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Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has emerged as a young man whose versatile horn ranges from the soft and seductive to the rough and bluesy. His skills have earned him a headline spot with festivals worldwide and recording dates with a list of jazz legends; he’s also a composer with nine albums under his belt. Farinacci performs “Just One of Those Things” and his original tune, “Dawn of Goodbye.”

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Banyai for this week's edition of Bluegrass Junction. Tom will be joined by special guests, members of the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band. The band has a fine new release out titled Soulshine. They will play some of the songs live and talk about their inspiration for the songs they wrote and selected from some of their favorite song writers. The album is dedicated to the memory of long-time Bluegrass fan, John Westbrook who along with his wife Cherie could be seen in the front row of nearly every bluegrass concert in central New England. The album was also influenced by the passing of Valerie Crockett who along with her husband Walter were a major force in the music scene of Central Massachusetts. BVBB included one of Walter’s compositions on the album.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 6:00pm

British singer/pianist finds the jazz feel in the music of Cole Porter and Noel Coward and especially sees a jazz-like timing in the humor of both.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 2:00pm

On Tuesday the great Wes Montgomery would have been 89 years old. Resonance Records has just released some recently-discovered mid-1950's recordings from this guitar genius who's been gone for over 40 years. The project's producer, Zev Feldman, joins us Tuesday at 2 pm to discuss this historic release.

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker this Monday night as he spotlights new young artists keeping the soul music tradition alive. You'll hear artists like
Mayer Hawthorne, Raphael Saadiq, Laura Izabor, Fitz & The Tantrums and many others. It all starts at 7pm!!

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 6:00pm

Grammy winning a-capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock shines a new light on the work of Odetta, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone - and mark their own 30 year anniversary with something new: a backing trio.

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 4:00pm

Monday old pal Jason Yeager will call in during the 4 o'clock hour. This former New Englander is now based in New York and will be performing this week in Boston. Hear all about that and more on Monday's Jazz Matinee.

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 2:00pm

The lovely and the elegant Carol Sloane celebrates her birthday on Monday and she'll join us on the phone in the 3 o'clock hour to get us up to date. Always wonderful stories from one of the first ladies of song.

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 10:30pm

There are good wines, great wines and at the top of the list fabulous wines. This week Al travels to California where he speaks with winemaker Camille Benitah. She was born in France and studied winemaking in Bordeaux one of the worlds top wine regions. She is now at the helm of MERUS winery in Napa Valley California where she oversees the limited production of one of the regions top Cabernets. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and hear why this wine is small on production and big on quality.

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 10:00pm

Framingham Downtown Renaissance is a public/private partnership organized to facilitate the development of Downtown Framingham as a vibrant commercial and residential/mixed-use activity center.

The objectives of this charitable, non-profit organization are to encourage investment, generate jobs and income and improve the quality of life at a location that is highly visible and critically important to the MetroWest region. FDR is about to apply to be recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation® as a designated Main Street® Program. This will serve as the model for future business and cultural growth in the Framingham Revitalization District.

A $30,000 federal Community Development Block Grant has been approved by the Framingham Board of Selectmen and the Framingham Town Meeting. This grant provides seed money to begin to understand the expanded revitalization district, which covers 1.5 square miles and is home to more than 18,000 residents, more than 500 businesses and numerous cultural and civic locations as well as places of worship.

Although Downtown Framingham is experiencing many successes, the area still faces the same trends as many traditional downtowns:

• The movement of national retailing to malls and commercials strips.
• The decline of traditional manufacturing employment.
• Disinvestment followed by renewed vitality with the arrival of entrepreneurial immigrants.

In response, FDR members began a strategic planning process to transform Downtown Framingham into the vibrant business center many believe it can and should be. The FDR Strategic Plan, adopted in 2008, focuses on these specific, measurable goals:

• Increase or improve 100,000 square feet of commercial and cultural space in Downtown Framingham.
• Increase housing units by 250.
• Attract $50 million in capital injection for Downtown Framingham.
• Support town efforts on public infrastructure.
• Sustain FDR as a viable 501(c)(3) organization.

My guests are: Elsa Hornfischer (shown, right), a member of the Board of Directors for Framingham Downtown Renaissance; and Mary Winstanley (shown, left), co-owner of Limey’s Pub in Downtown Framingham.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve D'Agostino does public-relations work for Framingham Downtown Renaissance.

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