• Oliver Lake to perform at WBGO Gallery Reception Jan. 20

    January 11, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO is proud to present the multi-media artwork of jazz musician Oliver Lake.  The show, entitled The Little Picture Show, features paintings on canvas and paper as well as Lake's signature painted sticks.

    Imrpovisation by Oliver Lake
    Imrpovisation by Oliver Lake

    The gallery reception, Thursday, January 20 from 6-8pm, will include a performance by Lake with members of his trio, organist Jared Gold and drummer Chris Beck.

    About his visual art, Oliver Lake wrote, “I picked up the brush because it relaxes me and is very much like meditation. I told a friend of mine that I wanted to start to paint more, but didn't have the time. He said, ‘Do u have 15 minutes a day?’ I said ‘yes,’ he said ‘well, u can start painting,’ and that's what I did!!”

    This event is free and open to the public.  Hors d'oeuvres by Wholefoods of Montclair and beverages from E&J Distillers and Barefoot Cellars will be served.

    Thursday, January 20, 6-8pm

    WBGO Gallery

    54 Park Pl.

    Newark, NJ 07102


  • NEA Jazz Masters broadcast on WBGO tonight

    January 11, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    NEATune in to WBGO at 7:30pm Eastern Time tonight to hear the NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert.

    The NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert honors the recipients of the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Award—the nation’s highest honor in this distinctly American music. The 2011 NEA Jazz Masters are Hubert Laws, David Liebman, Johnny Mandel, and the Marsalis Family—Ellis Marsalis, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Jason Marsalis. In addition, the 2011 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy is awarded to Orrin Keepnews. The Awards Ceremony & Concert will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a program dedicated to the honorees’ works; honorees Mr. Liebman, Mr. Laws, and the Marsalis Family will perform. The evening also will feature a special performance by Roberta Gambarini and others in honor of the Jazz Masters who have passed away in the last year: Hank Jones, Abbey Lincoln, James Moody, and Dr. Billy Taylor.

  • Winter Jazzfest 2011: You Were Great! Now Change

    January 10, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Orrin Evans plays piano and conducts his Captain Black Big Band at Sullivan Hall as part of Winter Jazzfest. (Image Credit: Patrick Jarenwattananon/NPR)

    In jazz-rich New York City, it often seems like there's a major festival going on every week. But few concerts have become as hotly anticipated as those of the city's annual Winter Jazzfest. This year, the music marathon encompassed five venues, two nights and 60 performances, and drew more than 3,000 4,000 fans.

    What started as a showcase designed for attendees of the concurrent Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference has become a massive event for New Yorkers, too. It's a worthy celebration not just for its overload of shows, most of which feature less-known ensembles or known musicians' new bands; it's also an exciting scene, with plenty of that prized young audience, not to mention plenty of musicians hanging out and watching their friends play.

    In addition to the great music and the equivalent vibe, this year's Winter Jazzfest was marked by sub-freezing temperatures at night. That set into clear relief the event's struggles with crowd control. Tickets -- an absurdly good deal at $35 for two entire nights -- sold out early, and those looking to hop from club to club often found themselves struggling to peer over standing-room-only sections, if not waiting in long lines to enter.

    These are good problems to have, of course. Among the 4,000-plus were Josh Jackson, host of WBGO's The Checkout, and Simon Rentner, another WBGO staff producer. They joined me for a recap of what we all saw, via instant message. (NPR Music's Bob Boilen, of All Songs Considered, was there on Saturday evening, and had some reflections too.)

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