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Big band leader and multi-reedist Eyal Vilner is facing a mighty challenge: how do you write a chart for three separate large ensembles — over 50 jazz musicians in total — for this Saturday's night blowout event Intrepid: Battle of the Big Bands, on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

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Nellie McKay has a longstanding history with Michael Bourne and Singers Unlimited — all the way back to her major-label debut, Get Away From Me, nearly 15 years ago. Now she has a new solo album of standards called Sister Orchid. She came in to talk about it with Michael, and to perform a few songs in our studio.


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It’s always a special occasion when artists visit and perform in our studios here in Newark. Every now and then jazz royalty even comes through. Organist Brian Charette brought one of those legends with him when he stopped by to promote his new album, Groovin’ With Big G


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The official overseeing the $283 million renovation of the executive branch portion of the New Jersey Statehouse says everything is on schedule and under budget.

Raymond Arcario, the executive director of the New Jersey Building Authority, says about 15 to 20 percent of the work on the project has been done.

Legislation that won unanimous approval in the New Jersey Assembly would extend anti-nepotism rules to the state’s public and charter schools.

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty says taxpayers deserve every assurance that the people charged with educating their children attained their positions because of what they know, not who they know.

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Have a question for Governor Phil Murphy? WBGO's live call-in show Ask Governor Murphy, a one-hour show produced by WBGO News in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC, airs tonight at 8pm on WBGO and www.wbgo.org.  

Taxes and the state budget stalemate are just some of the topics that will be discussed this evening.  Host Nancy Solomon and Governor Murphy will take your phone calls and tweets starting at 8pm. 

Is your NJ school district getting enough funding? Tonight, our guest reporter is Linh Tat, an education reporter for POLITICO New Jersey.

Some public employees in New Jersey have been getting big payouts for unused sick time when they retire.

State workers have had a $15,000 cap on those payouts for decades. A limit that also applies to county and local employees hired since 2010.

A bill advancing the legislature would put impose some new restrictions.

Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt says there would be no cash payout for leave time accrued after the enactment of her bill, but up to $7500 of the amount that was built up could be used for health care expenses for up to five years.

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