• WBGO Says Goodbye to NEA Jazz Master Gunther Schuller

    June 21, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says farewell to NEA Jazz Master Gunther Schuller, who died today at age 89. The composer sought  to combine jazz and classical music in his seventy-year career, and coined the phrase "Third Stream" to describe this style.

    In 2008, he was named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, the nation's highest honor for jazz musicians and advocates. WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton was on hand for the occasion, and we'd like to share their memorable conversation with you again now.

    Thank you, Gunther, and rest in peace!


    Schuller began his career as a French horn player in the early forties, and recorded with trumpeter Miles Davis and other jazz musicians while also principal hornist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman were among the jazz artists whose works he championed at this time.

    In 1959, he left performance to concentrate on scholarship and composition. He served as president of the New England Conservatory for twenty years, and as artistic director for the Tanglewood Music Center for fourteen. His two volumes on "Early Jazz" and "The Swing Era" are foundational texts of jazz musicology.

  • Guitarist Steve Khan on Sammy Cahn: Listen Now

    June 19, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Guitarist Steve Khan talks with Rhonda Hamilton about songs written by his father, Sammy Cahn. Cahn won four Academy Awards for his songs, which include many jazz standards and hits for Frank Sinatra, Broadway and Hollywood. Enjoy!


  • Carlos Henriquez on Tito Puente & Machito: Listen Now

    June 19, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Bassist Carlos Henriquez talks with Awilda Rivera about the legacy of Tito Puente and Machito, and concert tributes to the Latin bandleaders he hosted at New York's Jazz At Lincoln Center June 12 & 13th. Enjoy!