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WBGO Interviews​/Music from Internatio​nal Jazz Day, New Orleans Tonight at 6:30
(Published: April 30, 2012)


WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM Continues Its Celebration
of International Jazz Day Today at 6:30 pm
with Broadcast of Herbie Hancock's
Sunrise Concert in New Orleans

NEWARK, NJ, April 30, 2012 - WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM continues its celebration of International Jazz Day today at 6:30 pm with a special broadcast of Herbie Hancock's sunrise performance in New Orleans. WBGO's Josh Jackson enjoyed the early morning festivities and taped interviews with Hancock in Congo Square as well as with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Tom Carter (President of the Thelonious Monk Institute) and two local students who are participants in the Monk Institute high school initiative.

The sunrise concert, in the birthplace of jazz and the home of the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, featured Hancock and Blanchard, Ellis Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, Bill Summers, Treme Brass Band, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Dr. Michael White, Luther Gray, Roland Guerin and other special guests. Among the tunes the musicians performed were "Watermelon Man, " "Night in Tunisia, " "Afro Blue, " "On the Sunny Side of the Street, " and "When the Saints Go Marching In."

In November 2011, during the UNESCO General Conference, the international community proclaimed April 30 as International Jazz Day, which is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. For more information, please visit www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/international-jazz-day/ .

Throughout April, WBGO also celebrated its 33rd anniversary, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) and Public Radio Music Month. To mark the occasion, the station presented the seventh annual JAM Festival, a series of live, in-studio broadcasts featuring student jazz ensembles from across the Northeast. WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM's JAM schedule also included Craig Taborn Trio live from the Village Vanguard; The Checkout Live at Berklee featuring Ingrid Jensen; the annual Jazz Leadership Society brunch at NJPAC's Nico's with Catherine Russell; The Checkout Live at 92 Y Tribeca featuring Third World Love and Jason Lindner's Now vs. Now.

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History designated April Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance as an American cultural heritage. In addition, JAM is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz-to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and support institutional jazz programs.

Public radio stations and their supporters throughout the music community are celebrating Public Radio Music Month to highlight the partnership between public radio and music. Throughout April, stations will partner with musicians and listeners to feature live concert broadcasts, exclusive interviews, in-studio performances and more. WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and other participating public radio stations are tastemakers, teachers and curators of local culture who bring innovative new sounds from emerging artists as well as the best in classic jazz.

Founded in 1979, Newark Public Radio, Inc. is a publicly supported cultural institution that champions jazz at WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark, New Jersey and worldwide via wbgo.org. WBGO is the recognized world leader in jazz radio and one of the most respected jazz presenters in the country, and offers award-winning news and innovative children's programs. Beyond reaching 400, 000 weekly listeners (including 17, 000 contributing members) on air, online and via mobile devices, WBGO presents live broadcasts from prestigious jazz venues and produces acclaimed programs for NPR heard by millions. WBGO is Jazz Week magazine's 2010 Major Market Station of the Year.

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