• WBGO Facebook Fan Contest

    January 8, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    If you haven't yet signed up as a fan of WBGO on Facebook, what are you waiting for?  This is not just a great way to get the latest updates on WBGO's Programming, News and Events, it is now a place where you could win a prize!

    Anyone who is a WBGO Fan on Facebook by Friday, January 15, 2010 at noon, is automatically entered to win two tickets to Django Fest at Iridium and one night at Flatotel in New York!

    Django Fest takes places February 1, 2 & 3, with a special tribute to Les Paul on Monday, February 1.  The festival stars legendary Gypsy guitarist Dorado Schmitt from France with an all-star Django festival band. Expect surprises.

    If you sign up to become a WBGO Facebook fan or already are a fan by January 15th at noon, you are eligible to win this night with the Gypsys! You will get free entry for two to the Iridium for one night of the festival and one night’s stay at the intimate and super contemporary Flatotel, on West 52nd Street (room taxes not included).

    The winner will also receive the new CD, Dorado Schmitt and the Django Reinhardt Allstars Live at the Kennedy Center, PLUS you’ll be invited as our guest to a special Guitar Workshop, February 3rd at 3 p.m. at the Iridium, with instruction, demonstration, performance and Q & A with Dorado Schmitt and his son, young Gypsy star, Samson Schmitt!

    All WBGO Members can receive $10 off the cover at the second set each night by presenting their WBGO Membership card at the door.

  • NEA Jazz Masters live broadcast on WBGO

    January 7, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Jazz 88.3FM will broadcast the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert taking place on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:30PM in the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center at Broadway at 60th Street.  The performance will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a program dedicated to the 2010 honorees’ works.

    Joining the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be many of the honorees themselves including Muhal Richard Abrams, Bill Holman (as guest conductor), Annie Ross, and Cedar Walton. Also featured will be 2010 Jazz Master Kenny Barron on solo piano and 2010 Jazz Master Yusef Lateef with percussionist Adam Pudolph. George Avakian will receive the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy.

    Twenty-six fellow NEA Jazz Masters will be in the audience, including Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ornette Coleman, Paquito d’Rivera, Ramsey Lewis, and Dr. Billy Taylor.  The broadcast will be co-hosted by WBGO’s Gary Walker and Sirius/XM’s Mark Ruffin, and carried on both WBGO and Sirius/XM’s Real Jazz channel.

  • Tony Bennett helps Michael Bourne Celebrate 25 years at WBGO

    January 7, 2010. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Tony Bennett stopped by for a visit with Afternoon Jazz and Singers Unlimited Host Michael Bourne. The two are good friends that share a long history. Listen to the full interview here: