• Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond: Listen Now

    August 18, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says farewell to civil rights leader Julian Bond. Bond organized voter registration drives across the segregated South with “SNCC,” the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, an organization he helped found at age twenty while an undergraduate at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

    Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives after the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, and served as chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2009.

    Bond was also a music lover, and he used music in the courses he taught on civil rights at Harvard, the University of Virginia and elsewhere. He also once dreamed of becoming a singer, with a band he would call “The Hot Pants.” Among his favorites, who he says helped propel him into a life of activism, were Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Curtis Mayfield.

    Julian sat down with WBGO’s Felix Hernandez in 2010 to talk about his love for music, and how it helped awaken young people's desire for social change in the 1950s and 60s.

    You can hear more of their extended conversation in Felix's hourlong special program, "Crossing the Color Line."

    Farewell, Julian, and thank you!


  • Melissa Walker on Montclair Jazz Fest: Listen Now

    August 14, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Vocalist Melissa Walker talks with Gary Walker about the Montclair Jazz Festival Aug. 15, 2015. Walker hosts the free event in Montclair, New Jersey's Nishuane Park, which features peformances by Walker, Jazz House Kids, the Christian McBride Big Band, saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera and singer José James. Enjoy!


  • Joey Alexander And Jazz Prodigies Through The Years

    August 13, 2015

    Joey Alexander. (Image Credit: Signe Roderick/Courtesy of the artist)

    Sometimes, musical talent emerges at an astoundingly early age. Jazz is no stranger to teenage phenoms — or even pre-teen wonders — but the improviser faces creative challenges that other performers don't. How can a young student sing the blues if he hardly knows what it means to feel them?

    Jazz Night In America explores prodigies through different eras, like pianist Joey Alexander — who was 11 when he performed the music heard in this episode at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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