She later worked at this museum as a guide.

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    Our day includes a delicious lunch at Chez Alina, one of the many thriving businesses in Soweto.

    Alina set up the restaurant in her home. The walls are covered in works of art. We dine to the sounds of a jazz trio brought in especially for our WBGO group. Good food, good music – everyone is all smiles.

    Here's Alina with my friend, Brenda Raney, and our tour host from Immersion Journeys, Hema Shah.

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    Inside Chez Alina, we enjoy Abudullah Ibrahim’s famous South African jazz anthem “Mannenberg.”

    Outside, we are treated with some traditional African drumming and dancing.

    The littlest ones put on a great show!

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  • WBGO Celebrates Blue Note's 75th Anniversary

    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

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    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.

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    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:

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