WBGO Blog
  • NEA Jazz Masters Webcast Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

    January 10, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO is proud to webcast the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m., live from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Join us to watch video of this ceremony and concert.

    This year's honorees are alto saxophonist and educator Jamey Aebersold, multi-reedist and composer Anthony Braxton, bassist Richard Davis and pianist Keith Jarrett.

    Join us as we honor this year's class of jazz greats!

    Every year since 1982, the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts has honored 132 Jazz Masters - less than the number that have traveled into space or scaled Mount Everest.

    It is the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician, and also honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to jazz through their work as educators and advocates.

    This year's celebration includes performances by NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Barron, Jimmy Heath, Dave Liebman and Jimmy Owens, as well as winners of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition including Melissa Aldana and Kris Bowers, and others including pianist Jason Moran, saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell.

  • WBGO Says Goodbye To Amiri Baraka

    January 9, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says goodbye to Amiri Baraka, who died today at 79. The author, activist and Newark native made indelible contributions to literature and music criticism, in particular through Blues People, his groundbreaking 1963 collection of essays which traced the evolution of African-American music.

    "He was one of the most insightful and brilliant observers jazz has ever attracted," said jazz writer Paul de Barros, upon learning of his death. "Part of a time when the context for jazz writing was so much broader and more connected -- in Baraka's case, to poetry, drama, social criticism and politics."

    Many of us at WBGO had the good fortune to know Amiri, and his urbane, incisive and unrepentant wit. Most recently, WBGO's Josh Jackson sat down with Baraka to talk about Blues People on the 50th anniversary of its publication. We'd like to share the conversation with you again now.

    Thank you, Amiri, and rest in peace. WBGO's condolences are with Baraka's family and many friends.

    The Wake
    Friday, January 17, 2014
    4:00pm to 9:00pm
    Metropolitan Baptist Church
    149 Springfield Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07103
    973.642.2267
    www.mbcnewark.org

    The Funeral
    Saturday, January 18, 2014
    10:00am
    Newark Symphony Hall
    1020 Broad Street
    Newark, NJ
    973.643.8014
    www.newarksymphonyhall.org

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  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2014 Day Trips

    January 8, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Travel invites you to hop aboard the bus from either New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle), Brooklyn (BRIC House, 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place), New Jersey (location TBD) or Boston (location TBD) for a direct ride to the front gate of the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island on Friday, August 1, Saturday, August 2 or Sunday, August 3. This excursion includes: round trip bus travel from departure location directly to the festival gate, general admission ticket to the festival for the full day plus access to the WBGO Shade Tent on the festival grounds. Bus will have wifi, restroom and reclining bucket seats.

    The full lineup is listed below, and includes exciting artists such as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Gregory Porter, Anat Cohen, Ron Carter, Dr. John, Gary Burton with Julian Lage, Robert Glasper, Trombone Shorty, Darcy James Argue, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland’s Prism and Cecile McClorin Salvant.

    Buses have varying departure times, please check below for specific times from your departure location. At the end of each day, buses leave from the front gate of the Newport Jazz Festival. Return times leaving festival are as follows: Friday 6PM, Saturday & Sunday 7PM.

    Details of RT New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 6AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.
    • This location only will have an extra drop in Harlem on the way back to Jazz at Lincoln Center.

    Details of RT Brooklyn (BRIC House) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 6AM at BRIC House located at 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at BRIC House located at 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.

    Details of RT New Jersey (NJPAC) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 6AM at NJPAC located at 1 Center St. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at NJPAC. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.
    • Parking will be available at Military Park Garage.

    Details of RT Boston (Berklee) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 8:30AM at Berklee School of Music located at 1140 Boylston Street. Bus will depart promptly at 9AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 7:30AM at Berklee School of Music located at 1140 Boylston Street. Bus will depart promptly at 8AM.

    Line up for the festival*:

    Friday, August 1, 2014, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Jon Batiste & Stay Human
    John Zorn’s Masada Marathon: Dave Douglas, Marc Ribot, Cyro Baptista, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Ikue Mori, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Kenny Wollesen & many others
    Miguel Zenón Big Band
    Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
    Snarky Puppy
    Cécile McLorin Salvant
    Rudresh Mahanthappa – Charlie Parker Project, A World Premier
    Amir ElSaffar Quintet with Ole Mathisen, John Escreet, Francois Moutin & Dan Weiss
    Mostly Other People Do The Killing: Steve Bernstein, Jon Irabagon, Dave Taylor,Brandon Seabrook, Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliott & Kevin Shea
    Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors
    University of Rhode Island Newport Jazz Big Band

    Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
    Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
    Dave Holland Prism with Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn & Eric Harland
    Gregory Porter
    Robert Glasper Experiment
    SF Jazz Collective: Miguel Zenón, Avishai Cohen, David Sanchez, Robin Eubanks, Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Matt Penman & Obed Calvaire
    Cécile McLorin Salvant
    Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band with Jon Cowherd, Chris Thomas, Melvin Butler & Myron Walden
    Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo with Alvaro Benavides & Jhaire Sala
    Dick Hyman, Howard Alden & Jay Leonhart
    Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet
    Newport Now 60 Band: Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Larry Grenadier & Clarence Penn
    Umbria Jazz presents Stefano Bollani & Hamilton de Holanda
    Symposium on Jazz
    And More …

    Sunday, August 3, 2014, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Bobby McFerrin spirityouall
    David Sanborn & Joey DeFrancesco with Billy Hart & Warren Wolf
    Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
    Gary Burton New Quartet with Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Marcus Gilmore
    Vijay Iyer Sextet with Graham Haynes, Mark Shim, Steve Lehman,Stephan Crump & Marcus Gilmore
    Danilo Perez Panama 500 with Ben Street, Adam Cruz & Roman Diaz
    Django Festival All-Stars featuring Samson Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Pierre Blanchard, DouDou Cuillerier & Brian Torff
    Ron Carter Trio with Russell Malone & Donald Vega
    Lee Konitz Quartet with special guest Grace Kelly
    Ravi Coltrane
    The Cookers: Gary Bartz, Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee & Billy Hart
    Mingus Big Band
    The Brubeck Brothers
    George Wein & Newport All-Stars with Anat Cohen, Howard Alden, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Jay Leonhart & Lewis Nash
    And More …

    *Schedule Subject to Change Visit newportjazzfest.org for most up to date listing.

    Rates & Reservations:

    Same Day Round Trip from NYC, NJ & Brooklyn
    WBGO Member price per person: Friday - $185, Saturday/Sunday - $225
    Non-Member price per person: Friday - $205, Saturday/Sunday - $245
    Student price per person: Friday - $145, Saturday/Sunday - $165
    (must show valid student ID at festival gate)


    NYC, NJ & Brooklyn Packages
    Location Pick Up



    Round Trip from Boston
    WBGO Member price per person: Friday - $145, Saturday/Sunday - $185
    Non-Member price per person: Friday - $165, Saturday/Sunday - $205
    Student price per person: Friday - $120, Saturday/Sunday - $140
    (must show valid student ID at festival gate)


    Boston Packages
    Location Pick Up




    Bus cancellation policy:
    Until May 15 – guest will receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee.
    Until June 20 – guest will receive a 50% refund.
    Until July 14 – guest can transfer their package to another guest, no refund after this date.

    For questions or reservations call 973-624-8880 x269 or email events@wbgo.org. Please indicate departure city.