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Harold Mabern, Pianist Who Mastered Post-Bop, Blues and Memphis Soul, Is Dead at 83

Harold Mabern, a pianist of percussive fire and boundless soul, with a language that pulled from hard bop, post-bop, Memphis soul and the blues, died on Sept. 17 in New Jersey. He was 83.

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The smooth, booming voice of Gregory Porter brought a galvanizing force to jazz when he broke onto the scene about a decade ago. It's a voice of exhortation, flowing out of the gospel church. A voice of dignity, in the mode of his hero, Nat King Cole. A voice of reassurance, whether aiming for the heavens or toward a single soul across the room.

For many observers of modern jazz, pianist Jason Moran became a known entity 20 years ago, with the release of his debut album. For Adrienne Edwards, curator of performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art, his name first circulated more recently, as a kind of rumor.

What She Brought With Her

Sep 19, 2019

The last time I saw Celia Cruz perform was in Central Park in 2002, one of her final shows, when SummerStage was less managed and thus more exciting. Cruz would often save her signature "Bemba Colora" as the encore an audience had to deserve. Over time it became a relied-upon catharsis for her public to recognize their ancient past and to air their damaged present. On that late afternoon descended an out-of-nowhere, fire-and-brimstone summer thunderstorm. The mighty Celia, at 76 years old and not feeling at all well, refused to waver.

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Community FoodBank of New Jersey

This coming Wednesday September 25, WBGO partners with United Way of Greater Newark and Community FoodBank of New Jersey to put a dent into food insecurity in our area.

For every $60 pledge of support to WBGO, the partners are able to purchase nutritious food for a family backpack.

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle spoke recently with Carlos M. Rodriguez, President and CEO of Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Catherine Wilson, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Newark.

Click above to hear the entire interview about what you can do to help this Wednesday.

Newark Today presents The State of Newark Public Schools. Host Michael Hill will be joined by Mayor Ras Baraka, Schools Superintendent Roger Leon, President of the Board of Education Josephine Garcia, and Bruno Coelho, 2019 – 2020  Student Representative

The town hall style forum will be broadcast LIVE from Science Park High School Thursday September 19th at 8pm. 

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Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, NJ is partnering with Jazz 4 Prostate Cancer Awareness for a brunch featuring a live performance.

“The idea of Jazz 4 Prostate Cancer is what brings men to an event,” said Paul Messer with Jazz4PCA.  “They hear about jazz, they come in, they get a chance to listen, and then when we begin to talk about getting screened, they are a little more receptive to it.”

The event will offer free health screenings for those in attendance.

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BETRAYAL is the story of an illicit affair that unfolds in reverse—from the end of a marriage to the first forbidden spark. Starring Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Zawe Ashton (Velvet Buzzsaw) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil), this stunning production features the daring vision of one of the UK’s most acclaimed directors.

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