April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and WBGO is celebrating by showcasing some of the talent from local programs. 

For this installment, we feature the Queens College Original Ensemble, led by alto saxophonist Antonio Hart. As the name implies, this band, which joined us on Afternoon Jazz with Bill Daughtry, focuses on material by its student musicians.

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and WBGO is celebrating by showcasing some of the talent from local programs.

This band comes to us from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, under the guidance of Australian guitarist Quentin Angus, an assistant professor of music. As Angus told WBGO's Bill Daughtry, the music major at BMCC has only been in place for the last year and a half. "And so this is a brand-new ensemble; this is the second semester that it's been running."

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and WBGO is celebrating by showcasing some of the talent from local programs.

This installment features the NYU Wayne Shorter Ensemble, which saxophonist Dave Pietro formed a decade ago. "For me, personally, this is like the perfect gig," Pietro says, "because Wayne went to NYU — he's a graduate, in 1956 he got a music ed degree there, I believe — and he's from Newark."

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Dwayne Clark
Vanguard Theater Company

A Portrait of Ray, the brainchild of Dwayne Clark and his wife Janice Freeman Clark.  They wrote the show as a tribute to Ray Charles and it has been getting rave reviews ever since.  A Portrait of Ray will next appear at the Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St. in New York City Monday night April 22.

The Clarks came into WBGO to talk to News Director Doug Doyle.

The show takes audiences on an exhilarating journey back to 1967 at the height of Ray Charles' career and is set during a homecoming concert in Greenville, Florida.

All Our Children
The Sheen Center

Broadway shows have been opening night after night lately, before the deadline to qualify for the Tony Awards -- but theater critic Michael Bourne was nonetheless OFF-Broadway this week to attend two new plays.

Michael reviews All Our Children presented by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture and Can You Feel Anger? at the Vineyard Theatre.

Click above to hear both reviews.

Brian Delp
David Tallacksen for WBGO

 

Jazz After Hours host Brian Delp has been entertaining listeners around the world on WBGO for more than 23 years.  Brian sat down with News Director Doug Doyle to talk about his favorite moments and why WBGO is so special to him.

Click above to hear the entire conversation.

The 25th Herb Alpert Award in the Arts is on May 13th in New York City. To honor the 125 Winners of the award who received $75,000 each from the Herb Alpert Foundation.

Ang Santos: The Herb Alpert Foundation has been supporting organizations that promote the arts for a few decades. Particularly in education arenas.  What prompted you to take such action?

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