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  • Happy Birthday Branford!

    August 26, 2015. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Happy Birthday to WBGO all-time favorite Branford Marsalis! The brilliant yet often unpredictable saxophonist of New Orleans royalty turns 55 today. Jazz 88 celebrates him by showcasing this compelling interview from 2009 with former Program Director and The Checkout host Josh Jackson.

    He talks about quartet his recording Metamorphosen featuring his longtime bandmates Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis, and Jeff “Tain” Watts. He also shares a playlist of some of his favorite popular recordings from the 1970s -- songs from James Brown, Parliament, Elton John, Seals and Crofts, and an elemental dance classic from Earth, Wind and Fire.

    Brandford Marsalis

    Don’t miss Branford Marsalis on tour! He performs in Newark and New Brunswick September 25th through the 27th , as part of his “Classical Tour” backed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. These epic performances will feature the music of Ravel, Milhaud, Mussorgsky, John Williams, and more at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and State Theatre in New Brunswick.

    Upcoming Tour Dates

    NJPAC Tickets

    State Theatre Tickets

  • WBGO Member Discounts - August 2015

    August 25, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Felix Hernandez
    Felix Hernandez

    Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

    The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts will once again offer a 15 percent discount to WBGO members for selected performances during its 2015-16 season.

    The WBGO member discount can be applied to the following performances:

    Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me (Sat, Oct 24 at 7:30pm)

    Black Violin (Sat, Nov 14 at 2pm)

    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Sat, Nov 21 at 8pm)

    Christmas in Vienna with The Vienna Boys Choir (Sat, Dec 12 at 8pm)

    The Colonial Nutcracker (Sun, Dec 13 at 2pm)

    Step Afrika! (Sat, Jan 23 at 2pm)

    Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company’s Lunar New Year Celebration (Sun, Jan 31 at 3pm)

    Moscow Festival Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet / Carmen Suite (Sat, Mar 5 at 8pm)

    The Golden Dragon Acrobats (Sun, Mar 13 at 3pm)

    The Robert Glasper Trio (Sat, Mar 19 at 8pm)

    Darlene Love in concert (Sat, Apr 2 at 8pm)

    Rhythm Revue: A Latin Soul Celebration featuring Joe Bataan and DJ Felix Hernandez (Sat, Apr 9 at 8pm)

    Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort (Sat, Apr 16 at 8pm)

    Clifford the Big Red Dog – Live! (Sun, Apr 17 at 2pm)

    Straighten Up & Fly Right: The Nat King Cole Tribute featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli (Sun, May 1 at 3pm)

    WBGO members should use code WBGO15 to receive a 15% discount when purchasing tickets online or present their WBGO member card if buying tickets at the box office. For more information contact the Brooklyn Center at http://www.brooklyncenter.org or call 718-951-4500.

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    Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

    Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
    Carlos Henriquez: Back in the Bronx

    Saturday, September 12, 8pm | Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

    One of the first truly bilingual musicians, equally virtuosic with the language of jazz and the Afro-Latin tradition, Carlos Henriquez – the Bronx-born, Nuyorican veteran bassist of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – is a force to be reckoned with. By age 14, Henriquez was performing with Latin jazz greats Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Celia Cruz, and as a member of the first ever top-placing Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Festival and Competition jazz band, Henriquez’ roots with Jazz at Lincoln Center run deep. To kick off the new season, the Bronx native brings the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis back to the Bronx with a one-night-only performance at Lehman College, where his compositions and most notable arrangements will be front and center.

    WBGO members will receive a 25 percent discount when purchasing tickets for this performance and using code WBGO25.

    The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, New York, 10468.

    For tickets and more information.

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    Do you have a business that would like to participate in WBGO's members discount program? Contact Josh Rosenfeld at jrosenfeld@wbgo.org or at 973-624-8880 ext 232.

  • This Week on WBGO

    August 25, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Branford Marsalis by Palma Kolansky
    Branford Marsalis by Palma Kolansky

    Wednesday:
    1-6AM Jazz After Hours: Rich Keith in for Brian Delp; Birthday spotlight on Branford Marsalis

    10AM-2PM Midday Jazz: Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton; Happy birthday to Branford Marsalis…

    6:30-7:30PM Jazz Night in America: Salute to Betty Carter. Betty Carter (1929-1998) was not only one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century; she was a giver and a teacher to dozens of younger musicians. In this episode of Jazz Night in America, we hear stories from the many alumni of “the school of Betty Carter” and a special concert saluting her lasting legacy featuring vocalist Charenee Wade, drummer and music director Alvester Garnett, and many other past members of Carter’s band through the years.

    7:30-8PM SportsJam with Doug Doyle: The legacy of Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente

    8PM-1AM Evening Jazz with Awilda Rivera: Birthday salute to Darmon Meader vocalist, arranger and saxophonist; founder and musical director, of the New York Voices.

    Thursday
    1-6AM Jazz After Hours: Rich Keith in for Brian Delp; birthday salute to Lester Young

    10AM-2PM Midday Jazz: Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton; revisiting Dexter Gordon’s “Go”, recorded on this date in 1962

    6:30-7:30PM Song Travels with Michael Feinstein: The songs of vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Rebecca Roubion have been featured on the TV shows Bones and Pretty Little Liars.  She joins Feinstein to talk about her recordings, Fields and Forests, and she performs her original songs “Vacherie Girl” and “Feel Better Sam.”

    8PM-1AM Evening Jazz with Awilda Rivera:  Remembering Lester Young aka "Prez", one of the most influential saxophonists, on the anniversary of his birth.

    Friday

    1-6AM Jazz After Hours: Rich Keith in for Brian Delp; birthday salute to pianist Kenny Drew

    10AM-2PM Midday Jazz: Lezlie Harrison in for Rhonda Hamilton; featuring “Big Band Bossa Nova”,  recorded by Stan Getz and Quincy Jones on this date in 1962

    6:30-7:30PM Portraits in Blue with Bob Porter: Lucky Millinder, Vol. 2

    8PM-1AM Evening Jazz with Awilda Rivera: birthday salutes to pianist Kenny Drew and trumpeter Jim Rotundi

    Saturday

    7-8AM Portraits in Blue with Bob Porter: Lionel Hampton, Vol. 2

    10AM-2PM Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez: "Rareities”

    2-6PM Saturday Afternoon Jazz: Nicole Sweeney in for Monifa Brown

    Sunday

    12-6AM Weekend Jazz After Hours with Sheila Anderson: guest is drummer Steve Williams

    10AM-2PM Singers Unlimited with Michael Bourne: Spotlight on Jack Teagarden, Kenny Dorham and other trombone players and trumpet players who are also singers.

    6-7PM Jazz Night in America: Bill Frisell - “Highway 51”

    7-11PM Sunday Night Music Mix with Eulis Cathey: featuring the music of drummer Billy Cobham

    11PM-12AM The Checkout with Simon Rentner: Encore broadcast of Tuesday’s program