• Pianist Renee Rosnes Talks With Michael Bourne

    November 14, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Pianist Renee Rosnes talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about her tribute to tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson with Peter Washington on bass, Lewis Nash on drums, and Jimmy Greene on tenor sax. The group performs at New York's Village Vanguard Nov. 19 through 24. Enjoy!


  • Janis Siegel With Michael Bourne: "Nightsongs"

    November 12, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Janis Siegel talks with Michael Bourne about her new CD, Nightsongs, and her career with The Manhattan Transfer. Siegel performs at New York's Blue Note solo on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and with the Transfer from Nov. 14 through 17. Enjoy!


  • Singer Billy Vera With Michael Bourne

    November 5, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Billy Vera talks with Michael Bourne about his experiences over four decades as a singer and songwriter, and his new album Big Band Jazz. Enjoy!


  • Singer Gretchen Parlato With Michael Bourne

    November 3, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Gretchen Parlato talks with WBGO's Michael Bourne about her new album Live in NYC, which celebrates her tenth anniversary as a performer in the city. Enjoy!


  • WBGO Says Farewell To NEA Jazz Master Frank Wess

    October 31, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says goodbye to our friend, flute and saxophone master Frank Wess, who died yesterday from kidney failure at age 91. We were fortunate to enjoy many moments with Frank over the years, and would like to share some of these with you now.

    Photo by Paul Slaughter
    Photo by Paul Slaughter

    Frank was "Magic" to his friends and fellow musicians, and rightly so. His devotion to, and mastery of, music were second to none.

    In this interview with Michael Bourne from 2008, he explains how after honing his craft in Count Basie's Orchestra, he became one of New York's busiest and most successful studio musicians, and co-led bands large and small with his Basie sax section partner Frank Foster, who we said goodbye to in 2011.

    A striver who believed in progress through music, Wess could in be found in recent years playing - in top form - in New York clubs such as Dizzy's at Lincoln Center, Small's and Smoke, where he unstintingly shared his wisdom and experience with younger players.

    90th Birthday at Dizzy's Club, photo by Fran Kaufman
    90th Birthday at Dizzy's Club, photo by Fran Kaufman

    We last presented him in concert in April, at 54 Below in Manhattan, as part of the nightclub's WBGO jazz series with guitarist Peter Bernstein.

    WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton celebrated with Frank in January of 2007, when he was named a NEA Jazz Master, the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician:


    Frank sat down with Rhonda once again in October of 2010 for another hourlong conversation, when he was the guest of honor at the annual All-Night Soul concert at St. Peter's Church in Manhattan:

    Rest easy Frank, and thank you from all of us at WBGO!

    Photo by Tom Marcello
    Photo by Tom Marcello