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  • WBGO Champions Of Jazz Gala Slideshows: Watch Now

    April 8, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Click on the images below to see photo slideshows from WBGO’s 2015 Champions of Jazz Gala 2015.

    Our annual benefit dinner and concert was April 6, 2015 at the Mandarin Oriental, New York with performances by Frank Sinatra Jr. and Monty Alexander, with special guest Bob Costas to honor Stephen N. Ifshin and the Legacy of Frank Sinatra.

    Click on this image of Frank Sinatra, Jr. to see concert and candid photos from the event, by Jacob Blickenstaff.

    Click on the second image to see a gallery of portraits from our gala red carpet, by Fran Kaufman. Thanks, Jacob and Fran!

    Enjoy these photos from a spectacular night - see you there next year!

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    Click on the image below to see a gallery of guest portraits from our Champions of Jazz red carpet, by Fran Kaufman.

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  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: Jeremy Pelt on Wednesday, Jan. 7 12 p.m.

    January 7, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to a FREE concert by trumpeter Jeremy Pelt Wed., Jan. 7 at noon. Come celebrate at 2 Gateway Center Plaza, Newark, NJ at 12pm.

    Every month, this series presents free lunchtime concerts by some of the area's best jazz talent.

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    Pelt, originally from California, released his debut CD as a leader on Fresh Sound in 2002, and has performed with Cassandra Wilson, Ravi Coltrane, the Mingus Big Band, and many others. His 2014 CD with Toronto saxophonist Johnny Griffith was featured on WBGO's RADAR in December.

    WBGO is excited to present one of the finest talents in jazz and welcome all to this wonderful event. Connect with your jazz source for a festive afternoon.

  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: CHRIS WASHBURNE & the SYOTOS BAND ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014 AT 12PM

    September 22, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO Jazz 88.3FM & 2 Gateway Center present Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band . This free concert is hosted by WBGO’s Sheila Anderson of Weekend Jazz After Hours and will be held outdoors in the Championship Plaza (also known as Prudential Plaza on Market & Mulberry Street) in downtown Newark, NJ on Wednesday, October 1 at 12pm.

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    This group electrified a Newark audience at our free concert in May 2014 with their musical combination of Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music. Trombonist Chris Washburne’s musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. He has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, David Byrne, Paquito D’Rivera, among many others. His SYOTOS (See You on the Other Side) band is a NY institution featuring alumni from the bands of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto. You will not want to miss the group that has held the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York, performing weekly for 20 years straight.

    Come celebrate WBGO’s 35th anniversary as a cultural institution for jazz with a performance that will be unforgettable. We are your jazz source.