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  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2014 Day Trips

    January 8, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    photo by Doug Mason

    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.

  • 5 Must-See Projects At Winter Jazzfest

    January 8, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Lionel Loueke (left) and Miguel Zenon (right) join Jeff Ballard in the drummer's rhythm-oriented trio. (Image Credit: Andrea Boccalini/Courtesy of the artist)

    This year's Winter Jazzfest seems to be a kind of turning point — for the festival, and maybe for jazz in New York City. What started 10 years ago as a one-night showcase under one roof has expanded to five days at 10 venues, featuring more than 90 groups in a vast array of styles.

    The underground edge is still there, but this year's acts include multiple Grammy winners, beyond-jazz acts such as singer Keren Ann, and three midweek marquee concerts. One teams star pianists Robert Glasper and Jason Moran to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records.

    Still, much of the festival's excitement still resides in its signature two-night marathon, where acts perform in quick succession in neighboring Greenwich Village nightclubs. For the price of a single ticket, concertgoers can choose — or try to choose — between groups, which range from Balkan and New Orleans brass to Latin and straight-ahead jazz. The 18-piece orchestral pop ensemble Mother Falcon, with cello and glockenspiel, will also appear.

    At WBGO HD2 we'll stream a mix of all 92 groups at this year's Winter Jazzfest around the clock to prepare for these new sounds. (For more insights, check out the conversation between WBGO's Josh Jackson and NPR Music's Patrick Jarenwattananon on our weekly new-music magazine, The Checkout.) Here are five of the acts performing in this year's WJF marathon, and a rundown of what they plan to perform.

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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!