• Moody's Mood from 12/31/84 - counting down to Toast of the Nation

    December 15, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.


    WBGO has been co-producing live all-night cross-country New Year's Eve specials with NPR since at least Dec 31 1982. 

    In 1984, James Moody opened his live NYE set from Sweet Basil in NYC with "Moody's Mood."  He sounds fabulous from the git-go.  I don't know why (I think it's the rhythm in which he delivers them) but my favorite five words are always ".. and then the girl says .."

    Harold Mabern, Todd Coolman and Eddie Gladden are on piano, bass and drums.  More great live NYE moments to come. Check back often, and tune into the broadcast this New Year's!

  • Jazz on the Mountain: Join WBGO at Mohonk

    December 14, 2010. Posted by Michael Downes.


    WBGO is pleased to extend a personal invitation to join us at the historic Mohonk Mountain House resort for ‘Jazz on the Mountain’ January 14-17, 2011 in the beautiful Catskills.

    Celebrating 12 years at the Mohonk Mountain House, WBGO announcer Michael Bourne will once again host this stellar program – a four-day jazz extravaganza over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday – with an all-star lineup of contemporary jazz greats.

    The weekend includes three daily performances featuring acclaimed artists such as NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, the New York Voices, Fred Hersch, Carol Fredette and Steve Kuhn, Carolyn Leonhart and Wayne Escoffery, The “Lowblow Trio” and John Pizzarelli.

    As a friend of WBGO, Mohonk is offering a discounted rate exclusively for WBGO. This unique package includes an intimate dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests on Saturday evening and tea, cookies and “fireside chat” with Michael and musical guests on Sunday afternoon.

    DATES: January 14-17, 2011

    Mohonk Mountain House, a National Historic Landmark located just 90 miles north of New York City.
    1000 Mountain Rest Road
    New Paltz, NY 12561

    Two (2) nights Single Occupancy: $759
    Three (3) nights Single Occupancy: $1,049
    Two (2) nights Double Occupancy: $1,210
    Three (3) nights Double Occupancy: $1,565

    *These rates include a 15% service charge. Tax is excluded for WBGO guests only.

    Please note: WBGO rates include dinner, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cookies and all associated gratuities. Also included is the exclusive private dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests. Guests also receive amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access, ice-skating, skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and comprehensive fitness center.

    Visit www.mohonk.com for more information.

    RESERVATIONS: Please call Jennifer Spiegler at 973-624-8880 x269 or email jspiegler@wbgo.org to make your reservation by December 31, 2010. Space is limited.

    We hope you can join WBGO for this very special jazz event and look forward to seeing you on the Mountain!

  • James Moody (1925-2010) on Big Apple Jazz

    December 10, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    We've learned of the death of NEA Jazz Master James Moody, an essential artist and WBGO's friend, who coincidentally was raised in Newark.  His music lives in and on the air here.

    On November 20th, 1982, at Sweet Basil and our series Big Apple Jazz (before my time at the station), saxophonist Moody vocalized (don't miss his entrance .. well, you can't) and played flute on the Jobim bossa nova "Wave."

    The piece comes to mind because of a quote in the New York Times obituary by Peter Keepnews, who writes, ". . . in the mid-1950s [Moody] became one of the first significant jazz flutists, impressing the critics if not himself. 'I’m not a flute player,' he told one interviewer. 'I’m a flute holder.'" (emphasis added)

    Decide for yourself please.  The group is Harold Mabern, piano;  Rufus Reid, bass; and Michael Carvin, drums.

    The Guardian (London) notes that JM ". . . saw a tribute to his remarkable flute improvisation with the publication in 1995 of James Moody's Greatest Transcribed Flute Solos," and goes on to say that  in early 2010,  Moody and his wife Linda "founded the James Moody scholarship fund for Newark youth in the town where he was raised."

    On Sunday 12/19 at 6pm and Wednesday 12/22 at 6:30, JazzSet will re-broadcast Moody's 80th birthday party at the Kennedy Center. A great party!