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  • Connect to WBGO online and connect to a world of jazz!

    December 4, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Vote for WBGO (Newark Public Radio)

    Do you have a Facebook account? If so, you can become a fan of WBGO on Facebook and get updates on events, news, contests and more. If not, signing up on Facebook is quick, easy and free! And once you’re logged on you can find us here.

    The WBGO Facebook community is already over 2,200 strong. Once you “become a fan,” you can see updates from your favorite shows like Jazz Set, The Checkout, WBGO Journal and more. Plus, you’ll be among the first to know about contests and events like Monday Nights with WBGO at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and Live at the Village Vanguard. And you can connect with other fans and share information by posting messages to the WBGO wall, making the WBGO Facebook fan page a great source for jazz information.

    From now until December 11, 2009, you can vote for Newark Public Radio (WBGO Jazz88) to help WBGO win a grant from the nationwide Chase Community Giving challenge! Charities and non-profits like WBGO who receive the most votes on Facebook are eligible to receive from $25,000 to $1 million dollars in Chase corporate philanthropy! Once you have logged in to Facebook, you will need to accept the Chase Community Giving application, which is again quick, easy and no cost. But we need your vote to be in the running, so click here to learn more. If the link doesn’t take you right to Newark Public Radio, you can simply enter “Newark Public Radio” into the search box to get to our page from the Chase grant competition page.

  • Hannah Rothschild's Interview about The Jazz Baroness

    November 23, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Every now and then, there are moments on-air which stand out.  For myself, it was a recent sit-down with writer, producer, and director Hannah Rothschild, who’s latest energies have resulted in “The Jazz Baroness”, a film documentary which airs on HBO2 this Wednesday, November 25th and in December. Enjoy my chat with Hannah, the great-niece of the Jazz Baroness, Nica, as she talks about Nica's almost 30 year relationship with Thelonious Monk and how these two very different people came together around the music of jazz.  Listen to my full interview by clicking below.  - Gary Walker

  • Michael Bourne Interviews Theodore Bikel

    November 18, 2009. Posted by Michael Bourne.

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    Photo by Brandy Wood
    Photo by Brandy Wood


    A Jewish boy looked out the window of his family's home. He saw a parade of Nazis rolling into his city. And there in an open car was Hitler. Theodore Bikel was that boy in Vienna.

    Theodore Bikel is an actor I've always enjoyed in the movies -- The African Queen, The Defiant Ones, The Enemy Below, The Russians Are Coming, Zappa's 200 Motels, and more than 150 other movies and TV shows. He's best remembered on Broadway for playing the Captain in the 1959 Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music. He's also played more than 2000 performances as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, the musical adapted from the stories of Yiddish author Sholom Aleichem. Theo is starring now in Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, a play Theo adapted from Aleichem's writings, presented by the National Yiddish Theater at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan through December 13th. He plays the author himself and also Aleichem's characters, including Tevye. He also gets to sing, something he's been doing wonderfully around the world for decades.

    Theo at 85 is delightfully ageless. When he came to WBGO recently, we talked about the new show, about Yiddish, about acting, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, working with Frank Zappa, and much more.
    -MB