Perpetually sensitive in style and spirit, pianist Bill Evans was driven by a ‘quiet fire’ that has influenced entire generations of pianists. Guest musical director Bill Charlap with guitarist, and Evans collaborator Jim Hall and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute with classics like Waltz for Debby, Five and Peri’s Scope. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Josephine Marcus Earp is not exactly a household name. But her husband was. You see, Josephine was the common law wife of famed lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al's guest will be best selling author and educator Ann Kirschner. She will be talking about her new book, Lady at the O.K. Coral, a tribute to Josephine Earp.
Eva Tanguay was the Madonna or Lady Gaga of her day. She was the undisputed queen of the vaudeville stage. Her energetic and saucy act inspired writers to call her “the cyclonic comedienne”. She headlined at every venue and wowed every crowd. But suddenly she was no longer in demand and she had a long and sad decline. Tonight we talk with writer and researcher ANDREW L. ERDMAN about his wonderful biography of the QUEEN OF VAUDEVILLE: THE STORY OF EVA TANGUAY.
Inquiry welcomes back ADAM ZAHLER Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department of Worcester State University. Tonight, Professor Zahler talks about a very exciting and unique theatre production at the university: WAR CHILDREN which premier’s APRIL 18. This is a brand new play about the horrific experiences of young children who are abducted by rebel armies and forced to participate in torture, rape, and killing. War Children explores their experiences, recovery and rehabilitation. This play is an example of “devised theatre” in which the actors and others create and perfect the play from class to class and week to week. It’s a dynamic and exciting process. For information about tickets and show times, go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/369235459814093/
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Christian McBride, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Potter, Benny Green and Lewis Nash are six stars on one 40-city tour, getting marvelous reviews countrywide. McBride’s arrangements showcase each player and spark musical chemistry in Monterey’s name. From two sold-out shows, February 1 at the Kennedy Center, we’ll make one amazing JazzSet.
This weeks show will feature artists like Christine Lavin, John Prine, the Smothers Brothers, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Limeliters, Bud & Travis, the Irish Rovers, Shel Silverstein, the Highwaymen, Betty Lehrman, Tom Lehrer, Phil Ochs, and more!
Pianist and composer Dan Tepfer performs solo concerts that are often completely improvised. He also has an ongoing duo project with legendary alto saxophonist Lee Konitz. Overseas he's been a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Seoul Institute of the Arts in South Korea. This week Tepfer talks about his album of improvisations based on Bach's Goldberg Variations and plays a few of his own compositions.
CHAD SIROIS and AMANDA RIIK drop by the station to talk about their work as Commissioners for the WORCESTER ARTS COUNCIL. The WAC has just awarded 41 grants totally over $86,000.00 to artists and organizations in our area. Tune in to find out how to apply for a grant and who can qualify. ALSO: We also talk to Amanda Riik about another organization she is associated with: VETERAN’S INC. For more information on the Worcester Arts Council go to:
Artist and writer GLYN DILLON has created one of the most beautiful and complex graphic novels to be published in some years: THE NAO OF BROWN. Tune in and learn about Dillon’s time storyboarding for film and television, how he created the painterly look of his work and the many sources for his story.
Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning “Duets II” CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, k.d. lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey. Tony and his collaborators received the Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” as well as the Grammy for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for his duet, “Body and Soul” with Amy Winehouse.
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