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  • Cookin' with Sara Moulton & Rhonda Hamilton

    April 30, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Sara Moulton, Rhonda Hamilton, Thurston Briscoe, and Bill Adler

    Rhonda Hamilton joins celebrity chef, educator, and TV host Sara Moulton in her New York City Chelsea apartment for a little Q&A and a whole lotta cooking.  Sara shares with Rhonda her love of food and jazz while the pair prepare a three course meal with recipes from Sara’s book Sara’s Weeknight Meals.  The sampling includes salmon cakes with corn salsa, Det Burgers (named after the creator of the recipe), and fresh, stuffed strawberries.  With culinary-inspired jazz stirred in the mix, Rhonda and Sara steam up the kitchen -- a show not-to-be-missed by any with a passion for music, food, and life.

    Click here to see the Cookin' with Sara and Rhonda web page, where you can listen to the program on-demand and find recipes.  The show airs today at 1pm.

    As one of the Food Network’s premier personalities, Sara has inspired home cooks for over two decades with delicious yet simple recipes to prepare for families and friends.  Sara graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), one of the top culinary schools in the States.  Her career in television began when she landed a job with the cooking legend Julia Child. Child's influence is evident in Sara's teaching style which makes cooking accessible to even the most novice cooks and food lovers.  - Taylor Le

  • Members Night a Success

    April 27, 2009. Posted by Grey Johnson.

    michel-and-rhonda1Nearly 100 WBGO Members piled into the Blue Note jazz club in New York City, Wednesday evening, April 22, for a set by the fiery Dominican jazz pianist, Michel Camilo and his trio. Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton mingled and led the foot-stomping to Camilo’s incredible sound, and then jumped up onstage to interview the still-sweating pianist. Michel expressed his love for WBGO and talked about his non-stop touring schedule—Japan, Europe, the Canary Islands. Rhonda took questions from the audience. “Will Camilo have a big band album out?” “Soon,” said the pianist. “The band plays so tightly; how long have they been together?” “The bassist, Charles Flores, has been with me for 6 or 8 years, and the drummer, Cliff Almond, since 1989.” “Will you play just one more tune!?” “Yes,” and Camilo launched into an incredible solo that somehow combined all the melody, all the passion and all the syncopation shifts of the evening. Though you sometimes couldn’t actually SEE Michel’s hands on the piano, they were moving so fast, we could all FEEL what came out.

    Thanks to the Blue Note Staff who were so gracious and made it all seem easy, to WBGO staff—Assistant General Manager Amy Niles who got the deal rolling, Program Director Thurston Briscoe who made the Camilo connection, down to helping organize autograph seekers in Michel’s dressing room, to our Membership staff David Rosenak and Rita Keith without whom we simply would not be able to accomplish a Members Night. And thank you members for all of your support and for joining the fun on this night. More Members Nights ahead. Stay tuned.

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  • Kids Jazz Series at Montclair Art Museum

    April 27, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO's Rob Crocker talks with a young jazz fan
    On Saturday, the Montclair Art Museum was grooving with the Steven Kroon Sextet performing and discussing world rhythms in jazz.

    Steven brought percussion instruments from around the globe and encouraged audience participation by teaching everyone rhythms associated with those instruments. The crowd was clapping and the kids were dancing, and no one left empty handed! Maracas were handed out at the end, so the kids could keep the beat going long after the concert ended.

    WBGO's Rob Crocker hosted the event, and the kids were eager to talk with him in person.