• Members Night with Take Six

    December 15, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Joey Kibble and Jimmy HeathPhoto:  Saxophonist Jimmy Heath (right) surprises Take Six member Joey Kibble (left) after the show.

    Take Six Members Night

    Take Six is infectious. They know how to play to their audience. They’re loose except where it matters: their harmonies are simply incredible. How do they do it? WBGO Members wondered, watched and even sang along. Take Six fan and WBGO member Jimmy Heath and his wife Mona came out to celebrate with us. All in all it was a terrific holiday show at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College.  There were Take Six originals from all their albums, a great holiday section (Second Tenor Joey Kibble did an amazing Donny Hathaway-style lead with the rest backing him up on “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”) and a nice section where each member sang his influences. They said they are always asked what they were listening to when they were kids. So in this section of the show we were treated to a lot of Stevie Wonder, some Earth, Wind and Fire, even a Doobie Brothers tune!  After the show, WBGO members got special treatment – nice wine and hors doerves, the Take Six holiday CD and mingling with Sunday Night Music Mix and Late Night Jazz host Eulis Cathey. To top it off, the members of Take Six joined us to sign CDs and talk. It was a great night.

  • Moody's Mood from 12/31/84 - counting down to Toast of the Nation

    December 15, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.


    WBGO has been co-producing live all-night cross-country New Year's Eve specials with NPR since at least Dec 31 1982. 

    In 1984, James Moody opened his live NYE set from Sweet Basil in NYC with "Moody's Mood."  He sounds fabulous from the git-go.  I don't know why (I think it's the rhythm in which he delivers them) but my favorite five words are always ".. and then the girl says .."

    Harold Mabern, Todd Coolman and Eddie Gladden are on piano, bass and drums.  More great live NYE moments to come. Check back often, and tune into the broadcast this New Year's!

  • Jazz on the Mountain: Join WBGO at Mohonk

    December 14, 2010. Posted by Michael Downes.


    WBGO is pleased to extend a personal invitation to join us at the historic Mohonk Mountain House resort for ‘Jazz on the Mountain’ January 14-17, 2011 in the beautiful Catskills.

    Celebrating 12 years at the Mohonk Mountain House, WBGO announcer Michael Bourne will once again host this stellar program – a four-day jazz extravaganza over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday – with an all-star lineup of contemporary jazz greats.

    The weekend includes three daily performances featuring acclaimed artists such as NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, the New York Voices, Fred Hersch, Carol Fredette and Steve Kuhn, Carolyn Leonhart and Wayne Escoffery, The “Lowblow Trio” and John Pizzarelli.

    As a friend of WBGO, Mohonk is offering a discounted rate exclusively for WBGO. This unique package includes an intimate dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests on Saturday evening and tea, cookies and “fireside chat” with Michael and musical guests on Sunday afternoon.

    DATES: January 14-17, 2011

    Mohonk Mountain House, a National Historic Landmark located just 90 miles north of New York City.
    1000 Mountain Rest Road
    New Paltz, NY 12561

    Two (2) nights Single Occupancy: $759
    Three (3) nights Single Occupancy: $1,049
    Two (2) nights Double Occupancy: $1,210
    Three (3) nights Double Occupancy: $1,565

    *These rates include a 15% service charge. Tax is excluded for WBGO guests only.

    Please note: WBGO rates include dinner, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cookies and all associated gratuities. Also included is the exclusive private dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests. Guests also receive amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, ice-skating, skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and comprehensive fitness center.

    Visit www.mohonk.com for more information.

    RESERVATIONS: Please call Jennifer Spiegler at 973-624-8880 x269 or email jspiegler@wbgo.org to make your reservation by December 31, 2010. Space is limited.

    We hope you can join WBGO for this very special jazz event and look forward to seeing you on the Mountain!