A light-hearted entertainer and a very serious musician, Thomas 'Fats' Waller mastered the stride piano and wrote some of the jazz's enduring, endearing tunes. Hear 'Honeysuckle Rose,' "Ain't Misbehavin" and "A Handful of Keys in the 'hands' of pianist Ehud Asherie, vocalist Allen Harris, and guitar master Doug Wamble under the direction of composer, arranger and reedman Andy Farber. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Campaign posters have always played an important role in positioning a candidate in the eyes of the voter. Posters capture what voters long for or by revealing what they fear America may become. This week Al is joined by Ralph Eubanks, Publishing Director at the Library of Congress. He'll be talking about the history of some of Americas most memorable campaign posters and why they matter as much today. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a truly insightful conversation.
On/Off Switch is a new joint project between Brett Walberg and Antonio Forte. After the multi city success of "Conversations: an Art and Music Collective", Walberg and Forte are at it again in their musical conversations. On/Off is a double quartet focusing on the dichotomy of acoustic and electric music.
The group is going to involve Forte on trumpet, Walberg on woodwinds, Michael Chasse on guitar, Dave Buckley on piano/electric keys, Matt Mahoney on bass, Lars "Sharkfingers" Borrow-Chappell, Justin Oliver on Drums, Dave Fox on Drums.
Recognized by The New York Times for his "exquisitely sensitive playing" and "stunning agility," GRAMMY nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is one of the world's most exciting and entrepreneurial young musicians. Deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and exciting new repertoire, Avi will release his debut album for the Deutsche Grammophon label this summer.
"Hail Laveau is the collaboration between musicians Corey Cook and Emily Higgins. The two began writing songs together over the past year, with Emily handling the vocals, Corey writing the music and both contributing to the lyric writing. They finished recording an EP over the summer in New Orleans and plan on bringing the finished product to the Boston music scene. Due to the time split between Louisiana and Massachusetts, Hail Laveau has an ever-changing backing band of local musicians ready to bring the house down.
9:30pm Ashia and The Bison Rouge (from Portland OR.) "one can't help but hear a collage of influences. Grzesik can certainly give Joanna Newsom a run for her whimsy, she possesses the old-world charm and quirky dramatics of Regina Spector and the cello-punk instincts of Bonfire Madigan, and her voice vacillates between the throaty alto of Amanda Palmer and the ethereal soprano of Maria Callas. Simply put, she's got a little bit of everything." Portland Monthly http://youtu.be/ClGlm30UVGk
The Fringe are one of the genuine living treasures of the Boston jazz scene. Originally formed back in 1971 by tenor-saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Richard Appleman, and drummer Bob Gullotti as an outlet for their free jazz improvisations, The Fringe have entertained and enlightened Boston area jazz audiences for over 30 years. Bassist Appleman left the band in 1985 to become Chairman of the Bass Department at Berklee College and was replaced by veteran bassist John Lockwood.