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  • Ravi Coltrane live broadcast on WBGO

    February 17, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Ravi Coltrane
    WBGO returns to NJPAC to broadcast jazz royalty. Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, son of legendary John and Alice Coltrane, brings his regal quartet to the Victoria Theater on Saturday, 20th, at 7:30 p.m.

    They will perform music from Coltrane's critically-acclaimed release Blending Times, which features pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer and E.J. Strickland.

    Besides these usual suspects, Coltrane invited the magnificent Geri Allen to this very special performance, where she'll funk things up with her Fender Rhodes. WBGO's Gary Walker hosts this concert, which is part of NJPAC's Alternate Routes series, curated by Baraka Sele.

    Learn more about this artist on the NJPAC website.

  • 2010 Arts Appreciation Campaign

    February 17, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO (Newark Public Radio) could use your support. After a great Winter Fund Raiser, we are asking our Members and listeners to pitch in with a review of our work.

    There is just over one week left for WBGO to gain support in the 2010 Arts Appreciation Campaign! If we can gather 10 positive reviews by February 28, WBGO will be included on the Top-Rated Arts Nonprofits List.

    What is it?

    Hosted by GreatNonprofits, Guidestar, and Intersection for the Arts, this campaign will recognize the best charities enriching your community through the arts.

    Benefits to WBGO will include increased exposure both to potential new Members as well as increased PR exposure. We want to hear from YOU, our listeners and supporters, about your relationship with WBGO and the impact the station may have had on your life.

    You can write a review now by visiting GreatNonprofits.

    And to spread the word even further, you can copy and paste this message into your Facebook status or Twitter update:

    Do you love & support WBGO? Share your experience with us before 2/28 & help us shine in the 2010 Arts Appreciation Campaign: http://www.greatnonprofits.org/reviews/newark-public-radio-inc*

    *We suggest you use http://bit.ly to shorten the link to your GreatNonprofits profile. That way the message will be usable for both Facebook and Twitter outreach.

    So please log on now and help WBGO take this free opportunity to shine! Campaign deadline is February 28, 2010.

  • Christian McBride: The Movement Revisited at Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit

    February 17, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    JD Steele & Christian McBride .. Courtesy Det Intl Jazz Fest, Photographer Jeff Forman
    JD Steele & Christian McBride .. Courtesy Det Intl Jazz Fest, Photographer Jeff Forman

    DETROIT – Bassist Christian McBride and his quintet, narrators representing four icons of the Civil Rights Movement, J.D. Steele and the Second Ebenezer Majestic Voices, the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra, and more than 2,000 people gathered in one mega-sanctuary Sunday night for The Movement Revisited, McBride's jazz opus, presented for free by the Detroit International Jazz Festival for Black History Month.

    The first reading was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s opening address "On the Importance of Jazz." for the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival with the theme that “This is triumphant music." Anthony L. Brock Jr., a student at the Detroit School of the Arts, delivered it -- short and meaningful. (Link to text below)

    Following the “Freedom / Struggle” overture, poet Sonia Sanchez spoke words of Rosa Parks, whose refusal in the mid 1950s to move back in a city bus launched the 381-day boycott in Montgomery, AL. Parks later lived in Detroit. Willis Patterson, Emeritus Professor of Voice from the University of Michigan, spoke Malcolm X's words; Malcolm Little grew up in Lansing, became known as Detroit Red. Dion Graham from The Wire spoke Muhammad Ali's words; Ali now lives near here. Bishop Edgar L. Vann II of Second Ebenezer re-created the "I Have A Dream" speech. King delivered the first known version at Cobo Hall on June 23, 1963. According to the Civil Rights Timeline in the printed program, 125,000 people marched on Woodward Avenue that day. The organizer was Rev. C. L. Franklin, Aretha's father.

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