WBGO Launches Jazz Festival Travel Series

Packages available for Newport, Montreal, Umbria, Mohonk

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Perry Tannenbaum

Freddy Cole on The Jazz Cruise 2009

Newark’s Jazz 88.3 FM radio station has launched WBGO Travel: A Musical Journey Around the World. WBGO Travel organizes trips to domestic and international jazz festival venues and designs first-class tours with special experiential opportunities. JazzTimes has partnered with WBGO to help promote the Newport Jazz Festival, as described below. Highlighted information about other travel ventures included in the series is also provided.

The Newport Jazz Festival is hosted in Newport, R.I., annually and will take place this year on August 2-5. WBGO guests who opt to stay for the weekend will attend a welcome reception on Friday night at the Newport Hotel & Marina, which will be followed by a concert featuring Natalie Cole and the Bill Charlap Trio with Freddy Cole at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. On Saturday, guests will be able to attend performances in Fort Adams State Park by artists including Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller and Robert Glasper. Sunday concerts will feature Chick Corea, Eddie Palmieri, Roy Haynes, Joshua Redman and Hiromi. Food and drink vouchers for the Louis Jadot Café are included, and the weekend will close with a breakfast on Monday. $2,250 covers the cost of the deluxe package for double occupancy. Call (973) 624-8880, extension 269, email [email protected] or visit Newport Weekend Trip for more information or to make reservations.

WBGO is also offering day trips to the festival from New York City and Boston. One-day excursions include round-trip bus transportation from New York or Boston, admission to the festival and meal vouchers. Buses will be equipped with wi-fi, restroom, reclining bucket seats and a Newport Jazz Festival-themed movie as on-board entertainment.

WBGO has partnered with Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes in order to help organize this event. Travelers leaving from New York will board buses on Saturday or Sunday at the Time Warner Building (10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY) at the front of the circle. In partnership with nonprofit and jazz advocacy agency, JazzBoston, a similar day trip program will be sponsored. Guests leaving from Boston will board buses at Wally’s Jazz Cafe (427 Massachusetts Avenue) on Saturday and/or Sunday at 8:00 am. Return buses will leave from the Festival gate at 7:00 p.m., in the evenings. Pricing for these events is as follows:

New York/Newport trip

WBGO Member and organization partner (with code): $215

Non-member price per person: $235

Boston/Newport trip

WBGO Member and organization partner (with code): $175

Non-member price per person: $195

Please visit Newport Day Trip for reservations and more information but note that tickets must be purchased in advance.

The series will also feature these other three jazz experiences:

Montreal Jazz Festival

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

June 30-July 3, 2013

This festival features entertainment between noon and midnight daily, for 10 days. Package cost includes accommodation for three nights at the Festival’s official hotel, the Hyatt Regency Montreal. Additionally, guests will receive tickets to see Gregory Porter and to enjoy several exclusive tours. WGBO’s Michael Bourne will host a breakfast with Festival Artistic Director and co-founder Andre Menard. Program cost ranges from $665 (Canadian) for children, to $4,565 (Canadian) for a quad occupancy. Additional information and reservations can be made by calling (855) 288-7344 or visiting the Montreal Jazz Festival Package website.

Umbria Winter Jazz Festival

Orvieto, Italy

December 26, 2013-January 2, 2014

Celebrate New Year’s by enjoying a Four-Star hotel, amazing food, an exclusive New Year’s Eve party, and a gospel concert and Peace Mass in the Duomo on January 1. Umbria Jazz Festival tickets are not included in the price, but the schedule will allow plenty of time to enjoy concert events. Prices per person are E 2,400 (approximately US $3,120) for a double occupancy, and E 2,580 (approximately US $3,354) for a single occupancy. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit Umbria Jazz. Please not that this cost does not include airfare.

Jazz on the Mountain

Mohonk, NY

January 17-20, 2014

WBGO announcer, Michael Bourne, will hots this years fourth consecutive Jazz on the Mountain event at the Mohonk Mountain House resort (1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY). This year’s line-up includes jazz greats like Anat Cohen, Fred Hersch, Julian Lage, Joe Locke, Scott Robinson, Matt Wilson, Martin Wind and more. The three-night package costs $1,425 (Single Occupancy) and $2,125 (Double Occupancy). For children 13 and over, the price is $196/night. For reservations and more information, click on Jazz on the Mountain.

For more information on the WBGO Travel Series, visit WBGO Events.