• Instruments Of Change: Music Of The Freedom Riders, 50 Years Later

    May 4, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sees off a group of Freedom Riders as they board a bus for Jackson, Miss., on May 24, 1961. (Image Credit: Paul Schutzer/Life)

    Exactly 50 years ago today, 13 "Freedom Riders" — seven black and six white — rode public buses into the Deep South. Their mission: to test a brand-new federal law prohibiting segregation in public bus terminals.

    When the riders reached Alabama, the center for racial havoc and injustice during the modern civil rights era, all hell broke loose. One bus was destroyed by a mob and bomb, almost killing the passengers. The riders in the second bus were beaten by another mob in Birmingham.

    Drummer Art Blakey and many other jazz musicians were acutely aware of what was happening, and their dream of social justice resulted in one of the most creative periods in jazz history. Here, we honor a few of the musicians who wielded their instruments in the pursuit of social harmony and change.

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 5/4/11

    May 4, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    Happy birthday, bassist Ron Carter!
    Happy birthday, bassist Ron Carter!

    - Please vote for us in the latest round of the Chase Community Giving contest on Facebook -- voting ends tonight at midnight!

    - Pledge online for a chance to win one of three musical getaway contests!

    - Michael Bourne interviews pianist Fred Hersch at 2 p.m.

    - At 6:30 p.m., Gretchen Parlato and Conrad Herwig headline this week's edition of JazzSet

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - The Checkout interviews Sonny Rollins, and features young guitar phenom Julian Lage

    - Vous etes swing! The John Lewis show, a 1980s public-access classic, is now on YouTube

    - Paul Brady on the dirty little secret about live jazz in restaurants

    - The Latin Jazz Corner shines a spotlight on Argentine bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo

    - A student in Rutgers-Newark's MA Program in Jazz History and Research wants to hear your John Coltrane stories

    - Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more

  • Your vote can help WBGO win a Chase Community Giving grant!

    May 4, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO is in the running to win a Chase Community Giving grant - a program created by Chase to give to small and local charities. Through the Facebook app, Chase Community Giving, people with a Faceook account can vote to help determine which small and local non profits will receive donations totally $5,000,000 from Chase's philanthropy funds this spring.

    Update: Voting ends in less than 10 hours. We are currently ranked at #101 and we need your help to get back in the game. Please do the following as soon as you can:

    1. Vote
    2. Tell your friends. Copy and past this message into your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media status:

    Please support WBGO Jazz88 in the #chasegiving competition which ends at 11:59pm tonight. Vote here http://bit.ly/dPt0Af

    (please feel free to add your own personal touch)
    3. Email friends about the contest & WBGO!
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