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  • When Henry Met Steven

    January 22, 2015

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    Henry Butler (left) and Steven Bernstein. (Image Credit: Stephanie Berger/Courtesy of the artist)

    In 1984, when a young Steven Bernstein first encountered the blind virtuoso New Orleans pianist and singer Henry Butler, he was astonished. "This is it," he recalls thinking. "This is like the music that I always imagined. Everything you ever loved about music, all being in one place. But now it's all coming from one person." Nearly two decades later, Butler and Bernstein finally had the chance to collaborate when they were booked for a run together at New York's Jazz Standard. It was an intriguing pairing: Bernstein, with his trumpet and arranging chops, and a wealth of downtown New York experience; Butler, with his deep well of knowledge and talent. They plotted a program of early blues and Butler originals, were invited to record for a major jazz label and continue to play residencies at Jazz Standard.

    Jazz Night In America looks at how the collaboration took shape, and visits the club where it all began for a live performance in December 2014 by Butler, Bernstein and the Hot 9.

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  • Newport Jazz Festival 2015

    January 21, 2015. Posted by Brandy Wood.

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    Images from the Newport Jazz Festival

    WBGO Travel invites you to enjoy the sun, fun and music at the Newport Jazz Festival, July 31- August 3, 2015.

    Arrive at the Newport Hotel & Marina on Thursday night, rested and ready for the Friday start of the Newport Jazz Festival.

    If a Friday arrival works better for your schedule, join us then. We will greet all our guests on Friday night at a welcome reception at the hotel,  then hop aboard the trolley to take you to/from the concert at the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

    Saturday and Sunday mornings, take a short walk to the ferry dock where you will be jetted to a full day of a variety of musical enjoyment at the legendary outdoor Festival inside historic Fort Adams State Park. Before departing back to reality on Monday, join us for a bon voyage breakfast and take in the view from the marina. WBGO will provide you with an insider’s list of the best places to visit when the music isn’t playing, but when it is, you will hear:

    • Christian McBride Trio
    • Cassandra Wilson celebrates Billie Holiday
    • Jon Batiste & Stay Human
    • Chris Botti
    • Dr. John & The Nite Trippers
    • Jamie Cullum
    • Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra
    • Jon Faddis: Triumph of Trumpets
    • Cécile McLorin Salvant
    • José James

    Details of Newport weekend package:

    • 3 [or 4] night hotel stay at the recently updated Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina.
    • Welcome Reception at the hotel on Friday evening
    • Two reserved seat concert tickets for Friday night, 8pm at The International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino, , plus round trip ground transportation to/from venue and hotel
    • Two general admission festival tickets for both Saturday & Sunday
    • Bon Voyage Breakfast at the marina on Monday morning
    • Parking at the hotel for 3 [or 4] nights

    Festival Gates open at 10am, Saturday Festival Music Program: 10:45am-7pm, Sunday Festival Music Program: 11am-6:45 pm. Ferry passes to festival site not included. Parking at festival not included.

    Rates & Reservations:
    Double Occupancy:
    3 Night Price: $2,390 includes above detailed package for two people
    4 Night Price: $2,875 includes above detailed package for two people, plus Thursday night stay with Friday day time festival tickets
    Single Occupancy:
    3 Night Price: $1,965 includes above detailed package for one person
    4 Night Price: $2,375 includes above detailed package for one person, plus Thursday night stay with Friday day time festival tickets
    Inquire about family rates. Read our Cancellation Policy.
    To make your reservation call 973-624-8880 x269 or email events@wbgo.org
  • Singer Lauren Hooker On "All For You": Listen Now

    January 20, 2015. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Lauren Hooker talks with Michael Bourne about her new album "All For You," which features her original songs. Hooker performs in Brooklyn and in Watchung, NJ on Jan. 31, and in a birthday celebration at Hat City Kitchen in Orange, NJ on Feb. 7. She has also been a featured performer in WBGO's Kids Jazz concert series. Enjoy!

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