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

This installment features the Purchase College Songbook Ensemble, normally under the direction of pianist Pete Malinverni.

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

The George Wein Scholars Ensemble is a crown jewel of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens program. It's led by alto saxophonist Mark Gross, who also conducts the program's James Moody Jazz Orchestra, and serves as NJPAC's director of jazz instruction.

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Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music grabs a lot of attention for its innovative use of synths and sampling, along with its next-level rhythmic designs. But Guiliana, a groundbreaking drummer, drum programmer and composer, frames the whole project in terms of human connection.


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Bridget Anne Kelly now faces 13 months behind bars for her role in the Bridgegate scheme that marred the second term of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Kelly’s sentence was reduced from 18 months after a federal appeals court threw out several of the charges against her and her co-defendant, Bill Baroni.

Outside the federal courthouse in Newark Wednesday, the former deputy chief of staff to Christie blasted her former boss, calling him a bully.

A lack of humidity, warming temperatures, and high winds make the spring months peak wildfire season in New Jersey and 2019 has been a busy year already for woodland fires.

State environmental officials are urging residents and visitors to be careful with fire, as even small fires can grow into raging blazes under certain conditions.

“Enjoy the outdoors. Enjoy our state parks, our forests, our wildlife management areas. But be careful with fire,” said Forest Fire Service Fire Warden Greg McLaughlin. “Ninety-nine percent of all fires are caused by people.”

A group of attorneys has released the names of 50 men the Boy Scouts of America identified as credibly accused of sexual abuse in the Garden State and barred from participating in the organization.

The attorneys said they obtained the names through lawsuits against the Boy Scouts, which has kept such records since the 1940s.

“It shouldn’t be us disclosing these names. It should be the institutions. It should be the Boy Scouts,” said New Jersey attorney Greg Gianforcaro, who represents sexual abuse victims.

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In 2004, American Mark Spitz was still considered the greatest swimmer of all-time.  Fellow American Michael Phelps would eventually claim that title years later when he won eight golds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

In July of 2004, Spitz visited the Montclair YMCA to conduct a clinic.

Spitz is a nine-time Olympic champion and former world record-holder in 7 events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany.  Spitz set new world records in all seven events in which he competed in 1972.  

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