What do the violin, the kora, the accordion, the vibraphone and the vocoder have in common? Innovative jazz fiddler Regina Carter and vibraphonist Stefon Harris bring them all out to create a very contemporary sound at Dizzy's club. With kora player Yacouba Sissoko and accordionist Will Holshouser, MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter explores the music of Africa - from Ugandan Jewish songs to traditional music of Madagascar and Mali. Harris and his band Blackout find inspiration in the funk and soul sound of the 70s. Wendell Pierce hosts.
All of us feel like we have a unified consciousness, a “self” that acts with a purpose that resides inside the head of this biological machine of our body. It is that little person inside our heads that makes us who we are. But recent startling findings in the neurosciences tell a very different story. Our brains function as a collection of decentralized complex systems and disunited processes that are integrated much like the programs on our PC. So how come we feel so single minded? Our very special guest tonight is DR. MICHAEL S. GAZZANIGA, Director of the SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind; President of the Cognitive Neuroscience Institute and Founding Director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Law and Neuroscience Project. His new book WHO’S IN CHARGE? FREE WILL AND THE SCIENCE OF THE BRAIN is a wonderful review of the latest findings of neurology and details what these studies tell us about where the “I” is located physically in the brain and what consciousness may be.
Alzheimer's is one of this countries most debiltating diseases. It robs not only it's victims of a quality life but loved ones as well. Join Al this Sunday evening as he speaks with Dr. Eric Pfeiffer MD, founder of the Pfeiffer Suncoast Alzheimer's Center in Florida. This segment will help anyone who is struggling with Alheimer's or knows someone who is.
About to enter its 25th year in business, Peppers Fine Catering is an award-winning caterer serving MetroWest, Worcester and Central Massachusetts, Boston, Providence and beyond. Their four specialty areas include weddings, family events (such as birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs and holidays), corporate affairs and a popular new offering: “Big Wines, Small Plates,” which pairs fine wines with delicious foods from around the world.
Founders and owners Susan and John Lawrence are certified “foodies.” They fell in love over food, married in the midst of it, and have built their lives and a successful catering business around it.
In the spirit of full disclosure: Steve D'Agostino does public-relations work for Peppers Fine Catering.
According to Elaine Mehalakes, Kemper Curator of Academic Programs and
curator of Global Flora, the 28 works in this exhibit—from engravings that date
back to the 1500’s to contemporary still lifes—are not only exquisitely detailed
depictions of flora and fauna, but also tell a story about the complex relationships
that have evolved alongside botanical art. “Botanical imagery has long been
admired for its beauty and appreciated for its scientific significance, but its history
is a more complex one, tied to the political, imperial, and cultural aspirations of
an increasingly interrelated world,” said Mehalakes.
Everyone knows how critical mathematics is to the hard sciences like
physics. But how important is math to biology? Tonight’s returning guest is
IAN STEWART, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and active researcher at
Warwick University in England. Professor Stewart believes that we are now
seeing a dramatic change in the role importance of mathematics; logic and
topology plays in genetics; studying viruses and even looking for extraterrestrial;
life. His latest book, THE MATHEMATICS OF LIFE, wonderfully illustrates this
new “biomathematics” and declares it to be the next major revolution in the Life
Sciences. Tune in for a surprising and thought provoking discussion on the
maths of life.
Join us as we celebrate Charles Lloyd, the Tenor Saxophonist who has served as the sideman for blue bands such as those of B.B. King Howlin' Wolf, and the Bobby "Blue" Bland to name a few. Listen in as he plays with his band, Sangam, comprised of Indian-born tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and drumming phenom Eric Harland. This is an amazing performance, one that you dont want to miss!
Join us as we pay tribute to Doc Cheatham, a trumpeter, singer, and bandleader who abandoned his family's plan to become a pharmacist to create a Jazz scene in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee where there was previously no Jazz music at all. Cheatham has played in numerous famous bands such as those of Albert Wynn, Ma Rainey, the bands of Bobby Lee and Wilber de Paris. He also performed a short stint with Chick Webb and Sam Wooding's band. Stay tuned next week for part two!
Tune into Jazz Rhythm as we explore new and innovative expressions of swing and big band jazz, along with a showcase of some of the most creative and revolutionary Big Band and Swing tunes you have ever heard!
Tune into Piano Jazz for a highlight of John Lewis, a widely celebrated jazz pianis and composer who helped to pioneer the bop style, and one of the best known directors of the Modern Jazz Quartet.
“I was about eight when I realized I was doomed”. Inquiry welcomes writer and poet DONNA LETHAL. Her first book, MILK OF AMNESIA, is a novel closely based on her life growing up Catholic and Irish in a tough working class neighborhood of Lowell, Massachusetts. She was raised in a family whose parenting style she refers to as “laissez-faire” and you didn’t ask a lot of questions about where your Christmas presents came from. Donna Lethal’s writing is tough, honest, grimly hilarious and surprisingly upbeat.
Know Your Host:
A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 “Latino” album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since.
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Fridays, 7 to 11 pm