• Newark, NJ: An "Organ Town" for Over 50 Years

    April 7, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Dr. Lonnie Smith plays in the studio tomorrow at 3 p.m.
    Dr. Lonnie Smith plays in the studio on Saturday at 3 p.m.

    Recently, WBGO has had the good fortune of acquiring an excellent Hammond C-3 organ (pictured below) that now sits in our studio. On Saturday, the acclaimed organist Dr. Lonnie Smith will make an appearance with his organ trio (featuring drummer Jamire Williams and guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg) to give it a whirl -- and as it turns out, this performance will be part of a long history of the jazz organ entertaining Newark audiences. Read more

  • JAM Fest 2011: William Paterson University Sextet

    April 6, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Host Michael Bourne showcases the William Paterson University Sextet live in WBGO's performance studio.  Listen to the full set below!

    William Paterson University Jazz Sextet dir. by Mulgrew Miller and David Demsey
    Kevin Sanchez, (Ridgefield, NJ) alto saxophone
    Caleb Curtis, (Ann Arbor, MI) tenor saxophone
    Billy Test, (State College, PA) piano
    Brian Messenger, (Prescott, AZ) guitar
    Bill Thoman, (Ridgewood, NJ) bass
    Arthur Vint, (Tucson, AZ) drums

    Set list
    1)"Three and One" (Thad Jones)
    Interview with David and Mulgrew
    2)"Alter Ego" (James Williams)
    Interview with Caleb Curtis
    3)"My Ideal" (Lee Robin, Newel Chase, Richard Whiting)
    4)"Samba No Choro" (Billy Test)
    Interview with Billy Test
    5)"Eternal Triangle" (Dizzy Gillespie)
    6)"Mean What You Say" (Thad Jones)

  • Morning Cup of Jazz 4/6/11

    April 6, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire
    Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire

    Today at WBGO:

    - Jazz Appreciation Month is underway! Get in the spirit with WBGO's extensive programming, all month long.

    - Tonight at 6:30, JazzSet pairs Ambrose Akinmusire highlights with pianist Carmen Staaf's debut at the Women in Jazz Festival.

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - Take a look at all of the great student musicians coming into our studio this month

    - This week's edition of The Checkout, featuring Ambrose Akinmusire, Toots Theilemans and Brian Charette, is available online

    - George Colligan tells a great story about Harold Mabern.

    - Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more