Guitarist Greg Ruggiero grew up in New Mexico with swing-dancing parents who encouraged him to listen to the Great American Standards and classic jazz, something he initially resisted. Greg is now one of the most respected younger musicians on the scene and an enthusiastic proponent of the very music he initially avoided and talks to Judy about his journey from rock musician to jazz player.
Music critic Joel Selvin sums up the importance of Sly and the Family Stone's influence on African American music by stating "there are two types of black music: black music before Sly Stone, and black music after Sly Stone". Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his 74th birthday on tonight's show. It all starts at 7pm!
We hear stories from alumni of “the school of Betty Carter”, an esteemed collection of singers bound together by the thrall of Carter’s titanic influence on jazz. One of the most powerful voices in the American musical tradition, her lasting legacy is celebrated by vocalist Charenee Wade along with many past members of Carter’s band through the years.
In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food. Living in a tent even through brutal winters, he had survived by his wits and courage, developing ingenious ways to store edibles and water, and to avoid freezing to death. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear about the true story of this survivor as Al speaks with author Michael Finkel about his new book, The Stranger in the Woods.
In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Aaron Nicodemus, business editor of the Telegram & Gazette. They talk about Downtown Worcester’s new look for 2017.
In the January 1 issue of the Sunday Telegram, the “Business Matters” section took an in-depth look at the economic heart of the Heart of the Commonwealth – Downtown Worcester. As Correspondent Susan Gonsalves writes,“To cynics who regard talk about Worcester's ‘revitalization’ with skepticism, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. responds, ‘All that steel popping up isn't happening by accident.’
“In 2017, people will see a number of changes, improvements and expansion, all designed to transform the second-largest city in New England into an ‘18-hour destination.’ Key to the downtown area's renaissance is an $11 million overhaul of Main Street, according to Mr. Augustus.”
Are you in too much debt? Facing a criminal conviction? Or are you just unhappy with your family life? Have you ever dreamt about faking your death and starting all over with a clean slate? Tonight’s guest on Inquiry did. Writer and journalist ELIZABETH GREENWOOD started her very strange trip by Googling “faking your death” and what followed is recounted in her wild and bizarre book: PLAYING DEAD: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE WORLD OF DEATH FRAUD. Before you attempt to fake your drowning and run away to Panama, tune in and listen.
Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer JEFF CHANG. He is the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. We will discuss his new book WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT: NOTES ON RACE AND RESEGREGATION.
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Brazilian guitarist, Caio Afiune blends the music of Brazil with more delightful South American sounds that make Jazz voicing sing new songs.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist GUSTAVE BLACHE III. His figurative work documents the lives and labor of “those whose contributions typically go un-noticed”. His new series is of people conserving art. He has a retrospective show opening at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum titled: A WORK IN PROCESS: PAINTINGS BY GUSTAVE BLACHE III. To see some examples of his work, go to: www.gustaveblache.com
Break out the bi-carb! In the 1960s and 1970s, many a recipe book featured garish pictures of food in mounds of gelatin or piled high into odd shapes and always featuring sliced eggs or bananas. It was a weird time for food photography. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ANNA PALLAI. She is a PR and agent and formerly Publicity Director of Faber. Her new book of photographs is a stomach challenging tribute to those “stylish” meals of yore: 70’S DINNER PARTY: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DOWNRIGHT UGY OF RETRO FOOD.
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