• New Jazz at WBGO: Week of March 22

    March 24, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    If you've tuned into WBGO between 6 and 10 a.m. over the past 22 years, you've probably heard Gary Walker telling it like it is -- a gig he still enjoys getting up early for every weekday morning.

    But did you know that, in addition to his role as the host of Morning Jazz, Gary also manages the WBGO music library? Watch this space, as the WBGO Blog will post Gary's list of new additions to the music shelf, along with a few of his favorite new CDs from the bunch.

    Come back for more about the freshest new music that we are featuring on the air. Click the links to purchase the album -- when you do, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to WBGO.

    First, Gary's best of the week:

    Marcia Ball, “Roadside Attractions” (pictured)

    If you want a Tuesday or Wednesday night to feel like SATURDAY NIGHT (think Texas or Louisiana,)  get next to the roadside attractions of Marcia Ball.  Playful, good time blues …and that piano –Mercy! Buy the album here.

    Monty Alexander, “Uplift"

    Some of you remember those great Monty trios with Ray Brown. The feeling is still here as Alexander's no drag time band moves through ”One Mint Julep”, “Come Fly With Me”, “Body And Soul” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and other favorites along with some Monty moments of his own. Buy the album here.

    Vijay Iyer, Prasana & Nitin Mitta, “Tirtha

    The combination of piano, guitar & voice and tabla gives mobility here to to  jazz and Indian music, exploring  the feelings which embody these two creative forces. The crossing will keep the listener engaged, with the end result being the urge to see this music performed live. Buy the album here.

    Click here for the complete list of new jazz releases: Read more

  • Morning Cup of Jazz 3/24/11

    March 24, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Birthday boy Dave Douglas (right) plays the Village Vanguard tonight

    Today at WBGO:

    - Congratulations to the WBGO News team for their 6 awards from the NY Association of Black Journalists!

    - Tonight at 6:30, Marian McPartland and Elvis Costello stroll down memory lane and through the Piano Jazz archive.

    - Check back today at the blog for Morning Jazz host Gary Walker's latest updates for the WBGO library.

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - Saxophonist Chris Kelsey continues to explore the Thelonious Monk oeuvre

    - A bluesy interview with Melvin Sparks, shortly before his recent passing

    - Drummer Matt Wilson describes his reasons for passionately pursuing jazz

    - WBGO gets some love from NJ Monthly Magazine

    - Curt's Jazz Cafe with some choice cuts from Idrees Sulieman

    - Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more

  • WBGO Wins 6 Awards from NY Association of Black Journalists

    March 23, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    Congratulations are in order for Doug Doyle, Monica Miller, Lanette Espy, Joseph Capriglione and the rest of the WBGO News team! The New York Association of Black Journalists recently gave out six awards to the WBGO News Department. Of the six, they received three first-place awards, more than any other radio station in the New York metropolitan area.  NYABJ recognizes the best in Print, New Media, Radio, Magazine and Television reporting of issues that affect the Black Diaspora.

    From left to right: Doug Doyle, Monica Miller, Thurston Briscoe, Lanette Espy, Joseph Capriglione

    News and sports programming is delivered on weekdays through regularly scheduled news updates and through a series of weekly and monthly programs delivered on air and through podcasts including The WBGO Journal which airs Friday evenings at 7:30 pm.

    “WBGO News takes great pride in telling many of the overlooked stories that affect all of our listeners including those impacting the African-American community.  We’re thrilled NYABJ continues to recognize so many different kinds of reporting, many of them showcased in our public affairs program, The WBGO Journal,” said News Director Doug Doyle. Read more