WBGO Blog
  • SVVC Finalists Kelsey-Sugg & McKenzie: Listen Now

    October 28, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singers Kate Kelsey-Sugg & Sarah McKenzie talk with Sheila Anderson about being finalists in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Both perform on Nov. 16 at NJPAC in Newark for the 2014 Sassy Award. Enjoy!

    (L-R): Kate Kelsey-Sugg & Sarah McKenzie

  • Poetry Month: Annie Ross - "To Lady and More"

    October 25, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Add new comment | Filed under: poetry

    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO is celebrating!

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    Annie Ross

    Jazz Vocalist Annie Ross is probably best know for her part in the vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. She still performs regularly in New York, and has a new album dedicated to Billie Holiday. Ross recently sat down to talk with Michael Bourne about the new album, which features a poem Ross wrote for the project. Listen to Ross read the poem below.

    To Lady and More

    I heard her first on record
    I was 15 years old
    The song she sang was “Strange Fruit”
    It made my blood run cold
    She became my idol
    my mentor, my friend
    She remained my favorite
    until the very end
    Your voice was always in my head
    Its message, clear and true
    Lady Baby, all my love
    This one is for you.

  • Poetry Month: Rita Dove - "Canary"

    October 23, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO is celebrating!

    Rita Dove
    Rita Dove

    Rita Frances Dove served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995. She is the first African American to be appointed in that position, and the second African American to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

    Canary
    Billie Holiday’s burned voice
    had as many shadows as lights,
    a mournful candelabra against a sleek piano,
    the gardenia her signature under that ruined face.
    (Now you’re cooking, drummer to bass,
    magic spoon, magic needle.
    Take all day if you have to
    with your mirror and your bracelet of song.)
    Fact is, the invention of women under siege
    has been to sharpen love in the service of myth.

    If you can’t be free, be a mystery.