WBGO Playdate

Welcome To WBGO's Playdate!

Matt Wilson

Welcome to Playdate with Matt Wilson, WBGO's new series of highlights from our archive of concert recordings. You can't hear these great live moments anywhere else, so go ahead and bookmark this page right now.

WBGO thanks the musicians who have offered their music to Playdate, and all the concert and radio producers, and engineers who worked over three decades to preserve amazing live jazz.

For 35 years, WBGO has been the source for live jazz from stages nationwide and around the world. Enjoy these great moments with us on Playdate!
You can explore extras and listen to all of Show #1 here, Show #2 here, Show #3 here, Show #4 here Show #5 here, Show #6 here, Show #7 here, and Show #8 here.

Read about Playdate in Upbeat here.

Photo by Jimmy Katz.

Playdate Broadcast Schedule

Show #1
Billy Taylor 11/1/87 WBGO performance studio
Dianne Reeves 10/18/87 WBGO performance studio
Wayne Shorter 10/8/82 William Paterson College
Fred Hersch Trio 7/4/97 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival
Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra 4/21/85 The Ritz (WBGO Jazzathon)
Sir Roland Hanna 4/29/94 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
Ruth Brown 3/20/88 20/20
Show #2
Bill Lee 12/31/86 WBGO performance studio
Clifford Jordan 12/18/82 Village Vanguard
Vibration Society 9/11/86 Rutgers U-Newark
Jane Ira Bloom 5/5/84 Citi Corp
Chick Corea and Gary Burton 3/15/85 Buffalo State College
Sun Ra Arkestra 4/20/91 IMAC (Huntington, Long Island)
Show #3
Joe Williams 10/18/87 WBGO performance studio
Jimmy Smith 11/8/85 Beacon Theater
Joe Henderson 11/8/81 Public Theater
Kevin Eubanks/Cameron Brown 2/12/83 The Jazz Forum
Ivan Lins 8/7/93 Pasadena Jazz Festival
Mario Bauza/Arturo Sandoval 8/20/90 The Village Gate
Betty Carter 9/7/92 Detroit Jazz
Carnegie Hall Jazz Band 10/21/93 Carnegie Hall
Show #4
Max Roach 5/24/87 WBGO performance studio
Max Roach + Strings 5/24/87 WBGO performance studio
James Newton 5/9/84 Tower Records
Newton/Moses/Blake/Allen 5/9/84 Tower Records
Michael Brecker 11/21/96 Iridium
Carnegie Hall Jazz Band 3/14/96 Carnegie Hall
Kurt Elling 8/1/98 Mount Hood Jazz Festival
Stéphane Grappelli 9/7/95 Monterey Jazz Festival
Shelly Manne 6/9/84 Long Beach Summer Jazz Festival
Show #5
Lester Bowie and Brass Fantasy 11/89 Brooklyn Academy of Music
Bobby McFerrin w/ Astral Project 6/30/99 Cleveland Heights
Wynton Marsalis Quintet 4/30/82 New Orleans Jazz Festival
Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson 12/31/96 The New Showcase Lounge
Queen Ida 12/31/88 The Great American Music Hall
The Either/Orchestra 4/29/90 Wichita Jazz Festival
Show #6
Carmen McRae 12/31/83 The Blue Note
Modern Jazz Quartet 9/20/86 Paul Masson Winery
Paquito D'Rivera 7/4/93 1993 Iowa City Jazz Festival
Carnegie Hall Jazz Band 10/22/92 Carnegie Hall
Donald Harrison/Terrence Blanchard Group 1984/1985 Rutgers Univeristy-Livingston
Ray Brown/Christian McBride 9/16/94 Monterey Jazz Festival
Show #7
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers 1/1/83 The Jazz Forum
Freddie Hubbard 12/31/90 Catalina's
Turtle Island String Quartet 9/1989 Paul Masson Winery
Three Baritones Saxophone Band 8/1998 Brevard Jazz Festival
Cedar Walton Trio 6/1990 Katz's (Austin, TX)
Shirley Horn Trio 11/16/84 Florida Memorial College
Carnegie Hall Jazz Band 11/4/99 Carnegie Hall
Ray Anderson's Pocket Brass 7/4/97 1997 Iowa City Jazz Festival
Show #8
Dave Holland Quintet 8/1/98 Mount Hood Jazz Festival
Harold Mabern 6/9/1984 Citicorp Center
Rumba Moreno feat. Steve Turre 12/1998 Havana, Cuba
Vocal Sampling 12/1998 Havana, Cuba
Roy Hargrove 12/1998 Havana, Cuba
Frank Emilio Flynn 12/1998 Havana, Cuba
Dee Dee Bridgewater 5/1/1996 The Kennedy Center
Carnegie Hall Jazz Band 11/13/97 Carnegie Hall
Larry Coryell 4/26/1984 The Village Vanguard
Branford Marsalis 8/24/1998 Washington Square Park


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Support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts and WBGO.

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Produced for WBGO by Alexander Ariff,
with Becca Pulliam and Duke Markos, Executive Producer Josh Jackson.

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