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Willerm Delisfort, a pianist and composer born in the Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, has established himself over the last six years as a well-respected musician on the New York jazz scene. He sat down with Sheila Anderson on Salon Sessions to share some of his favorite records, talk about his latest project, and break down the meaning behind his phrase "honest music."

Bob Wolff
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The sports broadcasting world lost one of its finest this past weekend. Bob Wolff, the only sportscaster to call play-by-play of championships in all four major North American professional team sports, has died at the age of 96.

Wolff died peacefully in his South Nyack home Saturday night.  The Yankees said in a team statement, "Bob Wolff's inconic, Hall-of Fame broadcasting career was matched by his class and character."  Bob was a guest on SportsJam with Doug Doyle in 2014. 

Spike Doyle
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Francis "Spike" Doyle, Jr. is the reason that this host became a sports fan and played high school sports in Western Pennsylvania.

My dad turns 88 today and still plays nine holes of golf almost every week.  While the knees aren't like they used to be during his days as a top catcher in the area, Spike can still play a solid round of golf, using woods more than irons.

In 2014, I decided to sit down and find out some information that most of our family wasn't even aware of.  This edition of SportsJam is my most treasured.

Allison Au performs at FIJM
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I quit buying Cuban cigars in Montreal 20 years ago. U.S. Customs back then was just inside the airport entrance — and, before 9/11, security was not much more than a look at one’s passport. I’d brought back Cuban cigars before without an agent objecting, but one morning in the '90s an agent…objected. When he asked matter-of-factly if I’d bought any, I openly said “Yes.  Two.” 

“You have two choices,” he said with a shrug. “You can throw them in this trash can,” he said with a smile.  “Or you can go out on the sidewalk and smoke them now.”

Many towns and counties in New Jersey have local laws requiring address numbers to be displayed at homes and commercial buildings, but there's no statewide mandate.

That can cause problems.

Even with your GPS getting you close to it, locating an unfamiliar building can be difficult. Without seeing the address number you can't be sure you're at the right place.

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty says it's more than an inconvenience.

A New Jersey Congressman's legislation calls for a three-year limit on the feds for demanding homeowners repay disaster recovery money.

Congressman Tom MacArthur says his bill would prevent FEMA from trying to recoup grant money many years after it was awarded.  

"What brought it to my attention initially was a single mom of a disabled child who had gotten a $40,000 grant from FEMA and about two years later FEMA came back and said they make a mistake, and they were demanding the money back. She had used the money to repair her home."

courtesy of Barney Fields

“Hey Bob Porter, this is Joe Fields. I’ve got a Grant Green album and I need some liner notes.” That phone call was my introduction to one of the genuine good guys in the jazz business.

Drawing on economic data and insights from business leaders, a consulting firm is suggesting ways New Jersey can improve its economy.

Steve van Kuiken is a senior partner at McKinsey and Company. He says helping high-growth biotech, cybersecurity, and warehousing and distribution businesses navigate regulations and increase their access to capital will help turbo-charge the state's economic growth.

Tracy Love / Courtesy of the Artist

Maceo Parker, the Sun Ra Arkestra and the Terri Lyne Carrington Band are among the acts performing on the third annual BRIC JazzFest, in downtown Brooklyn this fall.

Roberto Clemente
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About 300 items from the legendary baseball star Roberto Clemente's personal collection were auctioned during All-Star week in Miami, Florida.  The total sales came in more than $3 million. 

In December of 2014, baseball journalist and Clemente enthusiast Danny Torres and former Major League Baseball executive Luis Rodriguez-Mayoral join SportsJam host Doug Doyle to talk about Clemente's impact on baseball and beyond.

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  Jazz at Lincoln Center will honor three greats this week as part of the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame Festival.   

McCoy Tyner, the late Don Redman, and Tito Peunte are the latest inductees to the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.  Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola is hosting three nights of curated sets starting tonight.  Seton Hawkins oversees the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame.

Bill Charlap — pianist, bandleader and the artistic director of Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y — knows a thing or two about being a custodian of jazz traditions.

An analysis by an environmental group finds that 55 percent of the water in schools in New Jersey's most populous county show some level of lead contamination.

Schools had until last week to test their water for lead and Environment New Jersey director Doug O'Malley believes the results in Bergen County indicate what will be found statewide.

He says it's a wakeup call for the state to fund replacement of school water fountains and fixtures that contain lead.

CHUCK STEWART / COURTESY OF THE SMITHSONIAN'S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY

John Coltrane died 50 years ago today, at the tragic age of 40. The shock of his death was seismic, for a jazz community still growing accustomed to the hurtling evolution of his music.

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Whatever else you have going on, you should hear some live music this week.

1984
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Theater Critic Michael Bourne has his thoughts on the politically edgy 1984 on Broadway.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have adapted the iconic George Orwell novel for this production at Hudson Theater Broadway.

NJ Advance Media and The Newark Public Library

Kenneth Gibson was elected the first African-American Mayor of the city of Newark in 1970, just 3 years after the Newark Rebellion, inheriting a city that was still recovering from the events of the summer of 1967, a job most politicians may have shied away from but for Gibson the timing was just right. Hear his story in his own words. 

Kejal Vyas: Crime and Political Unrest in Venezuela

Jul 14, 2017
Kejal Vyas
Allan Wolper for WBGO

Kejal Vyas is the regional correspondent in South America for The Wall Street Journal, stationed in Bogota, after spending five years in Caracas, considered the most violent city in the world.

Vyas worked in a place where people drove through stop lights to avoid being held up and where residents are urged to stay shuttered in their homes after seven at night, even in the most upscale of neighborhoods.

Dorothy Darr

"I've got a pocketful of blues here still, you know?" says Charles Lloyd, the saxophonist-flutist-composer-bandleader who, at 79, has become one of jazz's enlightened elders.

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Robert Palmer, the broadminded music critic, once pegged saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman succinctly: “He lives in a world of clear, endlessly permutating images of global musics, folk and classical and jazz, that interpenetrate.”

Star-Ledger and the Newark Public Library

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Newark Rebellion we take a look back at what led up to the incident that would become a defining moment for the city and what has changed since those hot summer days in July of 1967.

Courtesy the Star-Ledger and the Newark Public Library

Fifty years after Newark erupted in response to police treatment of an African-American resident, the city still lives with the aftermath.


Violating bans on smoking in public places in New Jersey towns could soon result in a fine instead of a disorderly person's charge.

The state Senate has given final legislative approval to a measure that Senator Bob Gordon says makes the penalty less onerous.

"If the municipalities choose to enforce it, the penalties would be civil as opposed to criminal. It is currently mandated in the statute that it's a low-level criminal offense, but still a criminal offense, and we thought that's a bit excessive."

New Jersey's Senate has unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to pay state workers for the days they were furloughed during the recent three-day government shutdown.

Chanting ‘It’s time of give us back our pay” unionized state employees rallied outside the Statehouse in Trenton in support of the measure they say will prevent them from losing money they depend on.

Senator Linda Greenstein says it's a moral obligation to get the measure to the governor's desk as quickly as possible.

Governor Christie has vetoed a measure requiring companies that transport crude oil and hazardous liquids on train cars to file detailed emergency response plans with the state.

Christie says he supports the legislature's effort to ensure state officials are prepared to respond to the discharge of hazardous materials, but says he can't sign the bill because of security and public safety concerns.

Ken Downey Jr. / WBGO

The Newark Rebellion monument is blocks away from the old 4th precinct, where the riots and protest began.  Over one-hundred people gathered to pay their respects to the 26 lives lost during the uprising. 

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Democrat Phil Murphy says it’s too late for Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to propose new ideas to help New Jersey’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.

View From The Blue in Newark's 1967 Rebellion

Jul 12, 2017
Police
Star Ledger and The Newark Public Library

Through the 50 years since the Newark Rebellion in 1967, the police version of the story has seldom been told.  In 2007, historian and author Adele Oltman  filed this in-depth report for the WBGO Journal.

Oltman spoke to several officers who were there at the time of the unrest broke out, including John DeSimone, who was one of the arresting officers of taxi cab driver John Smith.

Click above to hear Adele Oltman's feature "View From The Blue."

A coalition of parents and caregivers is urging Governor Christie to sign legislation expanding New Jersey's Family Leave program.

Jesse Burns, the executive director of the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, says a few months after finding out she was pregnant, her mother-in-law was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

A new Monmouth University poll in this year's New Jersey governor's race shows Democrat Phil Murphy with a 27 point lead over Republican Kim Guadagno.

Poll director Patrick Murray says it’ll be an uphill battle for Guadagno to close that gap.

“The only thing that could happen within the fundamentals of this race is if the Republican brand starts to regain some credibility with voters here in New Jersey and Murphy simply just ignores the property tax issue and Guadagno continues to hammer away at her plan and voters start to tune into that.”

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