Obbini Tumbao delivers a double shot of high-energy music that makes audiences want to get up and dance! Pianist Rebecca Cline and percussionist Anita Quinto write Cuban-influenced popular songs for their band of New England’s best Latin horn section and a smoking rhythm section of congas, timbales, bongos, piano and bass.
Fronted by the area’s most in-demand lead vocalists and the two dynamic co-leaders, Obbini Tumbao leaves audiences feeling enthralled and hungry for more. Video Clip
Michael Formanek's singular approach to the acoustic bass has led to an impressive range of musical associations. During his thirty-plus year career, he has played and/or recorded with almost all of the widely acclaimed stars on todays' jazz scene.
Coming from the land of earthquakes, social movements, social networking, peace-lovers and global corporate conglomerates, Rupa & the April Fishes embody the pluralistic and paradoxical sounds of the San Francisco Bay Area. The band's first performance was at the autonomous art space in SF, the Red Poppy Art House and since that incendiary show, Rupa & the April Fishes have been lighting up stages large and small. Their music is strictly organic, nuclear-free, post-nation, many-headed and decidedly unclean.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Marcia Tannenbaum, owner of Solutions Through Mediation. They talk about mediation as a more peaceful, effective way to resolve family legal disputes.
There’s no easy way to get divorced. Our adversarial legal system often worsens what is already a painful, emotionally charged situation. Pitting partner against partner, lawyer against lawyer, the process is long, complex, and expensive—and can damage relationships beyond repair.
In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Join Steve D'Agostino interviews Craig Van Batenburg of the Auto Career Development Center. They talk about the present and future state of hybrid vehicles.
Craig started the Auto Career Development Center in 1998 while he was running his Worcester auto-repair shop, which was across the street. ACDC held Massachusetts State Emission classes there as well as many other technical and management courses. Craig taught there and hired many other local trainers to teach there, and ACDC grew quickly.
Vibraphonist and bandleader Stefon Harris is one of the busiest musicians in jazz: He tours with his band Blackout and the SF Jazz Collective, teaches at NYU and is an artist-in-residence at institutions across the U.S. Born with asthma, Harris took to piano and percussion at an early age, but that never stopped him from admiring a trumpeter like Miles Davis.
In her new book “The Insanity Hoax” Schlesinger lays siege to the popular notion that to be truly creative, a person must be mentally unbalanced. A PhD psychologist and a jazz critic, Schlesinger discusses myths about Charlie Parker, Chet Baker and other jazz musicians presumed to have been insane to some degree. Judy and Judith discuss the psychology of genius and Judith’s fascinating and multi-faceted career.
Kevin Whitehead is a well-known writer about jazz and the jazz critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. His new book Why Jazz? A Concise Guide is a marvelous guide to the history and art of jazz in an engaging “question and answer” format. The book begins by answering some of the most basic questions about jazz like “Why listen to jazz?” This guide then proceeds to build into a lively description of jazz in its many forms and discussions of its key players. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves jazz at any level of interest.
Maritime folk in anticipation of the upcoming Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, perhaps with a guest artist or two, and featuring recordings from Burl Ives, Schooner Fare, the Johnson Girls, Gordon Bok, the Shaw Brothers, Roll & Go, Mudhook, the Jolly Beggars, and more!
SPINDLE CITY AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL featuring the MUSIC of GRAM PARSONS
This inaugural event will feature Ryan Fitzsimmons and Danielle Miraglia, Girls Guns and Glory, Sarah Borges, Bob Kendall Band, Mark Cutler Band The Mericans, and Louie Leeman. Each act will do two Gram Parson’s songs. One chosen by the Narrows and one chosen by the act. Each act will also be playing some of their own material as well. The whole event will be recorded for a cd release.