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  • Highlights from the WBGO Gala

    March 23, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO Champions of Jazz
    March 16, 2016 was a special night for WBGO. WBGO's Board of Trustees, senior staff and guests partied in our hometown of Newark, and celebrated three honorees who have each had a strong positive influence on our area: fellow broadcaster Steve Adubato, fellow jazz advocates Institute of Jazz Studies Rutgers University Newark, and fellow WBGO announcer, Felix Hernandez, on 30 years of his program Rhythm Revue.

    Details of the event can be read in the official Playbill.

    Photos from the cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and program, plus dance party too! (Scroll down for more dance party pics).

    WBGO Champions of Jazz Gala 2016

    WBGO 2016 Gala Dance Party

  • Danilo Pérez: A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama

    March 17, 2016

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    Danilo Pérez performs with Berklee students at the Panama Jazz Festival. (Image Credit: NPR)

    In the greater jazz world, Danilo Pérez is a respected pianist. In his homeland of Panama, he's a national icon and cultural ambassador, and not just for his artistry. Ever since he returned to perform in his war-torn homeland in the 1980s, he's seen the potential for jazz to be a vehicle for social change, and spent much of his time offstage seeding this vision in the form of youth music education programs. The Panama Jazz Festival he founded, for instance, doesn't just feature major international acts — it brings students from all sorts of backgrounds to share the stage, and funnels profits back to them.

    Jazz Night In America goes to Panama City to take in festival performances by Pérez, John Patitucci and a rising-star violinist named Joshue Ashby, and finds out how music can change lives in Panama. This episode is guest-hosted by Felix Contreras of Alt.Latino.

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  • Win a pair of tickets to VUYO SOTASHE

    March 14, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, is gradually making his mark in the New York jazz scene. Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music (Spring 2015) at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festivals’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2015, held at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

    Vuyo Sotashe
    Vuyo Sotashe

    Vuyo Sotashe has also performed on international stages which include singing at the Arcevia Jazz Fest and the Fermo Jazz Festival in Italy 2012; the Stockholm Jazz Festival with South African National Youth Jazz Band in Sweden 2012; and he has toured with the SAMA Award (GRAMMY equivalent) winning band Proxy in the UK and Ireland 2009-2011.
    Scheduled to perform with Vuyo: Russell A. Hall (bass), Gabe Schnider (guitar), Kyle Poole (drums) and Mathis Picard (piano).

    Monk in Motion: The Next Face of Jazz is a partnership between BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center and the Thelonious Monk Institute that presents the top three winners from the renowned Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Each concert features one winner and their combo from various parts of the world, demonstrating the versatility and variety of different jazz styles. For more information on the Institute, please visit www.monkinstitute.org.

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  • Felix Hernandez Celebrates 30 Years of Rhythm Revue with Gary Walker

    March 14, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Felix Hernandez joins Gary Walker in advance of the 30th anniversary Rhythm Revue Dance Party on March 16th to talk about the show's storied history at WBGO and play some of his favorites as a preview of this fantastic evening.

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  • Win a pair of tickets for the 30th anniversary rhythm revue dance party

    March 12, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    2016 Grammy nominee Jamison Ross performs, R&B icon Valerie Simpson presents Felix Hernandez award and Felix spins on this magical night in support of Rhythm Revue on WBGO! Full details here.

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