WBGO Livestream Hub

Live performance has always been the lifeblood of improvised music, and the essential bridge between artists and audiences. When the coronavirus pandemic closed clubs and canceled tours, it wasn’t long before many enterprising musicians turned to the livestream — more a stopgap than a substitute, but still an important means of keeping that connection alive.

The Livestream Hub from WBGO was created in response to this moment. It’s an up-to-date way to help musicians connect with audiences, whether through solo recitals from a Brooklyn apartment or broadcasts from an audience-less club.

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Livestream of the Week

Last year, saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd celebrated his eighth decade with a deluxe boxed set, 8: Live at the Lobero. This Saturday UCLA will stream a prerecorded concert by a new edition of his Kindred Spirits, featuring guitarist Anthony Wilson, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Justin Brown.

Dan Tepfer performing a WBGO livestream with saxophonist Dayna Stephens.
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  Livestream Calendar   

A searchable, comprehensive survey of livestream offerings from musicians. Consult our calendar for extensive listings — and if you are an artist (or an artist or venue representative) and want to be sure that your event gets listed, complete this form. (Select the category “Livestream Hub.”)

Taali and Jose James, in 'Alone Together Duets'

 Alone Together Duets

Many musicians have been (even more) creative in their cloistered state, and WBGO is proud to stand in support of their efforts. This video series, co-presented by Jazz Night in America and The Checkout, is a series of at-home performances by musical couples.

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Live From the Archives

In addition to artist livestreams, an array of venues and organizations — from SFJAZZ to Jazz at Lincoln Center to clubs like The Falcon in the Hudson Valley — have been releasing choice concerts from their archives. We’re keeping track of their various offerings; see this page for highlights.

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Resources and Relief Funds  

The pandemic’s impact on the musical ecosystem is incalculable, and relief efforts have been initiated by a range of nonprofits. Consult this page for resources — whether you are an artist applying for aid or a fan looking for ways to provide support.