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  • Newark Stories: Khali Raymond

    October 17, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    All October, WBGO is celebrating Newark, New Jersey​'s 350th Anniversary with stories from your friends, family and neighbors, all around the city.

    Khali Raymond​ is 17 years old, and he's has written six books. His experience in writing and self-publishing earned the recognition of Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka​, who hosted his first official book signing at City Hall.

    Only a senior at East Side High School, Kahli already envisions a day where he'll be honored with a key to the city for his accomplishments. He sat down to talk about what life was like before he finished writing his first novel "The Ballad of Sidney Hill."

  • Marty Elkins Performs on Singers Unlimited

    October 17, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Singer Marty Elkins stops by Singers Unlimited with Michael Bourne. The two discuss the transformative experience that was Marty's first exposure to a Billie Holiday record and Marty demonstrates that profound influence with a live performance here at WBGO's studio.

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  • King Solomon Hicks Visits the Blues Break

    October 17, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    King Solomon Hicks stops by the Blues Break to talk to Michael Bourne about the musical upbringing that had him performing at only 13 years old - and to treat us to a solo performance.

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  • Oliver Jones: A Canadian Jazz Legend Heads Home

    October 13, 2016

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    Oliver Jones. (Image Credit: Michael Slobodian/Michael Slobodian)

    Oliver Jones may be the most famous living jazz pianist you've never heard of. But in Canada, Jones is a hero — adored in his native Quebec and across the country for helping to build a vibrant jazz scene that can sustain the country's top musicians.

    A serious talent and a tireless advocate for Canadian jazz, Jones is a champion for local musicians — a folk hero of sorts. You can find his images on the sides of buildings and on his very own postage stamp. He's also a serious talent with charisma and charm that's been winning over fans for years.

    This week on Jazz Night In America, we'll introduce you to the 81-year-old ambassador for jazz — a former protege of another great Canadian pianist, Oscar Peterson. Here, Jones sits down with Peterson's daughter to discuss what jazz means to Canada and what Canada means to him.

    Jones celebrated his retirement this year with a special sold-out trio performance at the Montreal Jazz festival. Jazz Night was there to bid him farewell.

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  • Newark Stories: Bill Scully

    October 12, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    In honor of Newark, New Jersey​'s 350th Anniversary, we’re bringing you Newark Stories — voices from unheard Newarkers, from the Ironbound to Weequahic to University Heights.

    Here we celebrate one of the oldest Irish pubs still operating not only in Newark, but in New Jersey.

    McGovern’s Tavern began serving the people of the central ward in 1936.

    Bill Scully was a bartender there for decades. Now retired, he remains the face of the pub for many regulars.

    He recently sat down to talk about the early days, right after his arrival in the U.S. from Ireland when McGovern’s was the only place to be.