March 1, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.
What are Michael Bourne's favorite interviews from his three decades at WBGO? We asked the host of Afternoon Jazz, Blues Hour and Singers Unlimited to share these with us, as we prepare to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Enjoy!
I've interviewed countless musicians and others through my going-on-30 years as a jock on WBGO. Maybe a thousand? Maybe two thousand -- if you count the 25-a-day I've sometimes talked with at conferences or festivals we've broadcast from. I've loved especially broadcasting from my favorite festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
This year being FIJM's 35th and WBGO's 35th, you can expect a more exciting broadcast than ever as the world's best jazz festival (sez me) and the world's best jazz radio station (sez everybody) celebrates together.
Who've been my favorite interviews for WBGO? So many of my favorite artists:
Tony Bennett at WBGO, parts 1 and 2
Tony in Montreal
Dave Brubeck, at his home in Connecticut
Cleo Laine & John Dankworth
And from the Blues Hour:
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi
Other greats come to mind from before our era of on-demand everything - Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gatemouth Brown, Little Milton...
Several generations of jazz artists have come along in the years since WBGO came on the air.
We're still (and always will be) playing Ella and Sarah, Dizzy and Miles, but in this last 35 years along came some new one-name-only singers and players: Kurt and Cassandra, Wynton and Branford -- and they're now an older generation.
Our annual JAM-fest (Jazz Appreciation Month Festival) in April is a spotlight on the newest generation, some of the best and brightest newcomers from schools in NJ, NY, and down from Boston.
When you hear them playing live on WBGO, you're hearing the future of jazz… and of the station.
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