• 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!

  • Singer Charenee Wade: Listen Now

    February 2, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Charenee Wade talks with Michael Bourne about her performances with the big bands of Eyal Vilner, Bobby Sanabria and others. Wade performs with Vilner's big band at New York's Smalls Jazz Club on Sunday, Feb. 8, and at Jazz At Lincoln Center in a tribute to Betty Carter on Friday, Mar. 6.


  • Rob Paparozzi On "Electric Butter": Listen Now

    January 23, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Blues singer and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi talks with Michael Bourne about "Electric Butter," his CD tribute with the Ed Palermo Big Band to the electric Chicago blues of Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield.

    Paparozzi performs at New York's Cutting Room Feb. 6, and at Newark's Gateway 2 on March 4 at noon, as part of WBGO's monthly series of free lunchtime concerts. Enjoy!