• Essentially Ellington 2009

    May 19, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    This year's 14th annual Essentially Ellington Band Competition and Festival did not dissappoint.  As usual, it brought America's brightest talent to the jazz's biggest stage, and the usual top high schools -- Garfield and Roosevelt from Seattle -- placed first and second, respectively.  The biggest surprise came from Wisconsin's Eau Claire Memorial High School, who placed 3rd, the highest in the school's history.  Here is my report. - Simon Rentner

  • Guitarist and former Yankee Bernie Williams visits WBGO

    May 15, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Midday host Rhonda Hamilton waves Bernie's new CD in front of the camera.

    photo by Fran Kaufman

    The album, Moving Forward, is Bernie's second, and includes some collaborative tracks with other artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Jon Secada, and Dave Koz.

  • William Paterson University Jazz Septet

    May 8, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    William Patterson University Jazz Septet

    April was Jazz Appreciation Month, and each year WBGO listeners have the opportunity to hear the next wave of greats before they grace New York’s notable jazz clubs. WBGO features top school ensembles live in our studio for Next Generation JAMs.  WBGO's Program Director Thurston Briscoe chooses school bands based on the caliber of musicians and teachers in the program. “There are a number of jazz musicians known to all of us who came out of, or are teaching in one of these schools,” he says.

    The first student jazz ensemble to perform during Next Generation JAMs was the William Paterson University Jazz Septet under the direction of Mulgrew Miller and David Demsey. The William Paterson University Jazz Studies Program, founded in 1973 by music faculty member Martin Krivin and trumpeter/arranger Thad Jones, emphasizes small-group playing and improvisation. Influential jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller is their Director of Jazz Studies.

    Click below to hear the live broadcast with Michael Bourne.

    Musicians featured:
    Eric O’Donnell, trumpet (Akron, OH)
    David Pollack, alto saxophone (Trenton, NJ)
    Joseph Schmidt, tenor saxophone (Mt. Airy, MD)
    Jordan Piper, piano (Bellingham, WA)
    Adam Lomeo, guitar (Utica, NY)
    Sam Trapchak, bass (Detroit, MI)
    Nathan Webb, drums (Newton, KS)