• Jazz At Lincoln Center Opening Night

    October 15, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

    Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé (left) and Yesenia Fernandez Selier dance in front of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. (Image Credit: Frank Stewart/Jazz at Lincoln Center)

    Building on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's recent trip to Cuba, managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis presents his newest large-scale work: Ochas, a suite for big band and Afro-Cuban percussion. He calls upon young superstar Pedrito Martinez, who brought along a trio of fellow hand percussionists, to execute the chants and rhythms of the batá drums specific to Santería religious practice. And he called upon virtuoso Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés to ignite the proceedings.

    The performance launches Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2014-15 calendar and highlights its season-long theme "Jazz Across The Americas."

    Set List

    All compositions by Wynton Marsalis.

    • "Moyuba"
    • "Elegua"
    • "Ogún"
    • "Ochosi"
    • "Obatalá"
    • "Oshún"
    • "Oyá"
    • "Yemayá"
    • "Agayú Sola"
    • "Changó"


    Wynton Marsalis, trumpet/music director; Pedrito Martinez, batá/vocals; Chucho Valdés, piano. With the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Kenny Rampton, trumpet; Marcus Printup, trumpet; Greg Gisbert, trumpet; Vincent Gardner, trombone; Chris Crenshaw, trombone; Elliot Mason, trombone; Sherman Irby, alto saxophone; Ted Nash, alto saxophone; Victor Goines, tenor saxophone; Walter Blanding, tenor saxophone; Paul Nedzela, baritone saxophone; Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums. Featuring Román Diaz, batá/vocals; Clemente Medina, batá/vocals; Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé, dance; Yesenia Fernandez Selier, dance; Denise DeJean, vocals; Amma Dawn McKen, vocals.

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  • Poetry Month: Sean Singer - "This one's my Cadillac. This one's my house."

    October 14, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO joins the celebration!

    Sean Singer
    Sean Singer

    Sean Singer is an American poet based in New York City. His book "Discography" won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition and the Norma Farber First Book Award in 2001.

    “This one’s my Cadillac. This one’s my house.”

    Charlie Parker said, pointing to his vein, as he tapped
    it and some hazel kids played in the sprung yellow hydrant.

    He’s a target, has Melvillian fuzz, and puffy fingers,
    tiny bear-like eyes—dark whorls, with burnt olive pit.

    It’s heroin. Hero, like the heroisch of its German origin,
    he impresses others by sleeping late, dozing, and stealing.

    He never leapt tall buildings, but he did gorge
    the bucket chicken while a blonde and a redhead

    untied the apparatus and introduced a line
    of synthetic superior valve oils: large piston clearance,

    low brass and rust-inhibition. Foamy black tar
    in a clarinet case. Inhibition. Heroin. Rain.

    Roil. Roast. Brain. Noir. Beat. Crump. Vamp. Doom.
    I began dissipating as early as 1932, when I was only twelve.

    reprinted with permission by Sean Singer

  • Poetry Month: Ras Baraka - "Walk On, Black Woman, Walk On"

    October 13, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO joins the celebration!

    Ras Baraka
    Ras Baraka

    Throughout the month we'll present poems at wbgo.org/poetry as well as highlight on our airwaves some of the many recordings featuring the intersection of jazz and poetry.

    As part of an opening ceremony to kick off Newark Poetry Month, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka read his own poem, entitled "Walk On." It is dedicated to his sister, mother, Newark Poet Eddie Mae Livingston and African Women in general.

    Listen to that poem here: