March 6, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Trumpeter Randy Brecker talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about his participation in the Newport "Now 60" band, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Rhode Island summer jazz festival.
Brecker performs with the ensemble, with singer Karryn Allison, Anat Cohen on clarinet and soprano saxophone, Mark Whitfield on guitar, Peter Martin on piano, Ben Allison on bass, and Clarence Penn on drums, at New York's Jazz Standard through March 8th. Enjoy!
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March 3, 2014. Posted by Alex Ariff.
Playdate is WBGO's new series of highlights from our archive of live recordings. Tune in Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to hear Show #5, a celebration of the music of New Orleans, with Wynton Marsalis, Queen Ida, Lester Bowie and Brass Fantasy, and more!
We’ve already posted on Wayne Shorter, The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Ruth Brown, Sun Ra, Dorthaan Kirk, Chick Corea with Gary Burton, The "Salsa Meets Jazz" Series, Joe Henderson, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Max Roach, Dexter Gordon, and JazzSet’s coast-to-coast adventures.
One highlight of this week's show is vocalist Bobby McFerrin with the New Orleans band Astral Project, as recorded at Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1999.
McFerrin, (center) with Astral Project's James Singleton and Tony Dagradi
The concert was a kind of reunion - in the 1970s, McFerrin visited New Orleans and sat in with the band - on piano - at The Old Absinthe Bar on Bourbon Street. That led to a 5-month tour with the band, during which he began to experiment with some of the innovative vocal techniques that have now become his signature style.
Can't wait to hear this great combination? Head over to WBGO.ORG/PLAYDATE, where you can hear McFerrin and Astral Project perform Don Cherry's "Mahakali" and read more about this concert.
And tune in on Tuesday to hear more from this group and other surprises on WBGO's Playdate!
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March 1, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.
What are Michael Bourne's favorite interviews from his three decades at WBGO? We asked the host of Afternoon Jazz, Blues Hour and Singers Unlimited to share these with us, as we prepare to celebrate our 35th anniversary. Enjoy!
I've interviewed countless musicians and others through my going-on-30 years as a jock on WBGO. Maybe a thousand? Maybe two thousand -- if you count the 25-a-day I've sometimes talked with at conferences or festivals we've broadcast from. I've loved especially broadcasting from my favorite festival, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
This year being FIJM's 35th and WBGO's 35th, you can expect a more exciting broadcast than ever as the world's best jazz festival (sez me) and the world's best jazz radio station (sez everybody) celebrates together.
Who've been my favorite interviews for WBGO? So many of my favorite artists:
Tony Bennett at WBGO, parts 1 and 2
Tony in Montreal
Dave Brubeck, at his home in Connecticut
Cleo Laine & John Dankworth
And from the Blues Hour:
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi
Other greats come to mind from before our era of on-demand everything - Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gatemouth Brown, Little Milton...
Several generations of jazz artists have come along in the years since WBGO came on the air.
We're still (and always will be) playing Ella and Sarah, Dizzy and Miles, but in this last 35 years along came some new one-name-only singers and players: Kurt and Cassandra, Wynton and Branford -- and they're now an older generation.
Our annual JAM-fest (Jazz Appreciation Month Festival) in April is a spotlight on the newest generation, some of the best and brightest newcomers from schools in NJ, NY, and down from Boston.
When you hear them playing live on WBGO, you're hearing the future of jazz… and of the station.
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