WBGO Blog
  • 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

  • It ain't democracy until someone gets arrested

    January 22, 2008

    New Jersey's Senate Minority Leader wants the state Attorney General to investigate the arrest of former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. Tom Kean, Jr. wants to know if Lonegan's first amendment rights were violated when a state trooper ordered his arrest outside Middle Township High School in Cape May County where Governor Jon Corzine was holding a town meeting.

    Lonegan was taken into custody after he refused to remove signs from outside the school. Kean said "the right to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances is the foundation of U.S. democracy." He suggested that the Corzine administration was trying to intimidate opponents into silence.

    The governor has been holding town hall meetings on his proposal to raise tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway as a means to bring down the state's debt and pay for infrastructure upgardes. But he has been criticized for requiring audience members to pre-register to attend. Here's what happened to the usually contentious Lonegan last week. - David Cruz

  • JJ Johnson

    January 22, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    We celebrate the late trombonist, J. J. Johnson. He would have been 84 today.
    Jazz people around the world are unanimous in their praise of the brass player and composer. Play on...

     

    - Josh Jackson