• Lee Smith Talks "His Kind Of Blues" with Gary Walker

    November 11, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Bassist Lee Smith came to WBGO's Morning Jazz with Gary Walker to talk about Philadelphia jazz, his friendship with legendary percussionist Mongo Santamaria, his life in music, and his son Christian McBride - who makes a cameo!

    Lee Smith Christian McBride

  • WBGO Says Goodbye to Allen Toussaint

    November 10, 2015. Posted by Steve Williams.


    Legendary musician, composer and producer Allen Toussaint has died. He was 77. Sources reported that he suffered a heart attack shortly after finishing a performance in Madrid, Spain.

    The award-winning artist was responsible for introducing the much of the world to the R&B heritage of his hometown, New Orleans, via a string of international hits such as "Working in Coal Mine". Many of his compositions became famous after being recorded by the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bo Diddley and many others.

    Toussaint was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

    Allen Toussaint was also a friend to WBGO; here's an interview he conducted with us in 2008 and a live performance for WBGO's Live at the Village Vanguard series in December 2009.

  • Tony Bennett and Michael Bourne In Conversation on Singers Unlimited

    November 9, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Tony Bennett sits down with old friend and confidant Michael Bourne for an in-depth exploration of his extraordinary life. Hear the legendary singer discuss walking with Martin Luther King Jr. at Selma, his Bel Canto training, his love of Art Tatum and Nat King Cole, and more.