• Shirley Scott, 'Queen Of The Organ'

    October 29, 2015

    Shirley Scott. (Image Credit: Francis Wolff/Mosaic Images)

    Jazz is taught at universities now, and artists like saxophonist Tim Warfield and trumpeter Terell Stafford teach at them. But they know that jazz is taught more through listening than reading; more on the bandstand than the classroom. And they learned those lessons from the organ giant Shirley Scott, who died in 2002.

    Known as the "queen of the organ," Scott was one of several Philadelphians who developed the electric Hammond B-3 into a viable instrument for a soulful, bluesy style of jazz. With dozens of recordings to her name, she was already a major voice when she became the leader of the house band at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus. Among the young players who timidly found their way onto the stage at Ortlieb's were Warfield and Stafford — and, in doing so, they got a lot more than they bargained for.

    In this documentary short, Jazz Night In America remembers Shirley Scott through the tales of two of her final proteges and bandmates.

    Copyright 2015 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/series/347139849/jazz-night-in-america.

  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2016 Day Trips

    October 27, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    The Bus Stops Here, and takes you straight to the gate of the world famous Newport Jazz Festival!

    WBGO Travel welcomes you to join us on a day trip to one of the best festivals of the world: The 62nd Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island!  Choose a fun filled day of your choice! The festival takes place Friday July 29th, Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st.  Buses depart from locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Newark, NJ & Boston and brings you right to the door step of the hippest, jazziest music filled event of the year!

    This excursion includes: round trip bus travel from one of our departure locations directly to the festival gate on the day of your choice and general admission ticket to the festival for the full day.

    The full lineup will be announced in January.

    Reservations and pricing will be available shortly. For questions or to sign up to receive updates, please contact events@wbgo.org.

  • Newport Jazz Festival Weekend 2016

    October 27, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Travel invites you to bask in the fun and music at the Newport Jazz Festival July 29-31, 2016.

    We’re rolling out the red carpet just for you at Newport’s only resort-style hotel, the Hyatt Regency Newport, on Thursday night where you can relax, unwind, and get ready for the Friday kickoff of the Newport Jazz Festival!

    Friday night it’s time to enjoy some music in your reserved box seats for the concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, we’ll have a complimentary shuttle that will take you to the ferry dock where you'll be transported to where your music filled day awaits at the popular, legendary outdoor festival inside historic Fort Adams State Park.  And we’ll make sure you are well taken care of as WBGO weekend travelers will enjoy unique and exclusive access at the festival!

    Before departing back to reality on Monday, join us for a “Bon Voyage Breakfast” while you take in the relaxing view of the water.  During your stay WBGO will provide you with an insider’s guide to some of the best places to visit in Newport.  When the music isn’t playing, the activities department can make a list of things to do, or you can take a swim in one of the hotel’s two pools (indoor heated or saltwater outdoor), relax at the hotel spa, enjoy complimentary bike rentals, outdoor fire pits and take advantage of the 24 hour fitness center.

    Details of Newport weekend package (based on double occupancy):

    • 4 night hotel stay at the resort-style Hyatt Regency Newport
    • Two reserved seat concert tickets for Friday night, 8pm at The International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, plus round trip ground transportation to/from venue and hotel
    • Two general admission festival tickets for Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    • WBGO Traveler only access on the festival grounds
    • Bon Voyage Breakfast at the hotel on Monday morning
    • Parking at the hotel for 4 nights

    Ferry passes to festival site not included. Parking at festival not included.

    Rates & Reservations:

    Double Occupancy (4 nights):

    $2,997 - EARLY BIRD (limited supply, ends 12/15/15 or when supply runs out)
    $3,197 - REGULAR includes above detailed package for two people

    Single Occupancy (4 nights):

    $2,475 - EARLY BIRD (limited supply, ends 12/15/15 or when supply runs out)
    $2,697 - REGULAR includes above detailed package for one person

    Inquire about family rates.
    Read our Cancellation Policy.
    To make your reservation call 973-624-8882 or email events@wbgo.org