It's poetry and Jazz on Thursday's Jazz New England. Former U. S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky returns to the WICN studio, this time pairing his prose with the piano styles of Grammy winner Laurence Hobgood, the man behind the award-winning Kurt Elling sound. These two have been collaborating recently, will perform in New England this week and are sure to bring a little pizzazz to Jazz New England. Join us Thursday at 2 pm.
Chris Dingman is one of a small group of elite musicians keeping the role of vibraphonist/leader alive in jazz today. He cut his teeth at the Thelonious Monk Institute, and his album Waking Dreams was a surprise hit of summer 2011. Dingman performs his original tune, “Zanetta,” and duets with Weber on “Manhattan Bridge” and “Dolphin Dance.”
Ava Astaire McKenzie grew up surrounded by creativity. She draws on this experience lecturing around the world about her father Fred, and has expressed her own creativity in her book “At Home In Ireland” Cooking and Entertaining with Ava Astaire McKenzie. Ava talked with Judy about her life-long love of jazz and the influence jazz had on her father.
The angular sounds of Thelonious Monk connect with the clave of the Afro-Cuban rhythms. Pianist Danilo Perez tells the story of Monk through his own Panamanian roots. Hear 'Round Midnight' and 'Bright Mississippi' through a new set of ears.
Nachum Sadan is a director and the president and CEO of Amperion in Lawrence, Massachusetts, which provides innovative smart-grid communications solutions for electric utilities and has had more than 100 patents granted and pending in its 10-year history. He is responsible for the vision and strategic direction of the company, and the execution of its business operations. He is a serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in power engineering, computer networking and data communications. At Amperion, he has turned around the company by developing a completely new communications platform based on innovative and patent-protected technology, selling that concept to one of the largest utility companies in the U.S. and bringing it to commercialization - all on an extremely tight budget.
Peter Porteous is CEO of Blue Line Innovations, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, which manufactures real-time energy-monitoring products that help consumers save money while helping to conserve energy. He assumed the CEO role in 2009 after having supported co-founder Danny Tuff and the Management Team in a consulting capacity. Founded in 2003, Blue Line Innovations has sold more than 150,000 units of its PowerCost Monitor, a real-time feedback device for monitoring home-electricity usage.
Amperion and Blue Line Innovations were among the 10 presenting smart-grid companies at the Worcester-based Institute for Energy & Sustainability’s Smart Grid Venture Showcase at the Worcester-based Institute for Energy & Sustainability’s Smart Grid Venture Showcase, held last September 29 at Worcester Technical High School. WICN Public Radio was one of the sponsors of the Smart Grid Venture Showcase.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino talks with Nachum Sadan and Peter Porteous about the key trends in smart-grid products, innovations and technologies.
The piano is 300 years old and from the time of its creation it has cast a spell over musicians and audiences alike. The piano changed the ways in which musicians toured and presented themselves to the public and the piano changed audiences expectations about presentation and showmanship. From Mozart’s first concertos to Jerry Lee Lewis’ incendiary keyboard techniques, the piano has captured the mind and soul of musicians and listeners all over the world like no other musical instrument. Tune in tonight for a wide-ranging talk with pianist and writer STUART ISACOFF. His latest fascinating and entertaining history is A NATURAL HISTORY OF THE PIANO: THE INSTRUMENT, THE MUSIC, THE MUSICIANS. FROM MOZART TO MODERN JAZZ AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.
Since our nation’s inception, governments at the local, state and federal levels have advanced programs to promote American’s health. Probably no other program has been as controversial and widely debated as the national government’s sex education campaigns. Kicked into high gear during Word War I, and begun to control the national epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, these programs have been complicated by racist assumptions, local faith-based resistance and an inability to actually talk openly about the subject. Our guest tonight is writer ALEXANDRA M. LORD, who previously served as a historian with the United States Public Health Service. Tonight she discusses her unique and fascinating history CONDOM NATION: THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S SEX EDUCATION CAMPAIGN FROM WORLD WAR I TO THE INTERNET.
Charles Mingus (1922-79) wrote, ". . . it is time our children were raised to think they can play bassoon, French horn, English horn, full percussion, violin, cello. If we so-called jazz musicians who are composers, the spontaneous composers, started including these instruments in our music, it would open everything up. This acoustic concert, held on the weekend of the annual Charles Mingus High School Competition in New York, effectively follows through on his premise.
Nick Noble sets the mood for the evening here on this edition of Folk Revival. He will be spinning love songs that will really get the sparks flying! Don't miss it, Thursday at 7
This Wednesday, Joe Zupan invites music teachers to perform on Jazz New England. Join us at 2 pm when Pakachoag Music School instructors Curtis Smith and Nike Beaudry perform the music of Gershwin for clarinet and piano. The performance will be followed by an interview with Executive Director, Sarah Smongeski. We'll enjoy some classic music and learn about the good things going on at Pakachoag. Be sure to tune in Wednesday at 2 for Jazz New England.