December 17, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Highlights from 2014 on WBGO
    Highlights from 2014 on WBGO

    2014 has been an exciting year at WBGO, launching a new program, and, of course, continuing to present our music to listeners on air, online and on the WBGO mobile app.

    Perhaps you have tuned in on Wednesday or Sunday evenings to hear our newest show. The program, Jazz Night in America, is hosted by internationally renowned New Jersey resident Christian McBride. What makes this show even more special is that it was born from a collaboration between WBGO, NPR Music and Jazz at Lincoln Center. And public radio audiences- some of them new to our music- are embracing it. It shows that our music is relevant. The stories behind our music are compelling. And the music is wonderful.

    Maybe you are a regular listener to The Checkout. Our new host is Simon Rentner who has been contributing to the show since its inception. The show features iconic artists, jazz stars from half a world away and artists who are on the rise, but always current. Speaking of current, log on to www.WBGO.org/Radar to hear hand selected jazz releases before they are available to the public. We recently celebrated the 100th recording available through this unique service to our listeners.

    If you are a member of our Jazz Leadership Society, you may have joined us for our annual get together. The divine Barbara Carroll was our headliner and we surprised her with fellow JLS member Tony Bennett who joined her onstage for a song. This was a moment that many of us will never forget. Speaking of Tony, if you missed Michael Bourne’s interview with him and Lady Gaga, you can find it on our website, or the cover of the November issue of Downbeat!  The very same week Michael’s interview aired on WBGO, we had Hugh Masekela and Quincy Jones on the air! If you missed any of them on the radio, you can find these and other exclusive interviews and specials on the WBGO blog.

    Did you travel with us this year? We took trips to Montreal, and Brazil, The Newport Jazz Festival and the Mohonk Mountain House. We produced special events such as Our Point of View in partnership with Blue Note Records, and special nights of music at Yamaha, and in our very own studios.

    Maybe you attended one of our Kids Jazz Concerts and watched a child hear our music for the very first time.

    And Rhythm Revue. And Gary and Doug in the morning. And Rhonda and Michael, Awilda, Brian, Rob, Bill, Sheila, Bob, Monifa, Daniel, Eulis.

    Thank you for being a part of this great public radio station. As long as we can count on your support, we can continue to share these experiences with you.

  • Saxophonist Jimmy Greene: Listen Now

    December 11, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Saxophonist Jimmy Greene talks with Rhonda Hamilton about his new CD "Beautiful Life," which honors his daughter Ana Grace, who passed away in Newtown, CT on Dec. 14, 2012.

    Greene performs at New York's Jazz Standard. Dec. 11-13 with Sachal Vasandani & Jean Baylor on  vocals, Renee Rosnes and Orrin Evans on piano, Luke Sellick, bass, Jimmy MacBride, drums, and other special guests.


  • Organist Radam Schwartz: Listen Now

    December 2, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Organist Radam Schwartz talks with Gary Walker about his CD "Swingin' The Holidays" and free concert at Newark's Gateway 2 on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at noon. Enjoy!