WBGO Blog
  • Odean Pope & Pharoah Sanders: Listen Now

    September 10, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Saxophonists Odean Pope and Pharoah Sanders talks with Rhonda Hamilton about their live recordings at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York this week with James Carter on tenor saxophone, Geri Allen on piano, Reggie Workman on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums. The group performs there through September 14. Enjoy!

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  • Farewell to NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson

    September 9, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says goodbye to Gerald Wilson, who died Sept. 8 at his home in Los Angeles, four days after his 94th birthday.

    The trumpeter, bandleader and arranger played a key role in the development of West Coast and orchestral jazz over his 75 years as a professional musician. Fresh out of Detroit's Cass Technical High School in 1939, he joined Jimmie Lunceford's band and never looked back.

    Based in Los Angeles, Wilson arranged for Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and dozens of others, as well as his own large and small ensembles. In 1990, he was named an NEA Jazz Master, the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician.

    Wilson visited WBGO many times over the years, and stopped by in 2003 for a heartfelt chat with Morning Jazz host Gary Walker, which we'd like to share with you again now.

    Thank you, Gerald, we will miss you!

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  • Author Ed Berger on Joe Wilder: Listen Now

    September 2, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Edward Berger talks with Gary Walker about Softly, With Feeling, his biography of trumpeter Joe Wilder, and a celebration of Wilder's life at St. Peter's Church in New York on Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Berger is the former associate director of the Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.

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