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Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 6:00pm

Sachal Vasandani is already earning critical acclaim as the next great male jazz vocalist. And today’s listeners agree—his 2011 album, Hi-Fly, shot straight to the number one spot on the iTunes jazz chart. Vasandani also penned some of the tunes on the album.  On this week’s program, he swings on a set of standards and originals with host Jon Weber.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 6:00pm

German boogie-woogie pianist Axel Zwingenberger and American vocalist Lila Ammons (opera singer and granddaughter of pianist Albert and niece of saxophonist Gene) talk about working together, in spite of their very different cultural and musical backgrounds.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 2:00pm

On Tuesday local mainstays Lou and Jan Borelli visit. Their eight-piece band has held court at Nick's in Worcester for years and it's there that the band will celebrate their CD release this week. The recording showcases the arrangements of west coast jazz icon Dave Pell. We'll hear about his works, the Worcester jazz scene and more when we catch up with the Borelli's Tuesday at 2 pm.

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 7:00pm

“We wish you love, peace & soul” was how Don Cornelius signed off every Soul Train episode. The show lasted 35 years, but the host’s impact will last forever. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the legacy of a true soul music hero. This Monday at 7pm!

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 6:00pm

Sam Rivers Duet And Orchestra. Saxophonist and band leader Sam Rivers passed away on December 26, 2011. In his 2001 JALC-commissioned work for his orchestra, Rivers revealed a vibrant compositional palette with the poly-instrumentalist Anthony Cole. Hear what Dizzy Gillespie meant when he said Rivers "plays ALL the changes."

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 2:00pm

Pianist and composer Sunnie Paxson join us on Monday. Her latest recording "Bohemian Sun" is produced by, and features the bass of, the great Stanley Clarke and is climbing the jazz charts.  She's a perennial winner of LA Magazine's best jazz performers, a Berklee grad and will be calling in on Monday's edition of Jazz New England. Be sure to join us at  2pm.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 10:30pm

Most Americans have always believed that good people could find work and support themselves. Unfortunately, that idea may be gone forever and no economic recovery will bring it back. Almost 20 million Americans are out of work and yet Washington is unable or uninterested in getting a handle on the situation. Are we doomed? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by business professor and author, James Huntington. His new book " Works New Age" gives new meaning to gainful employment.

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 10:00pm

Worcester-area business owners Tom Ingrassia, of Tom Ingrassia Productions, and Jared Chrudimsky, of Revitalize Massage Therapy, have formed a new joint venture: Mental Massage. It's the region’s first service to provide self-motivational workshops and stress-reducing massage in a single, transformative group setting.

Mental Massage offers members of any group an opportunity to identify and focus their energies on achieving personal and professional goals. At the same time, participants benefit from relaxing, rejuvenating back and neck massage.

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino  talks with Tom Ingrassia and Jared Chrudimsky about using message therapy to help reduce America's skyrocketing healthcare costs. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes the new Director of the WORCESTER ART MUSEUM MATTIAS WASCHEK. In this wide-ranging and fascinating discussion, Mattias Waschek talks about what art museums need to do to stay vital in the twenty-first century, why we need to redefine the Worcester Art Museum’s  “story”, and how art museums can connect more successfully with modern diverse audiences. This is a new and exciting look ahead at what is in store for the Worcester Art Museum, so don’t miss this show!

Inquiry welcomes photographer and teacher RON ROSENSTOCK. Ron’s stunningly beautiful photography celebrates the quiet majesty and natural spirituality of places as diverse as Ireland, Morocco, Italy and Bhutan. Whether studying the shadows and patterns of desert dunes or the mystery of the Taj Mahal in mist, Ron Rosenstock’s photography captures an unique and ineffable moment of time and place that is both personal and otherworldly. Ron is also an indefatigable teacher, who brings his classes on trips all over the world to learn how to see like a photographer. Tune in tonight and listen to Ron talk about his beginnings as a photographer, how the digital revolution changed the way he worked and how he looks at a landscape. A show of Ron Rosenstock’s work HYMN TO THE EARTH is currently on view at the Worcester Art Museum until March 18. To view some examples of his work and learn more about his tours, go to: http://www.ronrosenstock.com/

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:00pm

O'Farrill is making his big dreams for Afro-Latin jazz come true. This set from Newport presents three generations of composers, from Arturo O'Farrill's father Chico to Arturo himself to Dafnis Prieto and Gabriel Alegría from Cuba and Peru respectively, and one big exuberant ensemble to play them.

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