WBGO Blog
  • Farewell to NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson

    September 9, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO says goodbye to Gerald Wilson, who died Sept. 8 at his home in Los Angeles, four days after his 94th birthday.

    The trumpeter, bandleader and arranger played a key role in the development of West Coast and orchestral jazz over his 75 years as a professional musician. Fresh out of Detroit's Cass Technical High School in 1939, he joined Jimmie Lunceford's band and never looked back.

    Based in Los Angeles, Wilson arranged for Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and dozens of others, as well as his own large and small ensembles. In 1990, he was named an NEA Jazz Master, the nation's highest honor for a jazz musician.

    Wilson visited WBGO many times over the years, and stopped by in 2003 for a heartfelt chat with Morning Jazz host Gary Walker, which we'd like to share with you again now.

    Thank you, Gerald, we will miss you!

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  • Author Ed Berger on Joe Wilder: Listen Now

    September 2, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Edward Berger talks with Gary Walker about Softly, With Feeling, his biography of trumpeter Joe Wilder, and a celebration of Wilder's life at St. Peter's Church in New York on Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Berger is the former associate director of the Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.

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  • Pianist Bill Mays' "Stories Of The Road": Listen Now

    August 28, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Pianist Bill Mays talks with Gary Walker about Stories Of The Road, his new memoir that chronicles his five decades as a performer, composer and arranger, working with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa, and everyone in between. Enjoy!

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  • Pianist Orrin Evans on "Liberation Blues": Listen Now

    August 14, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Pianist Orrin Evans talks with WBGO's Gary Walker about his album "Liberation Blues," recorded live at the Smoke jazz club in Manhattan with bassist Luques Curtis, drummer Bill Stewart, saxophonist JD Allen and trumpeter Sean Jones. Enjoy!

    Photo by Jimmy Katz
    Photo by Jimmy Katz
  • Guitarist Steve Khan: "Subtext"

    July 31, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Guitarist Steve Khan talks with Gary Walker about his CD "Subtext," which features his Latin jazz compositions and reimaginings of songs by Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk, Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter.

    Khan is joined on the album by trumpeter and flugelhornist Randy Brecker, Rob Mounsey on keyboards, bassist Reuben Rodriguez, drummer Dennis Chambers and percussionists Marc Quiñones and Bobby Allende.

    To read WBGO music director Gary Walker's full review of the album, click here. Enjoy!

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