• NEA Jazz Masters live broadcast on WBGO

    January 7, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    NEA artwork 2010

    WBGO Jazz 88.3FM will broadcast the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert taking place on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:30PM in the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center at Broadway at 60th Street.  The performance will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a program dedicated to the 2010 honorees’ works.

    Joining the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be many of the honorees themselves including Muhal Richard Abrams, Bill Holman (as guest conductor), Annie Ross, and Cedar Walton. Also featured will be 2010 Jazz Master Kenny Barron on solo piano and 2010 Jazz Master Yusef Lateef with percussionist Adam Pudolph. George Avakian will receive the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy.

    Twenty-six fellow NEA Jazz Masters will be in the audience, including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ornette Coleman, Paquito d’Rivera, Ramsey Lewis, and Dr. Billy Taylor.  The broadcast will be co-hosted by WBGO’s Gary Walker and Sirius/XM’s Mark Ruffin, and carried on both WBGO and Sirius/XM’s Real Jazz channel.

  • Tony Bennett helps Michael Bourne Celebrate 25 years at WBGO

    January 7, 2010. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Tony Bennett stopped by for a visit with Afternoon Jazz and Singers Unlimited Host Michael Bourne. The two are good friends that share a long history. Listen to the full interview here:

  • Michael Bourne's Desert Island Blues Hour

    January 7, 2010. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Michael Bourne celebrated the blues hour on his 25th Anniversary by selecting his Desert Island Blues tunes. Here are his selections:

    1  Little Milton -- A Nickel and A Nail
    2  Paul Butterfield -- Born In Chicago
    3  Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin’
    4  Sugar Blue – Back Door Man
    5  Rico McFarland – Blues Falling Down Like Rain
    6  Johnny Adams – Blinded By Love
    7  Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Workin’
    8  Susan Tedeschi – Rock Me Right
    9  Curtis Salgado – 20 Years of BB King
    10  BB Bking – Into The Night
    11  BB King & Bobby Bland – That’s The Way Love Is
    12  Taj Mahal – The Diving Duck Blues
    13  Max Weinberg – Jam Up

    What are your Desert Island Blues selections? Let us know in the comments!