• Morning Cup of Jazz 2/17/11

    February 17, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Today at WBGO:

    - Newark mayor Cory Booker joins us for Newark Today at 8 p.m.

    - This week's edition of The Checkout, featuring Part One of "Houstonians in NYC" from 92Y Tribeca, is now available online.

    - Tonight at 6:30, Piano Jazz features Tania Maria in a Latin-themed hour of music.

    - This week, WBGO is airing "Lift Every Voice!" a special documentary series that celebrates the rich African American choral music tradition. In case you miss it, the full series will appear later this week right here at the blog.

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  • WBGO Congratulates Grammy Winners

    February 16, 2011. Posted by Brandy Wood.

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    As if releasing a new album, launching a major tour, performing at the White House and winning an Image Award weren't enough, this past Sunday, host of JazzSet, Dee Dee Bridgewater, won a Grammy© for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959) To Billie With Love!

    Official White House photo by Peter Souza
    Official White House photo by Peter Souza

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  • New Jazz at WBGO: Week of Feb. 14

    February 16, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Add new comment | Filed under: new releases

    If you've tuned into WBGO between 6 and 10 a.m. over the past 22 years, you've probably heard Gary Walker telling it like it is -- a gig he still enjoys getting up early for every weekday morning.

    But did you know that, in addition to his role as the host of Morning Jazz, Gary also manages the WBGO music library? Each week, the WBGO Blog will post Gary's list of new additions to the music shelf, along with a few of his favorite new CDs from the bunch.

    Come back every week for more about the freshest new music that we are featuring on the air. Click the links to purchase the album -- when you do, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to WBGO.

    First, Gary's best of the week:

    The Mason Brothers, "Two Sides One Story"(pictured)

    English brothers Brad (trumpet/flugelhorn) and Elliot (trombone & bass trumpet) Mason have many musical sides to their story. Their release of original tunes plays out quite nicely with the help of folks like pianist David Kikoski, drummer Antonio Sanchez, saxophonist Chris Potter, Scott Colley on bass, guitarist Tim Miller and vibist Joe Locke. Buy the album here.

    Rachel Z, Omar Hakim & Maeve Royce, "The Trio of Oz"

    An off-road, yellow-brick trip using the music of Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Death Cab For Cutie and other unlikely vehicles for a fresh swinging listen to the jazz trio interplay. Buy the album here.

    Marcus Printup, "A Time For Love"

    Trumpeter Marcus Printup comes to the show with a new trio effort featuring bassist Kengo Nakamura and Printup's wife Riza, an accomplished classical harpist. They offer gorgeous interpretations of tunes by Kenny Dorham, Benny Golson, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock and Richard Rodgers. Marcus is a beautiful player and shows it very nicely here. Buy the album here.

    Click here for the complete list of new jazz releases: Read more