Bill Daughtry

Host, Friday Afternoon Jazz

After three decades as a sportscaster in New York, Bill Daughtry added jazz to his resume when he joined WBGO as a announcer/show host in August of 2008.  He became the host of BGO’s Saturday “Late Night Jazz” program in December 2010.  In June of 2013 he added the Friday “Afternoon Jazz with The Blues Hour” to his duties.

Daughtry, a member of Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, New Jersey, is an avid golfer and bowler, and lives in Union, NJ, with his wife Carol and their cat “Rondo”.

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‪In less than 34 years on the planet, trumpeter Theo Croker has accomplished more than most.

Start with seven years as a working musician in Shanghai, China, where says he found real freedom as an artist. There’s also five albums as a leader, the latest titled Star People Nation.

Croker, the grandson of jazz immortal Doc Cheatham, recently brought pianist Michael Hill, bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Shekwaga Ode to play on Afternoon Jazz. I didn’t want the session to end.  


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Percussionist and composer Fran Vielma recently brought his Venezuelan Jazz Collective to Afternoon Jazz and the WBGO Performance Studio.

Tendencias, their recent album on Papelón Records, was among the top-rated releases of 2018 by DownBeat and the Latin Jazz Network.

As 2018 comes to a close, Gary Walker, Rhonda Hamilton and Bill Daughtry share their favorite jazz albums of the year. 


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Pianist Cyrus Chestnut recently brought some holiday cheer to Afternoon Jazz.

Chestnut’s new album, Kaleidoscope, is a departure from what he is known for: jazz tinged with blues, soul and gospel. Although those elements are there, he goes back to his classical roots. The album, released on HighNote Records, features his trio with bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer Chris Beck.

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James Francies has a love affair with the piano. It’s apparent when you hear him play. We had that opportunity when he visited Afternoon Jazz to promote Flight, his debut album, recently released on Blue Note.  


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Radam Schwartz is passionate about “organ rooms” — jazz clubs with a Hammond B-3 or some other type of organ. Schwartz, an organ scholar and a jazz historian, says that on many levels, such clubs are largely forgotten.


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Pianist Harold López-Nussa opens a busy week in the Northeast tonight and Wednesday at Jazz Standard in New York City. His trio is out and about to promote their new album, Un Día Cualquiera (Just Another Day). 


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Tenor saxophonist JD Allen’s new release, Love Stone, is a departure from what his fans are accustomed to hearing.

After telling his story on albums ranging from his 1999 debut, In Search of JD Allen to last year’s Radio Flyer, Allen turns here to stories of love.

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Before her recent engagement at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and a gig at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, saxophonist Tia Fuller visited Afternoon Jazz. 


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It’s always a special occasion when artists visit and perform in our studios here in Newark. Every now and then jazz royalty even comes through. Organist Brian Charette brought one of those legends with him when he stopped by to promote his new album, Groovin’ With Big G


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I’ve known Bernie Williams since his early playing days with the New York Yankees.  He was just another young man trying to make his way in the demanding world of Major League Baseball.  What was different about Bernie the ballplayer was the acoustic guitar that he kept in his locker.  Media might hear him play it on the odd occasion they arrived at the ballpark really early on a game night.

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Before she honored the life and music of her “friend and sister” Geri Allen with a Winter Jazzfest concert at the New School, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington gave us a live preview last Friday on WBGO’s Afternoon Jazz.

Carrington — leading a group with vocalist Lizz Wright, pianist Helen Sung and bassist Kenny Davis — filled our performance space with the spirit and music of Allen, who passed away last June, two weeks after her 60th birthday.