• Newport Jazz Festival Weekend 2016

    October 27, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    WBGO Travel invites you to bask in the fun and music at the Newport Jazz Festival July 29-31, 2016.

    We’re rolling out the red carpet just for you at Newport’s only resort-style hotel, the Hyatt Regency Newport, on Thursday night where you can relax, unwind, and get ready for the Friday kickoff of the Newport Jazz Festival!

    Friday night it’s time to enjoy some music in your reserved box seats for the concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

    Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, we’ll have a complimentary shuttle that will take you to the ferry dock where you'll be transported to where your music filled day awaits at the popular, legendary outdoor festival inside historic Fort Adams State Park.  And we’ll make sure you are well taken care of as WBGO weekend travelers will enjoy unique and exclusive access at the festival!

    Before departing back to reality on Monday, join us for a “Bon Voyage Breakfast” while you take in the relaxing view of the water.  During your stay WBGO will provide you with an insider’s guide to some of the best places to visit in Newport.  When the music isn’t playing, the activities department can make a list of things to do, or you can take a swim in one of the hotel’s two pools (indoor heated or saltwater outdoor), relax at the hotel spa, enjoy complimentary bike rentals, outdoor fire pits and take advantage of the 24 hour fitness center.

    Details of Newport weekend package (based on double occupancy):

    • 4 night hotel stay at the resort-style Hyatt Regency Newport
    • Two reserved seat concert tickets for Friday night, 8pm at The International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, plus round trip ground transportation to/from venue and hotel
    • Two general admission festival tickets for Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    • WBGO Traveler only access on the festival grounds
    • Bon Voyage Breakfast at the hotel on Monday morning
    • Parking at the hotel for 4 nights

    Ferry passes to festival site not included. Parking at festival not included.

    Rates & Reservations:

    Double Occupancy (4 nights):

    $2,997 - EARLY BIRD (limited supply, ends 12/15/15 or when supply runs out)
    $3,197 - REGULAR includes above detailed package for two people

    Single Occupancy (4 nights):

    $2,475 - EARLY BIRD (limited supply, ends 12/15/15 or when supply runs out)
    $2,697 - REGULAR includes above detailed package for one person

    Inquire about family rates.
    Read our Cancellation Policy.
    To make your reservation call 973-624-8882 or email events@wbgo.org

  • T.S. Monk Talks "The Point Of Monk" With Sheila Anderson

    October 23, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Drummer, composer, and bandleader T.S. Monk talks about the essence of his father Thelonius's philosophy, the difficulties that faced his generation of jazz musicians, and some of his favorite tunes with Sheila Anderson.


  • Mark Murphy with WBGO's Michael Bourne

    October 23, 2015. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive, RIP


    Mark Murphy passed on Thursday October 22nd, 2015, at age 83.  A singer’s singer.  A singer’s teacher.  You can hear in countless singers around the scene (and around the world) the vocal DNA of Mark.  “Stand next to the drummer,” Mark once told me, was the first and most important lesson.

    Mark Murphy was my favorite jazz singer.  And (sez me) was the definitive jazz singer.  Always improvising.  Always imaginative.  Colorful with a melody.   Poetic with a lyric, even when scatting.  And always swinging.

    I’d heard the Riverside album Rah when new in the 60’s, when I was first getting into jazz, but what really pulled my ears and shook my head was Mark singing “I’m Glad There Is You,” first song on the 1972 Muse album Bridging a Gap. Mark sings the verse, quietly, tenderly, with only the guitar, floating freely. Then some chords from the keys enter with a pulse, and Mark sings into and around the pulse — until, like Icarus flying skyward, Mark swirls up to the sun, to the climax of the verse, and with a cry at the top of his voice, whoooom! Mark swoops suddenly down and deep into the song.  “In this world … of ordinary people … extraordinary people … I’m glad there is,” sings Mark, lovingly caressing “you…”

    I’m glad there is, on all the records, in all the memories, Mark Murphy …

    Here’s an interview, my last with Mark, broadcast on WBGO July 18, 2011, just before a gig at Birdland: