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WBGO to Host Annual Gala, Honoring Nancy Wilson and Others

Newark, N.J. jazz station WBGO 88.3 FM will have its Gala 2005 on Oct. 6 at the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park. This year’s awards will be presented to a variety of figures in the music industry. The Jazz Achievements Award will be presented to Nancy Wilson (pictured), while Ahmet Ertegun, an Atlantic Records Founding Chairman (1947) will also be honored. The Jazz Foundation of America, www.jazzfoundationofamerica.org will also be recognized for their efforts to provide support to musicians in need.

Performing at the gala will be jazz vocalist Rene Marie, along with her trio. The hosts of the evening will be WBGO’s on-air hosts: Gary Walker, Michael Bourne, Rhonda Hamilton, Awilda Rivera and Brian Delp, among others.

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