January 14, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.
Congratulations are in order for Dee Dee Bridgewater, a longtime friend to WBGO and host of JazzSet for many years.
In addition to a recent Grammy nomination, Ms. Bridgewater's latest CD, Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, has been nominated for an Image Award from the NAACP for Outstanding Jazz Album.
Fox will broadcast the awards show on March 4 at 8 p.m. -- in the meantime, tune in on Sunday and Wednesday evenings to hear JazzSet on your radio, or listen online to the latest edition (or browse the archives.)
From all of us at WBGO: Good luck, Dee Dee!
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November 9, 2010. Posted by Andrew Meyer.
The Brooklyn Museum is showing a retrospective of artist Fred Tomaselli now through January 2nd. Tomaselli’s work involves a collage of mixed media: painting, photographs, and a variety of images that have become Tomaselli signatures. Birds. Bugs. Leaves. Beads. Even actual pills that he sticks onto the pieces. One of his most amusing works shows a colossal baby trampling a cityscape like Godzilla. It’s Tomaselli’s son, and as you look closer you see that the cityscape is actually a jumble of toys. One of his most spectacular pieces shows Adam and Eve driven out from a burst of eyes and teeth and creatures, a Big Bang of life’s miscellany. He’s also done works that look like intimate close-ups of chemical elements or human cells. Microcosms. Macrocosms. And sometimes both all at once. I talked with Fred Tomaselli at his Brooklyn studio for the 11/12/10 WBGO Journal. You can hear the entire interview as a web extra, and you can see here a slideshow of Tomaselli’s works in the show at the Brooklyn Museum.
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August 10, 2010. Posted by Andrew Meyer.
Do you remember the Playbill, the Cadillac Club? How about the Key Club or Sparky J’s? Do you know someone, a friend, a parent, a grandparent who used to hang out in Newark’s jazz scene back during the heyday?
WBGO News is looking for first-hand stories of Newark’s rich jazz history to capture as part of a new aural history project. We’re looking for remembrances from those times. What did the places look like, smell like, feel like, etc. Why were they so much fun during that time? What made the jazz clubs the place to be. What did they like about them. What performers did they see there? What songs got people moving? Did they perhaps meet their future spouse at a club?
We’re looking to interview people who have stories to tell about this aspect of Newark’s rich cultural heritage. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can get in touch with news director Doug Doyle at 973-624-8880, ext. 264.
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May 4, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.
Allan Harris sang and hosts from the Umbria Festival -- July 9-18 in Perugia, Italy -- announced the schedule at a press party in NY on Monday evening. Harris, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Manhattan Transfer, Melody Gardot, Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani and many other artists are on the Umbria line-up. To savor dates and details, click here and check out the the JazzSet Festival Calendar.
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April 1, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.With the death of June Kim, WBGO has lost a great volunteer and friend. June was born in Harlem, raised in the Bronx ("Miss Paradise Farms" 1953), worked her full career at New York Telephone Co., and resided for many years in Teaneck. June always spoke with pleasure of her close and extended family and friends, and -- as expressed in her Obituary, in capital letters -- JUNE LOVED JAZZ. Long before young Jeremy Pelt came to New York, June was telling us about her trumpet-playing nephew. We at WBGO who knew June are very fortunate, and share in the sadness of losing her. In Volunteer Co-ordinator Sylvia Brewer's words, "June was a wonderful, classy lady – her smile, and love for the music will always be remembered."
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