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  • 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.

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    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.

  • Happy Birthday, Blue Note

    October 23, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

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    The Wayne Shorter Quartet performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert. (Image Credit: NPR)

    Blue Note Records turns 75 this year, and to celebrate, Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosted a concert featuring some of the record label's living legends and rising stars. From the early years with co-founder Alfred Lion to the revitalization under Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records has become and remained one of the most iconic brands in jazz.

    On Jazz Night in America, hear highlights from the Kennedy Center stage, and reflections on the label's influence with Norah Jones, Terence Blanchard and Dianne Reeves. Blue Note artist Jason Moran guest hosts this episode.

    Set List

    • Robert Glasper & Jason Moran, "Boogie Woogie Stomp" (Glasper, piano; Moran, piano)
    • Bobby Hutcherson & McCoy Tyner, "Fly With The Wind" (Hutcherson, vibraphone; Tyner, piano)
    • Dianne Reeves, "Stormy Weather" (Reeves, voice; Terence Blanchard, trumpet; Peter Martin, piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Joe Lovano, "Fort Worth" (Lovano, tenor saxophone; Lionel Loueke, guitar; Fabian Almazan, piano; Derrick Hodge, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Norah Jones, "I've Got To See You Again" (Jones, voice; Wayne Shorter, saxophone; Jason Moran, piano; John Patitucci, bass; Brian Blade, drums)
    • Lou Donaldson feat. Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Alligator Boogaloo" (Donaldson, alto saxophone; Smith, organ; Lionel Loueke, guitar; Kendrick Scott, drums)
    • Lou Donaldson feat. Dr. Lonnie Smith, "Blues Walk" (same personnel)

    Credits

    Duke Markos, recording and remix engineer. Special thanks to Kevin Struthers and Jean Thill of the Kennedy Center.

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