• Honor! with Jessye Norman, Geri Allen, and James Carter

    March 4, 2009. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    0708_norman_jessye_21Tonight, the opera diva Jessye Norman kicks off Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy at Carnegie Hall. It's an ambitious concert and discussion series that spans the city and traces the historical path of black music in America.  With an eclectic lineup of artists -- Ron Carter, Toni Morrison, The Roots, The Philadelphia Orchestra -- Ms. Norman aims to build bridges and break down musical barriers in the age of Obama.  In the interview with WBGO's Michael Bourne, she cites "there is only good music, and then there is the other kind."  But other than featuring some of the best in American Music, perhaps her primary objective is to make the case that all popular American music is rooted in the blues and spiritual. - Simon Rentner

    Listen to the interview:

    The festival runs through March 23rd.

    Click here for a full listing of events.

  • At 83, George Wein Becomes The Newport Rebel

    March 4, 2009. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Photo by Jim Cooper (AP)

    Associated Press:
    The founder of the Newport folk and jazz festivals announced Tuesday that he will produce both events this summer, returning to a leadership role after selling his production company two years ago.

    Jazz impresario George Wein, 83, said he decided to step in after learning that the new owner, the Festival Network, was experiencing financial problems and that the decades-old Newport festivals were in danger of being canceled.

    "I can't let the festivals die," said Wein, who had remained involved with the shows for the last two years. "They're too much of my life."
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  • WBGO gallery event was a big success!

    March 2, 2009. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Photo by Vincent Cartier
    Photo by Vincent Cartier

    Last week's gallery reception for Lady Bird Strickland had a great turnout, and everyone enjoyed Eli Yamin's performance. His guests included Keith Martin on trumpet, an 8th grader from Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented.

    Lady Bird spoke with the crowd, and the art filled the station to the brim!

    The exhibit is on display at WBGO until April 3, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.