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  • 30th Anniversary Rhythm Revue Dance Party

    February 2, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    On March 16, WBGO will celebrate 30 years of Felix Hernandez and Rhythm Revue with a dance party at NJPAC in Newark. The party, which begins at 7:30pm, will feature the great classic soul Felix's audiences love, with a special performance by 2016 Grammy Nominee, drummer and vocalist  Jamison Ross! This is a party with a purpose: proceeds from the event support WBGO 88.3FM, which is the original home of Rhythm Revue - all the way back to 1986!

    JUST ANNOUNCED: R&B icon VALERIE SIMPSON to present award to Felix Hernandez at the event!

    Valerie Simpson
    Valerie Simpson

    Tickets are available for
    $35 - WBGO Members and Newark residents
    $88 - General admission
    $500 - VIP

  • Songs of the Civil Rights Movement - Rhonda Hamilton

    January 14, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO continues its celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. leading up to this weekend's Jazz & Civil Rights panel discussion in Newark.

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    Rhonda Hamilton

    Today, we share Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton's favorite songs of the Civil Rights Movement. You can find a selection of all the songs available for download at WBGO's Amazon store, a portion of each purchase there supports this public radio station!

    BID ‘EM IN – OSCAR BROWN, JR. from SIN & SOUL

    WHEN PEOPLE MENTION THE “CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT” WE THINK OF THAT PERIOD IN THE LATE 1950’S AND 1960’S WHEN DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. WAS LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND INEQUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, THAT STRUGGLE BEGAN HUNDREDS OF YEARS EARLIER DURING THE DAYS OF SLAVERY. OSCAR BROWN, JR. TELLS US THE RAW TRUTH WITH BID ‘EM IN.

    A CHANGE IS GONNA COME – SAM COOKE from PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND 1951-1964
    IN THE SAM COOKE COLLECTION, PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND IT’S SAID THAT HIS SONG, A CHANGE IS GONNA COME CAME TO HIM “ALMOST AS IF IT WERE DICTATED IN A DREAM.” COOKE DONATED THIS RECORDING FOR AN ALBUM THAT BENEFITED DR. KING’S SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE.

    I HAVE A DREAM – HERBIE HANCOCK from THE PRISONER
    IN 1963, ONE HUNDRED YEARS AFTER ABRAHAM LINCOLN ISSUED THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION AND 98 YEARS AFTER THE 13TH AMENDMENT ABOLISHED SLAVERY, DR. KING GAVE HIS FAMOUS “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH IN WASHINGTON, D.C. HERBIE HANCOCK’S COMPOSITION OF THE SAME TITLE WAS RECORDED ONE YEAR AFTER DR. KING WAS ASSASINATED.

    I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE – BILLY TAYLOR from MUSIC KEEPS US YOUNG

    DR. BILLY TAYLOR TOLD ME THAT HE WROTE THE SONG, I WISH I KNEW HOW IT WOULD FEEL TO BE FREE AS A WAY TO DEMONSTRATE TO HIS DAUGHTER, KIM, HOW TO SING A SPIRITUAL OR A GOSPEL SONG WITH FEELING. IT BECAME HIS BEST KNOWN AND MOST RECORDED COMPOSITION AND ULTIMATELY, AN ANTHEM OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

    IF YOU REALLY ARE CONCERNED – BILLY TAYLOR from TAYLOR MADE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER
    COMMISONED BY THE ATLANTA SYMPHONY, DR. BILLY TAYLOR COMPOSED “PEACEFUL WARRIOR”, AN EXTENDED WORK DEDICATED TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER SINGS AN EXCERPT FROM THE SUITE, IF YOU REALLY ARE CONCERNED.

  • WBGO in the Media!

    January 12, 2016. Posted by Nicole Sweeney.

    We are happy and proud to see WBGO’s local and national profile grow stronger through key members of the WBGO staff being prominently featured in mainstream media.

    Music Director Gary Walker on 60 Minutes

    Gary Walker & Joey Alexander
    Gary Walker & pianist Joey Alexander

    Dorthaan Kirk prominently profiled in the NY Times

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    Dorthaan Kirk

    On-Air Announcer Sheila Anderson on NBC

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    Janice Huff & Sheila Anderson

  • Ticket Giveaway - Dance Theatre of Harlem at NJPAC

    January 11, 2016. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    NJPAC’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration pays tribute to the life and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders. January 2016 features the return of Dance Theatre of Harlem, the legendary ballet company founded as an artistic means to turn despair into hope following the assassination of Dr. King.

    The program’s guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Sanders, senior pastor of the Fountain Baptist Church in Summit.

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  • Best in Jazz: 2015

    January 5, 2016. Posted by Steve Williams.

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    Gary Walker, Rhonda Hamilton and Michael Bourne play excerpts from, and offer in depth commentary about their favorite jazz recording releases of 2015.