• Pianist Stanley Cowell on "Juneteenth": Listen Now

    June 17, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Pianist Stanley Cowell talks with Michael Bourne about his album "Juneteenth," which celebrates the legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery in the United States. Cowell performs at New York's Village Vanguard June 17 -21. Enjoy!


  • Jazz Night In America's Christian McBride Wins JJA Award

    June 16, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO congratulates bassist Christian McBride, host of Jazz Night In America, on winning the Jazz Journalists Association's Marian McPartland-Willis Conover Award for Broadcasting in the year 2014!

    "Wow! Dig that!" said McBride via Twitter when he heard the news, en route to perform at the Toronto Jazz Festival. Katie Simon, WBGO's senior producer for Jazz Night In America, received the award on his behalf at New York's Blue Note jazz club.

    McBride is the founding host of Jazz Night In America, a multimedia collaboration between WBGO, NPRMusic and Jazz At Lincoln Center which was launched in October of 2014.

    The series consists of a weekly radio show, heard on more than a hundred NPR affiliate stations nationwide, weekly video concert webcasts, and interactive online content that showcases the best live jazz performances from across the nation.

    Congratulations Christian on this well-deserved honor - WBGO is proud of you!

    Katie Simon & Christian McBride

  • The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival With Akua Dixon

    June 15, 2015

    Akua Dixon (center) leads her string ensemble in concert. (Image Credit: NPR)

    Every spring, a New York City community organization puts on a month's worth of jazz events centered around the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival turns the spotlight on a historically African-American region, and often some lesser-heard talents. Though Akua Dixon has played in just about every situation open to a cellist, less frequently does she lead a band bearing her own name. Her music often features her compositions and arrangements for a string ensemble, and occasionally adds her own voice to the mix as well.

    Jazz Night In America visits the coffee shop and jazz club Sistas' Place — one of the key venues for the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival — to take in a set led by Akua Dixon. In addition to the band featured on her latest album, Dixon is also joined by her two children: vocalist Andromeda Turre and drummer Orion Turre. Watch a full set here.

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