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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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  • NEA Jazz Masters Webcast Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

    January 10, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO is proud to webcast the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m., live from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Join us to watch video of this ceremony and concert.

    This year's honorees are alto saxophonist and educator Jamey Aebersold, multi-reedist and composer Anthony Braxton, bassist Richard Davis and pianist Keith Jarrett.

    Join us as we honor this year's class of jazz greats!

    Every year since 1982, the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts has honored 132 Jazz Masters - less than the number that have traveled into space or scaled Mount Everest.

    It is the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician, and also honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to jazz through their work as educators and advocates.

    This year's celebration includes performances by NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Barron, Jimmy Heath, Dave Liebman and Jimmy Owens, as well as winners of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition including Melissa Aldana and Kris Bowers, and others including pianist Jason Moran, saxophonist Joe Lovano and guitarist Bill Frisell.

  • WBGO Says Goodbye To Amiri Baraka

    January 9, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says goodbye to Amiri Baraka, who died today at 79. The author, activist and Newark native made indelible contributions to literature and music criticism, in particular through Blues People, his groundbreaking 1963 collection of essays which traced the evolution of African-American music.

    "He was one of the most insightful and brilliant observers jazz has ever attracted," said jazz writer Paul de Barros, upon learning of his death. "Part of a time when the context for jazz writing was so much broader and more connected -- in Baraka's case, to poetry, drama, social criticism and politics."

    Many of us at WBGO had the good fortune to know Amiri, and his urbane, incisive and unrepentant wit. Most recently, WBGO's Josh Jackson sat down with Baraka to talk about Blues People on the 50th anniversary of its publication. We'd like to share the conversation with you again now.

    Thank you, Amiri, and rest in peace. WBGO's condolences are with Baraka's family and many friends.

    The Wake
    Friday, January 17, 2014
    4:00pm to 9:00pm
    Metropolitan Baptist Church
    149 Springfield Avenue
    Newark, NJ 07103
    973.642.2267
    www.mbcnewark.org

    The Funeral
    Saturday, January 18, 2014
    10:00am
    Newark Symphony Hall
    1020 Broad Street
    Newark, NJ
    973.643.8014
    www.newarksymphonyhall.org

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