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Monday, November 7, 2011 - 6:00pm

Harp virtuoso Edmar Castaneda draws from jazz, Afro-Cuban and Colombian joropo traditions to weave enchantment on the Rose Hall Stage. Famed Brazilian percussionist Airto Morera, who can make music on almost anything, leads our jazz Carnivale -- with Toninho Horta (guitar), Mark Egan (bass) and Kenny Werner (piano). Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 2:00pm

It's a guitar celebration on Monday's Jazz New England when John Stowell and Joe Weinberg join us. Portland, Oregon based John Stowell is described by virtuoso Larry Coryell as " master creator with incredible originality." Joe Weinberg has performed and taught in New England for years and works regularly with John Stowell on his trips east. Join us Monday at 2 pm for some serious "picking."

Monday, November 7, 2011 - 11:00am

Why is a mouse on the floor a pest, but a mouse in a cute cage a pet? Why is it fine to feed white rats to boa constrictors, but people would shudder and scream if anyone tried to feed kittens to a snake? The way we think about animals defies logic. It’s emotionally complicated and differs dramatically depending on culture. Tonight’s guest is HAL HERZOG, one the world’s leading anthrozoologists, a scientist who studies how humans think about animals. His new book is titled SOME WE LOVE. SOME WE HATE. SOME WE EAT. WHY IT’S SO HARD TO THINK STRAIGHT ABOUT ANIMALS. Tonight we talk about if there are differences between “dog people” and “cat people”; if children who abuse animals grow up to be violent adults; what happens when vegans backslide, and why everyone seems to hate snakes. The answers will surprise you. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 10:30pm

Many consider Americas decisive defeat of the Japanese at "Midway" during WWII as one of great luck and providence. However, my guest this week argues that it was nothing short of superior intelligence and tactics. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when I will be speaking with Craig Symmonds, professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy as we recount this historic moment and once and for all set the record straight.

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 9:00pm

Researcher and writer ELLEN PRAGER has written what amounts to a “tell all” of life in the oceans. This features unusual creatures with very bizarre sex lives and lots and lots of slime. Prager has also included some amazing notes on why these creatures, strange and weird as they are, are important to humanity. Tune into tonight and learn how hagfish can tie themselves into knots; why a giant sea slug is critical to research on the human brain and why you should never, EVER eat the lobster’s tomalley. Prager’s vastly entertaining  account of marine life is titled SEX, DRUGS AND SEASLIME: THE OCEAN’S ODDEST CREATURES AND WHY THEY MATTER.

Every bird’s nest is a wonderful example of non-human architecture. Imagine trying to weave and intricate tight cup of moss, lichen and spider’s webs using only your mouth and sometimes your feet! Yet birds do this every breeding season. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome PETER GOODFELLOW, retired English teacher and lifelong birder, who has written one of the most beautiful books on the nests that birds create and how they build them: AVIAN ARCHITECTURE: HOW BIRDS DESIGN, ENGINEER AND BUILD. From simple scrapes in the ground, to monumental platforms high in trees, from enormous mounds of sand to mind-boggling complex hanging woven baskets, birds create structures of stunning complexity and variety. If you have ever marveled at the nest of a robin or oriole, be sure to tune in.
 

Sunday, November 6, 2011 - 12:00pm

Join us this Sunday on Jazz Matinee with special guests Dan Gabel from the authentic 18-piece Big Band “Dan Gabel and The Abletones” and vocalists Amanda Carrand. Dan will bring few selections from his vinyl collection of over 6,000 records from the big band era. Amanda will be speaking about the American Big Band Preservation Society, an educational organization dedicated to collecting and archiving arrangements of the big bands, which are made available to high school and college music departments free of charge. The American Big Band Preservation Society also holds clinics in the greater Worcester area to teach students about big band playing, history, and the present and future of the big bands.

For information on the upcoming dance-concert to benefit the American Big Band Preservation Society, please CLICK HERE.

Friday, November 4, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us as we showcase the live musical collaboration of Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner, which has been described by critics as "Effortless Mastery." The harmonica - piano duo has been making waves in the Jazz world since they recorded an album together back in 2002. The romantic melodicism and nimble fills in Thielemans’s playing matched his equally by Werner's marvelous accompaniment. This is definetly not a one to miss, so tune in on Friday at 6pm!

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 7:00pm

Tune into the Folk Revival as we pay tribute to folk songs old & new in the protest and reform tradition!

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 6:00pm

Tune in to Jazz Rhythm as we pay tribute to some of the most notable blues musicians in history! Expect to hear the likes of  Jummyy Rushing, Count Basie (and his orchestra), Roosevelt Sykes, Jack Teagarden, Cakewalk into town, Big Joe Turner, and Oran "Hot Lips" Page! Dont forget to tune in next thursday, for part II!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 6:00pm

Guitarist Julian Lage is a true jazz prodigy. Discovered by Gary Burton when he was just 12 years old, Lage has since played with Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano and Carlos Santana. Lage shows off his amazing technique and improvisatory abilities on "My Funny Valentine" before teaming with Marian McPartland on "You and the Night and the Music."

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Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

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