• Blues Singer Marcia Ball Live At WBGO: Listen Now

    October 22, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Blues singer & pianist Marcia Ball performs live at WBGO and talks with Michael Bourne about her inspirations and album Alligator Man & The Tatooed Lady. Enjoy!


  • Poetry Month: Sean Singer - "Treatise on Hank Mobley"

    October 21, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO joins the celebration!

    Sean Singer
    Sean Singer

    Sean Singer is an American poet based in New York City. His book "Discography" won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition and the Norma Farber First Book Award in 2001.

    Treatise on Hank Mobley

    Mobley talked about revolution.
    Asterisk, palladium, forever unjaded.

    He talked about two lives—the one we learn with
    and the one we live after that.

    Mobley slowly moped,
    as if he was impersonating himself

    in order to annihilate it.
    Mobley referred explicitly to everyday life,

    “I put my heavy form on them, then I can
    do everything I want to do.”

    Think of Leeuwenhoek,
    smaller and upside-down

    through his own lens,
    to capture the place as a sound,

    yet in making that sound,
    tightened the grasp on the material

    that supported his question.
    Mobley talked about what is subversive about love.

    When the door to a room closes,
    the light, orange as a feather, under.

    Mobley was positive about the refusal of constraints.
    Strung out, his rung in the ladder broke, as

    anyone who can swing can get a message across—
    People who talk about revolutions

    and not these things
    have corpses in their mouths.

  • Jazz Night In America: Wallace Roney Live From Detroit

    October 21, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Watch a video webcast of trumpeter Wallace Roney and violinist Regina Carter at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m.

    Wallace Roney

    In the late 1960s, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a number of large ensemble works for Miles Davis his employer at the time. They were never recorded, and eventually forgotten.

    Decades later, Shorter, now considered one of jazz's greatest composers, dug up the music and handed it over to trumpeter Wallace Roney, a Davis protégé, to breathe new life into the charts.

    Roney presents that suite of music — or what he could before rain showers interceded — on this webcast of Jazz Night In America, live at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival.

    Over Labor Day weekend, the Detroit Jazz Festival annually presents a free, three-day outdoor event regularly attended by some of the biggest names in the music. Detroit native Regina Carter was also among the guests this year, and she leads off the webcast with music from her newest recording, Southern Comfort.