Influenced by the blues and gospel music of the Texas Delta, legendary pianist, composer Joe Sample is "seasoned with soul". Born and raised in Southeast Houston Texas, Sample grew up hearing not only jazz but also rural LaLa music (aka Zydeco) from his family's native home of Louisiana. Joe Sample is a self-proclaimed "Creole writer", blending jazz, funk, soul and R&B; as a pioneer keyboardist in jazz fusion, he has touched generations with his music. World-renowned for his role as a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, which became The Crusaders in the ‘70s, Mr. Sample has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, George Benson, B. B. King and Marvin Gaye as well as notable women in music including saxophonist Jessy J, vocalists The Supremes, Lalah Hathaway, Anita Baker, Tina Turner and longtime collaborator Randy Crawford. In 2010, Sample was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree conferred by his alma mater Texas Southern University in acknowledgement of his influence on American music. Catch Colors of Jazz when "CREOLE" Joe joins host Bonnie Johnson in between weekend concerts at Scullers Jazz Club to share his story. Tune in at 4pm.
As soon as composer Cuadrado of Barcelona earned his Master's in Jazz Performance at Queens College and settled in Brooklyn, the stock market plummeted. Cuadrado remembered that 80 years earlier, in 1929, poet Federico García Lorca of Granada was visiting New York when the stock market crashed. Lorca wrote verse about it, collected in Poeta en Nueva York (A Poet in New York). Now, Cuadrado has set Lorca's poetry to music, performed by Claudia Acuña, voice; Miguel Zenón, saxophone; Dan Tepfer, piano; the composer on bass; Mark Ferber, drums.
This show will feature songs in languages other than English, including French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Gaelic, Yiddish, and others!
Gloria Gaynor is best known for her sensational 1978 hit, “I Will Survive,” which won the only Grammy ever awarded for Best Disco Recording. In the past decade she has released new music on unsuspecting audiences and has been honored with a slate of accolades. Gaynor performs “My Funny Valentine” and joins Feinstein for a duet of “The Very Thought of You.”
The first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony are instantly recognizable to music listeners around the world. Since the symphony’s premiere in 1808, people of many cultures have found special meaning in those four notes. Some have heard fate knocking on a door, while others have heard the spirit of revolution or the essence of the Romantic sublime. The Chinese Communist government initially banned it then embraced it. Some listeners even heard the call of a common European sparrow. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MATTHEW GUERRÍERÍ about his wonderful new book: THE FIRST FOUR NOTES: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION.
Spiders get such a bad rap. That’s too bad because these unique arachnids are fascinating creatures that have unique mating behaviors, exhibit maternal care of their young and weave complex and beautiful webs. Some even manage to fly through the air! Tune in tonight and hear a conversation with RICHARD A. BRADLEY, Associate Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Oganismal Biology at The Ohio State University. He discusses his new state of the art and much needed guide COMMON SPIDERS OF NORTH AMERICA.
Banjoist Béla Fleck, discusses his work with Chick Corea and those 11 Grammies and 27 nominations!
Did you know Isaac Hayes was only the third African-American to win an Academy Award for his score of "Shaft"? Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Oscar season with a soul twist. On this week's spotlight we'll look at soul songs in the movies. Break out the popcorn, it all starts at 7pm !!
This week we return to one of our favorite Marcus Roberts show from the Jazz at Lincoln Center archives. The pianist leads his iconic suite chronicling the blues in all its forms and feel. He's joined by bassist Roland Guerin and drummer Jason Marsalis and others to play the story. Wendell Pierce is our host.
The United Way of Central Massachusetts as part of the Worcester Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, provides low- to middle- income working families in central Massachusetts with free tax preparation assistance.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Tim Garvin CEO United Way of Central MASS. and find out how this program has helped thousand in and around Central MASS.
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