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  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Fest Weekend

    January 16, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Newport

    WBGO Travel invites you to enjoy the sun, fun and music at the Newport Jazz Festival, August 1-4, 2014.

    Arrive at the Newport Hotel & Marina to a Friday night welcome reception, then hop aboard the trolley to take you to/from the concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Saturday and Sunday mornings, take a short walk to the ferry dock where you will be jetted to a full day of a variety of musical enjoyment at the legendary outdoor Festival, plus exclusive access to the WBGO Shade Tent inside historic Fort Adams State Park. Before departing back to reality on Monday, join us for a bon voyage breakfast and take in the view from the marina. WBGO will provide you with an insider’s list of the best places to visit when the music isn’t playing, but when it is, you will hear:

    • Darcy James Argue
    • Gary Burton, celebrating his 70th birthday, with special guest Julian Lage
    • Ron Carter
    • Robert Glasper
    • Dr. John
    • Lee Konitz
    • Grace Kelly
    • Prism: featuring Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Eric Harland and Craig Taborn
    • Cecile McLorin Salvant
    • Trombone Shorty

    Details of Newport weekend package:

    • 3 [or 4] night hotel stay at the recently updated Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina.
    • Welcome Reception at the hotel on Friday evening
    • Two reserved seat concert tickets for Friday night, 8pm at The International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, , plus round trip ground transportation to/from venue and hotel
    • Two general admission festival tickets for both Saturday & Sunday
    • Exclusive access to the WBGO Shade Tent near the Quad Stage
    • Bon Voyage Breakfast at the marina on Monday morning
    • Parking at the hotel for 3 [or 4] nights

    Festival Gates open at 10am, Saturday Festival Music Program: 10:45am-7pm, Sunday Festival Music Program: 11am-6:45 pm. Ferry passes to festival site not included. Parking at festival not included.

    Rates & Reservations:
    Double Occupancy:
    3 Night Price: $2,350 includes above detailed package for two people
    4 Night Price: $2,825 includes above detailed package for two people, plus Thursday night stay with Friday day time festival tickets
    Single Occupancy:
    3 Night Price: $1,930 includes above detailed package for one person
    4 Night Price: $2,335 includes above detailed package for one person, plus Thursday night stay with Friday day time festival tickets
    Inquire about family rates. Read our Cancellation Policy.
    To make your reservation call 973-624-8880 x269 or email events@wbgo.org
  • Darrell Grant On NY Premiere Of "The Territory:" Listen Now

    January 15, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Pianist and composer Darrell Grant talks with Gary Walker about "The Territory," a CMA New Jazz Works ensemble composition he premieres at New York's Jazz Standard on Wed., Jan. 15. The performance features Brian Blade on drums, Joe Locke, vibraphone, Steve Wilson, saxophones, Clark Sommers on bass, Marilyn Keller, voice, Charles Pillow, bass clarinet, Terell Stafford, trumpet, and Dorothy Lawson, cello. Enjoy!

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  • Winter Jazzfest 2014: Tips Of The Iceberg

    January 13, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Rene Marie. (Image Credit: John Rogers for NPR/johnrogersnyc.com)

    The logo for the 2014 Winter Jazzfest, marking the festival's 10th anniversary, is a giant iceberg floating into New York harbor. Like the iceberg, this year's edition was both big — 90-plus groups over five nights, representing just a small portion of a larger scene — and cold and wet, in that it rained both nights of the music marathon last Friday and Saturday evening. But Winter Jazzfest was hot on the inside, as we soaked up great music like a sponge.

    It's a lot to process. So on Sunday, after some strong coffee and sleep — more coffee than sleep — we compared notes via online chat with WBGO colleague Alex Ariff and fellow travelers David Adler, Derrick Lucas and Brad Farberman — who covered the fest for the Village Voice, Jazz 90.1 FM in Rochester, N.Y., and Time Out New York, respectively.

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