This evening on Roots of Smooth, jazz organist Joey Defrancesco will be in the spotlight, known for recording with famed artists such as Miles Davis and Ray Charles. JazzTimes magazine has called him "the best B3 player on the planet." What a statement!
Pianist Tim Ray will be in the studio for a live performance. He has performed with artists such as Tony Bennett and Aretha Franklin. Currently, Tim is an associate professor in the Piano Department at Berklee College of Music.
KRISTA BUCKLAND REISER, General Manager and violinist for the WORCESTER CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY returns to Inquiry to talk about the wonderful and varied and programs the society is offering this fall and early winter. With her in the studio is violinist ROHAN GREGORY, who talks about his evolution as a musician and his fascinating work with the like of the Indo-jazz group Natraj and playing with flamenco guitarist Juanito Pascual.
Movie musicals lead a “preposterous existence”. They are “crass, not respected, and several times almost extinct”. But they are also wildly popular and beloved. Movie musicals are wonderful, but musicals can also be trash! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with film historian RICHARD BARRIOS about his history of the movie musical DANGEROUS RHYTHM: WHY MOVIE MUSICALS MATTER. Tune in and find out why Cabaret worked but Paint Your Wagon failed miserably.
TV, radio and film composer Tony Monte talks about working with Steve Allen, Peggy Lee, Carly Simon and others and writing for everything from soap operas to stage productions.
Joining us this afternoon is harmonica player Clint Hoover. Having mastered both the chromatic and diatonic harmonicas, Clint's work has earned himself a place in the Encyclopedia of the Harmonica. As a respected music educator, Clint has also been on the applied music staff at numerous colleges around the country.
Born Barry Eugene Carter 70-years ago in Galveston, Texas, Barry White is to blame for lots of babies being born! His sultry vocals, lush orchestrations and long-format songs made romance priority #1. Join host Tom Shaker as we spotlight a great soul artist on this week's show. WICN is not responsible for any May babies!!! It all starts at 7pm.
The musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra pay tribute to the late bassist Charlie Haden, who has played alongside saxophonist Ornette Coleman and pianist Keith Jarrett.
Host Chet Williamson will be interviewing Nancy Kelly, who has been named "Best Female Jazz Vocalist" in the Down Beat Readers' Poll, twice! She has also found her way on to the Billboard charts in the past, reaching #11 with her first record Live Jazz.
In her new book The Teacher Wars best selling author Dana Goldstein uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, from teacher tenure to charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schools—instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting “elite” graduates to teach—are all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change. She also discovers an emerging effort that stands a real chance of transforming our schools for the better. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dana Goldstein.
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