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  • Join WBGO for Michael Bourne's 15th Year at Jazz on the Mountain

    April 24, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    For our fourth consecutive year, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM is pleased to extend a personal invitation for Jazz on the Mountain at the historic Mohonk Mountain House resort, January 17-20, 2014 in the beautiful Catskills.

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    Mohonk Mountain House

    Celebrating 15 years at the Mohonk Mountain House, WBGO announcer Michael Bourne will once again host this stellar program – a four-day jazz extravaganza over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend – with a lineup of jazz greats, including:  Matt Wilson, Martin Wind, Scott Robinson, Fred Hersch, Joe Locke, Julian Lage and more.*  Also a performance of A Jazzy Valentine, a show conceived and narrated by Michael Bourne, with singers Christopher Gines, LaTanya Hall, and musical director Hilary Kole. Michael Bourne has some special things lined up to mark his 15th year!

    *please note: Artists are subject to change.

    Mohonk is offering a discounted rate exclusively for friends of WBGO Jazz 88.3FM.  This unique package includes:

    • a welcome cocktail reception on Friday evening
    • a private 15th anniversary dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests on Saturday
    • a Mohonk Mountain House scavenger hunt on Sunday afternoon

    Whether you are planning a family outing, a romantic retreat, a weekend with friends or a self-exploration getaway, the Mountain House has activities for all!

    DATES: January 17-20, 2014

    LOCATION: 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

    Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark located just 90 miles north of New York City.

    RATES*:

    • Three (3) nights Single Occupancy: $1,425
    • Three (3) nights Double Occupancy: $2,125

    Children’s 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.

    Checks and credit cards are payable to WBGO.

    Please note: WBGO rates include bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets with dinner as a traditional served meal, afternoon tea and cookies and all associated gratuities. Also included is the welcome cocktail reception (Friday evening) and exclusive private dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests (Saturday evening) and a musical Mohonk scavenger hunt (Sunday afternoon). Guests also 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.

    RESERVATIONS: To take advantage of the exclusive WBGO rate, you must place your reservation with Mohonk by calling 1-800-772-6646 and you MUST mention WBGO.  Once you make your reservation, contact WBGO to make your deposit, 973-624-8880x269 or email WBGO

    Please call Jennifer at 973-624-8880x269 or email WBGO with any questions.

    We hope you can join WBGO for this very special jazz event and look forward to seeing you on the Mountain!

    Photos from Jazz on the Mountain January 2013

  • 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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  • WBGO Travel

    March 1, 2013. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Welcome to WBGO Travel! Here, you’ll find out how you can join WBGO for its first-class travel packages to beautiful locations for great concerts, jazz festivals, incredible performances and deluxe tours. Our travel packages offer access to select opportunities and experiences designed exclusively for our guests.

    WBGO Travel packages are available to the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival and Jazz on the Mountain at Mohonk Mountain House listed below.

    Music knows no boundaries, neither does WBGO. Come and travel with us!

    For more information see the listings below or contact WBGO Travel:
    Phone: 973-624-8880 x 269 or Email:  events@WBGO.org