September 27, 2013. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
NEWS FLASH: Coming this winter, PLAYDATE WITH MATT WILSON brings you the drummer's choice of music from WBGO's amazing secret stash.
In the 1980s, WBGO produced "Big Apple Jazz" live from Sweet Basil, the Jazz Forum and Fat Tuesday's, and uplinked it via the NPR satellite (new technology at the time).
Next, the "American Jazz Radio Festival" -- hosted by Al Pryor and later, Michael Bourne -- presented bands on stages across the country for TWO hours every week. Yes, two hours.
Then in 1992, we launched "JazzSet with Branford Marsalis." Branford handed the host mic to Dee Dee Bridgewater in 2001.
And there is more. We ran marathons. Early on, WBGO became known for live Jazzathon fundraisers and our all-night, coast-to-coast New Year's Eve specials.
Now the music from 1980-2000, and the great musicians who happily played it for WBGO, will be the source for PLAYDATE WITH MATT WILSON, an eight-week series curated and hosted by Matt (a/k/a M@) with producer Alex Ariff.
Besides the PLAYDATE radio shows, there will be extra Bright Moments of music on the WBGO blog. Coming in February. Stay connected for more information.
Funding for PLAYDATE WITH MATT WILSON is coming from the National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works!
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September 24, 2013. Posted by Carmen Balentine.
WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to a free lunchtime concert, hosted by WBGO's Gary Walker.
The Brandee Younger Quartet will perform at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2 at Gateway Center Plaza 2, Newark, NJ.
This quartet has the ability to feature the harp in genres of music where the instrument is often absent.
Band members are Brandee Younger (harp), E.J. Strickland (drums), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Stacy Dillard (tenor sax).
Come and join the fun. It's FREE!
© 2013 WBGO
September 22, 2013. Posted by Michael Bourne.
WBGO says farewell to our dear friend Margarett Cooper, who passed away Friday at age 99. Margarett was a true member of the WBGO family, and lived so many things the rest of us can only read about. As we remember her, we'd like to share audio from the unforgettable hour she spent with us on the air in 2010. Farewell Margarett, we will miss you!
Margarett Cooper hosted an hour with me in the spring of 2010, a gift from WBGO supporter Gordon Davis. 96, she was, at the time. Everyone kept mentioning her age, but her spirit belied her age.
I especially enjoyed hearing stories about her hearing performances of Art Tatum and the other jazz greats she wanted to play as a guest DJ. She said she was nervous, but her hour was sweet and swinging -- like Margarett Cooper herself.
She was planning her next host-an-hour when she passed away. one month shy of her hundredth birthday. For us, she is ageless.
- Michael Bourne
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