Pianist Conal Fowkes discusses his long participation in Woody Allen’s jazz band and his recent part doing the vocals and piano work of the Cole Porter character in Woody’s film Midnight in Paris.
In the studio this afternoon is pianist Dick Odgren. A local Massachusetts native, Odgren is known for his history with the late trumpeter Emil Haddad and has been recognized for his excellence as a jazz educator.
Expect the unexpected on this week’s show. Join host Tom Shaker as he conjures up soulful (and soulless) ghosts, goblins, devils and unworldly creatures. Tricks and treats galore on this special edition of Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!
Dave Brubeck’s music is reimagined by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Jazz Night in America explores various Brubeck compositions, as we sit down and discuss with the arrangers the decisions they made when approaching the material. Also, we unearth recordings from the JALC archive of Brubeck himself performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Join host Chet Williamson as he speaks with saxophonist Steve Heckman. This San Francisco based artist grew up in New York City during one of jazz's most creative periods, the mid-60's. Upon first hearing John Coltrane, worlds split open for Heckman!
Travessia is a micro-winery in downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts. The owner Marco Montez was born in Portugal and learned first hand about wine-making from his grandfather. Today he focuses on making wine in small lots with primarily Massachusetts-grown grapes, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Vidal Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Marco Montez about his journey from Portugal to the United States and how he has found success as a winemaker and entrepreneur right here in Massachusetts.
In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Katie Picchione of the Rotaract Club of WPI and the WPI Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA, Richard Simon of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley and Carl Gomes of the Rotary Club of Worcester. They talk about bringing clean drinking water to the world.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve chairs the Public Relations Committee for the Rotary Club of Worcester.
A group of Worcester Polytechnic Institute students is taking new steps toward creating social change and improving water security in remote parts of the world. Since 2009, the WPI Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA has been working with the rural, indigenous community of Guachtuq, Guatemala to improve water security. Having water security means having access to adequate quantity and quality of water to meet needs. Currently, most families in Guachtuq rely on a polluted water basin to meet all their water needs. During the dry season (February through April), community members line up at the basin in the middle of the night to get enough water for drinking and cooking alone.
WPI students work with these families to build rainwater harvesting systems, which improve all three dimensions of water security. Over the past two years, they built 12 rainwater harvesting systems with families; 25 more will be constructed in May 2015, improving water security for all remaining families in Guachtuq.
This past summer, the WPI group developed relationships with the Rotary Clubs of Nashoba Valley and Worcester. Rotary International is a global community of committed professionals working together to serve others and advance peace. More than 1.2 million members in over 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide volunteer in communities at home and abroad.
The Rotary Club of Worcester has sponsored students from Engineers Without Borders-USA's WPI Student Chapter to start a new Rotaract Club of WPI, which is being mentored by Worcester Rotarian Carl Gomes. Rotaract is a service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30 who are dedicated to community and international service.
Since August, the Rotaract Club of WPI has been working closely with the Engineers Without Borders-USA WPI Student Chapter to further the rainwater harvesting project in Guatemala. With the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, the WPI students are in the process of applying for a $35,000 Rotary Foundation Global Grant. Richard Simon, president of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, has worked tirelessly to gain support for the grant from Rotary Clubs throughout Massachusetts and spread the word about the good work these WPI students are doing.
When Dr. Joel Gold started practicing medicine at Bellvue Hospital, he came across several patients suffering from what he calls The Truman Show Delusion: believing that everyone around you is watching you and recording your life. What do delusions like this tell us about how the brain functions and how are delusions related to society? In a society where social media is everywhere and the government is indeed watching and listening in on your life, how can we tell who is having delusions and who is sane? What do we know about how anti-psychotic drugs work? Dr. Gold is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. His new book, written with Ian Gold, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry and McGill University is titled: Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness, The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs.
Several hundred unidentified bodies are found in the United States every year. About a half have died of natural causes or of self-inflicted deaths. The rest have been murdered. Though local forensic labs and police departments work long and hard to put a name and identification to these bodies, many remain cold cases. In recent years, a dedicated group of amateurs armed only with computers and a knack for remembering details and faces have aided authorities by matching missing person reports with these unidentified bodies. Tonight on Inquiry we learn all about these amateur sleuths and how they work when we talk with journalist and science writer Deborah Halber about her wild new book The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America's Coldest Cases.
For 25 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has been keeping jazz & blues alive by helping elder musicians in crisis "due to illness, age and/or circumstance"with their Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund. On Friday, October 24th, JFA celebrates it's 13th annual "A Great Night in Harlem" gala concert at the historic Apollo Theater in NYC. An All-Star concert will feature tributes dedicated to trumpeter Clark Terry, Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire and the late great Little Jimmy Scott. Additionally, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy® winning pianist, composer, bandleader Herbie Hancock will be honored with a lifetime achievement award granted by the legendary Quincy Jones.
Catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson celebrates the music and artistry of A Great Night In Harlem . Tune in at 12pm.
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