January 26, 2016. Posted by Josh Landes.
Arturo O'Farrill brings his Boss Level Septet- a dynamite group featuring members of his own family- to WBGO for a live session and interview with Gary Walker. Special guest Papo Vasquez is on hand to contribute to both the set and the conversation about family, Latin jazz, and more.
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August 11, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.
Jazz After Hours 1 till 6 am: Rich Keith is in for Brian Delp; birthday salute to pianist Jess Stacy
Morning Jazz - 6 til 10 am: Brian Delp is in for Gary Walker
Conversations w/Allan Wolper – 7:30 pm: guest - Sam Schwartz; Schwartz is known worldwide as Gridlock Sam, a nickname the media gave him for his role in coining the term, Gridlock. As New York City's traffic commissioner in the 1980's, he designed routes for numerous crowded corners. He is also a columnist for The Daily News.
Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 10 pm: Birthday salute to saxophonist Donny McCaskin
Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 till 6 am: Happy birthday to guitarist Pat Metheny
Morning Jazz - 6 til 10 am: Gary Walker returns from vacation
Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of organist Jimmy Smith
SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm: guest is Laurin Mincy, one of the best high school basketball players in NJ history, starring at University High School. Mincy would go on to lead the University of Maryland to two final four appearances.
Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Tootie Heath Turns 80! Jazz Night In America is honored to celebrate the 80th birthday of drummer, bandleader, and force of nature Albert “Tootie” Heath. He’s recorded with Coltrane, lead a band for fifty years, and played with Dexter Gordon, Nina Simone, Wes Montgomery, and many more. In eight decades, Heath hasn’t missed a beat.
Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to singer Earl Coleman
Midday Jazz w/Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: featuring the music of George Shearing and Mulgrew Miller; also, remembering the Thelonius Monk/Gerry Mulligan recording “Monk Meets Mulligan”, recorded on this date in 1957.
Afternoon Jazz – 2 til 6:30 pm: Eulis Cathey in for Michael Bourne; featuring the music of bassist Charles Mingus
Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest is Grammy Award-winning bandleader, composer and pianist Arturo O’Farrill
Newark Today – 8pm: Newark – the next Silicon Valley?; guests, Jimi Olaghere of Geek Supply company, Councilwoman Gayle Cheneyfielld Jenkins, Mark Bonamo of Newark Inc.
Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 9 pm: birthday salutes to singer Kathleen Battle and pianist Mulgrew Miller
Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pm – Billy Eckstine Vol. 2
WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: hosted by Doug Doyle and Alexandra Hill; reviews from Harlan Jacobson and Michael Bourne; story about college prep program at NJIT from college reporter Andrew Hines; Alexandra Hill interviews New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne of Newark
Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8 pm: birthday salute to singer Lorez Alexandria
Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Dinah Washington from the beginning Vol. 15
Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm: Grew’s Tune- One more for Mulgrew; August 13th is the anniversary of Mulgrew Miller ‘s birth. He was a musician’s musician. We’ll keep the tunes spinning for Mulgrew - playing his own recordings and other musicians playing his compositions.
Jazz Night in America – 6 pm: tribute to drummer Max Roach.
The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program
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July 15, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.
Here's what to look forward to on WBGO in the coming days- tune to 88.3 FM or listen in to our internet live stream to catch the magic!
Jazz After Hours - 1 til 6 am: songs by Dorothy Fields. Tracks from Leroy Vinnegar’s “Leroy Walks” recorded on this date in 1957.
Morning Jazz w/ Gary Walker – 9 am: Interview with trombonist Dave Gibson
Midday Jazz - 10 am til 2 pm w/ Rhonda Hamilton: Remembering drum great Philly Joe Jones.
SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm: guest – Bobby Edwards, St. Joseph's University and former St. Benedict's goalkeeper
Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Introducing Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation. Marcus’ new 11-piece ensemble—featuring many of his younger protégé—perform original material by Marcus and the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Chick Corea, and Horace Silver. We speak to Marcus and the members of the ensemble about the formation of the band in Tallahassee, Florida and explore what it means to teach jazz through mentorship.
Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Sheila Anderson is in for Awilda Rivera; more live recordings from historic jazz venues
Jazz After Hours - 1 – 6 am: Remembering guitarist Bola Sete, as well as pianist Nat Pierce. Classic recordings from Jimmy Smith, Eric Dolphy and Bill Evans.
Midday Jazz - 10 am til 2 pm w/ Rhonda Hamilton: Featuring the music of Cal Tjader
Afternoon Jazz w/ Michael Bourne - 2 pm: WBGO listener Raymond Clausss hosts an hour
Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest – vocalist and songwriter José James, who draws his musical inspiration from hip hop and indie rock in addition to jazz and R&B. He’s toured extensively and has gained a following with his acclaimed 2013 album, No Beginning No End, and his 2014 release, While You Were Sleeping. On this Song Travels, James remembers Billie Holiday, who was born 100 years ago this past April, and performs her classics “Loverman” and “I Thought About You.”
Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Sheila Anderson is in for Awilda Rivera
Jazz After Hours w/ Brian Delp – 1 til 6 am: Birthday tributes for drummers Joe Morello, Alvester Garnett, Ben Riley, singer Jimmy Scott and saxophonist Chico Freeman. More from Bill Evans’ “Interplay” and from George Benson’s “Body Talk” made on this date.
Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring the music of pianist Vince Guaraldi, composer of many jazz classics as well as the theme music for the Charlie Brown TV series.
Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pm – Dinah Washington Albums Vol. 12
Evening Jazz – 8pm – 1am: Awilda Rivera returns!
Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Buddy Johnson Vol.4
Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: Classic Labels - an extra helping of Motown and Stax in today’s soulful mix.
Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm: DRUMS OF THUNDER- We'll celebrate the birthdays of two of the greatest rhythmic forces of the jazz world- Philly Joe Jones and Ben Riley. Classic sessions with Philly Jone's and Miles Davis as well as Riley with Thelonious Monk will be among the highlights. As Babatunde Olatunji once said "..Rhythm is the soul of life." It's going to be a soulful afternoon of rhythms celebrating life and legacy of these two giants.
Jazz Night in America – 6 pm: Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen leads Choro Aventuroso, a culmination of both her affinity and intense study of Choro, a genre often referred to as “The New Orleans Jazz of Brazil.”
Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm: featuring pianist, composer bandleader and educator Patrice Rushen
The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program
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November 26, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO's 7th Annual Coat Drive begins Monday, December 8, 2014! Donate your clean, new or used coats for infants, children or adults in need this winter. Drop off locations and times are:
12/8/14 thru 1/16/2015:
WBGO: Monday - Friday, 10AM – 4PM
54 Park Place, Newark, NJ
Christoffers Flowers: Monday - Saturday, 9AM – 5PM
860 Mountain Avenue
NAI DiLeo-Bram Company
Corporate Real Estate Services
1315 Stelton Road
Coats will be distributed to charities within Essex County.
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October 20, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.
WBGO Presents: Our Point of View in their only East Coast Appearance
December 12 at Le Poisson Rouge
To commemorate WBGO’s 35th anniversary year, we are teaming up with Blue Note Records at the close of their 75th anniversary year to present the only East Coast appearance of the supergroup, Our Point of View. With a limited number of engagements in Monterey, Paris, London and New York City, the December 12, 2014 performance in support of WBGO will be the only opportunity for fans in the jazz capital to experience this historic group.
Created in honor of Blue Note’s anniversary, Our Point of View celebrates the vitality of the label by looking ahead and bringing together the leading young artists on the Blue Note roster who steadfastly continue to move jazz forward. Featuring keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and bassist Derrick Hodge with drummer Kendrick Scott, the band’s repertoire draws from each of these artists’ own remarkable catalogs as well new spins on Blue Note classics.
The creative young voices of jazz have been the lifeblood of Blue Note Records since its formation in 1939—from Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, to Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson—all of whom made their debut albums for the legendary label. Since WBGO’s inception in 1979, the station has been at the forefront of many brilliant jazz careers, including the members of this group, each of whom has performed in WBGO’s studio in Newark.
December 12, 2014 ι Le Poisson Rouge
In 2009, WBGO launched an innovative program entitled, The Checkout, which brought each of these musicians into our Newark studios to perform as band leaders and discuss their music. Two years later, veteran record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note as Chief Creative Officer and soon became its president, renewing its dedication to the original label vision, articulated by Blue Note founder Alfred Lion that “any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.”
Checkout the members of Our Point of View on WBGO:
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