• WBGO Going to Detroit

    September 2, 2010. Posted by Becca Pulliam.

    Detroit International Jazz Festival_MulgrewMonday, September 6, from 2-6pm, Rhonda Hamilton hosts a Labor Day special from the Detroit Jazz Festival, where Mulgrew Miller is Artist in Residence and the theme is Flamekeepers: Carrying the Torch for Modern Jazz. See more about Mulgrew here.

    Downtown, outdoors, free, with five stages rolling for three days from noon to 11pm or so, Detroit is a jazz lover's dream.  That's why we partner with the Festival.  Josh Jackson will blog and bring home music for The Checkout.  Bob Porter is moderating a session on the career of Ray Brown and contributing to other panels in the Talk Tent.  Dorthaan Kirk always makes the trip to hear music and see friends.  And contest winner and WBGO member Jim DiFeo of Union, NJ, is bringing his 25-year-old son with him.  David Tallacksen will post photos -- musical and non- --  like these two from last year . . .


  • Regina Carter with Michael Bourne

    September 1, 2010. Posted by Michael Bourne.

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    When she was awarded a MacArthur "genius" grant, violinist Regina Carter realized a dream to learn about and play music from all around Africa.   Regina's musical adventure became a new album called Reverse Thread ...  Listen to my complete interview with her below. - Michael Bourne  8/31/10

  • Norma Miller: The Gary Walker Interview

    August 27, 2010. Posted by Gary Walker.

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    Norma Miller 8.27.10

    Working at WBGO has many great moments...And a few special moments. One of these special occasions came Friday 8/27 when the legendary Norma Miller came to chat. She shared early life stories like peering through the window at The Savoy (1932) while dancers moved to Chick Webb and his band. Then going home to serve "Jump Steady", a bathtub gin at rent parties during the Great Depression.  One of the original Lindy Hoppers, Norma danced around the world, was featured in movies, and later in life re-invented herself in the world of comedy, starting out with other newcomers like Flip Wilson, Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor. Norma Miller's incredible life has been captured by filmmaker John Biffar in "Queen Of Swing".  She stopped by to share a few of her unique life stories. You can tell from this 90 year young spirit that her dance continues with a rhythm most of us are ever after.

    --Gary Walker