• Bourne's Mohonk 2015: Better Than Ever

    February 9, 2015. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    This is the first of several highlights from this year's Jazz On The Mountain festival.

    I was afraid I was jinxing myself, as I got ready for this year's JOTM at the Mohonk Mountain House.


    This year's line-up looked to be one of the best I've emceed, performed at, and "curated" - more like "fantasized" - at Mohonk in 16 years. Almost too good to be true.

    But this year’s JOTM turned out to be, indeed, one of the best.

    L-R: Amy Niles, Michael Bourne, Guy Davis. Photo: Cynthia Lewis & Byron Smith

    This year’s Jazz On The Mountain was enjoyed by more WBGO’ers than ever before.

    About half of Mohonk’s enormous castle on the lake was filled with folks who'd come on the WBGO trip package, and something like 140 folks attended the Saturday evening dinner with the artists.

    L-R: WBGO Dinner with Terry Dawson, Rita Annan-Brady & drummer Dennis Mackrel

    Kudos to the indefatigable WBGO travel troupe: Amy Niles, John Newcott, Carmen Balentine, and Jennifer Spiegler.

    WBGO's Jen Spiegler

    My mantra about the artists I invite to Mohonk is that "they don't come to play a gig, they come to play!"

    The Butler-Bernstein Hot Nine On Parade

    And the artists who get into the spirit of the jazzfest, in their own shows and often joining in other shows, while also enjoying being with their loved ones in the  Mountain House - we call these artists "Mohonk-y."

    L-R: Scott Robinson, Martin Wind, Helen Sung, Dennis Mackrel

    And about that Mountain House… it was built in 1869, and it always looks beautiful!

    Photo: Carmen Balentine

    Coming up: more on our favorite Mohonk-y moments and musicians, including Dave Stryker, Martin Wind, Scott Robinson and Catherine Russell, so stay tuned!

  • Trumpeter Eddie Allen: Listen Now

    October 29, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Trumpeter Eddie Allen talks with Michael Bourne about his CD "Push," big band and WBGO Kids Jazz concert Nov. 1 at 12:30 p.m. at the Cicely Tyson School of the Performing Arts in East Orange, New Jersey. Enjoy!


  • SVVC Finalists Kelsey-Sugg & McKenzie: Listen Now

    October 28, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singers Kate Kelsey-Sugg & Sarah McKenzie talk with Sheila Anderson about being finalists in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Both perform on Nov. 16 at NJPAC in Newark for the 2014 Sassy Award. Enjoy!

    (L-R): Kate Kelsey-Sugg & Sarah McKenzie

  • Blues Singer Marcia Ball Live At WBGO: Listen Now

    October 22, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Blues singer & pianist Marcia Ball performs live at WBGO and talks with Michael Bourne about her inspirations and album Alligator Man & The Tatooed Lady. Enjoy!


  • Jazz Night In America: Wallace Roney Live From Detroit

    October 21, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Watch a video webcast of trumpeter Wallace Roney and violinist Regina Carter at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 9 p.m.

    Wallace Roney

    In the late 1960s, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a number of large ensemble works for Miles Davis his employer at the time. They were never recorded, and eventually forgotten.

    Decades later, Shorter, now considered one of jazz's greatest composers, dug up the music and handed it over to trumpeter Wallace Roney, a Davis protégé, to breathe new life into the charts.

    Roney presents that suite of music — or what he could before rain showers interceded — on this webcast of Jazz Night In America, live at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival.

    Over Labor Day weekend, the Detroit Jazz Festival annually presents a free, three-day outdoor event regularly attended by some of the biggest names in the music. Detroit native Regina Carter was also among the guests this year, and she leads off the webcast with music from her newest recording, Southern Comfort.