WBGO Blog
  • Sarah Vaughan Finalist Camille Thurman With Rhonda Hamilton

    October 28, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer and saxophonist Camille Thurman talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her participation in the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, and her album Spirit Child.

    Thurman is one of five finalists who perform November 10 at 3 p.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Victoria Theater for this year's "Sassy" Award, named for jazz singer and Newark native Sarah "Sassy" Vaughan.  Hamilton will present this concert, which is part of the TD Bank James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival.

    Like what you hear? Click here to let us know, and bookmark WBGO.ORG/SASSY for all the latest festival updates.

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  • Singer Cyrille Aimee With Rhonda Hamilton

    October 21, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Cyrille Aimée talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her recent recordings and performance with the Christian McBride Big Band in the "Sing, Sing, Sing!" concert at NJPAC on November 9. The concert is part of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival, and Aimée is the 2012 winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, which is also part of the festival. Enjoy!

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  • WBGO Congratulates Monk Prize Winner Melissa Aldana

    September 19, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    WBGO congratulates Melissa Aldana, the 2013 winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute's International Jazz Competition. A 24-year-old tenor saxophonist from Santiago, Chile, Aldana is the first woman and first South American to win the competition in its 26-year history.

    WBGO will feature Aldana's group, The Crash Trio with Pablo Menares on bass and Francisco Mela on drums, in a live broadcast and webcast from Boston at the Berklee College of Music's Cafe 939 on October 9 at 8 p.m., the first in our fall series of live concerts from Berklee.

    Can't wait? Aldana visited the WBGO studios in 2008, when she was a twenty-year-old member of Berklee's Blue Note Ensemble, and performed live in our Studio B as part of our annual in-studio festival of student ensembles for Jazz Appreciation Month every April.

    Click here to hear Melissa's chat on that occasion with Midday Jazz host Rhonda Hamilton, in which she describes picking up an alto saxophone at age six to accompany her father, saxophonist Marcos Aldana:

    Click here to hear Melissa perform with the Blue Note ensemble:

    Congratulations Melissa, and see you in Boston on October 9!

    Paul Morigi/Getty Images for the Thelonious Monk Institute
    Paul Morigi/Getty Images for the Thelonious Monk Institute
  • Soprano Jessye Norman With Rhonda Hamilton: Inspirations

    September 10, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Soprano Jessye Norman selects some of her favorite jazz recordings and talks with WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton about her vocal inspirations, such as Mabel Mercer and Billie Holiday, and her efforts to offer quality arts education to disadvantaged youth through the the Jessye Norman School of The Arts in Augusta, Georgia.

    Norman will host a special performance of Lady Day at the Little Shubert Theatre in New York City on Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. The event, which stars JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater as Billie Holiday, benefits WBGO and The Actors Fund.

    For information and tickets visit www.WBGO.org/LadyDay.

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  • Studio Session: Likemind Collective Live at WBGO

    September 4, 2013. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Listen now to The Likemind Collective with pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Eric Revis, drummer Nasheet Waits, vocalist J.D. Walter and saxophonist Oliver Lake, from their live broadcast in WBGO's Studio B on September 4, 2013, hosted by WBGO's Rhonda Hamilton. The ensemble performs at New York's Jazz Standard with special guests through September 8. Enjoy!

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    L-R: Walter, Evans, Hamilton, Revis, Waits, Lake