WBGO Blog
  • Dr. Billy Taylor on JazzSet January 9 & 12

    January 4, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    We at JazzSet mourn the loss of Dr Billy Taylor, who pioneered the relationship between jazz and NPR / public radio. From 1977-82, Taylor was the original host of NPR’s Jazz Alive! He was an original host of live New Year’s Eve broadcasts from NPR, 31 years ago. Read more

  • WBGO's Favorite Music From 2010

    January 4, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Best of 2010

    As we begin a new year in 2011, all of us here at WBGO have been reflecting on our favorite new jazz that has gone out over the airwaves this year. Our producer Simon Rentner has put together a series of hour-long pieces in which our announcers discuss and play their favorite records from 2010. Read more

  • Billy Taylor at WBGO

    December 31, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    "Dr T" came to try out the station's new Steinway. I think he likes the piano. He runs through the entire keyboard! This comes from the late 1980s.

    I hope you can listen to Toast of the Nation at 9pm Fri 12/31 and 3pm Sat 1/1 for a 30-minute remembrance of Dr Billy Taylor (1921-2010), hosted by Rhonda Hamilton. Dr Taylor invited Rhonda to host a live New Year's broadcast on NPR in 1979. She speaks about how much that meant to her, and we hear clips from some of his many NPR shows.