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  • WBGO In South Africa 3: In Soweto

    March 25, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    I learned today Soweto is an acronym for South West Townships. It’s a sprawling, culturally rich and economically diverse collection of communities. With well over a million people, Soweto makes up half of the population of Johannesburg.

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    “The Soweto Uprising” began on June 16, 1976 when Hector Peterson, only 12 years old, was killed when South African police fired into a crowd of students.

    Over the next two days, perhaps as many as 1200 more black Africans were killed -- 89 under the age of 20 and 12 under the age of 7.

    The students had gathered to protest the State’s declaration that Afrikaans be the official language of instruction in African schools.

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    This now-iconic image of Hector being carried by 18-year-old Mbuyasi Makhubo was taken by news photographer Sam Nzima, and provoked an international outcry.

    Both were forced into hiding because of harassment by the police. The young girl is in the photo is Hector’s 17 year old sister, Antoinette.  She later worked at this museum as a guide.

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    Our day includes a delicious lunch at Chez Alina, one of the many thriving businesses in Soweto.

    Alina set up the restaurant in her home. The walls are covered in works of art. We dine to the sounds of a jazz trio brought in especially for our WBGO group. Good food, good music – everyone is all smiles.

    Here's Alina with my friend, Brenda Raney, and our tour host from Immersion Journeys, Hema Shah.

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    Inside Chez Alina, we enjoy Abudullah Ibrahim’s famous South African jazz anthem “Mannenberg.”

    Outside, we are treated with some traditional African drumming and dancing.

    The littlest ones put on a great show!

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  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2015 Day Trips

    January 13, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Travel invites you to hop aboard the bus from either New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center, 10 Columbus Circle), Brooklyn (BRIC House, 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place), New Jersey (NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark) or Boston (Berklee School of Music, 1140 Boylston Street) for a direct ride to the front gate of the 61st Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island on Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 or Sunday, August 2. This excursion includes: round trip bus travel from departure location directly to the festival gate and general admission ticket to the festival for the full day. Bus will have wifi, restroom and reclining bucket seats.

    The full lineup is listed below, and includes exciting artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, Chris Botti, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Maria Schneider, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Fred Hersch, Billy Childs, Bill Frisell, Arturo Sandoval, Ambrose Akinmusire and More.

    Buses have varying departure times, please check below for specific times from your departure location. At the end of each day, buses leave from the front gate of the Newport Jazz Festival. Return times leaving festival are as follows: Friday 6PM, Saturday & Sunday 7PM.

    Details of RT New York City (Jazz at Lincoln Center) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 6AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly at 6:30AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at Jazz at Lincoln Center (10 Columbus Circle NY, NY) located at The Time Warner Building at the front circle. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.
    • This location only will have an extra drop in Harlem on the way back to Jazz at Lincoln Center.

    Details of RT Brooklyn (BRIC House) to Newport trip:

    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at BRIC House located at 647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.

    Details of RT New Jersey (NJPAC) to Newport trip:

    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 5AM at NJPAC located at 1 Center Street, Newark. Bus will depart promptly at 5:30AM.
    • Parking will be available at Military Park Garage.

    Details of RT Boston (Berklee) to Newport trip:

    • Friday – board the bus at 8:30AM at Berklee School of Music located at 1140 Boylston Street. Bus will depart promptly at 9AM.
    • Saturday or Sunday – board the bus at 7:30AM at Berklee School of Music located at 1140 Boylston Street. Bus will depart promptly at 8AM.

    Line up for the festival*:

    Friday, July 31, 2015, 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Snarky Puppy
    Christian McBride Trio w Christian Sands & Ulysses Owens
    John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
    Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
    Steve Lehman Octet
    Kneebody
    Gerald Clayton Quintet w Ambrose Akinmusire, Ben Wendel, Joe Sanders & Justin Brown
    Bria Skonberg Quintet
    Herlin Riley Quintet
    Lucky Peterson – Singin' The Blues
    Matana Roberts' Coin Coin
    Johnathan Blake Quartet
    Peter Evans Quinte
    The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra w special guest soloist Sean Jones

    University of Rhode Island Newport Big Band show/hide

    Saturday, August 1, 2015, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Cassandra Wilson celebrates Billie Holiday
    Jon Batiste and Stay Human
    Maria Schneider Orchestra
    Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
    Cécile McLorin Salvant
    José James
    Pat Martino Organ Trio
    Conrad Herwig's Latin Side of Horace Silver fea. guest Michel Camilo
    Jack DeJohnette's Made in Chicago
    Hiromi: The Trio Project w Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips
    Kenny Garrett Quintet
    Wycliffe Gordon & Friends
    Tom Harrell Quintet w Wayne Escoffery, Danny Grissett, Ugonna Okegwo & Johnathan Blake
    Introducing Joey Alexander

    RI Music Educators Association Sr. All-State Jazz Ensemble show/hide

    Sunday, August 2, 2015, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

    Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

    Jamie Cullum
    Arturo Sandoval
    Dr. John and The Nite Trippers
    Michel Camilo/Hiromi Piano Duets
    Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band
    Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra w special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa
    Bill Frisell Trio w Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen
    Billy Childs’ Jazz-Chamber Ensemble
    Jon Faddis: Triumph of Trumpets w Marquis Hill, Sean Jones, David Hazeltine, Kiyoshi Kitagawa & Dion Parsons
    James Carter Sextet - Living My Life: The Music of Don Byas
    Fred Hersch Trio w John Hebert & Eric McPherson
    Lou Donaldson Quartet
    Scott Robinson’s Doctette
    Jason Lindner Now vs. Now

    Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band show/hide

    *Schedule Subject to Change Visit newportjazzfest.org for most up to date listing.

    Rates & Reservations:

    Same Day Round Trip from NYC, NJ & Brooklyn
    WBGO Member price per person: Friday - $185, Saturday/Sunday - $225
    Non-Member price per person: Friday - $205, Saturday/Sunday - $245
    Student price per person: Friday - $145, Saturday/Sunday - $165
    (must show valid student ID at festival gate)

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    Brooklyn Packages
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    Round Trip from Boston
    WBGO Member price per person: Friday - $145, Saturday/Sunday - $185
    Non-Member price per person: Friday - $165, Saturday/Sunday - $205
    Student price per person: Friday - $120, Saturday/Sunday - $140
    (must show valid student ID at festival gate)

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    Bus cancellation policy:
    Until May 15 – guest will receive a full refund, less a $25 processing fee.
    Until June 20 – guest will receive a 50% refund.
    Until July 14 – guest can transfer their package to another guest, no refund after this date.

    For questions or reservations call 973-624-8880 x269 or email events@wbgo.org. Please indicate departure city.

    Folding Chairs

    Get your WBGO Folding Chair
    If you do not have a chair that meets the regulations of the Festival, we will have some onsite for purchase. If you advise us by reply email or phone that you are interested we will have it for you when you arrive for $30. Should you purchase it onsite it will be $40.
    Dimensions are : 29”H x 19” W x 19” L. Seat to floor is approx. 18” H. Weight limit – approx. 250 lbs. It folds and fits into a carrying case with a strap, they are lightweight and easy to move about. Available in red or blue. There is limited availability!
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  • WBGO Celebrates Blue Note's 75th Anniversary

    October 20, 2014. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    WBGO Presents: Our Point of View in their only East Coast Appearance
    December 12 at Le Poisson Rouge

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    To commemorate WBGO’s 35th anniversary year, we are teaming up with Blue Note Records at the close of their 75th anniversary year to present the only East Coast appearance of the supergroup, Our Point of View. With a limited number of engagements in Monterey, Paris, London and New York City, the December 12, 2014 performance in support of WBGO will be the only opportunity for fans in the jazz capital to experience this historic group.

    Created in honor of Blue Note’s anniversary, Our Point of View celebrates the vitality of the label by looking ahead and bringing together the leading young artists on the Blue Note roster who steadfastly continue to move jazz forward. Featuring keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, and bassist Derrick Hodge with drummer Kendrick Scott, the band’s repertoire draws from each of these artists’ own remarkable catalogs as well new spins on Blue Note classics.

    The creative young voices of jazz have been the lifeblood of Blue Note Records since its formation in 1939—from Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, to Freddie Hubbard and Joe Henderson—all of whom made their debut albums for the legendary label. Since WBGO’s inception in 1979, the station has been at the forefront of many brilliant jazz careers, including the members of this group, each of whom has performed in WBGO’s studio in Newark.

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    December 12, 2014 ι Le Poisson Rouge

    In 2009, WBGO launched an innovative program entitled, The Checkout, which brought each of these musicians into our Newark studios to perform as band leaders and discuss their music. Two years later, veteran record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note as Chief Creative Officer and soon became its president, renewing its dedication to the original label vision, articulated by Blue Note founder Alfred Lion that “any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.”

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