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  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12pm

    April 22, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of WBGO 88.3 FM at the monthly free concert series featuring Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band on Wednesday, May 7 at 12pm.

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    Trombonist Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player, but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. S.Y.O.T.O.S. (an acronym coined by Chris Washburne, meaning See You On The Other Side) was founded in 1992 by trombonist Chris and features some of the best Latin jazz players in New York City. SYOTOS pushes the genre of Latin Jazz into uncharted waters with a postmodern mix that embraces dissonance, weaving contemporary uptempo beats with a driving sound. This boundary-breaking band exemplifies Latin jazz with a global reach, combining Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music – “think Tito Puente meets James Brown meets Charles Ives!” TimeOut New York calls the group “a Latin jazz institution” as they held the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York, performing weekly for 20 years straight.

    Thanks to listener support, WBGO celebrates 35 years on-air as the jazz source. So join the party. Bring your friends, family, food and enjoy this wonderful performance.

  • Join WBGO for Michael Bourne's 16th Year at Jazz on the Mountain

    April 18, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    For our fifth consecutive year, WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM is pleased to extend a personal invitation for Jazz on the Mountain at the historic Mohonk Mountain House resort, January 16-19, 2015 in the beautiful Catskills.

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    Mohonk Mountain House

    Celebrating 16 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 weekend – with a lineup of jazz greats.

    WBGO Travel & Events is offering a unique package including:

    • a welcome cocktail reception on Friday evening
    • a private dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests on Saturday
    • a WBGO/Mohonk Mountain House scavenger hunt on Sunday afternoon

    Whether you are planning a family outing, a romantic retreat, a weekend with friends or a self-exploration getaway, the Mountain House has activities for all!

    DATES: January 16-19, 2015

    LOCATION: 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

    Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark located just 90 miles north of New York City.

    RATES*:

    • Three (3) nights Single Occupancy: $1,525
    • Three (3) nights Double Occupancy: $2,225

    Children’s nightly rate:  Under 4 – Stay Free; 4-12 Yrs Old - $110.00; 13 & over - $196.00

    *These rates are inclusive of a 12% service charge. Tax is excluded for WBGO guests only.

    Checks and credit cards are payable to WBGO.

    Please note: WBGO rates include bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets with dinner as a traditional served meal, afternoon tea and cookies and all associated gratuities. Also included is the welcome cocktail reception (Friday evening) and exclusive private dinner with Michael Bourne, musicians and WBGO guests (Saturday evening) and a musical Mohonk scavenger hunt (Sunday afternoon). Guests also receive amenities such as wireless Internet access, ice-skating, skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and comprehensive fitness center.

    RESERVATIONS: To take advantage of the exclusive WBGO rate, you must place your reservation with Mohonk by calling 1-800-772-6646 and you MUST mention WBGO.  Once you make your reservation, contact WBGO to make your deposit, 973-624-8880x269 or email WBGO

    Please call 973-624-8880x269 or email WBGO with any questions.

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

    Photos from Jazz on the Mountain January 2013

  • Larry Rosen on 2014 Sarah Vaughan Competition: Listen Now

    April 17, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Producer Larry Rosen talks with Rhonda Hamilton about the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition. The contest is called "the search for the next great female jazz singer" and accepts submissions online through September for a final competition which will be held at NJPAC in November. Enjoy!

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