WBGO Travel invites you to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Montreal Jazz Festival, June 30 - July 3. Join WBGO's Michael Bourne for a welcome breakfast and lunch at his favorite spot - Pizzedelic. Get tickets to see Gregory Porter, a walking culinary tour of Jean-Talon, concert opportuities and access to Michael's interviews with some of the festival performers. To book your trip, call 1-855-288-7344 or click here.
WBGO Travel invites you to enjoy the sun, fun and music at the Newport Jazz Festival, August 2-5, 2013. Arrive at the Newport Hotel & Marina to a Friday night welcome reception, unload your bags in your harbor view room and then get ready to hear Natalie Cole and the Bill Charlap Trio with Freddy Cole at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Saturday and Sunday mornings, hop aboard the ferry for the legendary outdoor Newport Jazz Festival, plus food & drink voucher for the Louis Jadot Café. Join us for a bon voyage breakfast on Monday. For more information or to book your trip click here.
WBGO Travel invites you for a day trip to the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island on Saturday, August 3 or Sunday, August 4. One day excursion includes: RT bus transportation from New York or Boston to the festival gate, admission to the festival, plus meal voucher. Saturday performances include: Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Wayne Shorter; Sunday performances include: Chick Corea, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Haynes. For more information or to book your trip click here.
For our fourth consecutive year, WBGO is pleased to extend a personal invitation for Jazz on the Mountain at the historic Mohonk Mountain House resort, January 17-20, 2014 in the beautiful Catskills. WBGO announcer Michael Bourne will once again host this stellar program with a line up of jazz greats. For more information or to book your trip click here.
Benny Goodman and Other Joys
with Ken Peplowski, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jay Leonhart, Ehud Asherie, and Willie Jones III
Tuesday, May 28 at 7pm & 9pm | 54 Below
A quick return by popular demand of the thrilling Benny Goodman tribute concert these jazz masters performed at 54 Below earlier this month. Don't miss this exhibition of virtuoso musicianship honoring the music of Benny Goodman. A terrific introduction for those who haven't yet experienced the wonders of the 54 Below/WBGO Jazz Series and a not to be missed event for jazz fans.more
Bucky Pizzarelli & The Great Guitars with Warren Vance, Gene Bertoncini and Ed Laub
Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm & 9pm | 54 Below
For more than seven decades, the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli has had a stellar career. “The complete jazz musician”, he was a fixture in jazz and the studios since the early ‘50s. His career spans over 60 years from the Vaughn Monroe Orchestra, to the Johnny Carson Tonight Show. Hundreds of jazz concerts worldwide, including White House performances . The list of big bands and vocalists with whom Bucky has performed and recorded reads like a veritable Who’s Who of Jazz. One of the era’s most solid rhythm players, Pizzarelli was in high demand, playing and touring with Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims, Bud Freeman, and Stephane Grappelli, and, later, recording with George Van Eps, Carl Kress and George Barnes. His superior mastery of the seven-string guitar is unparalleled. On Tuesday evening, witness Mr. Pizzarelli lead this increbible quartet with Warren Vance, Gene Bertoncini and Ed Laub.more
Swinging with the Big Bandmore
Thursday, June 13 at 7pm dinner, 9pm performance | Porter House New York
During the 1930s, when times were tough, big bands criss-crossed the U.S. by road and rail, their tunes ballyhooed via radio. Their stars were household names. Their beat—which was swing—was the default groove for dancers. Band singers like Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Ivie Anderson, Dan Grissom, and Dick Powell inflamed hearts around the globe. Their music was the soundtrack of the age, and it will be celebrated over two nights as Michael Feinstein and Wynton Marsalis highlight the history and the music of one of the most exciting and crucial crossover movements in the mix of jazz and American popular song.
Call 973.624.8880 ext 283 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase this special package offering.
Cost per person: WBGO Members: $210, Non-Members: $240 - all inclusive, three course meal and choice seating at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room .
Paquito D'Rivera & The Classicsmore
Tuesday, June 18 at 7pm & 9pm | 54 Below
Paquito D'Rivera defies categorization. The winner of eleven GRAMMY Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. His numerous recordings include more than 30 solo albums. In 1988, he was a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz. In his passion to bring Latin repertoire to greater prominence, Mr. D'Rivera has successfully created, championed and promoted all types of classical compositions, including his three chamber compositions recorded live in concert with distinguished cellist Yo-Yo Ma in September 2003. The chamber work “Merengue,” from that live concert at Zankel Hall, was released by Sony Records and garnered Paquito his 7th GRAMMY as Best Instrumental Composition 2004. Come and enjoy a night you'll never forget.
Spiritrio w/ Dimitri Kolensnic, Brandon Lewis and Anthony Wonseymore
Monday, June 24 at 7pm & 9pm | Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
WBGO is proud to partner with Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on Monday Nights with WBGO. The Monday Nights with WBGO series features up and coming new talent and groups from some of the area's greatest college jazz programs, as well as some legendary musicians. Each performance is hosted by WBGO announcer Rhonda Hamilton and includes a Q&A session with musicians. Live webcast and artist interview with WBGO host Rhonda Hamilton will begin at 7:15pm EST on jalc.org/live.
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Tuesday, June 25 at 7pm & 9pm | 54 Below
French-American jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant is the hottest young jazz singer of our time. Celebrating her highly anticipated debut release, WomanChild (Mack Avenue, May 2013), the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition Winner has the critics beaming! Ben Ratliff writes in The New York Times “she sings clearly, with her full pitch range, from a pronounced low end to full and distinct high notes—her face conveys meaning, representing sorrow or serenity like a silent-movie actor.” In the aftermath of her Monk Competition triumph, the jazz world eagerly awaited the winner’s first US recording. Cécile answers that call with songs spanning three centuries of American music. See this jazz sensation as she headlines two special performances at 54 Below with her label mate pianist Aaron Diehl, Paul Sikivie on bass and Rodney Green on drums.more
FREE Lunch Time Concert
The Django Reinhardt NY Festival's "Young Lions of Gypsy Jazz"
Wednesday, June 26 at 12:00pm | Gateway 2, Newark, NJ
WBGO & Gateway 2 partner to celebrate the summer with a FREE Lunch Time concert that appeals to all ages. When the world’s greatest jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli teamed with the brilliant gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt to form the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, they created a style of music in the 30’s and 40’s that took Europe by storm and is as alive today as it was in it’s heyday. This romantic, melodic, virtuosic, happy, hot swinging music with incredible fingering known as “Le Hot Jazz” is celebrated and carried forward by The Django Reinhardt NY Festival. Performings artists are Samson Schmitt/lead guitar, Ludovic Beier/accordian and accordina, Pierre Blanchard/violin, DouDou Cuillerier/rhythm guitar and Brian Torff/bass. You don't want to miss this!
Tuesday, July 2 at 7pm & 9pm | 54 Below
Grammy® Award-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur inspires rave reviews across the globe as the new first lady of jazz. Known to personify the composer's intentions of the Great American Songbook, Schuur swings with heartfelt intensity. She is as eclectic as she is brilliant. A longtime disciple of Dinah Washington and other legendary jazz singers of the ‘40s and ‘50s, Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only the jazz of her parents’ generation, but also the pop music of her own youth during the late 1950s and ‘60s. In a recording career that spans nearly three decades – and includes two Grammy Awards and three Grammy nominations – Schuur’s music has explored nearly every corner of the 20th century American musical landscape.
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