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  • WBGO's Gary Walker talks about pianist Joey Alexander on CBS' 60 Minutes

    December 29, 2015. Posted by Nicole Sweeney.

    Anderson Cooper & WBGO's Gary Walker
    Anderson Cooper & WBGO's Gary Walker

    A proud moment in jazz is when our music is acknowledged and celebrated in mainstream media. This year, 12 year old jazz pianist Joey Alexander has had the world listening to and watching him closely.  CBS's 60 Minutes followed Joey for several months and the results aired on the program's first episode of the new year, featuring a conversation between Anderson Cooper and our own Gary Walker, host of Morning Jazz. Check out the video here.

    Gary Walker & Joey Alexander
    Gary Walker & Joey Alexander

    Eventbrite - Newport Jazz Festival: 2016 Day Trips

  • Celebrate the New Year with WBGO!

    December 29, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Celebrate with WBGO all New Year's Eve and into New Year's Day with three specials!

    Thursday 12/31, 6PM & Friday 1/1, 5AMThe Best of 2015

    Join WBGO hosts Gary Walker, Rhonda Hamilton and Michael Bourne as they discuss and play excerpts from their favorite jazz releases of 2015.

    Gary Walker, Rhonda Hamilton, Michael Bourne

    Thursday 12/31, 7PM The WBGO New Year’s Eve Swing Party with Bob Porter

    Bob Porter’s big appetite for rhythm and blues is world renowned. But you may be surprised to find out he also has a sweet tooth for swing; he’ll ring in the new year with a foot tapping mix of his favorites and music influenced by the swing era.

    Thursday 12/31, 9PM & Friday 1/1, 6AM Toast of the Nation;

    A WBGO and NPR tradition every New Year's Eve, Toast of the Nation is the perfect sound track for the occasion. Hosted by our own Rhonda Hamilton, Toast of the Nation brings you jazz that you will party to all night long with countdowns to midnight in all four continental time zones. Spirited, improvised, grooving and swinging, each segment is a stop in a sequence of celebrations, contributing something new to the musical feast. 8 hours of music will start at 9pm EST and continue throughout the night until 5am. Featuring recorded performances by Allan Toussaint, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Snarky Puppy, Wycliffe Gordon, and more.

    Toast of the Nation kicks off with Anat Cohen!

    Anat Cohen
    Anat Cohen

    From all of us here at WBGO, we thank you for a great 2015 and wish you a happy, healthy & prosperous New Year!!

  • Happy Holidays from WBGO

    December 18, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    On December 24 and 25, WBGO will air holiday music with limited interruption, so you can enjoy the season with the music you love.

    In anticipation, we decided to gather some of great holiday jazz content in one place so you can enjoy it whenever you wish. Bookmark the page, as we will add music as it becomes available.



    courtesy SC Public Radio

    Pink Martini, Photo Credit: Chris Hornbecker
    Pink Martini, Photo Credit: Chris Hornbecker

  • WBGO Celebrates Rosa Parks

    December 1, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    60 years ago today, on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Following her arrest, a 381 day bus boycott began. The boycott brought a focal point to the Civil Rights movement, and a young pastor, Marin Luther King, Jr. emerged as a national leader in the wake of the action.

    Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. - Creative Commons License
    Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. - Creative Commons License

    Rosa Parks' visit to East Orange, New Jersey school covered on WBGO Journal (1999)

  • Giving Tuesday is here!

    December 1, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    December 2, 2014
    December 1, 2015

    CONTRIBUTE | VOLUNTEER | LISTEN | SPREAD THE WORD

    #GivingTuesday 2015 is here, and once again this year, WBGO is on board!

    Why #GivingTuesday? There were already Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, and 92Y wanted to use the same kind of rallying point that the retail industry had used to drive sales, but direct it toward giving back. Tuesday was "available," so they grabbed it, and set about turning the idea into a reality, and creating an "opening day" for the giving season.

    Last year, more than 27,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this December 1.

    We hope that you will consider supporting WBGO on Giving Tuesday, and to that end, our members have contributed to match $1 for every $2 pledged that day. Listener support is the most reliable funding source for the station, and any amount is welcome. PLEDGE NOW!

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    We also encourage you to post “unselfies” – photos of yourself doing volunteer work (for WBGO or another organization) or with messages of giving. Please feel free to post them to WBGO’s social media pages: @WBGOjazz on Facebook and @WBGO on Twitter.

    And WBGO gives back too - remember to contribute new and clean used coats for children and adults, for our 8th Annual Coat Drive, starts TODAY!