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  • Giving Tuesday is here!

    December 1, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    #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!

  • WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SINATRA CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY BASH

    November 23, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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  • WBGO's 8th Annual Coat Drive

    November 19, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO's 8th Annual Coat Drive begins Tuesday, December 1, 2015! This year, we are starting a week earlier and launching on #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving.

    Donate your clean, new or used coats for infants, children or adults in need this winter. Drop off locations and times are:

    12/1/15 through 1/10/2016:

    WBGO: Monday - Friday, 10AM – 4PM
    54 Park Place, Newark, NJ

    Christoffers Flowers: Monday - Saturday, 9AM – 5PM
    860 Mountain Avenue
    Mountainside, NJ

    WBGO Coat Drive

    Coats will be distributed to charities within Essex County.

  • WBGO Partners with City of Newark on New Festival

    November 11, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    BLUES PEOPLE FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL
    November 15 - 21, 2015

    Taking it's title from Amiri Baraka's book, Blues People, which Langston Hughes called "A must for all who would more knowledgeably appreciate and better comprehend America's most popular music," this new festival produced by the City of Newark launches this Sunday, November 15, with a week long series of free concerts around Newark.

    The festival travels around the city visiting several restaurants and ending in the Terrace Ballroom at the iconic Newark Symphony Hall with the well loved Newark tradition of the Organ Jam.

    Performers on the festival include:

    Antoinette Montague
    Guy Davis
    Rob Paparozzi
    DD Jackson
    Valerie Adams
    Bradford Hayes
    Rhoda Scott

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    Newark native Rhoda Scott in the WBGO Performance Studio

    The performances will be interspersed with tributes to Newark's own:

    Kimako’s  Blues People
    Pearl McKinnon & Her Kodaks
    Latin Jazz Music
    Little Jimmy Scott
    Robert Banks
    Ms. Rapsody
    Carrie Smith
    Eric B

    The concept behind the festival was to celebrate jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, gospel, blues, spirituals, be bop, pop, country, doo wop and soul music by bringing performers with international roots together with those with local Newark roots.

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    Rob Paparozzi with WBGO's Michael Bourne

    FULL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

    SUNDAY, NOV 15 Nancey Jackson Johnson

    Four For Christ

    *2-3:30 & 4-5:30 PM

    Diamondz N Da Ruff Cafe

    71 Clay Street  07104

    # 862-902-8083

    MONDAY, NOV 16 Choice: Bad Boys of A Cappella

    Pat Tandy

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    King’s Restaurant

    557 Clinton Avenue   07108

    # 973-396-2963

    TUESDAY, NOV 17 Rob Paparozzi

    Antoinette Montague

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Mr. Adams Restaurant 1034 McCarter Highway  07102

    # 973-622-6221

    WEDNESDAY, NOV 18 Guy Davis

    Ray Rodriguez y Swing Sabroso

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Sol Mar Restaurant

    267 Ferry Street  07105

    # 973-344-3041

    THURSDAY, NOV 19 DD Jackson

    Valerie Adams

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Duke’s Southern Kitchen

    11 Clinton Street  07102

    # 862-763-5757

    FRIDAY, NOV 20 Bradford Hayes

    11:30 AM – 3:00 PM

    De’Borah’s Jazz Café

    18 Green Street  07102

    # 973-848-0046

    FRIDAY,  NOV 20 Ronnell Bey

    Leo Johnson

    *7-8:30 & 9-10:30 PM

    Blue Mirror Restaurant

    257 Clinton Avenue  07108

    # 973-732-7979

    SATURDAY, NOV 21 Organ Jam

    featuring

    Rhoda Scott

    *7 – 11:00 PM

    Terrace Ballroom

    Newark Symphony Hall

    1030 Broad Street  07102

    # 973-643-8014

    *Call for reservations:   Sunday   -  2 PM Show or 4 PM Show  /  Monday thru Friday Evenings - 7 PM Show or 9 PM Show

    1. Call for free tickets:     Saturday - 7 PM Show
  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2016 Day Trips

    October 27, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    The Bus Stops Here, and takes you straight to the gate of the world famous Newport Jazz Festival!

    WBGO Travel welcomes you to join us on a day trip to one of the best festivals of the world: The 62nd Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island! Choose a fun-filled day of your choice! The festival takes place Friday July 29th, Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st.

    Bus departure locations are:

    Newark travelers have the option of parking at the Military Park Garage for an all-day rate of $20. Garage will open at 4 am and will stay open until all travelers have returned.

    Bus will arrive at designated location for boarding at 5AM and will depart PROMPTLY at 5:30AM.

    Bus will arrive at Berklee for boarding at 8AM and will depart PROMPTLY at 8:30AM.

    After May 1, no refunds will be issued but you may transfer your package to another guest.

    Buses will be at the Festival gate at 6pm to board for departure. Buses will leave the gate about 6:30pm. More specific timing will be publicized once the Festival lineup is announced mid-July.

    We bring you right to the door step of the hippest, jazziest music filled event of the year!

    This excursion includes: round trip bus travel from one of our departure locations directly to the festival gate on the day of your choice and general admission ticket to the festival for the full day.

    Click here for the complete 2016 Newport Jazz Festival Lineup!

    For more information and to book your package today, click here!

    Manhattan*/Brooklyn/Newark* Rates

    *Saturday tickets for Manhattan and Newark are sold out. Friday and Sunday are still available.

    Friday
    NYC only
    Saturday or Sunday
    Early Bird (Now thru Jan 21, 10am) $175 $195 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Advance Sales (Jan 21, 10am - Apr 30) $195 $215 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Regular $225 $245 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Student $145 $165 Book Day Trip Travel Now

    Boston Rates

    Friday Saturday or Sunday
    Early Bird ( Now thru Jan 21, 10am) $150 $170 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Advance Sales (Jan 21, 10am - Apr 30) $170 $190 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Regular $185 $205 Book Day Trip Travel Now
    Student $120 $140 Book Day Trip Travel Now

    Folding Chairs

    Get your WBGO Folding Chair
    If you do not have a chair that meets the regulations of the Festival, we will have some onsite for purchase. If you advise us by email or phone that you are interested we will have it for you when you arrive for $30. Should you purchase it onsite it will be $40.
    Dimensions are : 29”H x 19” W x 19” L. Seat to floor is approx. 18” H. Weight limit – approx. 250 lbs. It folds and fits into a carrying case with a strap, they are lightweight and easy to move about. Available in red. There is limited availability! Chairs can be purchased individually when you make a booking. Click here to get your WBGO Folding Chair!