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  • 'Everything Is Cyclical': Christian McBride Looks At 2015 In Jazz

    January 14, 2015

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    Christian McBride is the host of NPR's Jazz Night In America. (Image Credit: Anna Webber/Courtesy of the artist)

    Christian McBride likely doesn't need much of an introduction. He's a bassist who's worked with everyone from McCoy Tyner to Diana Krall to Paul McCartney. His latest gig is as the host of NPR's Jazz Night In America, "a portrait of jazz music today, as seen through many of its exceptional live performances and performers," as we wrote in October.

    McBride recently sat down with NPR's Audie Cornish to discuss what he's excited about in jazz this year. Two new albums came to mind, including Fresh Cut Orchestra's From The Vine ("I really like the way that they work with layers") and pianist Aaron Goldberg's The Now ("I think Aaron is absolutely brilliant"). McBride says he's particularly drawn to Goldberg's commitment to the swing.

    "Everything is cyclical," McBride says. "In the jazz world right now, it's not too popular to play swing rhythms. But if you're talking about something with a legacy as deep and as vast as jazz, one thing that's always been constant in that tradition is the swing rhythm."

    McBride says he's also looking forward to celebrating two major birthdays in jazz. Herbie Hancock turns 75, and McBride shares a cut from The Warner Bros. Years (1969-1972), a collection that highlights the Mwandishi band: "It was funky, it was swingin', it was avant-garde, it was land, it was water, it was everything."

    Roy Haynes, an icon to jazz drummers, turns 90 this year.

    "Without a doubt, Roy Haynes is a science project," McBride says. "He is still so spry at age 90 and still sounding great."

    You can hear the conversation by clicking on the audio link.

    Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

  • Omer Avital on "New Song": Listen Now

    January 13, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Bassist Omer Avital talks with Michael Bourne about "New Song," his Motema CD which explores connections between jazz and the musics of the Middle East. Avital performs at New York's Jazz Standard Jan. 13 and 14. Enjoy!

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  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2015 Day Trips

    January 13, 2015. 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 (NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark) or Boston (Berklee School of Music, 1140 Boylston Street) 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 Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, Chris Botti, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Maria Schneider, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Fred Hersch, Billy Childs, Bill Frisell, Arturo Sandoval, Ambrose Akinmusire and More.

    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:

    • 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:

    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at NJPAC located at 1 Center Street, Newark. 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, July 31, 2015, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    FULL ANNOUNCEMENT JANUARY 15

    Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    FULL ANNOUNCEMENT JANUARY 15

    Sunday, August 2, 2015, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    FULL ANNOUNCEMENT JANUARY 15

    *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)


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    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)


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    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.

    Folding Chairs

    Get your WBGO Folding Chair
    If you do not have a chair that meets the regulations of the Festival, we will have some onsite for purchase. If you advise us by reply email or phone that you are interested we will have it for you when you arrive for $30. Should you purchase it onsite it will be $40.
    Dimensions are : 29”H x 19” W x 19” L. Seat to floor is approx. 18” H. Weight limit – approx. 250 lbs. It folds and fits into a carrying case with a strap, they are lightweight and easy to move about. Available in red or blue. There is limited availability!
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