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  • 2014 Grammy Nominees in jazz

    January 8, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    2014 Grammy nominees have been announced, and jazz is well represented. Many of these recordings were on WBGO's best of 2013 lists. Many of these artists were in the WBGO studio this past year as well, including:

    Christian McBride

    Kenny Garrett

    Gregory Porter

    Fred Hersch

    And many others! Below are all the jazz category nominees for 2014. Clicking on the image will take you to Amazon, where, if you purchase the music, a portion of the proceeds will benefit WBGO!

  • Glasper & Moran On Blue Note Anniversary: Listen Now

    January 5, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Listen now to pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran talk with Josh Jackson about their Jan. 8 concert at New York's Town Hall to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records, part of the 2014 New York Winter Jazz Festival.

    Jackson will host the Jan. 8 concert, and got the party started early with a hilarious conversation that touched on everything from double octaves to how to play jazz for the hip-hop generation.

    "Just thinking outside the box and saying, 'Ok, this is who we are, and this is our sound,'" says Glasper, "it's opening the doors for so many other artists to do what they naturally want to do."

    They also talked about and played some of their favorite recordings by Sam Rivers, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and Freddie Hubbard.

    Click here to hear Jackson's full hour-long conversation with Moran and Glasper. Enjoy!

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    Glasper and Moran braved the mountains of snow dumped on the tri-state area by Super Storm Hercules, with their three young sons in tow, to reach the WBGO studios in Newark for the interview on Friday.

    The Jan. 8 concert commemorates Blue Note's first recording session, held Jan. 6, 1939, with boogie-woogie pianists Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis. The pianists will be joined at Town Hall by drummer Eric Harland, tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, vocalist Bilal and Alan Hampton on bass.

    The show kicks off a year of celebrations by Blue Note, which over eight decades has recorded artists ranging from from Sidney Bechet and Thelonious Monk to Norah Jones, as well as Moran, who has been with Blue Note since his first recording for the label fifteen years ago, and Glasper, who released his sixth Blue Note album in October.

    "There's not really many labels that will just let you be who you are," says Moran. "They have continued to say, 'Oh, we see where you're going, here's your open canvas, your open palette, and go ahead and make something.' "

    Moran and Glasper both graduated from Houston's High School For Performing And Visual Arts - several years apart - and performed together in January of 2011 as part of WBGO's "Houstonians in NYC" concert at the 92Y Tribeca.

    Click here to hear the full audio of the "Houstonians in NYC" concert.

  • WBGO At The 2014 NYC Winter Jazz Fest

    December 31, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    It's that time of year, when jazz madness descends on Lower Manhattan. More than 400 musicians and 90 groups storm New York stages for the 2014 Winter Jazz Fest, and WBGO is proud to introduce you to this rising generation of jazz talent.

    To celebrate its tenth year, the festival's two-day jazz marathon hosts simultaneous shows at ten Greenwich Village clubs, starting Friday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m., as well as special concerts during the week. Click here for a full festival schedule and details.

    Wait - you're not sure whether to hear the Revive Big Band, Mother Falcon, the Blue Cranes, or Dawn of Midi? Or any of the dozens of other outrageously talented groups who may not yet be household names? WBGO is here to help.

    As we did last year, starting New Year's Day WBGO's HD2 will stream a continuous mix of music by all of these groups and musicians. This mix will play around the clock before, during and after the festival. We will also publish previews of this year's Winter Jazz Fest shows on the WBGO blog.

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    On Friday, Jan. 3 at noon on WBGO-FM, Rhonda Hamilton interviews pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran, who headline a special Winter Jazz Fest concert which celebrates the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records at Town Hall on with Jan. 8, with Ravi Coltrane, Bilal, Eric Harland and Alan Hampton.

    On Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. on WBGO-FM, Josh Jackson previews highlights of the festival on his weekly new music magazine, The Checkout, in a conversation with Patrick Jarenwattananon, the host of NPRMusic's A Blog Supreme.

    Jackson will also introduce Glasper and Moran at their Town Hall concert, and on Jan. 10 and 11 will host shows at the festival's anchor venue, (le) Poisson Rouge, at 158 Bleecker Street.

    Enjoy the best of jazz past, present and future, and the best of the 2014 New York Winter Jazz Fest, with WBGO!