• WBGO Partners with City of Newark on New Festival

    November 11, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    November 15 - 21, 2015

    Taking it's title from Amiri Baraka's book, Blues People, which Langston Hughes called "A must for all who would more knowledgeably appreciate and better comprehend America's most popular music," this new festival produced by the City of Newark launches this Sunday, November 15, with a week long series of free concerts around Newark.

    The festival travels around the city visiting several restaurants and ending in the Terrace Ballroom at the iconic Newark Symphony Hall with the well loved Newark tradition of the Organ Jam.

    Performers on the festival include:

    Antoinette Montague
    Guy Davis
    Rob Paparozzi
    DD Jackson
    Valerie Adams
    Bradford Hayes
    Rhoda Scott

    Rhoda Scott
    Newark native Rhoda Scott in the WBGO Performance Studio

    The performances will be interspersed with tributes to Newark's own:

    Kimako’s  Blues People
    Pearl McKinnon & Her Kodaks
    Latin Jazz Music
    Little Jimmy Scott
    Robert Banks
    Ms. Rapsody
    Carrie Smith
    Eric B

    The concept behind the festival was to celebrate jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, gospel, blues, spirituals, be bop, pop, country, doo wop and soul music by bringing performers with international roots together with those with local Newark roots.

    Rob Paparozzi with WBGO's Michael Bourne


    SUNDAY, NOV 15 Nancey Jackson Johnson

    Four For Christ

    *2-3:30 & 4-5:30 PM

    Diamondz N Da Ruff Cafe

    71 Clay Street  07104

    # 862-902-8083

    MONDAY, NOV 16 Choice: Bad Boys of A Cappella

    Pat Tandy

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    King’s Restaurant

    557 Clinton Avenue   07108

    # 973-396-2963

    TUESDAY, NOV 17 Rob Paparozzi

    Antoinette Montague

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Mr. Adams Restaurant 1034 McCarter Highway  07102

    # 973-622-6221

    WEDNESDAY, NOV 18 Guy Davis

    Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Sol Mar Restaurant

    267 Ferry Street  07105

    # 973-344-3041

    THURSDAY, NOV 19 DD Jackson

    Valerie Adams

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Duke’s Southern Kitchen

    11 Clinton Street  07102

    # 862-763-5757

    FRIDAY, NOV 20 Bradford Hayes

    11:30 AM – 3:00 PM

    De’Borah’s Jazz Café

    18 Green Street  07102

    # 973-848-0046

    FRIDAY,  NOV 20 Ronnell Bey

    Leo Johnson

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Blue Mirror Restaurant

    257 Clinton Avenue  07108

    # 973-732-7979

    SATURDAY, NOV 21 Organ Jam


    Rhoda Scott

    *7 – 11:00 PM

    Terrace Ballroom

    Newark Symphony Hall

    1030 Broad Street  07102

    # 973-643-8014

    *Call for reservations:   Sunday   -  2 PM Show or 4 PM Show  /  Monday thru Friday Evenings - 7 PM Show or 9 PM Show

    1. Call for free tickets:     Saturday - 7 PM Show
  • 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.