The Divine Miss M—singer, actress, and comedian Bette Midler—is Feinstein’s guest for an hour of pure radio fun. Midler opens a crate of favorite tunes from her record collection—from Louis Jordan to vintage Hawaiian music to Destiny’s Child, along with stories from her multi-faceted career. Feinstein presents her with a solo arrangement of "I'll Be There," a song written for her by the legendary songwriting team Alan and Marilyn Bergman.
This edition of Jazz Inspired revisits Judy Carmichael's 2005 conversation with Broadway composer Stephen Flaherty (“Ragtime”) who discusses his evolution as a composer and how he draws on jazz for inspiration.
The Rev. Green turns 66 this week! Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the life and music of one of the most beloved soul singers of our time. It all starts at 7pm!
The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra from Los Angeles and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis come out swinging and duke it out on the bandstand. On stage, side by side, the bands trade licks and even come together on tunes like Thad Jones' "To You" and John Hamilton's own "Ragablues." Join us for this battle royal! Wendell Pierce hosts.
While the Supreme Court hears arguments regarding the President's Health Insurance Mandate. Others believe the final decision will ultimately define Barack Obama's Presidency. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by nationally recognized health care attorney, Jonathan Fleece.
Amazingly, there are a small set of numbers, values and constants that define the way our entire universe works and has evolved. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with a man who has written a wonderful book about these very important numbers: Professor of mathematics at California State University JAMES D. STEIN. His entertaining history of science and mathematics is COSMIC NUMBERS: THE NUMBERS THAT DEFINE OUR UNIVERSE. Tonight we talk about the value of Absolute Zero, the coldest anything in the universe can get, and what weird things happen to matter as it is brought to this ultimate “big chill”. We finish our conversation by discussing the Omega value, a number that may well determine the fate of the entire universe.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a fascinating talk with writer BERND BRUNNER about the history and evolution of the aquarium. What started out as an attempt to bring a small bit of the wild and unknown ocean into the home eventually become a worldwide hobby and public entertainment. But are fish really meant to be “kept in a box?” Tune in to find out. Brunner’s beautiful and unique social natural history is titled THE OCEAN AT HOME: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE AQUARIUM.
The Kennedy Center is the home of the low blow tonight, as five-time DownBeat Magazine baritone sax poll winner Gary Smulyan joins the committed, brilliant pianist Benny Green. Listen for rhythmic energy, quirky Thelonious Monk melodies, humor, and the Washingtons -- Peter and Kenny (no relation) -- ideal on bass and drums.
Nick Noble lightens the mood on this edition of Folk Revival. Laugh with him as he spins humorous, funny, silly, and satritrical cuts for April Fool's Week. Featuring the likes of The Smothers Brothers, Bud & Travis, Peg Espinola, Shel Silverstein, the Highwaymen, Betty Lehrman, the Limeliters, and many more.
Pianist Thomas Lauderdale is a cofounder of the celebrated orchestral ensemble Pink Martini, which bridges classical, jazz, world music and old fashioned pop. On this Song Travels, Lauderdale brings along a few of his musical collaborators, including NPR’s Ari Shapiro, who proves to be as good a singer as he is a journalist. Lauderdale solos on “Malagueña” by Ernesto Lecuona, and duets with Feinstein on George Gershwin’s “The Man I Love.”
It may be impossible to overstate the importance of bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs to American music. A pioneering banjo player who helped create modern country music, his sound is instantly recognizable and as intrinsically wrapped in the tapestry of the genre as Johnny Cash's baritone
or Hank Williams' heartbreak. His most recognizable compositions are "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" which was used as the chase theme in the movie "Bonnie and Clyde" and the theme song for the TV show "Beverly Hillbillies". In an article in the New Yorker in January, Steve Martin wrote, "A grand part of American music owes a debt to Earl Scruggs. Few players have changed the way we hear an instrument the way Earl has, putting him in a category with Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Chet Atkins, and Jimi Hendrix." Country great Porter Wagoner probably summed up Scruggs' importance best of all: "I always felt like Earl was to the five-string banjo what Babe Ruth was to baseball. He is the best there ever was, and the best there ever will be."
Dave Rawlings, a Nashville singer-songwriter and producer, says Scruggs remains every bit as influential and fresh seven decades later. He said it's impossible to imagine nearly every guitar player mimicking Jimi Hendrix, but with Scruggs and the banjo, that's the reality. "The breadth and clarity of the instrument was increased so much," he said. "He invented a style that now probably 75 percent of the people that play the banjo in the world play Scruggs-style banjo. And that's a staggering thing to do, to play an instrument and change what everyone is doing." Tuesday night, April 3rd, The Bluegrass Junction will pay tribute to Scruggs who died Wednesday morning at age 88 of natural causes.
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