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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Eric Schneider talks about working with Count Basie and Earl Hines and performs with Judy onstage for “Jazz Inspired from Kiawah Island."

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 7:00pm

One of the funkiest families ever, The Isley Brothers defined soul music in the 1960s & 70s. The group's leader, Ron, has one of the most soulful voices in music. He sang lead on hits like "That Lady" "Work to Do" and their classic remake of "Summer Breeze."  Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Ron's 74th birthday on this edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!!

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler pay tribute to the life, legacy, and music of the great Kenny Wheeler (1930 - 2014). Kenny's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn have left deep impressions on generations of musicians and listeners. The band features pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jon Wikan, and vocalist Katie Jacobson.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 10:30pm

The clock is ticking for Congress to vote on whether to reauthorize section 215 of the Patriot Act—the authority that the NSA has interpreted to allow the U.S. government to vacuum up the call records of millions of Americans. Unless Congress votes otherwise by May 21st, section 215 will expire on June 1st.  This week Al speaks with attorney Fredrick Schwarz Jr. who was chief counsel to the U.S. Senate's Church Committee on Intelligence. He will talk about the NSA and it's transparency and accountability to the American people. Tune in this Sunday evening May 17 at 10:30 PM.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Zach Combs, founder of African Arts in Education. They talk about the business of building awareness of the birthplace of civilization. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does public-relations work for African Arts in Education.

African Arts in Education is a Worcester-based, non-profit program that provides an exhibit of authentic African art and produce an educational enrichment program of art, music, history and dance – all, customized for your school. By working in collaboration with professional African performers and teachers, African Arts in Education give our audiences an authentic and inspirational passport to African culture.

African Arts in Education’s mission is to educate, enrich and entertain the broadest audience by sharing the rich music, compelling art and vibrant dance that is Africa, and to give African artists living in America a singular opportunity to be successful cultural ambassadors while earning a living from their arts. The program fulfills its mission of sharing the cultures of Africa through stimulating interactive workshops, compelling performances and engaging school residencies.

African Arts in Education was founded in 2012, in Clinton, and collaboratively developed by Crocodile River Music and Clinton’s Gallery of African Art. Now located in downtown Worcester, AAiE is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.

Zach Combs is also the founder of the for-profit Crocodile River Music, which performs African music and dance. He attended Connecticut College, majoring in Anthropology with a minor in African Studies and a focus in Elementary Education. It was there that he was first drawn to West African music and culture. He won the prestigious and highly competitive Watson Fellowship, which funds travel and research for a full year outside the United States to exceptional graduating seniors.

Inspired by the traditions of music he learned about as an undergraduate, Zach chose Mali, West Africa to live and study for his year abroad. There, he worked with master drummer Ibrahima Sarr and conducted research on Malian culture in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Since then time, Zach has been working to develop a cultural bridge between the United States and West African traditions.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 9:00pm

HONEE H. HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS returns to Inquiry to talk about the latest exhibition “I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR” featuring work by painter DON HARTMANN and photographer LOUIE DESPRES, who join us to talk about their work.

Most people know Mark Mothersbaugh as the front man of the band DEVO. But Mark is really a prolific visual artist,  and Devo was just an extension of one his artistic passions. Tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes back ADAM LERNER, the Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. They have organized a show of Mothersbaugh’s artwork and written an amazing catalog of the show: MARK MOTHERSBAUGH: MYOPIA.

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 2:00pm

Join us as host Ed Gardella chats with Chris Brubeck about his upcoming show at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

Over the past decade, Chris Brubeck (on bass, trombone, and piano), guitarist Joel Brown, and multi-instrumentalist Peter Madcat Ruth have honed a vast and vivid repertoire encompassing Delta blues, Tin Pan Alley standards, New Orleans grooves, jazz gems, and incisive originals. With all three contributing vocals, Triple Play delivers an epic sojourn through American music unlike any other band on the scene.

More about the concert at Mechanics Hall: http://www.musicworcester.org/MW/events/schedule-and-tickets/chris-brube...

 

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:00pm

Internationally known, Grammy nominated alto saxophonist, orchestra leader, composer and arranger, Kim Richmond joins Julie to share his latest recording “Artistry.” Artistry is Richmond’s tribute to one of the most innovative bandleaders in jazz, Stan Kenton. While that is certainly noteworthy, there's much more here than memories. Augmenting the traditional big-band structure Kim’s amazing orchestral arrangements, creatively written originals and terrifically performed charts Kim Richmond and his orchestra group deliver an outstanding performance. It’s a thrill to have Kim come and share his new recording and play live with Julie for this episode of DreamFarm Radio.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 3:30pm

During World War II there was an army unit that specialized in deception. They used inflatable tanks, created sound effects of troop movements and impersonated Morse code senders. They were the Ghost Army, an incredible group that included many artists like Ellsworth Kelly and Bill Blass. When they were not involved in an operation, they drew and painted what was happening around them and therefore left a visual legacy of the war like no other. Tune in tonight when we speak with historian and film maker RICK BEYER about his book, written with Elizabeth Sayles, THE GHOST ARMY OF WORLD WAR II. Rick and others are working hard to get the Ghost Army  awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with artist MICHELLE SAMOUR, whose work was recently on exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Her work is about the aesthetics of the natural world and our obsession with classification and collecting. Eyes and viruses are just a few of the inspirations for her work, which is made with pigmented abaca fiber among other material. Tune in for a fascinating talk with a very unique artist. To see examples of Michelle’s work that she talks about in the interview, go to: http://www.michellesamour.com/

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