WBGO RADAR, New Service, to Stream Jazz Albums Before Release

First titles to air will be new CDs by Corea, McBride, Turre

Chick Corea at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival image 0
Jeff Tamarkin

Chick Corea at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival

Newark, N.J.’s jazz radio station WBGO (88.3 FM and wbgo.org) has launched WBGO RADAR, a new online service that will give listeners an opportunity to preview new jazz CDs prior to their official release. According to a press release, “New recordings will be reviewed by the station’s Music Director, Gary Walker, and Interim Vice President of Content, Josh Jackson, every week … WBGO will debut these albums exclusively on WBGO.org/RADAR up to one week before they are available for purchase.”

Listeners to can also pre-order CDs directly from Amazon, and a portion of those sales will benefit the station.

The initial schedule is as follows:

· Chick Corea-The Vigil (Concord Jazz), July 29-August 5; street date August 6

· Christian McBride-Out Here (Mack Ave.), August 2-5; street date August 6. (McBride will also perform at the WBGO Jazz Series at 54 Below on August 13 and at the WBGO Gala in November)

· Steve Turre-Bones of Art(High Note), August 13-19; street date August 20

· Albert Heath/Ethan Iverson/Ben Street-Tootie’s Tempo (Sunnyside), August 20-26; street date August 27

· Roberto Fonseca-Yo (Concord Jazz), August 19-26; street date August 27

· Geri Allen-Grand River Crossings (Motema), September 3-9; street date September 10

· Kenny Garrett-Pushing the World Away (Mack Avenue), September 13-16; Ssreet date September 17