35th Anniversary

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WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: CHRIS WASHBURNE & the SYOTOS BAND ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014 AT 12PM

WBGO Jazz 88.3FM & 2 Gateway Center present Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band . This free concert is hosted by WBGO’s Sheila Anderson of Weekend Jazz After Hours and will be held outdoors in the Championship Plaza (also known as Prudential Plaza on Market & Mulberry Street) in downtown Newark, NJ on Wednesday, October 1 at 12pm.

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This group electrified a Newark audience at our free concert in May 2014 with their musical combination of Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music. Trombonist Chris Washburne’s musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. He has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, David Byrne, Paquito D’Rivera, among many others. His SYOTOS (See You on the Other Side) band is a NY institution featuring alumni from the bands of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto. You will not want to miss the group that has held the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York, performing weekly for 20 years straight.

Come celebrate WBGO’s 35th anniversary as a cultural institution for jazz with a performance that will be unforgettable. We are your jazz source.

WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: ANTOINETTE MONTAGUE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMEBER 3, 2014 AT 12PM

WBGO and the Gateway Center invite you to its FREE concert series occurring once a month during lunch time. Come celebrate summer and WBGO's 35th Anniversary with jazz vocalist Antoinette Montague on Wednesday, September 3 at 2 Gateway Center Plaza, Newark, NJ at 12pm.

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Born and raised in Newark, Antoinette Montague has a love of humanity and music to bring joy to people. She has played most of the major jazz clubs in New York, and has performed abroad including Israel with the 46-piece Ashdod Orchestra and with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia.Montague has a smooth sound with a soulful edge. She never gets tied up with vocal excesses, emphatic when she needs to be, and tender at the appropriate moments.

WBGO is excited to present one of Newark's finest talents and welcome all to this wonderful event. Connect with your jazz source for a festive afternoon.

Summer Fun With WBGO: Photo Gallery

As summer 2014 winds down, we wanted to take a look back at some of the great many WBGO listeners we had the chance to meet this season at our partner events.

Thanks to our partners, we made it out to more than 50 concerts this summer, during the Blue Note Jazz Festival, SummerStage (all around NYC), Celebrate Brooklyn, Montclair Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Garden and Sounds of the City (both in our hometown of Newark), Newport Jazz Festival, WBGO's concerts at Gateway 2 and more.

To get information about these events and others, sign up for WBGO's Jazz-e-News, and visit WBGO.org/events.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mark Morganelli & T.S. Monk: Listen Now

Mark Morganelli & T. S. Monk talk with Sheila Anderson about the 35th anniversary of Jazz Forum Arts, a Greenwich Village arts presenter. NYU's Skirball Center hosts a concert to celebrate the anniversary on Saturday, June 28. Enjoy!

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WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: The Claire Daly Quartet, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 12pm

WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of WBGO 88.3 FM at the monthly free concert series featuring The Claire Daly Quartet on Wednesday, July 2 at 12pm.

Baritone saxophonist and composer Claire Daly has established herself as one of the most compelling and creative voices on the baritone saxophone. She is a a six time winner of the Down Beat Critics' Poll "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" and winner of the 2005 Jazz Journalists Association's "Baritione Saxophonist of the Year".

As a very (very) young girl, playing saxophone for 3 months, Daly heard a big band concert at the Westchester County Center. The saxophone section stood up for a soli, and Claire was on her chair screaming. She says "...when I was a kid, I was drawn to music. I chose it because it spoke to me. I felt that it was a calling early on." And when you listen to her, you'll be glad she answered the call.

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Her recording Baritone Monk has been described as a "marvelous tribute to Monk's music. His music is notoriously difficult, though you wouldn't know it from this recording. Daly's superb quartet combines a mastery of Monk's less-recorded repertoire with the casual joy of a jam session. Her pianist avoids Monkish cliches, displaying his own unique style to great effect and her bass player plays with a profound sense of melody, swing, and harmonic imagination. Daly's breadth of styles, enormous tone, and distinctive phrasing place her among the very best of contemporary baritone players."

Bring your food, family and friends for an afternoon of wonderful music.

WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: Clifton Anderson, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 12pm

WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of WBGO 88.3 FM at the monthly free concert series featuring Clifton Anderson on Wednesday, June 4 at 12pm.

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Trombonist Clifton Anderson grew up surrounded by music. His father was a church organist /choir director, and his mother a singer and pianist. When he was just seven years old he got his first trombone, a gift from his uncle Sonny Rollins. Anderson got the call to join his uncle's group in 1983 and worked with him touring worldwide and appearing on ten of Sonny’s recordings. He left Sonny’s band in 2009 to actively lead his own group full time.

Anderson has worked with a “who’s who” of diverse musical giants including Frank Foster, McCoy Tyner, Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paul Simon, Keith Richards, WyClef Jean, and T.S. Monk among others. His recordings as a leader/producer include the critically acclaimed Landmarks and Decade which led to a nomination for 2009 “Trombonist Of The Year” from The American Jazz Journalists Association. His latest recording And So We Carry On reached #4 on national jazz radio in the US and was picked as “One of the top CD releases of 2012” by Jazz Inside Magazine. He is now working with his stellar quintet in support of the recording.

Anderson says, “With people increasingly faced with turmoil, uncertainty and crisis, I wanted to create music that uplifts the listener and offers a sense of hope to prevail”.

Come and uplift your spirit with WBGO, Clifton Anderson and 2 Gateway.

WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: Chris Washburne & The SYOTOS Band on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 12pm

WBGO and 2 Gateway Center invite you to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of WBGO 88.3 FM at the monthly free concert series featuring Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band on Wednesday, May 7 at 12pm.

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Trombonist Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player, but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. S.Y.O.T.O.S. (an acronym coined by Chris Washburne, meaning See You On The Other Side) was founded in 1992 by trombonist Chris and features some of the best Latin jazz players in New York City. SYOTOS pushes the genre of Latin Jazz into uncharted waters with a postmodern mix that embraces dissonance, weaving contemporary uptempo beats with a driving sound. This boundary-breaking band exemplifies Latin jazz with a global reach, combining Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music – “think Tito Puente meets James Brown meets Charles Ives!” TimeOut New York calls the group “a Latin jazz institution” as they held the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York, performing weekly for 20 years straight.

Thanks to listener support, WBGO celebrates 35 years on-air as the jazz source. So join the party. Bring your friends, family, food and enjoy this wonderful performance.

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.

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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.

Memorable WBGO Studio Sessions

Josh Jackson, WBGO’s VP of Content, brings many artists to perform live at WBGO. This is one of the many ways we offer listeners musical experiences no one else can.

As we gear up to celebrate our 35th Anniversary in April, we asked Josh to list of some of his favorite sessions over the years.

“Each session was a different experience," says Jackson. " I like these...”

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The Robert Glasper Trio Live At WBGO

Avishai Cohen and Triveni

Nir Felder

Brian Blade And The Fellowship Band

Aaron Parks Quartet

Gary Burton and Julian Lage

Miguel Zenon Esta Plena

Jazz Composers Collective

Jonathan Batiste Solo

Linda Oh Trio