• Sugar Blue Visits the Blues Break

    August 26, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Just how did harmonica player Sugar Blue earn his nickname while busking? You'll never guess! He shares this tale and more plus a live performance sitting in with Michael Bourne on the Blues Break.


  • Curtis Salgado Performs on the Blues Break

    August 24, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Portland-based singer, songwriter, and harmonica player Curtis Salgado stops by the Blues Break with guitarist Alan Hager to talk with Michael Bourne about his new album - and to heat up the studio with some live blues.


  • Celebrate Herbie Fest with WBGO

    July 22, 2016. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Photo by Douglas Kirkland

    Welcome to the Herbie Hancock Festival, here at WBGO.  All this week, we are celebrating the music and influence of an American icon.  On Thursday, August 11th at Prospect Park Bandshell, the pianist debuts a new project featuring Lionel Loueke (guitar), Terrace Martin (alto sax), Trevor Lawrence Jr. (drums), and James Genus (bass). This formation will be the foundation of new Herbie Hancock recording, featuring special guests phenom Jacob Collier, tabla master Zakir Hussain, pianist Robert Glasper, and more.  As we ramp up for this historic concert, we asked some of today’s hottest artists plus our own DJs – Terrace Martin, Lionel Loueke, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ron Carter, Flying Lotus, Gary Walker, Michael Bourne, and more -- to share their favorite Herbie Hancock music and stories.

    Bassist Ron Carter, as he recently discussed with WBGO's Gary Walker, famously recorded with Miles Davis’s second quintet featuring Herbie Hancock.  For the upcoming concert in Brooklyn, Carter plans to be “second in line” and says the piano master never sounded better.

    You may know Terrace Martin's not-so-modest musical achievements by way of hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar. But one might argue his true devotion is jazz.  He sports a Jackie McLean tattoo on his arm.  Hear his favorite Herbie Hancock tune. Listen to the full Terrace Martin interview on The Checkout here.

    I interviewed Lionel Loueke at the 2016 Montreal International Jazz Festival, mostly about his new recording Gaia (that segment will soon be archived online at checkoutjazz.org).  During the fun conversation, topics that range from genesis of his unique singing style to his secret love-affair with rock music, he shares his all-time favorite Herbie Hancock composition.

    WBGO's Gary Walker got the chance to interview Herbie Hancock soon after Dexter Gordon passed away.  As we search for that reel-to-reel tape here at Newark Public Radio, Gary recounts a story from that interview about Herbie Hancock's first recording Takin’ Off from Blue Note Records.

    Listen for more as Herbie Fest continues.

  • Toronzo Cannon Brings the Chicago Way to the Blues Break

    July 20, 2016. Posted by Corey Goldberg.

    Chicago native Toronzo Cannon joins Michael Bourne to talk about his hometown's particular approach to the blues and, with his guitar in tow, shares a few songs live in our studio.


  • Roni Ben Hur Talks "Our Thing" With Nicole Sweeney

    July 15, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Israeli guitarist Roni Ben Hur talks with Afternoon Jazz host Nicole Sweeney about his new record, "Our Thing", and the unique cultural crossroads of his homeland on WBGO.