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  • Weekend trip to the Newport Jazz Festival

    May 10, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Travel invites you to enjoy the sun, fun and music at the Newport Jazz Festival, August 2-5, 2013.

    Arrive at the Newport Hotel & Marina to a Friday night welcome reception, unload your bags in your harbor view room and then get ready to hear Natalie Cole and the Bill Charlap Trio with Freddy Cole at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the original home and opening night celebration of the Newport Jazz Festival. Saturday and Sunday mornings, hop aboard the ferry for a wide variety of musical enjoyment at the legendary outdoor Newport Jazz Festival, plus food & drink voucher for the Louis Jadot Café inside historic Fort Adams State Park. Before departing back to reality on Monday, join us for a bon voyage breakfast and take in the view from the marina. WBGO will provide you with an insider’s list of the best places to visit when the music isn’t playing, but when it is, you will hear…

    Saturday musical line-up highlights include:

    Esperanza Spalding - Radio Music Society
    Wayne Shorter's 80th Birthday Celebration
    Robert Glasper Experiment
    Gregory Porter
    Terence Blanchard Quintet
    Bill Charlap Trio with special guests Bob Wilber & Anat Cohen
    Marcus Miller

    Sunday musical line-up highlights include:

    Chick Corea & The Vigil with Christian McBride, Tim Garland, Marcus Gilmore & Charles Altura
    Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra
    Dizzy Gillespie™ Big Band under the direction of Paquito D'Rivera
    Hiromi: The Trio Project with Anthony Jackson & Steve Smith
    Joshua Redman Quartet
    Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band
    Jim Hall Quartet with Scott Colley, Lewis Nash and special guest Julian Lage

    Details of Newport weekend package:

    • 3 night hotel stay at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina. Rooms are all Harbor View.
    • Welcome Reception at the hotel on Friday
    • Concert ticket for Friday night, 8pm at The International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino
    • Festival admission ticket for Saturday & Sunday
    • Meal voucher valued at $20 for food & drink at the Louis Jadot Café located on the festival grounds for Saturday and Sunday (total vouchers equaling $40)
    • Bon Voyage Breakfast at the marina on Monday morning
    • Parking at the hotel for three nights

    Festival Gates open at 10am, Saturday Festival Music Program: 10:45am-7pm, Sunday Festival Music Program: 11am-6:45 pm. Ferry passes to festival site not included. Parking at festival not included.

    Rates & Reservations:

    Price: $2,250 includes above detailed package for two people (based on double occupancy)
    Inquire about single and family rates.
    To make your reservation call 973-624-8880 x269 or email events@wbgo.org

  • Celebrate Jazz Around The World With WBGO

    April 30, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    International Jazz Day kicks off WBGO's monthlong celebration of global jazz, and you can join the celebration by watching video from UNESCO’s April 30 concert in Istanbul, Turkey and listening to earwitness reports from Istanbul by WBGO producer Josh Jackson.

    Jazz is increasingly embraced and played around the world. Last year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) partnered with the Thelonious Monk Institute to celebrate the contributions of jazz to world culture, staging concerts in Paris, New Orleans and at the United Nations in New York.

    This year's UNESCO concert in Istanbul featured more than 40 musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, George Duke, Esperanza Spalding, Pedrito Martinez and dozens of others.

    WBGO's celebration of global jazz continues on The Checkout, which airs Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., showcases new music from this year's Jazzahead! festival in Bremen, Germany on May 7 and 14, and from South Africa on the 21st and 28th. We also have special reports on South Africa on The WBGO Journal by producer Simon Rentner, who just returned from the Cape Town Jazz Festival.

    On WBGO HD2, the jazz bee, we are hosting a special round-the-clock mix of recordings by artists who appeared at this year's Jazzahead! festival, from as far away as Albania, Brazil and Israel.

    And WBGO's brand-new Travel & Events series offers behind-the-scenes tours to the Montreal Jazz Festival in June, and to Perugia and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy in July.

    Happy International Jazz Day - and join us every day to celebrate this music we love, in every part of the globe - at WBGO!

  • J.P. Jofre, Bandoneon! Coming to JazzSet

    April 11, 2013. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Hear J.P. Jofre with Strings on JazzSet .. Sunday, April 14, at 6pm and Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30pm.

    Juan Pablo Jofre lives in New York, but he's from San Juan, Argentina. A lover of heavy metal - Metallica even - he traded his drums for a bandoneón. In his home country, he studied with two protégés of Astor Piazzolla (1921-92), the creator of the New Tango. Piazzolla himself had lived in New York, and he loved to play with jazz musicians as well.

    The bandoneón is a remarkably empathetic instrument. When the player trembles, so does the sound he is producing on the bandoneón. To play it requires a dancer's sense of balance. Toward the end of the video above, J.P. pulls far left and right, then signs off with a smile. His brief at-home recital/demo is exclusively for JazzSet.

    Below, Jofre is onstage with I Solisti di Perugia, the string orchestra, in the fabulous Morlacchi Theater at the Umbria Jazz Festival. The music: tango! We have highlights from the concert on JazzSet.

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