• Introducing The Morning Cup of Jazz 1/26/11

    January 26, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Click the photo for your very own Cup of Jazz
    Click the photo for your very own "Cup of Jazz"

    Good morning, jazz lover! Today, WBGO introduces a new blog feature that we hope you'll add to your morning routine: The Morning Cup of Jazz.

    Every morning, we'll post a few interesting tidbits from yesterday's jazz news and preview what's coming up today at the station. So add us to your RSS reader, bookmark the page, or just keep coming back for your daily jolt of jazz info every weekday morning.

    Here's a recap of some recent links that we've found interesting. To receive real-time links and updates, follow us on Twitter @wbgo or search the #jazzlinks hashtag. Add "#jazzlinks" to your link tweets to hip us to any interesting content you come across online, too! Read more

  • Roy Eldridge: The 'Little Jazz' Centennial

    January 25, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Roy Eldridge. (Image Credit: William Gottlieb/The Library of Congress via Flickr)

    Trumpeter Roy Eldridge's legendary sound and bravado dwarfed his 5'6" frame. Known as "Little Jazz," and later just "Jazz," his nicknames befit his devotion (five decades) to the art form. His peers spoke of his soulful style and great competitiveness, not to mention his ridiculous chops. These qualities marked him as one of the greatest trumpet kings of all time; he reigned from the late 1930s and beyond, when many other top trumpeters came into the fold.

    But Eldridge's legend endured. He was an innovator who, for many historians, conveniently bridged the gap between Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie in jazz's evolutionary chain. This may be hyperbole or an oversimplification, but many agree that Eldridge modernized the way to play jazz. And nobody ever discounted the red-hot passion that once crackled from his brass. On Jan. 30, Eldridge would have been 100, so we celebrate The Little Jazz Centennial with some of his fieriest early performances.

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  • Dee Dee at the White House

    January 24, 2011. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

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    "AHHHH! The President said he has my music in his iPod!

    As if that wasn't enough, I met Barbra Streisand!!!!"