WBGO is celebrating music in a big way this April, with special events and concerts commemorating Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), Jazz Day (today!), International Jazz Day (April 30), Public Radio Music Month and the station’s 33rd birthday.
JAM Fest, the station’s annual live music series featuring student jazz ensembles from across the Northeast, kicked off earlier this week with a performance from the New Jersey City University Art Blakey Combo and continues today with an in-studio set from the NYU Wayne Shorter Ensemble in support of Public Radio Music Month. Listen in at 2:00 pm during the station’s Afternoon Jazz program.
Dave Pietro, music assistant professor of Jazz Studies New York University, traveled with the group to WBGO studios this morning and took a moment to share his impression of public radio’s role in music:
"As a jazz musician and educator, I recognize the integral role public radio stations like WBGO play in supporting, preserving and cultivating this uniquely American art form. The unrivaled programming aired on public radio jazz stations brings greater prominence to jazz music as a genre—this helps maximize the impact of our education work by aiding in the process of musical discovery. Perhaps most importantly, public radio stations provide what is today a rare platform for local and emerging jazz artists—including students like the members of our own ensemble—whose work does not fall within the narrow parameters of other broadcast outlets. We are excited to participate in Public Radio Music Month to salute WBGO and stations like it, and their service to the music we love."
Visit WBGO.org for a complete JAM Fest line-up, broadcast schedule and a calendar of events this April.
Above photo provided by Dave Pietro: The Wayne Shorter Ensemble heads to WBGO for an in-studio performance.