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WBGO Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

Marcus Printup at Gateway
Chris Tobin
Trumpeter Marcus Printup performing a lunchtime concert at Gateway in Newark, Feb. 4, 2020.

Make a joyful noise! Spring is here and so is Jazz Appreciation Month.

While WBGO appreciates jazz every day of every year, we're taking this month to highlight international and local talent, and to introduce some new specials. And stay tuned for more about the NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and International Jazz Day.


Afternoon Jazz is devoting its Unsung feature to jazz artists both international and in our own backyard.

The Checkout celebrates jazz around the world, with episodes devoted British pianist and rapper Alfa Mist (April 16); a conversation about the NFT marketplace with Greg Spero and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (April 20); and the late Nigerian Afrobeat legend Tony Allen (April 30).

Jazz After Hours has launched a weekly interview series, "Let Me Tell You 'Bout It," every Tuesday in the 2 a.m. hour. The first episode features saxophonist JD Allen.

Jazz Night in America is rolling out episodes in honor of this year's NEA Jazz Masters, each week in April. Jazz Night also wants to hear from you!

Jazz United began this month with an appreciation of WBGO's own Bob Porter, featuring an interview about his book Soul Jazz. The next episode of the show will celebrate Dr. Lonnie Smith and the legacy of the Hammond B-3 organ.

Latin Jazz Cruise will put a focus on Latin big bands, in the U.S.A. and beyond.

Morning Jazz is celebrating jazz around the world, with choice recordings from international jazz festivals.

Salon Sessions will rebroadcast interviews with a theme both international and local.

Saturday Afternoon Jazz will celebrate iconic live recordings, like
Dizzy Gillespie at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival.

Sunday Morning Harmony "Come Sunday" will celebrate spirituals, hymns and inspirational music — from the sacred concerts of Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams to the gospel of Aretha Franklin and Lizz Wright.

Sunday Spotlight focuses on global expressions, celebrating Randy Weston (April 4), Antonio Carlos Jobim (April 11), Hugh Masekela (April 18), and Tania Maria (April 25).

Take Five is spotlighting its usual blend of must-hear new music — and watch out for an edition celebrating the Five Boroughs of New York City.