• WBGO JAM Live 2014: NYU Latin Jazz Ensemble

    April 8, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    The NYU Latin Jazz Ensemble performs live at WBGO to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear this concert, and check back to hear more groups featured in our student jazz marathon for International Jazz Day on April 30.

    The ensemble, led by trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, is Robby Mack on alto sax, David Banker on trombone, Zach Daniels on vibes, Alex Sugarman on guitar, Nate Furgason on bass and Josh Bailey on drums. A full set list is below.

    NYU Latin Jazz Ensemble
    Live at WBGO 4/7/14

    To The Point - Michael Rodriguez

    soloists: Alex, Zach, Mike, Nate

    Cicero Samba - Nate Furgason

    soloists: Robbie, David, Josh

    Flight To Jordan - Duke Jordan

    soloists: Mike, Robby, David, Zach, Alex, Nate, Josh

  • WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: The Peter Bernstein Trio on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12pm

    March 25, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to celebrate April as Jazz Appreciation month and the 35th Anniversary of WBGO 88.3 FM at the free concert series featuring the Peter Bernstein Trio.

    Peter Bernstein by Jordi Suol
    Peter Bernstein by Jordi Suol

    Jazz guitarist and New York City native Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. He has released nine albums and has performed with musicians from all generations, including Joshua Redman and Diana Krall. Bernstein is described as “an extremely elegant musician with a gorgeous tone” and legendary guitarist Jim Hall says “he is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard”. The Peter Bernstein Trio includes Mike LeDonne (organ) and Joe Farnsworth (drums).

    They join us in honor of April as Jazz Appreciation Month (an annual celebration of jazz as an original American art form) and to celebrate WBGO’s 35th anniversary as a publicly-supported, cultural institution that champions jazz to a worldwide audience through radio, online, travel, community events and more.

    So bring your friends, your family, your lunch and enjoy a wonderful performance.

  • Celebrate WBGO's 35th Birthday with Chick Corea

    March 6, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    In April, WBGO will celebrate its 35th anniversary with many opportunities to participate, listen, learn and enjoy jazz. On April 10, the day after WBGO's birthday, we invite an intimate group to join us at Town Hall in Times Square for a wonderful concert and post-show meet-and-greet with the artist, Chick Corea.

    When the legendary artist Chick Corea recorded Piano Improvisations on the ECM label in 1971, he was the first jazz pianist of his era to release such a recording. This groundbreaking album literally opened the floodgates to a new genre of solo piano that continues strong today.

    In 2014, Chick will be releasing a new solo CD and embarking upon a world tour with a presentation that is as fresh and innovative as ever. With a perfect balance of in-the-moment improvisation, Corea Classics, jazz standards, classical renderings and the inimitable “Children’s Songs,” it is a must-see concert if there ever was one.

    The title of the CD, Portraits, derives from something Chick occasionally includes in his solo shows — when the spirit moves him. The artist asks for volunteers from the typically packed house, sits them down one at a time next to the piano and proceeds to paint a musical “portrait” unique to each individual. It’s uncanny how the personality of the person is captured in Chick’s improvisations.

    It’s pure Chick Corea spirit of play. Come see for yourself, and celebrate 35 years of the greatest jazz radio station on earth!

    Limited WBGO meet-and-greet, premium seating available. Book your tickets today.

    Book your Tickets:

    WBGO Member price per person: $125
    Non-Member price per person: $150
    All tickets will be picked up at the theater.


    For more information, or to pay by check or credit card via the phone you can email events@wbgo.org or call 973-624-8880 x283.

  • WBGO Says Farewell to Pianist Mulgrew Miller

    May 29, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Pianist Mulgrew Miller, a lion of jazz and dear friend of WBGO, passed away early this morning from the effects of a stroke last Wednesday.

    The longtime director of jazz studies at William Paterson University, we were fortunate to have 'Grew as a guest in our studios many times over the years - every April for eight years, he brought the student groups he led at William Paterson into our studios for live broadcasts during Jazz Appreciation Month.

    On April 13 of this year, he brought his "Hawk Flies" septet and chatted with WBGO's Michael Bourne.

    Farewell, 'Grew, from all of us who loved you and your music. Warm wishes to his wife Tanya, daughter  Leilani and son Darnell, from your WBGO family.


  • WBGO JAM Live: Queens College International Jazz Band

    April 25, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    The Queens College International Jazz Band performed live at WBGO in the eleventh in our series of student broadcasts for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear audio from this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.

    The group, directed by David Berkman with Jan Kus on tenor saxophone, Marius Duboule and Jorge Luis Mora on guitar, Tuomo Uusitalo on piano, Eduardo Belo on bass and Piotr Pawlak on drums, performed their own compositions and jazz standards. A full set list is below.

    Enjoy this and all of our student broadcasts, as we introduce you to the next generation of jazz greats in Jazz Appreciation Month!


    The Queens College International Jazz Band

    Directed by David Berkman

    live at WBGO 4/25/13

    Set List

    1. "Bye-Ya:          (Monk)

    Solos: Piano, Guitar, Bass

    David Berkman interview

    2. "Inner Urge"    (Henderson)

    Solos: Sax, Guitar, Drums

    Tuomo Uusitalo interview

    3. "Simple Song"     (Uusitalo)

    Solos: Guitar, Sax, Piano

    Marius Duboule interview

    4. "Toku Chou"     (Duboule, based on "Nutty" by Monk)

    Solos: Guitar, Piano

    Jan Kus interview

    5. "The Long and Shorter of It" (Berkman)

    Solos: Sax, Guitar, Bass

    David Berkman encore interview

    6. "Lover" (Rodgers and Hart)

    Solos: Sax, Piano, Drums

    All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts

    4/1/13: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

    4/8/13: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

    4/12/13: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

    4/15/13: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

    4/16/13: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

    4/17/13: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

    4/18/13: MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble

    4/19/13: LaGuardia High School Senior Band

    4/23/13: SUNY Purchase Super Sophomores

    4/24/13: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

    4/25/13: Queens College International Jazz Band