Tune into this edition of Jazz Matinee with host Chet Williamson and his guest Dana Landry. Dana is featured on recordings released by record labels including Summit, Origin, and Artist Alliance, several of which made it to the top of the Jazz Week U.S. Radio Chart. His first CD as a leader Journey Home, featuring virtuoso vibist Gary Burton, was nominated for a Grammy Award. His most recent, Memphis Skyline, finds him in a trio setting celebrating the jazz musicians of that great American musical city, some of whom are among his teachers and main influences. Landry has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Australia, and China, and has played with jazz greats including Milt Jackson, Bob Brookmeyer, Bela Fleck, Dick Oatts, Ingrid Jensen, Jeff Coffin, Eddie Daniels, Don Aliquo, Rufus Reid, Clay Jenkins, Bob Mintzer, Slide Hampton, and others. In addition to his touring schedule, he performs regularly with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, playing everything from Disney pops concerts to Stravinsky and Copland.
Guitarist/vocalist Matt Munisteri talks about drawing on jazz and western swing for his unique approach to playing and composing.
On this edition of Jazz Matinee Host Chet Williamson will be joined by singer Kavita Shah. Kavita Shah is gaining a reputation as a visionary young singer, composer, and arranger. Hailed by Downbeat Magazine as the "Best Graduate Jazz Vocalist" (2012) and winner of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award (2013), Ms. Shah--a native New Yorker of Indian origin fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French--incorporates diverse musical elements into her jazz-based repertoire. Her debut album Visions (co-produced by guitar virtuoso Lionel Loueke) combines the sounds of the traditional Indian tablas and West African kora with those of a jazz quintet.
Miguel Zenon, the prolific Puerto Rican saxophonist and composer, visits his old stomping grounds in the Bronx and discusses his newest album, Identities Are Changeable. Jazz Night in America recorded this unique work live from the 2014 Newport Jazz Festival.
Joining Chet Williamson on Jazz Matinee will be songwriter jazz vocalist Rene Marie. Rene began her professional music career at age 42. In 1999, she performed at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. and signed a contract with the St. Louis-based Maxjazz label. She released four albums on the label, the second of which (Vertigo) was awarded a coronet ranking by The Penguin Guide to Jazz, a distinction given to less than 85 other recordings in jazz history. In her work, the singer often combines contrasting songs ("Dixie" and the anti-lynching "Strange Fruit" on Vertigo) or combines other works (Ravel's Boléro and Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" on Live at Jazz Standard).
This week Al speaks with Cathy Barrow, home preserving expert and writer of the popular column “Canning Class” for The Washington Post. In her new book, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry, she presents a world of practical and easy-to-master techniques, tools and recipes for preserving fruits, vegetables, meats and fish. Barrow explains how easy and healthy it is to preserve all your favorite foods while saving money at the same time. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30pm for a special treat that will feature cooking techniques and finished dishes that can all be preserved.
In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Dan Gabel, president of the American Big Band Preservation Society, and Bill Doyle, one of the series organizers who, along with Dan, are part of Dan Gabel and the Abletones, which performs Big Band music.
This episode aired originally on June 22, 2014. In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D’Agostino did public-relations work on the Jazz at Sunset series for the American Big Band Preservation Society.
Jazz at Sunset returned this past summer to Central Massachusetts. Started in Worcester at the EcoTarium, Jazz at Sunset has been a premier destination for music-lovers for almost 25 years. The 2014 six-week summer outdoor concert series was held on the grounds of SAC Park, with a covered stage featuring Big Band performers.
The Jazz at Sunset series was presented by the American Big Band Preservation Society, a 501(c)3 charitable not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and performance of Big Band music, with a focus on keeping alive this original American art form for future generations.
The series was sponsored by 90.5 WICN, Jazz+ for New England, Central Credit Union, Kurlan Music Center, Polito Development Corp., Telefunken, and Westborough Inn.
Inquiry welcomes Bob Herbert, opinion columnist for The New York Times from 1993-2011 and Distinguished Fellow at Demos, a public policy think tank. His latest book is Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America. This journalistic tour de force examines why so many people feel that America has lost its way and that as a nation we are in decline. DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!
Inquiry also welcomes back Honee A. Hess, Executive Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts. She is joined in the studio by Janet Amorello, Vice President of Marketing at Unibank to talk about the upcoming Holiday Festival of Crafts, the annual three-day celebration of crafts and arts. From more information on times and dates go to: http://www2.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx
Four hours of songs from Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Sara Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, and more, as we celebrate the First Family of Folk, along with an on-air interview with Sara Lee and Johnny. Check it out!
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