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  • WBGO Celebrates Jazz Apprecitation Month

    April 1, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    April is Jazz Appreciation Month and here at WBGO we are also appreciating our members in several ways.

    April 8-10 is Member Appreciation Weekend with special thank you gifts for new and renewing members. There is also a very special live broadcast from the WBGO performance studio in Newark on April 9 @ 3pm with Dr. Lonnie Smith!

    Dr. Lonnie Smith
    Dr. Lonnie Smith

    You can also join us on the following Saturdays at 12:30pm for a free WBGO Kids Jazz Concert :

    April 9 - Michael Carvin Quartet @ Burgdorff Cultural Center
    April 16 - Helen Sung @ Montclair Art Museum
    April 30 - Tia Fuller @ Newark Museum
    May 7 - Jon Faddis @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Victoria Theater

    We celebrate on air with an incredible lineup of student ensembles during the Jazz Appreciation Month Student Broadcast Festival live weekdays at 2pm. Hosted by Michael Bourne with series is produced with support from Berklee College of Music Summer Programs:

    April 1 – NYU, Wayne Shorter Ensemble
    April 4 – Queens College
    April 6 – William Paterson
    April 8 – New School – The New School Jazz JAM Ensemble, directed by Richard Boukas
    April 11 – Manhattan School of Music
    April 12 – Juilliard
    April 18 – SUNY Purchase – Purchase Jazz Endeavor (Jazz Combo)
    April 20 – NJCU – NJCU Jazz Ensemble directed by Ed Joffe
    April 22 – Rutgers – Rutgers New Brunswick Jazz Ensemble
    April 26 – Berklee College of Music
    April 28 – LaGuardia High School

    There are other special broadcasts during this appreciation month, including:

    April 7, 3pm - Live in studio performance by Marcia Ball
    April 13, 9pm - Josh Jackson hosts Live at the Village Vanguard featuring Martial Solal
    April 14, 8pm - Newark Today with Mayor Cory Booker
    April 22, 8pm - The Mingus Orchestra recorded live at St. Bart’s in Manhattan

  • WBGO's Next Generation Festival

    March 31, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    As well as being WBGO’s birthday month, this April is the 10th anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month. In celebration, WBGO will once again bring bright, new jazz talent to its airwaves with the annual student jazz ensemble live broadcast event, WBGO’s Next Generation Festival. The series will air throughout the month on weekdays from 2-3pm in the afternoon, and feature some of the area’s best student jazz ensembles live from the WBGO Performance Studio.

    Previous student broadcast participants
    Previous student broadcast participants

    WBGO listeners will get a glimpse into the future, as these students of today are on their way to becoming the jazz legends of tomorrow. WBGO’s Vice President of Programming and Production, Thurston Briscoe, said “There are a number of jazz musicians known to all of us who came out of, or are teaching in one of these schools.” Briscoe joins forces each year with Matrin Mueller, Executive Director at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music to build this student broadcast festival.

    The broadcast schedule to date includes:

    April 1 – NYU, Wayne Shorter Ensemble
    April 4 - Queens College
    April 6 – William Paterson
    April 8 - New School – The New School Jazz JAM Ensemble, directed by Richard Boukas
    April 11 – Manhattan School of Music
    April 12 – Juilliard
    April 18 - SUNY Purchase – Purchase Jazz Endeavor (Jazz Combo)
    April 20 – NJCU – NJCU Jazz Ensemble directed by Ed Joffe
    April 22 – Rutgers - Rutgers New Brunswick Jazz Ensemble
    April 26 – Berklee College of Music
    April 28 - LaGuardia High School

    All performances air from 2-3pm, with Afternoon Jazz host Michael Bourne.

  • A Blues Recording From The Congo -- In 1906!

    March 31, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    The Congo River Basin: Birthplace of the Blues?

    This is the first post in a new biweekly blog feature, You Don't Know Jazz! With Dr. Lewis Porter. For the series introduction, click here.

    (PLEASE NOTE: If the reader uses any of the material from this series, no matter how brief, this article and its web address must be cited as the source. Thank you for respecting the intellectual property of Dr. Porter.)

    Finally--Proof that the MELODIC content of African American music (not just the rhythm) comes from Africa!

    In talking about the African origins of African American music, most people fall back on comparing African drumming troupes with jazz bands—and from that starting point, either they try desperately to show that African drums and jazz are similar (Gunther Schuller, Marshall Stearns, many others) or they argue that there is too little similarity (Randy Sandke, most recently). This recording shows that they are all on the wrong track: African MELODIES have survived in African American music--especially the blues--and this recording proves it! Read more