• Coming Up on WBGO 88.3 FM: Week of July 30th

    July 28, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Here's what to look forward to in the coming days on WBGO...


    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: Featuring the music of pioneering guitarist Charlie Christian

    SportsJam with Doug Doyle 7:30 pm:  guest – Donnie Joseph; New Jersey Jackals relief pitcher Donnie Joseph talks about his MLB days with the Kansas City Royals and his first season in New Jersey.

    Jazz Night in America – 6:30 pm: Jazz Prodigies; JNIA explores jazz prodigies from different eras, including 11-year-old pianist, Joey Alexander.

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8pm – 1am: a tribute to the late big band leader Nancie Banks.


    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton - 10 am til 2 pm: Featuring the music of saxophonist and composer James Spaulding

    Song Travels w/Michael Feinstein – 6:30 pm: guest David Hyde Pierce

    Evening Jazz w/ Awilda Rivera – 8pm – 1am: Happy Birthday to a singer (Kevin Mahogany) & 2 reedmen (James Spaulding & David Sanborn)


    Midday Jazz w/ Rhonda Hamilton 10 am til 2 pm: featuring a birthday tribute to pianist Hank Jones

    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 6:30 pmJimmy Witherspoon Albums Vol.7

    WBGO Journal – 7:30 pm: The race for the Republican nomination for U.S. President shifts into high gear next Thursday night in Cleveland.  That's when and where the first of a possible twelve GOP debates takes place.  WBGO's Bruce Johnson speaks to noted Rutgers University Political Science Professor Dr. John Glascock about the crowded field; WBGO's Thad Komorowski reports on the NY Poetry Festival; Ben Sidran and his son Leo Sidran report from the Newport Jazz Festival.

    Evening Jazz  – 8pm – 1am:  Nicole Sweeney is in for Awilda Rivera


    Portraits in Blue w/ Bob Porter – 7 am: Erskine Hawkins Vol. 4

    Rhythm Revue w/ Felix Hernandez – 10 am til 2 pm: the “All Request” show

    Saturday Afternoon Jazz w/ Monifa Brown - 2 pm til 6 pm:  SONGS OF COURAGE- Standing ovation For James Spaulding. Honoring the brilliant saxophonist, composer and living legend who celebrates his 78th birthday this week. We'll feature some of his landmark collaborations with Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter, among others as well as his dynamic sessions as a leader.


    Sunday Night Music Mix w/ Eulis Cathey – 7 pm: featuring the music of Airto & Flora Purim

    The Checkout w/ Simon Rentner – 11 pm: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program

  • John Patitucci on "Brooklyn": Listen Now

    June 23, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Bassist John Pattitucci talks with Michael Bourne about his album "Brooklyn," which features his melodic playing on six-string bass. Patitucci performs at the Montreal Jazz Festival June 30. Enjoy!


  • Vocalist Kurt Elling on "Passion World": Listen Now

    June 11, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Vocalist Kurt Elling talks with Michael Bourne about his album "Passion World," which features him singing love songs from around the world in English, French and Portuguese. Elling celebrates the album's release at New York's Birdland jazz club June 10 - 13. Enjoy!

    Photo by Anna Webber
    Photo by Anna Webber

  • WBGO's Michael Bourne Remembers B.B. King

    May 16, 2015. Posted by Michael Bourne.

    BB was actually named King.  He was born Riley B. King on a cotton plantation in 1925.  He grew up around Indianola, Mississippi, and he first became known in Memphis — where he worked as a singer and DJ on radio station WDIA.

    That's when his nickname Beale Street Blues Boy was shortened to Blues Boy, and then to BB.

    Photo by Dave Stryker
    Photo by Dave Stryker

    T-Bone Walker was an early inspiration, and I always remember the look on his face when I quoted something he’d said about how much he loved listening to Django Reinhardt.

    With his eyes closed and his face beaming, he smiled and he said only “Django …”

    BB’s own sound on the guitar he called Lucille was magisterial.  When he played a note, a finger of his left hand quivered on the string, so that every note sounded like a bell, echoing.
    BB loved listening to Frank Sinatra sing, and his own voice was as down-to-earth and heartful.  When he was singing, he didn’t play.  When he was playing, Lucille was singing.

    No blues artist popularized the blues around the world like BB King.  No blues artist ever sang or played the guitar like BB King.

    He was — and always will be — the King of the Blues.

    Guitarist Dave Stryker sent me this picture of of his "prized possession" - a Red clear vinyl Crown Records 195.

    Pretty much says it all. For Dave, for me, and for all of us.

    Thank you, BB.