WBGO Blog
  • Remembering June Kim (1933-2010)

    April 1, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    June Kim
    June Kim
    With the death of June Kim, WBGO has lost a great volunteer and friend.  June was born in Harlem, raised in the Bronx ("Miss Paradise Farms" 1953), worked her full career at New York Telephone Co., and resided for many years in Teaneck.  June always spoke with pleasure of her close and extended family and friends, and -- as expressed in her Obituary, in capital letters -- JUNE LOVED JAZZ.  Long before young Jeremy Pelt came to New York, June was telling us about her trumpet-playing nephew.   We at WBGO who knew June are very fortunate, and share in the sadness of losing her.  In Volunteer Co-ordinator Sylvia Brewer's words, "June was a wonderful, classy lady – her smile, and love for the music will always be remembered."
  • Cassandra Wilson with Gary Walker

    March 29, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    The "loverly" Cassandra Wilson visited WBGO on March 5th for an interview with Morning Jazz host Gary Walker.  She talks about the relationship Native Americans have with the American Blues, her collaboration with T. Bone Burnett on the album Thunderbird, and more.  Click below to hear the full interview.

  • Sam Yahel on Live at the Village Vanguard April 14

    March 29, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Sam Yahel
    Sam Yahel

    A distinctive voice among the new breed of Hammond B-3 organ players on the jazz scene, Sam Yahel has earned the top spot in Down Beat’s annual International Critics Poll as a Talent Deserving of Recognition for the past four consecutive years.   Yahel has worked with a string of notable jazz artists including tenor saxophonists Joshua Redman and Eric Alexander, former James Brown sideman and alto sax great Maceo Parker, guitarists Peter Bernstein and Bill Frisell, trumpeters Ryan Kisor and Jim

    Rotondi as well as having played on Norah Jones’ Grammy-winning Come Away With Me as well as on recordings vocalists Lizz Wright and Madeleine Peyroux.

    Yahel brings his trio to Live at the Village Vanguard on Wednesday, April 14 at 9pm.  Tune in, log on, or drop by as WBGO’s Josh Jackson hosts this artist who says, “These days I feel like jazz has absorbed more world music influences in general. I hear Brazilian, African and Cuban music elements starting to seep into the mainstream jazz scene and I find myself drawing from those influences more. And for me, the organ is the perfect instrument to implement that kind of thing because you can really get rhythmic and percussive on it, you can evoke images and sounds just as easily as swinging.”