Jan 12-16, 2017 | Mohonk Mountain House
WBGO invites you to cozy up and join us on a musical journey to the award winning Mohonk Mountain House for WBGO's 7th annual trip to Jazz on the Mountain! WBGO's Michael Bourne hosts this stellar program and added this year is a Thursday night kick-off concert and many concerts over the five-day musical extravaganza. If you are a Jazz lover and a fan of WBGO, then see why this weekend has become a must- attend Event!
Newark Jazz People, photographs by Bill May
Friday, October 21, 6PM-8PM | WBGO Newark Public Radiomore
Friday, October 21 7 pm | Jazz at Lincoln Center – The Appel Room
Act Now! This event is THIS Friday!
WBGO Members will enjoy premium seating in celebrating the life and 90th birthday of a true living legend, saxophonist, and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath.
With music, stories, conversation, and images from Heath's extensive personal archive, this intimate performance in The Appel Room will be an insightful look into the colorful career of a profoundly influential artist. Audiences will get a full taste of Heath’s brilliance as he performs original pieces for both his big band and a small group featuring Roberta Gambarini, Jon Faddis, Stanley Cowell, Tootie Heath, and Melissa Aldana.
WBGO’s own Gary Walker will host the proceedings, engaging Heath in a dialogue between musical segments.
Tickets are $60, and we have a limited number available. WBGO members in good standing can reserve tickets by calling 973-624-8880 ext. 232.more
November 1 – 20, 2016
The TD James Moody Jazz Festival celebrates its fifth year with a tribute to Newark's legendary musician-the "Divine" Sarah Vaughan plus a very special reunion of James Brown alumni in Prudential Hall with guests including Sharon Brown, Bettye Lavette and more. Also on the bill in November: The Buena Vista Social Club, Wynton Marsalis, the greats of GRP Records, and many others.more
Jazz In The Key Of Ellison
Tuesday, November 1 7:30 pm | Prudential Hall
In addition to the member events listed above NJPAC is offering a 20 percent discount to WBGO members for the following TD James Moody Jazz Festival events:
A unique evening celebrating the jazz music by Invisible Man author Ralph Ellison, starring Wnyton Marsalis, Angelique Kidjo, Patti Austin, and a swinging big band led by Andy Farber. Plus, select readings of Ellison’s work by Joe Morton (Scandal), NBA superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others. Inspired by Audible CEO and Ellison mentee Don Katz.more
WBGO GATEWAY 2- CONCERT SERIES
Brandee Younger QT.
Wednesday, November 16,12PM | Gateway 2WBGO presents a concert series. This week is a special week as we celebrate the James Moody Jazz Festival, so join us as we listen to Brandee Younger QT, a harpist finding her way to Jazz.
Members Event: Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration
Friday, November 18 8 pm | NJPAC – Prudential Hall
WBGO Members will enjoy premium seating for this tribute to the Godfather of Soul in NJPAC’s Prudential Hall and join the after-show dance party in the Prudential Lobby.
Join this ultra-high-energy, all-star celebration of “The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business,” with NJPAC Jazz Advisor Christian McBride; Sharon Jones, often called the female James Brown; the dynamic singer and songwriter Bettye LaVette; vocalist Lee Fields; gospel and soul singer Ryan Shaw; GRAMMY-winning musician Terrace Martin; and James Brown Band alumni Pee Wee Ellis on saxophone, emcee Danny “The Cape Man” Ray, Robert “Mousey” Thompson on drums, and Fred Wesley on trombone – plus others to be announced!
Tickets are $75 and WBGO members in good standing can reserve tickets by calling (973) 624-8880, ext. 232.more
Winard Harper & Jelli Poss Jazz
Saturday, November 19, 1:30PM | Newark Museum
Join Newark Museum for an afternoon of Fun for the entire family, the theme for this event is food for the soul, (for ages 7-14).more
Members Event: Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition
Sunday, November 20 3 pm | NJPAC – Victoria Theater
Join us for a wonderful fall afternoon of Jazz. WBGO Members will enjoy premium seating and a post-show reception.
Women vocalists from around the globe compete for a chance to perform in the finals, also known as the “SASSY Awards.” The only one of its kind, this competition for female jazz singers gives one outstanding performer a platform for embarking on a career in the music business.
The grand prize winner receives a $5,000 cash prize and an offer for a record deal with Concord Music Group. This year’s judges include bassist and NJPAC Jazz Advisor Christian McBride, award-winning vocalists Dianne Reeves and Sheila Jordan, music journalist Mark Ruffin and WBGO host Sheila E. Anderson.
Tickets are $40 and WBGO members in good standing can reserve tickets by calling (973) 624-8880, ext. 232.more
Saturday, December 3, 1:30PM | South Orange Performing Arts Center
Celebrate the holiday season with joy and tranquility in music old, new, and familiar, with the entire family (for ages 7-14) the theme is: Letters to Mother Africa: Music of Duke Ellington, Max Roach and much more...
WBGO Gateway 2 – Concert Series
Eddie Allen’s “Jazzy” Brass For the Holidays.
Wednesday, December 7, 12PM | Gateway 2
WBGO presents a concert series held every first Wednesday of the month at lunchtime. This week join us as we listen to Eddie Allen’s “Jazzy” Brass For the Holidays.