The Harvey Ball is held every year by Worcester Historical Museum and is a celebration of all the good things about Worcester. It takes its name from Harvey Ball, the inventor of the Smiley Face, and each year WHM honors one individual, organization or group that has made a positive impact in the City of Worcester. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is joined by William Wallace Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum as they discuss this annual gals. And don't forget to smile.
A Four Session Series on Conflict Resolution: "The Brain Show" with Suzy Polucci
"The Brain Show" with Suzy Polucci will demonstrate, rather humorously, the interaction of the three brains and how we respond to stressful situations. She will go on to lead participants through a technique she calls SCARF.
As a mediator with the Community Crisis Response Team Suzy has worked with individuals and groups who have been victims of crime and other traumas. Her show has been described as " dazzling, spellbinding, brash and funny ".
John Henry' s Hammer Coffeehouse presents: Rod MacDonald with Lydia Fortune Opening
A self-proclaimed non-commercial artist, MacDonald has released 10 solo recordings in the US, 8 in Europe on the Swiss label Brambus, and 21 songs with Smithsonian Folkways (through the Fast Folk Musical Magazine). He was reportedly the first American singer to tour the newly-liberated Czech Republic in 1991, and has made 35 tours in Europe since 1985, nearly all of them with NYC bassist Mark Dann. http://www.rodmacdonald.net/
Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, "are in a class by themselves." With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B, it's no wonder why the great Count Basie called them "the hottest blues band I've ever heard." Since 1967, the group's deeply rooted blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards (one for Blues Band Of The Year in 2005).
Avishai Cohen is a leading figure on the international jazz scene and one of the most sought-after trumpet players of his generation. Though deeply rooted in the bebop and post-bop tradition, Mr. Cohen is taking jazz in new directions, making waves as an improviser, composer, and bandleader.
Originally from Tel Aviv, he began performing at age 10. He toured the world with the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and went on to become the trumpet player of choice for many leading jazz, rock, pop, studio, and television projects.
Laszlo Gardony Quartet featuring John Lockwood, Yoron Israel and Stan Strickland
Jazz pianist and composer, Laszlo Gardony has brought his soulful improvisations and compositions to audiences in 23 countries. Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Gardony has been called “a great pianist” by Dave Brubeck. He has released nine albums as a leader.
Soundscape explorer Erik Truffaz entered the public consciousness at the turn of the millennium with a repertoire grounded in jazz and branching off into rock, funk and even urban electronica. The French trumpeter has since earned a place among the new jazz elite, crafting modern, imaginative musical atmospheres out of a minimum of notes. Or, as described by Rolling Stone magazine, "a jazz with brawn, soul and plenty of wide, open space." Video Clip