April 21, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.
Brittany Henderson is a 16-year-old aspiring jazz singer from Elizabeth, NJ. She is part of the NJPAC Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program, and performed last November during the WBGO Champions of Jazz Benefit. Talking about that experience, where she performed along side Herb Alpert, Ernie Andrews, Jon Hendricks, Maysa, members of NY Voices and more, she said, "I could not believe it was real. I kept pinching myself." (That's Brittany on the far right).
A junior at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, Brittany recently spent a week in the Netherlands, as the recipient of the NJPAC Well Fargo Jazz for Teens Program’s fifth annual Groningen Award. Henderson was selected out of many students, and named as one of the two 2011 recipients. You can read about that adventure here.
Brittany has also been an intern in Membershp at WBGO.
Tune in on Monday, April 25, at 9am to hear her host an hour with Morning Jazz's Gary Walker on WBGO Jazz 88.3FM.
[Photo by Fran Kaufman]
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April 21, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.Presidents Day was the climax of a big week for the legacy of Charles Mingus and those who love it. First, after many nominations, the Mingus Big Band won the Best Large Ensemble Grammy for the CD of their New Year's Eve show, originally broadcast on Toast of the Nation! Five days later, students by the band-ful came to New York for the third national Charles Mingus High School Competition, founded by Sue Mingus, at Manhattan School of Music. (You can see the winners here.) As part of the weekend, on Friday night, I went to Jazz Standard to see the Grammy-winning Mingus Big Band, as bassist Boris Kozlov announced them. The club was full of teenagers and the spirit in the room was joy. The next night, the Mingus Orchestra gave a concert at St. Bart's Church on Park Avenue & 50th St., an un-amplified concert in which the high cathedral ceiling and smooth, colorful stone walls and floor all became part of the music. You can hear this concert on WBGO and wbgo.org. Michael Bourne hosts the special broadcast for Mingus's birthday, Friday, April 22 at 8pm.Here's a sample:
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April 21, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.
Today at WBGO:
- At 6:30 on Piano Jazz, Mercer Ellington performs his tune "Things Ain't What They Used To Be," Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge," and duets with Marian McPartland on "C Jam Blues."
- The NJCU big band played live yesterday in the WBGO studios
- Next Monday, April 25th, WBGO's Sheila Anderson and Dorthann Kirk discuss the state of jazz today
- Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more
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