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  • Christian McBride's 'The Movement Revisited'

    February 4, 2016

    Jazz Night In America's regular host, Christian McBride, happens to be a Grammy-winning bassist and composer, but he forbade us to feature him unless it was for something special. It so happens that he's written a special work: Teaming with choral director JD Steele, he's composed a bluesy and soulful oratorio for big band, gospel choir with soloists, and four speakers who represent great figures of the Civil Rights Movement. It's called The Movement Revisited, and is inspired by the written words and speeches of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama.

    Jazz Night In America follows McBride around his own hometown of Philadelphia, as he speaks with the people who raised him at home and in the music, and features a performance of The Movement Revisited from the Kimmel Center in downtown Philly. NPR's Audie Cornish guest-hosts this episode, featuring the Christian McBride Big Band, the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, and orators Sonia Sanchez, Rev. Alyn Waller, Dion Graham and Samuel Stricklen.

    Personnel

    The Christian McBride Big Band: Christian McBride, leader/bass; Nabate Isles, trumpet; Brandon Lee, trumpet; Frank Greene, trumpet; Benny Benack III, trumpet; Jeffery Miller, trombone; Steve Davis, trombone; Joseph McDonough, trombone; Douglas Purviance, bass trombone; Steve Wilson, alto sax; Ron Blake, tenor sax; Todd Bashore, alto sax; Dan Pratt, tenor sax; Lauren Sevian, baritone sax; Joel Ross, vibes; Geoffrey Keezer, piano; Terreon Gully, drums.

    The Philadelphia Heritage Chorale: JD Steele, choral director/featured soloist; J. Donald Dumpson, musical director. With Waverly Alston Jr., Melvin Berrian, Eric Cook Jr., Andrew Lawson, Garrick V. Morgan, Tyree Miller, Cali Graver, Ja-Tun Reid, Kimberly Quarles, Shavonne Edwards, Tiffany Godette, A. China Guess, Carrie Walker Lessene, Hope McDowell, Tia McNeil, Tyrre Miller, Janine Momasso, Melanie Richardson, Lauren Robinson, Sue E. Spencer (featured in "Sister Rosa"), Maria Caldwell Stoddard, Cyrile Trawick, Monica Underwood, Philis E. Williams.

    With Sonia Sanchez as Rosa Parks, Rev. Alyn Waller as Martin Luther King Jr., Dion Graham as Muhammad Ali, and Samuel Stricklen as Malcolm X.

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

  • 30th Anniversary Rhythm Revue Dance Party

    February 2, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    On March 16, WBGO will celebrate 30 years of Felix Hernandez and Rhythm Revue with a dance party at NJPAC in Newark. The party, which begins at 7:30pm, will feature the great classic soul Felix's audiences love, with a special performance by 2016 Grammy Nominee, drummer and vocalist  Jamison Ross! This is a party with a purpose: proceeds from the event support WBGO 88.3FM, which is the original home of Rhythm Revue - all the way back to 1986!

    JUST ANNOUNCED: R&B icon VALERIE SIMPSON to present award to Felix Hernandez at the event!

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    Tickets are available for
    $35 - WBGO Members and Newark residents
    $88 - General admission
    $500 - VIP

  • Alexis Cole Enchants Singers Unlimited With Bucky Pizzarelli

    February 1, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Songstress Alexis Cole- along with accompaniment from the great Bucky Pizzarelli- talks Sondheim, her history of dominating vocal jazz competitions, and even plays a few tunes. Singers Unlimited Michael Bourne hosts.

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  • At The DC Jazz Loft

    January 28, 2016

    Jazz has its capital cities: major hubs like New York, Chicago and New Orleans. But the music manages plenty well in many other places, too. What goes into those smaller ecosystems to enable jazz to thrive? How do talented musicians make it happen? In search of some answers, we sought out the DIY concert producers of CapitalBop in Washington, D.C., as they presented artists from the Baltimore-Washington area. And we met with the musicians themselves — in one case, touring the place he calls home.

    Jazz Night In America presents highlights from CapitalBop's converted-warehouse "loft" stage at the 2015 DC Jazz Festival, featuring bands led by vibraphonist Warren Wolf and bassist Kris Funn.

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

  • Arturo O'Farrill and his Boss Level Septet live on WBGO with special guest Papo Vasquez

    January 26, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Arturo O'Farrill brings his Boss Level Septet- a dynamite group featuring members of his own family- to WBGO for a live session and interview with Gary Walker. Special guest Papo Vasquez is on hand to contribute to both the set and the conversation about family, Latin jazz, and more.

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