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  • Coming Up on WBGO 88.3 FM: Week of July 30th

    July 28, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Here's what to look forward to in the coming days on WBGO...

    *Wednesday:

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: Featuring the music of pioneering guitarist Charlie Christian

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm:  guest – Donnie Joseph; New Jersey Jackals relief pitcher Donnie Joseph talks about his MLB days with the Kansas City Royals and his first season in New Jersey.

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Jazz Prodigies; JNIA explores jazz prodigies from different eras, including 11-year-old pianist, Joey Alexander.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8pm – 1am: a tribute to the late big band leader Nancie Banks.

    Thursday:

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: Featuring the music of saxophonist and composer James Spaulding

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest David Hyde Pierce

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8pm – 1am: Happy Birthday to a singer (Kevin Mahogany) & 2 reedmen (James Spaulding & David Sanborn)

    *Friday:

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring a birthday tribute to pianist Hank Jones

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pmJimmy Witherspoon Albums Vol.7

    WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: The race for the Republican nomination for U.S. President shifts into high gear next Thursday night in Cleveland.  That's when and where the first of a possible twelve GOP debates takes place.  WBGO's Bruce Johnson speaks to noted Rutgers University Political Science Professor Dr. John Glascock about the crowded field; WBGO's Thad Komorowski reports on the NY Poetry Festival; Ben Sidran and his son Leo Sidran report from the Newport Jazz Festival.

    Evening Jazz  – 8pm – 1am:  Nicole Sweeney is in for Awilda Rivera

    *Saturday:

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Erskine Hawkins Vol. 4

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: the “All Request” show

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm:  SONGS OF COURAGE- Standing ovation For James Spaulding. Honoring the brilliant saxophonist, composer and living legend who celebrates his 78th birthday this week. We'll feature some of his landmark collaborations with Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter, among others as well as his dynamic sessions as a leader.

    Sunday:

    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm: featuring the music of Airto & Flora Purim

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program

  • WBGO In France: Yes, We Cannes!

    July 24, 2015. Posted by Lezlie Harrison.

    Yes we Cannes! WBGO is up and ready for another splendid day on the French Riviera.

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    With our sunscreen and hats on  - temperatures hover around one hundred degrees, with an ocean breeze - we make our way to the farmers market for a bit of shopping.

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    Back on the WBGO bus, we take an amazing ride through the spectacular Alpes-Maritimes mountains, to reach the medieval town of Grasse, which is known as the "Perfume Capital of the World.”

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    We visited the one of the oldest factories, the historic Parfumerie Fragonard. We learned about the history and process of making perfumes.

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    Composing scents is similar to composing music. Base notes are the strongest part, heart notes is where the harmony is created and the peak notes are your first impression one smells that last about twenty minutes.

    Smells like music to me!

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    Yes, we have worked up a bon appetit! Our next stop - Auberge des Gorges du Loup, the "Wolf's Gorges Inn!"

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    What kind of house dessert does a wolf serve? Feast your eyes on this panacotta delight!

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    Our waiter thought my napkin looked better as a "crown"! Que pensez-vous?

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    Our next stop - St. Paul du Vence. One of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera filled with art galleries, contemporary art museums shops, and magnificent views.

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    The town square hosts some exciting games of pétanque, which is the French cousin of bocce!

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    I see a mailbox with my name on it - en français - in the future!

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    We head back to out headquarters - the Mediterranean Sea - for tonight’s concert, featuring Al Jarreau and Melody Gardot.

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    Magnifique! A demain...

  • WBGO in Saint Tropez: The Early Birds

    July 22, 2015. Posted by Lezlie Harrison.

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    In jazz as in life, the early bird gets the worm. WBGO's early birds catch the ferry to Saint Tropez!

    We arrived in St. Maxime just in time to board the scenic ride to this coastal town on the French Riviera.

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    We cruised past the estates and villas of some of the world’s richest executives and celebrities. One of the most famous and celebrated residents of the island is Brigitte Bardot, the French actress, model, and singer turned animal activist.

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    Pullling in to the port of St. Tropez, we passed some very impressive private yachts including ones with helicopters!

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    Our walking tour takes through the old quarter of St. Tropez, known as La Ponche, which is next to the Vieux Port harbor basin and  below the Citadel of St. Tropez.

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    We wound our way through the old quarter's narrow streets, alleys and inlets filled with orange and rose colored buildings and shops, and stumbled across this this fabulous fish market:

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    Some of us climbed the hill to get a view of the harbor from above.

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    After a walking up and down hills all morning in the hot Mediterranean sun, we had worked up an appetite. Time for my favorite part of the day - LUNCH - served at Le Girelier:

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    What's a "Tarte Tropézienne," you might ask? In a word, delicious. For those of you who want to know more about what you're missing, here it is:

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    We returned to Juan les Pins with our bellies full and our skins sun-kissed. After a dip in the sea. it was time for the evening’s concert featuring violinist and composer, Thomas Enhco, and jazz vocalist Lionel Richie!

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    Another hard day on the Côte d'Azur. Tomorrow we are off to Cannes!