Join us as we explore the music of Leroy Jones, a celebrated jazz trumpeter. Leroy has been playing music live since he was 10 years old, and has made a name for himself by blending funk with good ole' New Orleans Jazz. His most recent album, "Sweeter Than a Summer Breeze" has reinvented his traditional romantic jazz style by bringing string instruments in to the studio, and on the road, an uncommon practice among many jazz musicians that has given his newest music a new, rich sound.
Inquiry welcomes journalist and birder MARK OBMASCIK. His gripping and hilarious book THE BIG YEAR is a fast paced account of a crazy three way race between hardcore birders to see how many species they can spot in North America in a year. This is a tale of obsession and competition unlike anything non-birders are likely to be familiar with. The Big Year is now also a major motion picture starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.
Tonight on a special Inquiry, we welcome star of screen, stage and television actress TERRY MOORE. She has starred in such notable films as mighty Joe Young; Beneath the 12 Mile Reef; Man on a Tightrope and was Oscar nominated for her role in Come Back Little Sheba. Her considerable television work includes acting in such classic series as Burke’s Law; Checkmate and Batman. She continues working in film to this day. Tune in tonight as the always fascinating and vivacious Terry recalls what it was like to work with such leading men as Tyrone Power and Burt Lancaster and being married to Howard Hughes. Terry Moore is just one of the celebrities in Hanover Theatre’s NIGHT OF STARS celebrity gala to benefit Saint John’s Food for the Poor program. For information on tickets, go to: http://www.thehanovertheatre.org/shows/index.php
Inquiry welcomes WILLIAM K. RUDOLPH Ph.D, Curator of American Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum to talk about the exhibition IN SEARCH OF JULIEN HUDSON: FREE ARTIST OF COLOR IN PRE-CIVIL WAR NEW ORLEANS. Rudolph talks about what we know and don’t know and what we assume about this fascinating American artist; Hudson’s two trips to Paris and what is was like for an artist to work in pre-Civil War New Orleans.
James Abram Garfield was one of the most unique and complex presidents of the United States. Born into extreme poverty, he fought in the Civil War and later became a champion of Black suffrage. He believed education was the salvation of the nation and that science achieved the greatest good of humanity. He never sought the office of the President, but was reluctantly dragged into running on the Republican ticket stating “This honor comes to me unsought. I have never had the presidential fever, not even for a day.” Widely admired and beloved, he was brutally cut down by the psychotic assassin Guiteau only to die a slow and painful death over two months due not to the bullet, but because of infection and a doctor’s neglect. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer and editor CANDICE MILLARD. Her new history DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC: A TALE OF MADNESS, MEDICINE AND THE MURDER OF A PRESIDENT recounts the life of Garfield as well of those around him, in one of the most engaging and interesting history books of this year. If you love American history, don’t miss tonight’s show!
Rolling Stone called him “a major new force in soul music.” His collaborations with Roberta Flack scored high on the charts and won him a Grammy Award. Six years later, his body was found outside his hotel in New York City; his death ruled a suicide. Celebrate the life and music of a soul legend with host Tom Shaker. It starts at 7pm this Monday!
Bill Charlap has become the classic pianist for our time. With his trio, plus guests Frank Wess and Mary Stallings, Charlap revisits the stomping grounds of "Miles" "Bird" and "The President." We'll hear "Pennies from Heaven," "Israel," "Lady Be Good" and more.
Is there a cherished bond between humans and their pets? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM (EST) when Al speaks with bestselling author and noted animal lover Jon Katz. This is one show that you'll be barking about for quite a while.
Harriette Lebow, is the executive director of Habitat for Humanity for MetroWest and Greater Worcester, and Mike Wimberly, senior is portfolio manager for supply chain at Staples, who is also president of the board of Habitat for Humanity.
Frederick Law Olmsted “may be the most important American historical figure that the average person knows the least about.” He designed Central Park; Boston’s Emerald Necklace; the grounds of the United States Capitol Building as well as numerous parks, universities and hospitals that we all enjoy to this day. He created the idea of landscape architecture and perfected the art of creating natural and beautiful public spaces. He was an environmentalist who looked at Boston’s Back Bay fens as a wetlands restoration project. Olmsted was also a noted journalist, author, a scientific farmer and even went to sea and had adventures worthy of Two Years Before The Mast. Inquiry’s guest tonight is journalist and author JUSTIN MARTIN here to talk about his new dynamic biography: GENIUS OF PLACE: THE LIFE OF FEDERICK LAW OLMSTED. Tune in and learn about what it took to create Central Park.
The illegal trafficking in ultra rare species of butterflies is a big business, with CITES listed species going for many thousands of dollars a pop. The people who are successful in this type of smuggling are masterminds of deception and cunning, running an international business just like a drug cartel. JESSICA SPEART, a freelance journalist specializing in wildlife enforcement issues, has traced the bizarre cat and mouse game that was played over years between the ‘Indiana Jones” of butterfly smuggling and a dedicated, hardworking officer of law enforcement for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. It is a thrilling, revealing and frightening expose of the world of a small group of unscrupulous men who would sell the planet’s biodiversity to the highest bidder. Speart’s book is titled WINGED OBSESSION: THE PURSUIT OF THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIUS BUTTERFLY SMUGGLER.
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A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 “Latino” album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since.
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