WBGO Blog
  • Full Concerts on Demand - it's WBGO's Labor Day Jazz Festival

    September 5, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

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    WBGO's Labor Day Jazz Festival gives you a front row seat to live performances from New York City's Summerstage 2016. Tune in from 4 to 8pm as we take you around the boroughs to hear live performances from Dianne Reeves, Randy Weston, Terence Blanchard, Jazzmeia Horn, and Allan Harris.

    Plus you can listen to the full concerts on demand right here on WBGO.org.

    Terence Blanchard and E-Collective

    Jazzmeia Horn

    Randy Weston

    Allan Harris

    WBGO's Labor Day Jazz Festival is produced in partnership with City Parks Foundation. Recordings mixed and engineered by David Tallacksen.

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  • Three Miles Ahead

    August 26, 2016

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    Don Cheadle stars as Miles Davis in the film Miles Ahead. (Image Credit: Sony Pictures Classics)

    It's been said Miles Davis is to jazz is like Hemingway is to the American novel, like Picasso is to art. But he was more than just a trumpeter — he was an icon of style and artistry.

    Jazz Night in America explores three interpretations of Miles Davis — on the silver screen, the page and on the bandstand. We speak with actor Don Cheadle, who directed, produced, wrote and starred in Miles Ahead; writer Quincy Troupe, who helped Davis write his autobiography; and trumpeter Keyon Harrold, who led a special tribute concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

    Listen to a Spotify playlist of host Christian McBride and Don Cheadle's favorite Miles Davis recordings.

    Copyright 2016 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center.

  • Cecile McLorin Salvant And Sullivan Fortner

    August 26, 2016

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    Cecile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner. (Image Credit: Mark Fitton/Philippe Levy-Stab/Courtesy of the artists)

    Ever since the earliest days of jazz music, the pairing of piano and voice has frequently attained a deeply personal level of communication. It's evident in the distinct chemistry between two rising stars of their instruments: pianist Sullivan Fortner and singer Cécile McLorin Salvant.

    Jazz Night In America gets to know the charming duo on stage at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and beside a piano in a Harlem brownstone.

    Copyright 2016 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center.

  • Bob Porter on Working with Rudy Van Gelder

    August 26, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

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    Rudy Van Gelder died at 91 this week at his home in New Jersey. During his career he took audio recording to a new level. He created the Blue Note sound, a sound that was his signature. Recordings captured by Rudy took on a timeless value, an audio session with seemingly no time stamp.

    Gary Walker talked with WBGO's Bob Porter, who produced 100 recordings at Van Gelder's studios with the legendary recording engineer.

    Michael Cuscuna interviewed Van Gelder for the Blute Note Perfect Takes collection.

  • Sugar Blue Visits the Blues Break

    August 26, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Just how did harmonica player Sugar Blue earn his nickname while busking? You'll never guess! He shares this tale and more plus a live performance sitting in with Michael Bourne on the Blues Break.

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