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Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews John Tortora (shown, center) of Sharks Sports & Entertainment, parent of the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, and Joe Will (right), Jon Erickson (left) and Eric Lindquist (not shown) of the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League. They talk about maintaining and strengthening the Sharks’ minor-league franchise in Worcester.

For the first time, Sharks Sports & Entertainment has a C-level executive with a strong hockey background instead of skills developed in other sports. He’s John Tortora, the company’s new chief operating officer. Previously, he had been general counsel of SSE.

In June, Tortora was appointed to COO by Hasso Plattner – who, since last January, has been the new majority owner of the Sharks organization. In 1972, Plattner, now a billionaire,  co-found German business-software company SAP.

On July 10, SSE announced the appointment of Joe Will as general manager of the Worcester Sharks, overseeing all hockey operations. SSE also tapped Jon Gustafson as vice president of Worcester Sharks business operations, overseeing all Sharks Ice centers.

During the past two seasons, SSE lost a total of more than $30 million. Locally, the Worcester Sharks missed the playoffs in each the past three seasons. And home attendance during the ’12-’13 season averaged about 4,300 - well below the AHL average.

The Sharks open their 2013-14 season on October 19 at the DCU Center. 

It was, to put it in hockey terms, time for a shift change at the DCU Center.

Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 4:00pm

Offering numerous programs that focus on support for the elderly and veterans, the Jazz Foundation of America is having a profound impact on the community. The non-profit organization is bringing jazz into schools through performance opportunities, fulfilling needs with emergency assistance as well as providing free healthcare and other services.  With a mission of “saving jazz and blues…one musician at a time”, the foundation serves  more than 5,000 artists each year. (For more information go to: )

Catch Colors of Jazz for a glimpse into the history and work of the foundation and its upcoming 22nd Annual Jazz Loft Party which benefits the programs. This year party-goers will pay tribute to the memory of Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs, a JFA supporter who passed away in January 2013 after a ski accident.  The evening will feature live music by an array of jazz and blues artists; from Bettye LaVette, Shuggie Otis, Ron Carter and Kenny Barron to Sweet Georgia Brown, Stanley Jordan, James Carter, Lakecia Benjamin and more.

This week, Bonnie interviews Rhythm & Blues singer Bettye LaVette. In 2004, Ms. LaVette won the coveted W. C. Handy Blues Award for Best "Comeback Blues Album". She'll speak candidly about her fifty year career in music.

We'll also welcome back drummer T.S. Monk for a birthday celebration of music commemorating the 96th anniversary of his father, pianist Thelonious Monk, born October 10, 1917. Listen to Monk on Monk here.


Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 4:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson interviewed jazz drummer, composer, bandleader Thelonious "T.S." Monk III on October 10, 2013 to commemorate the 96th anniversary of the birth of his father, the legendary musician, pianist and composer Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982).

Catch Colors of Jazz for a first-hand account of the elder Monk's work. In a conversation that includes mentoring saxophonist John Coltrane in the living room and the unearthed 1957 Thanksgiving Day recording that featured the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane in concert at Carnegie Hall, T.S. also speaks candidly about the state of jazz from his perspective as co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Thelonious Monk Institute.

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:00pm

JazzSet is at the 18th edition of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Dee Dee Bridgewater is the MC.

Our first guest tonight hails from Houston,TX, and currently based in New York City. She’s been making waves as an expressive performer and composer with five CDs to her credit. Helen went to college in Austin, Texas, where hearing a Tommy Flanagan solo drew her from classical piano to jazz. To this day she recommends that young people study classical music, even if jazz is their goal.

She started out in musical life thinking she wanted to be a concert pianist, “and I am so grateful this music made room for me,” says Helen from the stage after playing a song she wrote for Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, brewed at North Coast in California. Helen is a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute graduate program, and former winner of a Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center.

A few years ago, Sung performed with the Mingus Big Band for thousands of people in Taiwan, where her parents grew up. It was a huge night for her. Helen Sung’s NuGenerations project was named a Rhythm Road Jazz Ambassador, touring Africa for the U.S. State Department.

Talent, dedication, a skill at adapting classical dances to jazz formats, great solos, her ability to listen and lock in with her rhythm sections and to lead her band with her smiles – these are some of Helen’s musical and personal qualities that make her one to watch and listen to.

Anthem for a New Day comes out in January 2014 on the Concord label.
Her previous albums are on the Sunnyside label.

Trumpeter Brandon Lee also comes from “H-Town” (see last song title). Saxophonist Seamus Blake grew up in Vancouver and won the 2002 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. Ben Wolfe on bass comes from Baltimore and Portland, Oregon, and Donald Edwards on drums is from Louisiana and New Orleans.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:00pm

Kind of a birthday celebration, Nick Noble dips into his CD collection for four hours of his favorite songs.

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 11:00am

When the G & C Merriam Company of Massachusetts published the third edition of Webster’s Dictionary in 1961, little did they realize that they would start “America’s greatest language controversy”. All over a few words that had been classified as slang. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with DAVID SKINNER, editor, writer and journalist about his wild and entertaining history THE STORY OF AIN’T: AMERICA, ITS LANGUAGE, AND THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL DICTIONARY EVER PUBLISHED. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 10:30am

Sydney and Violet Schiff were an amazing couple. They lived in the 1920s in Britain. They were madly in love with each other and each was a connoisseur of the visual arts and of modernist writing. Their close friends included some of the most legendary writers of that era. Tune in tonight for a story of one of the most unique literary salons. We speak with teacher, editor, reporter and writer STEPHEN KLAIDMAN about his brilliant new book SYDNEY AND VIOLET: THEIR LIFE WITH T.S.ELIOT, PROUST, JOYCE AND THE EXCRUCIATINGLY IRASCIBLE WYNDAM LEWIS. The image is of "Workshop" by Wyndam Lewis. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 7:00pm

Deborah Holland, a Los Angeles based piano teacher and songwriter, was a member of Animal Logic with jazz bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Stewart Copeland (formerly with The Police). She began her musical studies at age 14, attended the Berklee College of Music and Rutgers University, from which she received her B.A. with Highest Honors in Jazz Studies.

Cidny Bullens (formerly Cindy Bullens) grew up in Massachusetts, and release 2 albums in the late 1970’s on United Artists Records. Her 1978 debut album, Desire Wire, has been described as “one of the great lost rock albums of the 70’s”, and anticipated later work by a host of 1980’s female rock artists, from Pat Benatar, to Blondie, to The Go-Gos. She provided vocals on three songs for the soundtrack of the 1977 feature fiml “Grease”, for which she earned a Grammy nomination for best rock vocal performance. Cindy got her start in the music business by performing as a backup vocalist with Elton John on three major tours. In 1999, Cindy’s album “Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth” featured guests Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Rodney Crowell and Bryan Adams.

Cidny and Deborah also comprise two-thirds of the group The Refugees, also featuring Wendy Waldman.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 6:00pm

Singer, songwriter, and actor Eric Benét charges his old school soul songwriting with healthy doses of modern funk and hip-hop. His winning formula has been recognized with multiple Grammy and Image Award nominations. Benét joins Feinstein for a set of original tunes and classics by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, and David Foster.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 3:30pm

“All people long for justice, but we feel horrible when those who have created harm go unpunished”. We are of two minds about revenge: we talk about it and joke about it, enjoy movies about the hero seeking revenge, but feel conflicted about actually doing it ourselves. Our courts offer victims very little solace. Victims are rarely allowed to make statements in court and plea-bargaining subverts any possibility of the victim feeling like justice was served. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with THANE ROSENBAUM. He is the John Whelan Distinguished Lecturer at Fordam Law School and directs the Forum on Law, Culture and Society. His new powerful book is titled PAYBACK: THE CASE FOR REVENGE and it may change how you think about revenge and justice. 


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