• Happy Bastille Day With WBGO in Juan Les Pins!

    July 17, 2015. Posted by Lezlie Harrison.

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    Happy Bastille Day from Juan les Pins, a beautiful resort town in Antibes, France!

    I am here with a hip group of WBGO members and friends on our way to the 55th annual Jazz a Juan festival. As you can see, it's a party - I'm always up for that!


    The views here are amazingly stunning,  where the French Alps meets the Mediterranean Sea.


    Our tour guide gave us a colorful, historically detailed description of the area as we were making our way from Nice to our hotel.

    First order of the day - lunch served seaside,  before we embarked on an afternoon tour of Old Antibes.


    We enjoyed the sculptures in the garden at the the Museé Picasso.


    We also enjoyed exploring the beautiful, small cobblestoned streets of Old Antibes.


    Many homes in the village have these uniquely decorated doors, which were a treat as we made our way up the hill.


    After some downtime and rest, we regrouped for the evening's concerts by the sea.

    We got to listen to the JZ Quartet featuring Shanghai's Coco Zhao,  and Impulse artist Sarah McKenzie whose band featured our friend, drummer Greg Hutchinson.

    This talented young Australian singer, now based in New York, was at WBGO last October when she was a finalist in the NJPAC Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition!

    My, the world can be a small and wonderful place...


    And all of this wonderful music was accompanied by a beautiful sunset and finally fireworks for Bastille Day, France's celebration of national independence.

    Tomorrow we are off to Monaco. . .!

  • Coming Up On WBGO: July 15th - July 19th

    July 15, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Here's what to look forward to on WBGO in the coming days- tune to 88.3 FM or listen in to our internet live stream to catch the magic!


    Jazz After Hours - 1 til 6 am: songs by Dorothy Fields. Tracks from Leroy Vinnegar’s “Leroy Walks” recorded on this date in 1957.

    Morning Jazz w/ Gary Walker – 9 am: Interview with trombonist Dave Gibson

    Midday Jazz - 10 am til 2 pm w/ Rhonda Hamilton: Remembering drum great Philly Joe Jones.

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm: guest – Bobby Edwards, St. Joseph's University and former St. Benedict's goalkeeper

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Introducing Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation. Marcus’ new 11-piece ensemble—featuring many of his younger protégé—perform original material by Marcus and the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Chick Corea, and Horace Silver. We speak to Marcus and the members of the ensemble about the formation of the band in Tallahassee, Florida and explore what it means to teach jazz through mentorship.

    Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Sheila Anderson is in for Awilda Rivera; more live recordings from historic jazz venues

    Jazz After Hours - 1 – 6 am: Remembering guitarist Bola Sete, as well as pianist Nat Pierce. Classic recordings from Jimmy Smith, Eric Dolphy and Bill Evans.

    Midday Jazz - 10 am til 2 pm w/ Rhonda Hamilton: Featuring the music of Cal Tjader

    Afternoon Jazz w/ Michael Bourne - 2 pm: WBGO listener Raymond Clausss hosts an hour

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest – vocalist and songwriter José James, who draws his musical inspiration from hip hop and indie rock in addition to jazz and R&B. He’s toured extensively and has gained a following with his acclaimed 2013 album, No Beginning No End, and his 2014 release, While You Were Sleeping. On this Song Travels, James remembers Billie Holiday, who was born 100 years ago this past April, and performs her classics “Loverman” and “I Thought About You.”

    Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Sheila Anderson is in for Awilda Rivera


    Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 til 6 am: Birthday tributes for drummers Joe Morello, Alvester Garnett, Ben Riley, singer Jimmy Scott and saxophonist Chico Freeman. More from Bill Evans’ “Interplay” and from George Benson’s “Body Talk” made on this date.
    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring the music of pianist Vince Guaraldi, composer of many jazz classics as well as the theme music for the Charlie Brown TV series.

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pm – Dinah Washington Albums Vol. 12

    Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Awilda Rivera returns!


    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Buddy Johnson Vol.4

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: Classic Labels - an extra helping of Motown and Stax in today’s soulful mix.

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm: DRUMS OF THUNDER- We'll celebrate the birthdays of two of the greatest rhythmic forces of the jazz world- Philly Joe Jones and Ben Riley. Classic sessions with Philly Jone's and Miles Davis as well as Riley with Thelonious Monk will be among the highlights. As Babatunde Olatunji once said "..Rhythm is the soul of life." It's going to be a soulful afternoon of rhythms celebrating life and legacy of these two giants.


    Jazz Night in America – 6 pm: Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen leads Choro Aventuroso, a culmination of both her affinity and intense study of Choro, a genre often referred to as “The New Orleans Jazz of Brazil.”

    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm: featuring pianist, composer bandleader and educator Patrice Rushen

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

  • MONTREAL JAZZFEST 2015, Day After

    July 7, 2015. Posted by Michael Bourne.

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    whrrrrrrrrrrrrn is today's sound -- Bang! and then Bang! and Ka-Crunch! the jazzfest is done ... Sounds of the Quartier des Spectacles the day after FIJM. The big Rio Tinto Alcan stage below my window is already half down. A giant crane is hoisting disconnected planks and pipes from the bigger TD Bank stage. No music is resounding from every which way. No New Orleans trad band is marching. No high school big band is swinging. No stilt-walkers or flame-jugglers. No grills selling hotdogs. No kiosks selling gauffres (Belgian waffles) or frittes (Belgian fries) or other ethnic eats. No tent selling CD's and new LP's. No tent selling festival souvenirs. No FIJM mugs, notebooks, notepads, keychains, wind-breakers, or t-shirts. Apparently, not expecting the parade of fat folks all around Place des Arts, the jazzfest sold out early all the new "Michael Jackson" 2X festival t-shirts. They made more by the festival's finale, and, hanging now with the 40+ other Festival International de JAZZ de Montreal t-shirts I've collected for 23 years, I bought the last one. Not thousands in the streets like every day it didn't rain, hundreds now are working or lurking around the Quartier on the day after FIJM. And most happily in the festival street today are the fest-goers of tomorrow. kids in the fountains, dancing to all the echoes, Montreal plays on ...

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