Upcoming WBGO Member Events

  • Catherine Russell

    Dorthaan’s Place: Catherine Russell


    Sunday, February 22 at 1:00pm

    Venue: NICO Kitchen + Bar
    1 Center Street, Newark, NJ | directions
    Price: $45
    Members' package includes service fee savings, discount parking and a drink voucher.

    Members save approximately $20 by booking with WBGO (service fee is waived (value $5), discount parking $10 (save $6) and $10 value for the drink voucher).
    Call 973-624-8880 ext. 232 to reserve your tickets


    Vocalist Catherine Russell proves her considerable renown as one of today’s foremost interpreters of jazz


    A sumptuous buffet brunch, including an omelet station and a medley of desserts, is served at NICO Kitchen + Bar


    “Her singing is drenched in emotion, drama, experience and pure swing,” says The Wall Street Journal of Catherine Russell. The daughter of pioneering jazz musicians Carline Ray and Luis Russell, she has been heard prominently on the soundtracks of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and the film Kill Your Darlings.


    For several decades, Russell was one of the most in-demand background singers, working with Paul Simon, David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper. She launched her solo career less than a decade ago, recording the albums Bring It Back, the award-winning Strictly Romancin’ and others.


    This intimate jazz brunch at NICO Kitchen + Bar is curated and hosted by WBGO programmer Dorthaan Kirk, Newark's "First Lady of Jazz."


    Call 973-624-8880 ext. 232 to reserve your tickets. Tickets are limited and will go quickly.

  • Two dancers in artistic pose

    Lula Washington Dance Theatre


    Sunday, February 26 at 7:30pm

    Venue: Victoria Theater- New Jersey Performing Arts Center
    1 Center Street, Newark, NJ | directions
    Price: $32
    Members receive premium seats for this spectacular performance.
    Call 973-624-8880 ext. 232 to reserve your tickets


    The innovative and provocative Lula Washington Dance Theatre of Los Angeles thrills audiences with its powerful, high-energy dancing. A jazz-flavored program is specially planned for NJPAC. 


    Lula Washington Dance Theatre, created in 1980 by Washington and her husband, Erwin, has become one of the most admired African-American contemporary dance ensembles in the West. 


    The company’s repertoire is augmented with dances by choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Katherine Dunham, Donald Byrd, Christopher Huggins and Tamica Washington-Miller.* Scheduled for NJPAC are:


    Dances for McCoy (excerpts; music by McCoy Tyner, choreography by Lula Washington)


    Random Thoughts (excerpts; music by Terence Blanchard, choreography by Lula Washington)


    We Wore the Mask (with live jazz drumming by Marcus L. Miller, choreography by Lula Washington)


    *Program is subject to change.


    This performance is dedicated to the memory of Newark's beloved historian, Dr. Clement Alexander Price of Rutgers University-Newark.


    Call 973-624-8880 ext. 232 to reserve your tickets. Tickets are limited and will go quickly.