WBGO Blog
  • Singer Natalie Cole Dead At 65

    January 1, 2016. Posted by David Tallacksen.

    Natalie Cole performs at WBGO's Champions of Jazz Gala, 2011, by Fran Kaufman

    Natalie Cole, the Grammy-award winning singer and daughter legendary entertainer Nat King Cole has died. She was 65.

    According to a statement from her family, Cole passed away Thursday night at a Los Angeles hospital "due to complications from ongoing medical issues."

    (from NPR.org)

    "It is with heavy hearts that we bring to you all the news of our Mother and sister's passing. Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived..with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever."

    Cole's longtime collaborator Tony Bennett confirmed the news to NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon after speaking with Cole's family:

    ‎"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Natalie Cole as I have cherished the long friendship I had with her, her father Nat and the family over the years. Natalie was an exceptional jazz singer and it was an honor to have recorded and performed with her on several occasions. She was a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed."

    Cole recorded her first album in 1975 and quickly found success. That album included one of her biggest hits, "This Will Be," which earned her her first Grammy award.

    Cole struggled with substance abuse and a series of health problems, but re-emerged to deliver the 1991 album Unforgettable ... with Love. The hit song "Unforgettable" blended together recordings of her father and her own tracks, making it sound like the two were singing a duet.

    In a 2013 interview with Scott Simon on Weekend Edition, she spoke about the experience of starting out in the music industry:

    "When I first started to sing, the last thing I wanted to do was sing my dad's music. ... It took 15 years into my career before I felt comfortable and confident enough to even attempt it, singing my father's music."

    -Merrit Kennedy

    WBGO will feature musical tributes to Cole all weekend.

    WBGO's Sheila Anderson remembers Natalie Cole on NBC NY.

  • The Duchess Trio Speaks With Michael Bourne about Music and Mohonk!

    December 29, 2015. Posted by Josh Landes.

    Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou are Duchess- and they are one of the many musical guests that will be performing at Jazz on the Mountain at the Mohonk Mountain House January 15th-18th. They sat down with Michael Bourne, host of Jazz on the Mountain, to talk about the art of song on WBGO.
    www.wbgo.org/mohonk

    duchess

  • WBGO's Gary Walker talks about pianist Joey Alexander on CBS' 60 Minutes

    December 29, 2015. Posted by Nicole Sweeney.

    Anderson Cooper & WBGO's Gary Walker
    Anderson Cooper & WBGO's Gary Walker

    A proud moment in jazz is when our music is acknowledged and celebrated in mainstream media. This year, 12 year old jazz pianist Joey Alexander has had the world listening to and watching him closely.  CBS's 60 Minutes followed Joey for several months and the results aired on the program's first episode of the new year, featuring a conversation between Anderson Cooper and our own Gary Walker, host of Morning Jazz. Check out the video here.

    Gary Walker & Joey Alexander
    Gary Walker & Joey Alexander