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  • 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.

  • WBGO & GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: The Firey String Sistas on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12pm

    February 11, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to its FREE concert series occurring once a month during lunch time. In March, we celebrate Women's History Month with The Firey String Sistas! They perform on Wednesday, March 5 at Gateway Center Plaza 2, Newark, NJ at 12pm..

    1) Firey String Sistas! Version 2 (October 5)

    This band of female string players is dedicated to promoting the work of female composers in jazz, world music, and beyond. Nioka Workman is the founder, frontwoman and cellist of this spirited group. The core members are Charisa Dowe Rouse (violin), Jennifer Axelson (violin, viola), Riza Printup (harp), and Melissa Slocum (bass). These artists all maintain exciting performance schedules as ‘band’ leaders all year around.

    As Firey String Sistas!, the group successfully mixes jazz, world, folk and new music presenting dynamic and educational performances. The group expands from duo to a 10 piece ensemble for events and the festival throughout the year. They just released their first cd, a lively jazz, blues and new music experience for the entire family.

    We can think of no better way for us at WBGO & Gateway to celebrate and recognize the contributions of women then to have this masterful group perform. So grab a friend or two, bring your lunch, and enjoy live music at 2 Gateway.

  • WBGO & GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: Cecil Brooks, the CB III Band & HOT D.O.G. on 1/29/14, 12pm

    December 18, 2013. Posted by Carmen Balentine.

    WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to its FREE concert series occurring once a month during lunch time. We kick off 2014 with Cecil Brooks, his CB lll Band & HOT D.O.G. They perform at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 29 at Gateway Center Plaza 2, Newark, NJ.

    Pittsburgh native Cecil Brooks, III is one of the hottest contemporary drummers on today’s jazz scene. This drummer’s aggressive and polyrhythmic style lends itself effectively to a wide variety of jazz settings, from straight-ahead and groove, to hard bop and bebop. As a leader, Cecil leads the CBIII band and HOT D.O.G (hot drum’s, organ, and guitar). This hornless trio of HOT D.O.G. encapsulates the tradition of the organ trio while bringing it current to the 21st century. The CBIII band adds horns to the musical cocktail. When you see the name Cecil Brooks III, start tapping your feet, bopping your head, and bending your hip!!! For when you hear him play you are in for quite a trip!

    Bring your meal, friends, take a seat and enjoy live music at 2 Gateway. It's FREE!cecil-brooks-iii-at-the-drums