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  • Arturo O'Farrill and his Boss Level Septet live on WBGO with special guest Papo Vasquez

    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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  • WBGO's Gary Walker talks about pianist Joey Alexander on CBS' 60 Minutes

    December 29, 2015. Posted by Nicole Sweeney.

    Anderson Cooper & WBGO's Gary Walker
    Anderson Cooper & WBGO's Gary Walker

    A proud moment in jazz is when our music is acknowledged and celebrated in mainstream media. This year, 12 year old jazz pianist Joey Alexander has had the world listening to and watching him closely.  CBS's 60 Minutes followed Joey for several months and the results aired on the program's first episode of the new year, featuring a conversation between Anderson Cooper and our own Gary Walker, host of Morning Jazz. Check out the video here.

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    Gary Walker & Joey Alexander

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  • Ben Sidran talks with Gary Walker on "Jazz, Jews, And African Americans"

    December 10, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Pianist, singer, scholar, and writer Ben Sidran discusses his exploration of the relationships between Jews and African Americans with WBGO's Gary Walker. From music to food and lyrics to locations, Sidran examines the ties that bound two distinct cultures during the early development of jazz.

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  • Lee Smith Talks "His Kind Of Blues" with Gary Walker

    November 11, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Bassist Lee Smith came to WBGO's Morning Jazz with Gary Walker to talk about Philadelphia jazz, his friendship with legendary percussionist Mongo Santamaria, his life in music, and his son Christian McBride - who makes a cameo!

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  • 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...

    *Wednesday:

    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.

    Thursday:

    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)

    *Friday:

    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

    *Saturday:

    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:

    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