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  • Coming Up on WBGO 88.3 FM for the week of August 18th!

    August 18, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

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    Tuesday :

    Jazz After Hours w/Brian Delp - 1 till 6 am; songs by Otto Harbach, an American lyricist and librettist of about 50 musical comedies. He is remembered for being Oscar Hammerstein II's mentor and was one of the first librettists to believe that songs should be woven into a show, not just placed there. Some of his more famous lyrics are for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "Indian Love Call" and "Cuddle up a Little Closer, Lovey Mine". Also two classics from Dave Brubeck's "Time Out" recorded on this date in 1959

    Morning News - Glenn Crespo in for Doug Doyle

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm:  Count Basie birthday celebration - "SING A SONG OF BASIE” & “SING ALONG WITH BASIE”, featuring Count Basie's recordings with JOE WILLIAMS, ELLA FITZGERALD, FRANK SINATRA, JIMMY RUSHING, BILLY ECKSTINE, SARAH VAUGHAN, NAT KING COLE, TONY BENNETT, SAMMY DAVIS, CARMEN BRADFORD, RAY CHARLES, ROSEMARY CLOONEY & GEORGE BENSON.

    Noon news - Glenn Crespo

    Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of Sonny Rollins

    Afternoon News  4- 630 pm:  Alexandra Hill

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 6:30 pm: (repeat) Aaron Goldberg shares his recording "The Now" featuring Rueben Rodgers and Eric Harland; Marquis Hill's Modern Flows - Hill is a winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz competition. "That’s all there is. The rest is metaphysics.”  - Aaron Goldberg

    Conversations w/Allan Wolper – 7:30 pm: guest - Kim Ann Curtin;  known as The Wall Street Coach, Curtin has written a book, Transforming Wall Street, a Conscious Path for a New Future

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 10pm; birthday salute to trumpeter Oscar Brashear

    Wednesday:

    Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 till 6 am: It's "Guitar Day" with birthday wishes going out to Peter Leitch, Ron Eschete, Adam Rogers;  Remembering guitarist/trombonist/composer Eddie Durham and the "perfect pianist" Jimmy Rowles

    Morning News - Glenn Crespo in for Doug Doyle

    Morning Jazz with Gary Walker - 9 am: Host an Hour with Stephen Trezza

    Midday Jazz - Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm:  Count Basie birthday celebration - "SING A SONG OF BASIE” & “SING ALONG WITH BASIE”, featuring Count Basie's recordings with JOE WILLIAMS, ELLA FITZGERALD, FRANK SINATRA, JIMMY RUSHING, BILLY ECKSTINE, SARAH VAUGHAN, NAT KING COLE, TONY BENNETT, SAMMY DAVIS, CARMEN BRADFORD, RAY CHARLES, ROSEMARY CLOONEY & GEORGE BENSON

    Noon news - Glenn Crespo

    Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; focus on the music of Bill Evans

    Afternoon News  4- 630 pm:  Alexandra Hill

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm:  guest is A.J. Kirby Jones; He's the slugger for the New Jersey Jackals and has helped lead them to the playoffs.

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: tribute to drummer Max Roach.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to pianist Danny Mixon. Featuring music from his new release.

    Thursday:

    Morning News - Glenn Crespo in for Doug Doyle

    Midday Jazz - Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm:  Count Basie birthday celebration - "SING A SONG OF BASIE” & “SING ALONG WITH BASIE”, featuring Count Basie's recordings with JOE WILLIAMS, ELLA FITZGERALD, FRANK SINATRA, JIMMY RUSHING, BILLY ECKSTINE, SARAH VAUGHAN, NAT KING COLE, TONY BENNETT, SAMMY DAVIS, CARMEN BRADFORD, RAY CHARLES, ROSEMARY CLOONEY & GEORGE BENSON

    Noon news - Glenn Crespo

    Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard

    Afternoon News  4- 630 pm:  Alexandra Hill

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest is Grammy Award-winning singer and composer Bobby McFerrin; he stops by Song Travels’ studio to talk about his endless creativity and the enduring appeal of George and Ira Gershwin

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm:  celebrating the influence of west coast musicians; drummer Frank Capp and bassist John Clayton

    Friday:

    Morning News - Glenn Crespo in for Doug Doyle

    Midday Jazz - Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm:  Count Basie birthday celebration - "SING A SONG OF BASIE” & “SING ALONG WITH BASIE”, featuring Count Basie's recordings with JOE WILLIAMS, ELLA FITZGERALD, FRANK SINATRA, JIMMY RUSHING, BILLY ECKSTINE, SARAH VAUGHAN, NAT KING COLE, TONY BENNETT, SAMMY DAVIS, CARMEN BRADFORD, RAY CHARLES, ROSEMARY CLOONEY, GEORGE BENSON...

    Noon news - Glenn Crespo

    Afternoon news - 4- 630 pm: Bruce Johnson

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pm – Dinah Washington from the beginning Vol. 15

    WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: Alice Stockton Rossini reports on the heavy burden of student loan debt; In the late 1960's into the early 70's, a Newark based guitar accessory company joined with an amplifier manufacturer to create a line of guitars. Harptone Standel models were seen strapped to the likes of Keith Richards and George Harrison during that era, but it was after the company ceased it's run that that luthier Sam Koontz went back to Linden, hand carving about 300 guitars before his death in 1981.  WBGO's Ang Santos spoke with Chris Wylde, executive producer of a two part documentary that paid tribute to the world's largest collection of Koontz guitars; College reporter Darren Fisher recaps last weekend's Montclair Jazz festival...

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm:  "Twin Spin" - featuring the music of twin brothers who are also jazz musicians, including the first set of twin brothers to make the big time...Art and Addison Farmer.

    Saturday:

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Lucky Millinder, Vol. 2

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm:   "Ain’t It Funky Now" -  Felix leans a little on the funky side today.

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm: Lighting the Candles for Bobby Watson; we'll kick off the 61st birthday festivities for the venerable reed artist. Watson and Horizon; Watson with the Jazz Messengers and more! And of course we will play his landmark album, “Post Mo-town Bop.”

    Sunday:

    Singers Unlimited w/ Michael Bourne - 10 am - 2 pm; birthday salute to "Mr. Five by Five" , Jimmy Rushing.

    Jazz Night in America – 6 pm:  tribute to drummer Max Roach.

    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm:  featuring the music of 70’s jazz-funk group the Brecker Brothers.

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program

  • Civil Rights Leader Julian Bond: Listen Now

    August 18, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    WBGO says farewell to civil rights leader Julian Bond. Bond organized voter registration drives across the segregated South with “SNCC,” the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, an organization he helped found at age twenty while an undergraduate at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

    Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives after the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, and served as chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2009.

    Bond was also a music lover, and he used music in the courses he taught on civil rights at Harvard, the University of Virginia and elsewhere. He also once dreamed of becoming a singer, with a band he would call “The Hot Pants.” Among his favorites, who he says helped propel him into a life of activism, were Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Curtis Mayfield.

    Julian sat down with WBGO’s Felix Hernandez in 2010 to talk about his love for music, and how it helped awaken young people's desire for social change in the 1950s and 60s.

    You can hear more of their extended conversation in Felix's hourlong special program, "Crossing the Color Line."

    Farewell, Julian, and thank you!

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  • Melissa Walker on Montclair Jazz Fest: Listen Now

    August 14, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Vocalist Melissa Walker talks with Gary Walker about the Montclair Jazz Festival Aug. 15, 2015. Walker hosts the free event in Montclair, New Jersey's Nishuane Park, which features peformances by Walker, Jazz House Kids, the Christian McBride Big Band, saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera and singer José James. Enjoy!

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  • Pianist Luis Perdomo on "Twenty-Two": Listen Now

    August 11, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

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    Pianist Luis Perdomo talks with Gary Walker about his album "Twenty-Two," which explores the musical influences from the twenty-two years he spent in his native Venezuela, and  twenty-two years in the United States. Enjoy!

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  • Coming Up on WBGO: August 11th to August 16th

    August 11, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Tuesday:

    Jazz After Hours 1 till 6 am:  Rich Keith is in for Brian Delp; birthday salute to pianist Jess Stacy

    Morning Jazz - 6 til 10 am: Brian Delp is in for Gary Walker

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: salute to longtime Ellington Orchestra reed master Russell Procope

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 6:30 pm: guest is Edmar Castaneda; Castañeda is a Colombian harpist.  His new recording features seven musicians from seven different countries.

    Conversations w/Allan Wolper – 7:30 pm: guest - Sam Schwartz; Schwartz is known worldwide as Gridlock Sam, a nickname the media gave him for his role in coining the term, Gridlock. As New York City's traffic commissioner in the 1980's, he designed routes for numerous crowded corners. He is also a columnist for The Daily News.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 10 pm: Birthday salute to saxophonist Donny McCaskin

    Wednesday:

    Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 till 6 am: Happy birthday to guitarist Pat Metheny

    Morning Jazz - 6 til 10 am: Gary Walker returns from vacation

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: featuring the music of pianist Wynton Kelly

    Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of organist Jimmy Smith

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm:  guest is Laurin Mincy, one of the best high school basketball players in NJ history, starring at University High School. Mincy would go on to lead the University of Maryland to two final four appearances.

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Tootie Heath Turns 80! Jazz Night In America is honored to celebrate the 80th birthday of drummer, bandleader, and force of nature Albert “Tootie” Heath. He’s recorded with Coltrane, lead a band for fifty years, and played with Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, Wes Montgomery, and many more. In eight decades, Heath hasn’t missed a beat.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to singer Earl Coleman

    Thursday:

    Midday Jazz w/Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm
    : featuring the music of George Shearing and Mulgrew Miller; also, remembering the Thelonius Monk/Gerry Mulligan recording “Monk Meets Mulligan”, recorded on this date in 1957.

    Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of bassist Charles Mingus

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest is Grammy Award-winning bandleader, composer and pianist Arturo O’Farrill

    Newark Today – 8pm: Newark – the  next Silicon Valley?; guests, Jimi Olaghere of Geek Supply company,  Councilwoman Gayle Cheneyfielld Jenkins, Mark Bonamo of Newark Inc.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 9 pm: birthday salutes to singer Kathleen Battle and pianist Mulgrew Miller

    Friday:

    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring a birthday tribute to violin pioneer Stuff Smith

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pmBilly Eckstine Vol. 2

    WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: hosted by Doug Doyle and Alexandra Hill; reviews from Harlan Jacobson and Michael Bourne; story about college prep program at NJIT from college reporter Andrew Hines; Alexandra Hill interviews New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne of Newark

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to singer Lorez Alexandria

    Saturday:

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Dinah Washington from the beginning Vol. 15

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: “The Philly Sound”

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm:  Grew’s Tune- One more for Mulgrew; August 13th is the anniversary of Mulgrew Miller ‘s birth. He was a musician’s musician. We’ll keep the tunes spinning for Mulgrew - playing his own recordings and other musicians playing his compositions.

    Sunday:

    Jazz Night in America – 6 pm: tribute to drummer Max Roach.

    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm: featuring the music of 70’s jazz-funk group (and Brooklyn’s own) Mandrill

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program