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  • WBGO Says Goodbye to Saxophonist Bob Belden

    May 20, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says farewell to saxophonist and record producer Bob Belden, who passed away today after a massive heart attack over the weekend.

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    A highly imaginative arranger, performer and producer, Belden served as the head of artists and repertoire for Blue Note Records, and won multiple Grammy Awards for his reissues of Miles Davis recordings for Columbia Records. He also produced two well-received Davis tribute albums with international musicians, Miles From India and Miles Español.

    "Animation," an ensemble he co-led with trumpeter Tim Hagans, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2001. He and Hagans reformed the group for a concert in 2006 with young musicians from his alma mater, the University of North Texas. He recorded three albums with the group.

    He also took Animation to perform at a music festival in Iran in February of this year. They were the first American jazz musicians to perform in the country since its 1979 Islamic revolution.

    Belden also brought Animation to perform in WBGO's studios in 2011, where he and Hagans also spoke with Josh Jackson. We'd like to share that special session and conversation with you again now.

    Farewell Bob and thank you!

  • Warren Wolf's Wolfpack Live From Berklee: Watch Now

    March 19, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Watch video from WBGO's live broadcast of vibraphonist Warren Wolf's Wolfpack at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 in Boston on Wednesday, March 5 at 8 p.m.

    Every month, WBGO brings Berklee alumni back to their alma mater to present the fruits of their labor, with live audio and video broadcasts. Tune in April 4 to hear the Matthew Stevens Quintet!

    This concert features Wolf on vibes and marimba, Tim Green on saxophone, Alex Brown on piano, Kris Funn on bass, and Billy Williams Jr. on drums.

    Wolf has always been something of a wunderkind - he started in music at age three on piano and drums in his native Baltimore, where he attended the Peabody Institute's preparatory program and the Baltimore School For The Arts, where he concentrated on classical music.

    He graduated from Berklee in 2001, and by 2003 was teaching at the school. In addition to leading his own ensembles, he plays in the "Inside Straight" band led by bassist Christian McBride, who first took notice of the talented teenager a jazz camp in Colorado.

  • Pugs And Crows' "Everyone Knows Everyone:" Listen Now

    March 19, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Cat Toren, pianist with the Vancouver band Pugs And Crows, talks with Kyle Eagle about the group's new album Everyone Knows Everyone, which features Cole Schmidt on guitar, Russell Sholberg on bass, Meredith Bates on violin, Ben Brown on drums, and guest guitarist Tony Wilson.

    Pugs And Crows won Canada's 2013 Juno Award in the category of Best Instrumental Album for their CD Fantastic Pictures. Enjoy!

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