• Chris Washburne Talks Latin Jazz, Louie Armstrong and More with Sheila Anderson

    November 2, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Trombonist Chris Washburne sits down with WBGO's Sheila Anderson to talk about the Latin jazz that excites him, sharing stories of his own relationship to the music as well as its history and culture.


  • Shirley Scott, 'Queen Of The Organ'

    October 29, 2015

    Shirley Scott. (Image Credit: Francis Wolff/Mosaic Images)

    Jazz is taught at universities now, and artists like saxophonist Tim Warfield and trumpeter Terell Stafford teach at them. But they know that jazz is taught more through listening than reading; more on the bandstand than the classroom. And they learned those lessons from the organ giant Shirley Scott, who died in 2002.

    Known as the "queen of the organ," Scott was one of several Philadelphians who developed the electric Hammond B-3 into a viable instrument for a soulful, bluesy style of jazz. With dozens of recordings to her name, she was already a major voice when she became the leader of the house band at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus. Among the young players who timidly found their way onto the stage at Ortlieb's were Warfield and Stafford — and, in doing so, they got a lot more than they bargained for.

    In this documentary short, Jazz Night In America remembers Shirley Scott through the tales of two of her final proteges and bandmates.

    Copyright 2015 WBGO and Jazz At Lincoln Center. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/series/347139849/jazz-night-in-america.

  • WBGO Travel: Newport Jazz Festival 2016 Day Trips

    October 27, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    The Bus Stops Here, and takes you straight to the gate of the world famous Newport Jazz Festival!

    WBGO Travel welcomes you to join us on a day trip to one of the best festivals of the world: The 62nd Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island!  Choose a fun filled day of your choice! The festival takes place Friday July 29th, Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st.  Buses depart from locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Newark, NJ & Boston and brings you right to the door step of the hippest, jazziest music filled event of the year!

    This excursion includes: round trip bus travel from one of our departure locations directly to the festival gate on the day of your choice and general admission ticket to the festival for the full day.

    The full lineup will be announced in January.

    Reservations and pricing will be available shortly. For questions or to sign up to receive updates, please contact events@wbgo.org.