WBGO Blog
  • It was 20 years ago today ...

    January 25, 2008

    As we roll into the meat of the primary season, I was overtaken by a sense of nostalgia for the bygone day when one journalist (Dan Rather) inserted himself into the 1988 presidential primary by going mano a mano with the leading Republican candidate (George H. W. Bush).

     

    It was on this date two decades ago that this TV confrontation between Rather and Bush over the Iran/Contra scandal (and what G.W. knew or didn't know about it) became part of presidential political lore, and perhaps got George W. thinking about how he could pay Dan-O back, which he kinda did now that I think of it. (see Rather's report on the president's Vietnam service and the fallout thereafter.) It seems tame when compared to today's shock jock aesthetic, but it still probably makes the current George Bush mad as hell. Enjoy! - David Cruz

  • The Doctor was in

    January 23, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Dr. Billy Taylor

    Last night WBGO welcomed Dr. Billy Taylor to our performance studio for a performance and conversation with Morning Jazz Host Gary Walker. Many of our Gold and Silver Circle Members were in attendance at this invite-only event - join up, and you could be a part! The music was great, and conversation intriguing... how could we not share?

    So take a listen, and enjoy!

  • Djangology

    January 23, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Django Reinhardt, everyone's favorite gypsy jazz guitarist, would have celebrated a birthday today. Check him out in this French/Italian film, La Route du bonheur (or Saluti baci e), a year before he died.

     

    Or, if you prefer the cartoon Django from The Triplets of Belleville...

     

    The Frenchmen all prefer what they call "le jazz hot." Formidable!
    -Josh Jackson