• WBGO in Detroit: A Preview from Rhonda

    September 2, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Rhonda Hamilton hosts the WBGO in Detroit special on Labor Day from 2-7. Watch the blog for updates between now and then. Here's a preview (as told to a scribe) .. I'm in Detroit now with family. The weather is absolutely gorgeous, and the forecast for the weekend is sunshine, mid 70s, each day a little warmer.  Our hotel room has a great view facing the Detroit River, looking into Canada and the Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino. There are at least three casinos on the Detroit side too, it looks like Las Vegas. Today I'm golfing at a public course, Rouge Park -- eighteen holes today, yesterday and the day before. On the plaza, the Festival has started setting up stages and tents! I'm excited.

  • A Great Day in Detroit

    September 1, 2009. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    WEB Great Day 3

    It's FREE, downtown, outdoors, celebrating thirty consecutive Labor Day weekends, and in 2009 WBGO is all over it. WBGO fan Shanetta Dorsey of Kent State University won the vacation package for two. WBGO's Dorthaan Kirk is going for the music and the chance to see long-time friends. WBGO's Bob Porter will moderate panel discussions on Cannonball Adderley, the Blue Note-New York-Detroit connection, and the Many Sides of Donald Byrd. It's the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

    The 2008 festival theme was the Philly-Detroit Connection. So, to create an image a la the 1958 Great Day in Harlem picture of jazz musicians on a NY stoop, the Festival staged a photo shoot in the vaulted lobby of the Guardian Building, a beautiful old skyscraper. Gerald Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Geri Allen, Yonrico Scott (drummer with Derek Trucks), Professor Dennis Wilson and more represented Detroit. Christian McBride, Randy Brecker, Jimmy and Tootie Heath, and Bootsie Barnes represented Philadelphia. And Steve Turre, who's from neither, chimed in with his pride in the occasion -- "It's a real jazz festival with jazz, not pop music." View the video about the photo, A Great Day in Detroit, below.

  • Roy Hargrove Big Band: Live In-Studio Performance

    August 28, 2009. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    Nineteen musicians filled the WBGO Performance Studio for the second of our double-header broadcast this afternoon. Check out the photos above, and the audio below: