• In Memory Of 2014: Jazz Night Looks Back

    December 18, 2014. Posted by WBGO.

    Gerald Wilson, 2010. (Image Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for NAACP)

    This year saw the passing of numerous jazz legends. In Jazz Night In America's year in review, we pay tribute to bassist Charlie Haden, pianist Horace Silver and composer/bandleader Gerald Wilson, among others. We'll listen back to great live performances recorded over the past 30 years from these musicians — all from the WBGO vault — and highlight remembrances from friends and loved ones.


    • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, "Teri" (Gerald Wilson)
    • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, "Carlos" (Gerald Wilson)
    • Charlie Haden & Quartet West, "My Old Flame" (Coslow/Johnston) [from Sophisticated Ladies]
    • Charlie Haden & Quartet West with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, "Now Is The Hour" (Scott/Kaiha/Stewart arr. Broadbent)
    • Charlie Haden & Quartet West, "Child's Play" (Haden) from In Angel City
    • Horace Silver, "Gregory Is Here" (Silver) from In Pursuit of the 27th Man
    • Art Blakey Quintet, "Quicksilver" (Silver) from A Night at Birdland Vol. 1


    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Wynton Marsalis, Sean Jones, Ryan Kisor, Marcus Printup, trumpet; Andre Hayward, Vincent Gardner, Wycliffe Gordon, trombone; Sherman Irby, Ted Nash, Walter Blanding, Victor Goines, Joe Temperley, reeds; Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums. Special guest: Anthony Wilson, guitar.

    Charlie Haden & Quartet West: Haden, bass; Ernie Watts, tenor saxophone, Alan Broadbent, piano; Rodney Green, drums. On "Now Is The Hour" and "Child's Play," substitute Larence Marable, drums.

    Horace Silver: Silver, piano; Randy Brecker, trumpet; Michael Brecker, tenor saxophone; Bob Cranshaw, bass; Mickey Roker, drums. Art Blakey Quintet: Lou Donaldson, alto saxophone; Clifford Brown, trumpet; Silver, piano; Curly Russell, bass; Blakey, drums.

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    December 17, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Highlights from 2014 on WBGO
    Highlights from 2014 on WBGO

    2014 has been an exciting year at WBGO, launching a new program, and, of course, continuing to present our music to listeners on air, online and on the WBGO mobile app.

    Perhaps you have tuned in on Wednesday or Sunday evenings to hear our newest show. The program, Jazz Night in America, is hosted by internationally renowned New Jersey resident Christian McBride. What makes this show even more special is that it was born from a collaboration between WBGO, NPR Music and Jazz at Lincoln Center. And public radio audiences- some of them new to our music- are embracing it. It shows that our music is relevant. The stories behind our music are compelling. And the music is wonderful.

    Maybe you are a regular listener to The Checkout. Our new host is Simon Rentner who has been contributing to the show since its inception. The show features iconic artists, jazz stars from half a world away and artists who are on the rise, but always current. Speaking of current, log on to www.WBGO.org/Radar to hear hand selected jazz releases before they are available to the public. We recently celebrated the 100th recording available through this unique service to our listeners.

    If you are a member of our Jazz Leadership Society, you may have joined us for our annual get together. The divine Barbara Carroll was our headliner and we surprised her with fellow JLS member Tony Bennett who joined her onstage for a song. This was a moment that many of us will never forget. Speaking of Tony, if you missed Michael Bourne’s interview with him and Lady Gaga, you can find it on our website, or the cover of the November issue of Downbeat!  The very same week Michael’s interview aired on WBGO, we had Hugh Masekela and Quincy Jones on the air! If you missed any of them on the radio, you can find these and other exclusive interviews and specials on the WBGO blog.

    Did you travel with us this year? We took trips to Montreal, and Brazil, The Newport Jazz Festival and the Mohonk Mountain House. We produced special events such as Our Point of View in partnership with Blue Note Records, and special nights of music at Yamaha, and in our very own studios.

    Maybe you attended one of our Kids Jazz Concerts and watched a child hear our music for the very first time.

    And Rhythm Revue. And Gary and Doug in the morning. And Rhonda and Michael, Awilda, Brian, Rob, Bill, Sheila, Bob, Monifa, Daniel, Eulis.

    Thank you for being a part of this great public radio station. As long as we can count on your support, we can continue to share these experiences with you.

  • Singer Roseanna Vitro: Listen Now

    December 15, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Roseanna Vitro talks with Michael Bourne about "Clarity," her new CD tribute to composer Clare Fischer. Vitro performs at New York's Kitano Dec. 19 and at Birdland as a guest of singer Jane Monheit Dec. 28. Enjoy!