• Ben Sidran with WBGO's Gary Walker

    January 15, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Ben Sidran has left a deep mark and he’s far from finished. A musical life which so far has connected with Mose Allison, Blue Mitchell, Phil Woods, Jon Hendricks, Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, Diana Ross & The Rolling Stones….

    A life in media as radio host of Sidran on Record and television host of Jazz Visions for VH-1. A rich life. A Peabody Award winning life.  And because of his hip attitude, a life readily shared .

    Recently, Ben Sidran and I sat down for a two part chat; part one on his rich musical life and the stories that come naturally; part two on his current focus “Dylan Different”, a recording of Bob Dylan material. - Gary Walker

    Listen to part I here.

    Listen to part II here.

  • WBGO's Cephas Bowles Receives Appointment

    January 15, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    WBGO President and Chief Executive Officer, Cephas Bowles, has been appointed to the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission by outgoing Governor Jon Corzine.  The mission of the New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission is to raise public awareness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s ideals and philosophy.This includes:

    • A commitment to preserving constitutional freedoms for all Americans.
    • Assisting all components of American society to embrace Dr. King's messages on achieving social justice through nonviolent activism.
    • Celebrating our diversity, promoting education as well as accepting and appreciating others.
    • Helping youth make a difference in their lives and inspiring them to contribute to the well being of their families, schools, communities and government.
    • Encouraging the citizens of New Jersey to recognize their commonalities and to appreciate the potential strength of the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity that so richly enhances our great state and nation.

    Congratulations to Cephas and all the other appointees on this recognition.

  • WBGO Facebook Fan Contest

    January 8, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    If you haven't yet signed up as a fan of WBGO on Facebook, what are you waiting for?  This is not just a great way to get the latest updates on WBGO's Programming, News and Events, it is now a place where you could win a prize!

    Anyone who is a WBGO Fan on Facebook by Friday, January 15, 2010 at noon, is automatically entered to win two tickets to Django Fest at Iridium and one night at Flatotel in New York!

    Django Fest takes places February 1, 2 & 3, with a special tribute to Les Paul on Monday, February 1.  The festival stars legendary Gypsy guitarist Dorado Schmitt from France with an all-star Django festival band. Expect surprises.

    If you sign up to become a WBGO Facebook fan or already are a fan by January 15th at noon, you are eligible to win this night with the Gypsys! You will get free entry for two to the Iridium for one night of the festival and one night’s stay at the intimate and super contemporary Flatotel, on West 52nd Street (room taxes not included).

    The winner will also receive the new CD, Dorado Schmitt and the Django Reinhardt Allstars Live at the Kennedy Center, PLUS you’ll be invited as our guest to a special Guitar Workshop, February 3rd at 3 p.m. at the Iridium, with instruction, demonstration, performance and Q & A with Dorado Schmitt and his son, young Gypsy star, Samson Schmitt!

    All WBGO Members can receive $10 off the cover at the second set each night by presenting their WBGO Membership card at the door.