• Michael Bourne celebrates 25 years of Singers Unlimited

    November 15, 2010. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    This Sunday, November 21, starting at 10am, Michael Bourne will host a special 25th anniversary edition of Singers Unlimited.

    From 10am-noon, Michael will play highlights from past live shows, including appearances by Bob Dorough, Dianne Reeves, Joe Williams, Jackie & Roy, Janis Siegel & Fred Hersch and some “definitive” Singers Unlimited.

    From noon to 2pm, the show will be broadcast live from the WBGO Performance Studio, and will include an exciting lineup of performers.

    Roseanna Vitro & Allen Farnham will kick off the broadcast event, then Tom Lellis will join them.  Carolyn Leonhart, Allen Farnham and Wayne Escofferry, on tenor sax, swing in next.  Bob Dorough plays and sings solo, then he will be joined by Carol Fredette.

    Michael "expects abundant fun," so tune in this Sunday, 12pm to 2pm, for the 25th anniversary of Singers Unlimited!

  • Crossing the Color Line with Julian Bond

    November 12, 2010. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    This is Julian Bond, the famous social activist and former chairman of the NAACP, in a photo taken at a Vietnam anti-war rally in 1966.  He's only 26 years old, and just a year before, he was one of eight African Americans elected to Georgia's House of Representatives after the passage of historic civil rights legislation.  Today,we know Bond from his decades of public service.  But do we know about his passion for music?  In Crossing the Color Line: Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, WBGO's Felix Hernandez speaks to Bond about his fondness for Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, and other key rockers who helped fuel America's fight for equal rights.  Produced by Simon Rentner.

    Listen to Crossing the Color Line with Julian Bond and Felix Hernandez by clicking below:

  • When MB Met Fred

    November 9, 2010. Posted by Andrew Meyer.

    The Brooklyn Museum is showing a retrospective of artist Fred Tomaselli now through January 2nd. Tomaselli’s work involves a collage of mixed media: painting, photographs, and a variety of images that have become Tomaselli signatures. Birds. Bugs. Leaves. Beads. Even actual pills that he sticks onto the pieces. One of his most amusing works shows a colossal baby trampling a cityscape like Godzilla. It’s Tomaselli’s son, and as you look closer you see that the cityscape is actually a jumble of toys. One of his most spectacular pieces shows Adam and Eve driven out from a burst of eyes and teeth and creatures, a Big Bang of life’s miscellany. He’s also done works that look like intimate close-ups of chemical elements or human cells. Microcosms. Macrocosms. And sometimes both all at once. I talked with Fred Tomaselli at his Brooklyn studio for the 11/12/10 WBGO Journal. You can hear the entire interview as a web extra, and you can see here a slideshow of Tomaselli’s works in the show at the Brooklyn Museum.

    -Michael Bourne