• 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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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 5/3/11

    May 3, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    Legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins, tonight on The Checkout
    Legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins talks to Josh Jackson tonight on The Checkout

    - Please vote for us in the latest round of the Chase Community Giving contest on Facebook! This round of voting ends May 4th.

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

    - The Checkout features two stars on either end of the age spectrum: Julian Lage (23) and Sonny Rollins (80), tonight at 6:30.

    - At 7:30, Latino USA pays tribute to the great artists of 20th-century Mexico.

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - Patrick Jarenwattananon and Josh Jackson recap Episode 2 of the HBO series "Treme"

    - The Revivalist has a recap of their tribute concert for the late G.U.R.U., with video.

    - 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

  • 'Treme,' Ep. 12: It's Gonh Be Funky

    May 2, 2011. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    DJ Davis (Steve Zahn) and his WWOZ boss (Darien Sills-Evans) argue, while DJ Jeffy Jeff (Spud McConnell) hosts programming. (Image Credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)

    In November 2006, new problems were emerging in the rebuilding of New Orleans. To compound the lingering issues with police work immediately after Hurricane Katrina, crime is up again. Government agencies are spending freely with contractors via patronage networks, while working-class laborers are seeing relatively little of that money. There are proposals afoot to rezone the city and wipe out neighborhoods, and new politicians who are debating those ideas. Public schools are underfunded, and parents are taking notice. And, when it can afford it the least, a leading food authority lines up a broadside against the entire city's cuisine — and its culture at large.

    Treme's trick is that these issues are all reflected in intersecting human dramas. In episode two of season two, these plotlines begin to take shape. With me again to help break it all down is New Orleans native Josh Jackson of WBGO. We start, as we always do, with a discussion of the episode's live music performances.

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