• Allan Harris and His Band at Theater Square Grill!

    March 28, 2011. Posted by Simon Rentner.

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    Members of WBGO’s Jazz Leadership Society gathered together for a special brunch and live performance at NJPAC’s Theater Square Grill yesterday morning.  Singer and guitarist Allan Harris presented Long Live The King: A Tribute To Nat King Cole with Lafayette Harris on piano, Paul Beaudry on bass, and Bruce Cox on drums.  Listen here to the marvelous broadcast hosted by Jazz88’s Michael Bourne on Singers Unlimited.

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  • Morning Cup of Jazz 3/25/11

    March 25, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

    Bassist and composer Alexis Cuadrado

    Today at WBGO:

    - At 3 p.m. Michael Bourne interviews Charlie Haden, who is performing at Birdland celebrating his new CD, "Sophisticated Ladies."

    - The WBGO Journal explores the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist tragedy, March Madness coming to Newark, and more, tonight at 7:30.

    - Congratulations, WBGO News Team!

    Recent Jazzlinks:

    - This week's edition of The Checkout is online. Hear the full show, or:

    - The interview with Terell Stafford

    - The Honey Ear Trio studio session

    - The Alexis Cuadrado Quinteto Iberico studio session

    - Click through to learn more about today's jazz happenings: Read more

  • New Jazz at WBGO: Week of March 22

    March 24, 2011. Posted by Alex Rodriguez.

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    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? Watch this space, as 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 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:

    Marcia Ball, “Roadside Attractions” (pictured)

    If you want a Tuesday or Wednesday night to feel like SATURDAY NIGHT (think Texas or Louisiana,)  get next to the roadside attractions of Marcia Ball.  Playful, good time blues …and that piano –Mercy! Buy the album here.

    Monty Alexander, “Uplift"

    Some of you remember those great Monty trios with Ray Brown. The feeling is still here as Alexander's no drag time band moves through ”One Mint Julep”, “Come Fly With Me”, “Body And Soul” “Sweet Georgia Brown” and other favorites along with some Monty moments of his own. Buy the album here.

    Vijay Iyer, Prasana & Nitin Mitta, “Tirtha

    The combination of piano, guitar & voice and tabla gives mobility here to to  jazz and Indian music, exploring  the feelings which embody these two creative forces. The crossing will keep the listener engaged, with the end result being the urge to see this music performed live. Buy the album here.

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