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Robert Glasper: The Inauguration Session

Robert Glasper at WBGO

Listen to the complete studio session:

Download a song created for Inauguration Day 2009.
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Check out an exclusive video of "Enoch's (Inaugural) Meditation" below:

David "Fathead" Newman: 2/24/33-1/20/09

Saxophonist David Newman
photo by John Rogers

David "Fathead" Newman died yesterday, January 20 @ 6:00pm. He had suffered from pancreatic cancer for over a year but tried to keep his music alive to the very end. His widow Karen would like to thank everybody that supported his music over the years. Donations can be made in his honor to The Jazz Foundation. A memorial service will be announced in the very near future.

Last year, David Newman joined WBGO's Gary Walker on Morning Jazz. You can hear the interview:

-Josh

Arturo O'Farrill Sextet @ J&R Music World 1.17.09

Arturo O’Farrill at J&R Music World
Photo by David Tallacksen

Listen to our final concert from J&R Music World.

Doug Doyle wraps up the NJ Gov race on TV

New Jersey Race for Governor Wrap Up 

Tune in to Caucus: New Jersey's "Democracy Works: NJ Race for Governor Roundtable Wrap Up" featuring WBGO Jazz 88.3's News Director, Doug Doyle. This half-hour program features members of the print, electronic, television and radio media analyzing the campaigns of New Jersey gubernatorial candidates Jon Corzine, Chris Christie and Chris Daggett. The panel is a “post mortem” if you will, about this highly publicized race discussing what lies ahead for the new governor and how he will deal with a legislature that isn’t his own party.

Airs:
Saturday,11/21 at 12:30pm on Thirteen
Sunday, 11/22 at 8:00am on WPSJ
Sunday, 11/22 at 8:30am on NJN
Monday, 11/23 at 5:00pm on Cablevision of Morris
Monday, 11/23 at 9:00pm on Comcast Channel 57
Monday, 11/23 at 11:30pm on NJN

WBGO wins Avaya Communications Makeover!

Avaya Communications truck in front of WBGO in Newark, NJ
WBGO President and CEO, Cehpas Bowles, had the following to say about this exciting opportunity for WBGO, "Owing to Vice President for Operations and Engineering David Tallacksen’s awareness and personal initiative, WBGO will receive a brand new digital telephone system free of charge from Avaya.  In late summer 2009, the phone giant ran an online “communications makeover contest” asking businesses and non-profit organizations to tell them via video why they deserved a new telephone system.  David prepared a wonderful video, which was shot in one of our production studios, and laid out the rationale for a new station system.  Avaya liked what they saw and rewarded David’s work with one of 20 free phone systems.  I understand that there were almost 2,000 entrants nationwide.  The Avaya team traveled to WBGO on Friday, October 23 to make the announcement."

Watch David's video entry here.

Congratulations, big time, to David Tallacksen and to WBGO.

WBGO wins award from UUCP

This past Friday evening, WBGO was celebrated via a jazz concert--featuring a student ensemble from William Paterson University and the Calvin Hill Trio (featuring Michael Cochrane on piano)--by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palisades in Teaneck, New Jersey.  The church supports jazz and features a regular jazz concert series at the Puffin Cultural Center, also in Teaneck.

In addition to bestowing a plaque to the station which read: ”The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palisades congratulates WBGO, the jazz source for 30 years. An outstanding contribution to the advancement of jazz,” the church, in concert with the Puffin Cultural Center, made a donation to WBGO! The appreciation for the station that emanated from the room was quite powerful.  WBGO President and CEO Cephas Bowles was on hand to receive the award and extended thanks on behalf of the staff and Board of Trustees.

Pictured here: Rev. Tony Johnson (pastor of UUCP and a WBGO member), May Stawsky (member of UUCO’s Racial and Social Justice Team), Cephas Bowles (CEO, WBGO) and Eddie Raynord Hadden (Chairman of UUCP’s Board).

NJ Gubernatorial Debate at WBGO

NJ Gubernatorial Debate at WBGO Jazz 88.3FM October 22, 2009
Thursday, October 22, all three candidates for New Jersey Governor met at the WBGO studios to debate the issues for the last time in this race.

Listen to the debate by clicking here.

The debate was moderated by Doug Doyle, WBGO News Director since 1988, who has been covering New Jersey politics for the past 25 years. Doug and the WBGO News team have received over 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists. Doug began his radio career at WMJY in Long Branch, New Jersey where he eventually became news director at the station known as Y107 at that time. The next stop was WOBM-FM in Toms River, New Jersey. He spent ten years there, seven of them as news director. Doug teaches radio and news writing classes at Rutgers-Newark University and Brookdale Community College and can be heard regularly on National Public Radio where he provides the network with business news and breaking stories.

General assignment reporter and the afternoon/evening news anchor, Andrew Meyer, an award-winning journalist who’s been a member of the WBGO News department since 1998, was one of two reports posing questions to the candidates. In 2004, Andrew was a fellow at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism in a program called "Cities, Suburbs and Beyond." In 2001, he received a fellowship from the National Press Foundation in Washington D.C. to take part in a special four-day forum on housing and development issues. He is a past president of the New Jersey Associated Press Broadcasters' Association. Andrew is also a contributor to and a co-host of the WBGO Journal, a weekly news magazine produced by WBGO News airing Friday nights at 7:30. He also serves as the host of WBGO’s live, monthly call-in show with Mayor Cory Booker, Newark Today.

Phil Gregory, a recent addition to the WBGO team and a long time reporter in the tri-state area, was also asking questions of Christie, Corzine and Daggett. Phil anchored coverage of several major events including the 9-11 attacks and the 2003 blackout while at Bloomberg Radio in New York City. Phil also covered business and market news as a reporter from the New York Stock Exchange. Phil started his broadcast career at WAEB in Allentown, PA where he advanced to become News Director. He was an award winning reporter and anchor at radio stations WPTR, WFLY and WROW in Albany, NY and at WOBM in Toms River, NJ. Phil is a past President of the Empire State Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He covers the Statehouse and Central Jersey for both WBGO and WHYY in Philadelphia.

Gary gets “official” birthday gift

Gary receives his official gift
Morning Jazz host Gary Walker recently celebrated his 60th birthday, and the jazz community wasn’t the only one to recognize this important milestone. At Gary’s surprise birthday celebration, he received the following proclamation:

The Newark Municipal Council Hereby issues this resolution commending Gary Walker on the auspicious occasion of celebrating his 60th birthday on October 17, 2009 @ The Glenridge Community Center. The governing body joins with all residents of the city of Newark to extend heartfelt congratulations during this wholesome event

Congrats Gary!

WBGO and SummerStage

Ledisi at SummerStage 6.28.09

On Sunday, June 28, WBGO's Josh Jackson hosted a great concert at Central Park SummerStage. The performance began with New Orleans pianist Jonathan Batiste, who paid homage to the late Michael Jackson in both song and attire. Bassist Esperanza Spalding followed with a set that ran the gamut of funk to soul to Ella inspired scat.

Closing the performance was rising star of soul and jazz, Ledisi (LED-ih-see as she pointed out several times from the stage and in cards handed out after the show). If the pronunciation of her name is a little confusing, there is no confusion what so ever about her voice or her command of the stage.

There are a great number of WBGO partner events this summer, many of them at no cost. Please visit the WBGO Events page for full details.