Jazz Appreciation Month

WBGO JAM Live 2014: NYU Latin Jazz Ensemble

The NYU Latin Jazz Ensemble performs live at WBGO to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear this concert, and check back to hear more groups featured in our student jazz marathon for International Jazz Day on April 30.

The ensemble, led by trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, is Robby Mack on alto sax, David Banker on trombone, Zach Daniels on vibes, Alex Sugarman on guitar, Nate Furgason on bass and Josh Bailey on drums. A full set list is below.

NYU Latin Jazz Ensemble
Live at WBGO 4/7/14

To The Point - Michael Rodriguez

soloists: Alex, Zach, Mike, Nate

Cicero Samba - Nate Furgason

soloists: Robbie, David, Josh

Flight To Jordan - Duke Jordan

soloists: Mike, Robby, David, Zach, Alex, Nate, Josh

Celebrate WBGO's 35th Birthday with Chick Corea

In April, WBGO will celebrate its 35th anniversary with many opportunities to participate, listen, learn and enjoy jazz. On April 10, the day after WBGO's birthday, we invite an intimate group to join us at Town Hall in Times Square for a wonderful concert and post-show meet-and-greet with the artist, Chick Corea.

When the legendary artist Chick Corea recorded Piano Improvisations on the ECM label in 1971, he was the first jazz pianist of his era to release such a recording. This groundbreaking album literally opened the floodgates to a new genre of solo piano that continues strong today.

In 2014, Chick will be releasing a new solo CD and embarking upon a world tour with a presentation that is as fresh and innovative as ever. With a perfect balance of in-the-moment improvisation, Corea Classics, jazz standards, classical renderings and the inimitable “Children’s Songs,” it is a must-see concert if there ever was one.

The title of the CD, Portraits, derives from something Chick occasionally includes in his solo shows — when the spirit moves him. The artist asks for volunteers from the typically packed house, sits them down one at a time next to the piano and proceeds to paint a musical “portrait” unique to each individual. It’s uncanny how the personality of the person is captured in Chick’s improvisations.

It’s pure Chick Corea spirit of play. Come see for yourself, and celebrate 35 years of the greatest jazz radio station on earth!

Limited WBGO meet-and-greet, premium seating available. Book your tickets today.

Book your Tickets:

WBGO Member price per person: $125
Non-Member price per person: $150
All tickets will be picked up at the theater.


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For more information, or to pay by check or credit card via the phone you can email events@wbgo.org or call 973-624-8880 x283.

WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: The Peter Bernstein Trio on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12pm

WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to celebrate April as Jazz Appreciation month and the 35th Anniversary of WBGO 88.3 FM at the free concert series featuring the Peter Bernstein Trio.

Peter Bernstein by Jordi Suol
Peter Bernstein by Jordi Suol

Jazz guitarist and New York City native Peter Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene in New York and abroad since 1989. He has released nine albums and has performed with musicians from all generations, including Joshua Redman and Diana Krall. Bernstein is described as “an extremely elegant musician with a gorgeous tone” and legendary guitarist Jim Hall says “he is the most impressive guitarist I’ve heard”. The Peter Bernstein Trio includes Mike LeDonne (organ) and Joe Farnsworth (drums).

They join us in honor of April as Jazz Appreciation Month (an annual celebration of jazz as an original American art form) and to celebrate WBGO’s 35th anniversary as a publicly-supported, cultural institution that champions jazz to a worldwide audience through radio, online, travel, community events and more.

So bring your friends, your family, your lunch and enjoy a wonderful performance.

WBGO Says Farewell to Pianist Mulgrew Miller

Pianist Mulgrew Miller, a lion of jazz and dear friend of WBGO, passed away early this morning from the effects of a stroke last Wednesday.

The longtime director of jazz studies at William Paterson University, we were fortunate to have 'Grew as a guest in our studios many times over the years - every April for eight years, he brought the student groups he led at William Paterson into our studios for live broadcasts during Jazz Appreciation Month.

On April 13 of this year, he brought his "Hawk Flies" septet and chatted with WBGO's Michael Bourne.

Farewell, 'Grew, from all of us who loved you and your music. Warm wishes to his wife Tanya, daughter  Leilani and son Darnell, from your WBGO family.

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WBGO JAM Live: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

The Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble performed live in WBGO studios, in the fifth of our student ensemble broadcasts for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear audio from this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.

The ensemble, directed by Juilliard professor and drummer Carl Allen with Christopher Ziemba on piano, Jeremy Noller on drums, John Tate on bass, Michael Thomas alto saxophone and Robert Haight on tenor, played original compositions as well as ones by Duke Ellington and Sonny Rollins. A full set list is below.

Enjoy this show, and check out all of our student ensemble broadcasts as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!

Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble
Live at WBGO
4/16/13

Set List

"Untitled Swing" by Michael Thomas

"Midnight Drive" by Rob Haight

"Josie" by Christopher Ziemba

"Come Sunday" by Duke Ellington, arranged by Michael Thomas

"Cottontail" by Duke Ellington, arranged by Jeremy Noller

"Jeannine" by Duke Pearson

"You Stepped Out Of A Dream" by Nacio Herb Brown & Gus Kahn

All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts

4/1/13: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

4/8/13: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

4/12/13: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

4/15/13: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

4/16/13: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

4/17/13: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

4/18/13: MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble

4/19/13: LaGuardia High School Senior Band

4/23/13: SUNY Purchase Super Sophomores

4/24/13: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

4/25/13: Queens College International Jazz Band

WBGO JAM Live: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

The New Jersey City University Cedar Walton Combo performed live in the WBGO studios, the first in our series of student ensembles in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear audio from this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.

The ensemble, directed by Nate Eklund and Ed Joffe, NJCU's director of jazz studies, is Barry Spatz on piano, Anthony Perez on bass, Ramsey Norman on drums, Martin Moretto on guitar and Neil Johnson on tenor saxophone.

The group's members performed their own arrangements of compositions by Cedar Walton and Thelonious Monk, and were interviewed between songs by host Michael Bourne. A full set list is below. Enjoy this live performance, and all of our broadcasts with the next generation of jazz greats on air and online all April as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!

New Jersey City University Cedar Walton Combo

live at WBGO 4/1/13

Hindsight

by Cedar Walton, arranged by the group

solos: Neil Johnson, Barry Spatz, Ramsey Norman

Clockwise

by Cedar Walton, arranged by Ramsey Norman

solos: Barry Spatz, Neil Johnson, Anthony Perez

Off Minor

by Thelonious Monk, arranged by Barry Spatz

solos: Neil Johnson, Barry Spatz, Anthony Perez

Bolivia

by Cedar Walton, arranged by Barry Spatz and Neil Johnson

solos: Neil Johnson, Barry Spatz

Ojos de Rojo

by Cedar Walton, arrange by Anthony Perez

solos: Martin Moretto, Neil Johnson

I'll Let You Know

by Cedar Walton, arranged by the group

solo: Barry Spatz

Midnight Waltz

by Cedar Walton, arranged by Neil Johnson

solos: Neil Johnson, Barry Spatz, Ramsey Norman

All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts

4/1/13: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

4/8/13: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

4/12/13: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

4/15/13: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

4/16/13: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

4/17/13: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

4/18/13: MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble

4/19/13: LaGuardia High School Senior Band

4/23/13: SUNY Purchase Super Sophomores

4/24/13: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

4/25/13: Queens College International Jazz Band

WBGO JAM Live: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble 1 performed live in the WBGO studios, the second in our series of student ensembles for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear audio from this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.

The 25-piece group, directed by trombonist Conrad Herwig, performed original compositions by Herwig, trumpeter Suzan Veneman, and arrangements of compositions by Bill Evans and Danny Zeitlin by pianist Marc Stasio. More details on the set and personnel are listed below.

Enjoy this live performance, check out links to other performances and join us again as we broadcast the rising generation of jazz greats on air and online all April, as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!

Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble I
Live at WBGO 4/8/13
Set list and soloists:

"Interplay" by Bill Evans, arranged by Toby Whitaker (MM Jazz Studies)

Jessica Ackerley - Guitar
Marc Stasio - Piano
Sam Tobias - Bari Sax
Suzan Veneman - Trumpet

"Journey To The Heart"  by Suzan Veneman (MM Jazz Studies)

Marc Stasio - Piano
Suzan Veneman - Trumpet

"Quiet Now" - by Denny Zeitlin, Arr by Marc Stasio (MM Jazz Studies)

Marc Stasio - Piano

"Displacement" - by Bill Evans, Arr by Marc Stasio (MM Jazz Studies)

Gusten Rudolph - Drums
Marc Stasio - Piano
Toby Whitaker - Trombone
Issac Dye - Tenor Sax

"Big O's Blues" - by Conrad Herwig, Arr by Marc Stasio (MM Jazz Studies)

George Maher - Trumpet
Marc Stasio - Piano
Matt Echols - Trombone

Personnel

SAXOPHONE

Alto I – Dan Stark
Alto II – Mark Jackovic
Tenor I – Isaac Dye
Tenor II – James Ohn
Bari – Sam Tobias

TROMBONE

Toby Whitaker
Matt Echols
Andy Kleindienst
Eric Ianucci

TRUMPET

Anthony Fazio
George Maher
Joshua Orr
Suzan Veneman

PIANO

Marc Stasio

GUITAR

Jessica Ackerley
Peter Park

BASS

Tassili Bond

Mike Noordzy

DRUMS

Gusten Rudolph
Michael Winnicki

All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts

4/1/13: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

4/8/13: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

4/12/13: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

4/15/13: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

4/16/13: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

4/17/13: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

4/18/13: MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble

4/19/13: LaGuardia High School Senior Band

4/23/13: SUNY Purchase Super Sophomores

4/24/13: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

4/25/13: Queens College International Jazz Band

WBGO JAM Live: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

William Paterson University's Jazz Septet, also known as "The Hawk Flies Septet," performed live in the WBGO studios, in the third of our series of student ensemble broadcasts for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear audio from this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.

The group is directed by pianist Mulgrew Miller, who has been William Paterson's director of jazz studies since 2005. They performed compositions by him and other former and current music faculty, including Thad Jones, Benny Golson and James WIlliams.

The original manuscripts of several of these compositions are housed in the university's Living Jazz Archives, which houses the papers of Jones, Williams and trumpeter Clark Terry, among others. of More details on the set and personnel are listed below.

Enjoy this live performance, check out links to past performances and join us again as we celebrate the rising generation of jazz greats on air and online all April for Jazz Appreciation Month!

William Paterson University Jazz Septet - "The Hawk Flies Septet"

Live at WBGO 4/12/13
Set list and soloists:

1. "Mean What You Say" – Thad Jones (WP Founding Jazz Studies Director)

[Manuscript from the Thad Jones Archive on the WP campus.]

Soloists: Daseul Kim, bass; Zach Gillespie, trumpet; Ben Kovacs, tenor sax

2. "Stablemates" – Benny Golson (WP artist in residence, Fall 2012)

Soloists: Peter Lin, trombone; Zach Gillespie, trumpet; Ben Kovacs, tenor sax

3. "Deluge" – Wayne Shorter

Soloists: Charlie Sigler, guitar; David Zaks, piano

4. "Soulful Mr. Timmons" – James Williams (WP Jazz Studies Director, 1999-2004)

[Manuscript from the James Williams Archive on the WP campus.]

Soloists: Ben Sigler, tenor saxophone; Peter Lin, trombone; David Zaks, piano

5. "The Sequel" – Mulgrew Miller (WP Jazz Studies Director since 2005)

Soloists: Charlie Sigler, guitar; guest Mulgrew Miller, piano

6. "Let's" – Thad Jones

[This is the origin of Thad’s big band chart “Not Now, I’ll Tell You When” in WP Archive]

Soloists: Charlie Sigler, guitar; Ben Kovacs, tenor sax; Chris Brawley, drums

Personnel

Zach Gillespie – trumpet (junior, Phoenix, AZ)

Ben Kovacs – tenor saxophone (senior, Franklin, NJ)

Peter Lin – trombone (senior, Whippany, NJ)

David Zaks – piano (junior, Hoboken, NJ)

Charlie Sigler – guitar (senior, Baltimore, MD)

Daseul Kim – bass (sophomore, Seoul, Korea)

Chris Brawley – drums (sophomore, Sacramento, CA)

All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts

4/1/13: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

4/8/13: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

4/12/13: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

4/15/13: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

4/16/13: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

4/17/13: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

4/18/13: MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble

4/19/13: LaGuardia High School Senior Band

4/23/13: SUNY Purchase Super Sophomores

4/24/13: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

4/25/13: Queens College International Jazz Band

WBGO JAM Live: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

The Berklee College of Music's Ralph Peterson Sextet performed live in WBGO studios, in the fourth of our student ensemble broadcasts for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear audio from this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.

The ensemble, which is led by drummer Ralph Peterson with Erena Terakubo on alto saxophone, Daniel Ko on tenor, Tomer Ron on trumpet, Davis Whitfield on piano, Jared Mulcahy on bass, Anthony Tóth on drums and Kazuhiro Odagiri on percussion, played their own compositions. A full set list can be found below.

Enjoy this show, and check out all of our student ensemble broadcasts this month as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!

Set List

Tomer's Tune - Tomer Ron, composer
solos - Tomer (Trumpet), Erena (alto), Kaz (drums)

Ralph Peterson interview

The Duality Perspective - Ralph Peterson, composer
solos - Daniel (tenor), Tomer (trumept), Jared (bass)

Daniel Ko Interview

Stairs - Daniel Ko, composer
solos- Daniel (tenor), Davis (piano), Jared (bass)

Davis Whitfield & Erena Terakubo interview

Solomon North - Davis Whitfield, composer
solos - Davis (piano), Erena (alto), Anthony (drums)

All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts

4/1/13: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

4/8/13: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

4/12/13: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

4/15/13: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

4/16/13: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

4/17/13: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

4/18/13: MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble

4/19/13: LaGuardia High School Senior Band

4/23/13: SUNY Purchase Super Sophomores

4/24/13: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

4/25/13: Queens College International Jazz Band

WBGO Jam Live: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

The New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble performed live at WBGO in the sixth in our series of student broadcasts for Jazz Appreciation Month. Click to hear audio from this concert, and at the bottom of the page for all of our 2013 JAM Student Festival broadcasts.

The group, directed by bassist Reggie Workman, is Jordan Carrington on piano, Albert Baliwas on alto sax, Devin Starks on bass, Benjamin Katz on tenor sax, Francesco Alessi on drums and Sam Neufeld on trumpet. They played original compositions and others by Charles Mingus and Tina Brooks. A full set list is below.

Enjoy this and all of our live broadcasts as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!

The New School for Jazz Improv Ensemble
Live at WBGO
4/17/13

Set List

"Dagwood" by Albert Baliwas

Solos: Albert Baliwas, alto sax

Jordan Carrington, piano

Francesco Alessi, drums

Reggie Workman & Jordan Carrington Interview

" It Chose Him" by Jordan Carrington

Solos: Devin Starks, bass

Sam Neufeld, trumpet

Ben Katz, tenor sax

Devin Starks interview

"Third Under" by Devin Starks

Solos: Albert Baliwas (alto sax.)

Devin Starks (bass)

Sam Neufeld (trumpet)

"Tonight at Noon" by Charles Mingus

Albert Baliwas interview

"Our Time Has Come" by Albert Baliwas

All 2013 WBGO JAM Live Student Broadcasts

4/1/13: NJCU Cedar Walton Combo

4/8/13: Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble I

4/12/13: William Paterson "Hawk Flies" Jazz Septet

4/15/13: Berklee Ralph Peterson Sextet

4/16/13: Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

4/17/13: New School For Jazz Improv Ensemble

4/18/13: MSM Chamber Jazz Ensemble

4/19/13: LaGuardia High School Senior Band

4/23/13: SUNY Purchase Super Sophomores

4/24/13: NYU Karachacha Afro-Peruvian Ensemble

4/25/13: Queens College International Jazz Band