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WBGO Holiday Programming Guide

Happy Holidays from 88.3 FM WBGO dot org in the center of a green plant wreath
Jamara Wakefield
Happy Holidays from 88.3 FM WBGO dot org

Here's a look at special Holiday programming available on WBGO! Enjoy the sounds of the season as WBGO turns up the volume on holiday jazz beginning at 6 pm on Friday, Christmas Eve, through Saturday Christmas day, with additional holiday specials throughout the weekend:

Friday, December 24

6 pm
Christmas Eve through Midnight Holiday Music/ Starting at 6 pm we will provide holiday music...

9 pm Latin Jazz Cruise Holiday Special Bobby Sanabria

11 pm
Jazz Night in America 2021 "Holiday" Special Jazz
Night brings you holiday classics and original music from new releases by three contemporary jazz artists: Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum, and José James.

Saturday, December 25

6 am
A Swinging Holiday Jazz Party with Wynton Marsalis

Enjoy an hour of holiday jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, René Marie, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra hosted by Wynton Marsalis.

7 am
A Jazz Piano Christmas 2021

Join us for a twist on your favorite holiday classics!
The Kennedy Center and NPR present A Jazz Piano Christmas, the holiday tradition and annual sell-out, where pianists perform their favorite seasonal music. This year features Kennedy Center favorite George Cables, Latin all-star Rebeca Mauleón, Mark G. Meadows, and Hancock Institute International Piano Competition Finalist Joshua White.

8 am
Jazz Night in America: A Holiday Celebration 2021 (rebroadcast)

10 am
Rhythm Revue featuring Holiday Soul Classics

6 pm
A Swinging Holiday Jazz Party with Wynton Marsalis

Sunday, December 26

4 pm

Sunday Afternoon Jazz
“Christmas Weekend Brazilian Special”

Music curated and contextualized by host Rob Crocker Featuring Brazilian classics, early Samba & Bossa Nova, plus Brazilian musicians in NYC, and more!

Friday, December 31-New Year’s Eve

8 pm-12 am
Toast of the Nation 2021/2022

As we mark another 365 days around the sun, it’s time for some reflection and glorious celebration. We have a whole lot to be thankful for, including our ability to enjoy live music again.

For our annual Toast of the Nation party, we present five powerhouse performances: The Quinteto Astor Piazzolla celebrates the centennial of Argentina’s legendary late composer (recorded live at the Musical Instruments Museum), The Brandee Younger Quartet offers healing vibrations on an outside farm (recorded live at the Arts Center at Duck Creek), organ phenom Cory Henry and First Steps trio fires up his sold-out audience in New York (recorded live at The Blue Note Jazz Club), trumpeter Keyon Harrold takes his quintet home for a heartfelt performance (recorded live at Jazz St. Louis) and The Louis Cole Big Band creates a wild dance party in halls in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, and Paris.

Saturday, January 1-New Year’s Day

6 am-10 am

Toast of the Nation 2021/2022

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Brooklyn born Stevan Smith graduated from the exceptional Boys and Girls High School and attended the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management at Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD), where he decided to switch to a path that would allow him to follow his passion for music. Introduced to Jazz music via Hip-Hop, Stevan started a radio programming internship at the MSU owned WEAA 88.9 FM, where he rose to Assistant Program Director. He then spent 12 years at WBGO as Traffic and Continuity Manager, where he contributed to the station's digital efforts, produced features for broadcast, and filled in as a guest announcer. For three years, Smith then served as Assistant Program Director at WNYC, during which time he continued to produce podcasts for himself and others. He returned to WBGO in 2021 as Chief Content Officer.