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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 3:00pm

Kenny Shanker is a saxophonist, pianist, vocalist, and award-winning composer. A gifted musician, Shanker had an ear for composing music and playing the saxophone. Join Chet as he interviews Kenny, live on WICN!

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:00am

Ian Dury was a unique British musical talent. The music he made with his band The Blockheads was part funk, part music hall and part rock. His stage presence was that of a rowdy entertainer, a “lawless brat from a council flat”, not a rock star. Nobody sounded like Ian, before or since. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back journalist RICHARD BALLS to talk about his wild biography that takes it’s title from one of Dury’s iconic anthems: SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE LIFE OF IAN DURY. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00pm

Kevin Fort is a Chicago based jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He has been an active performer in Chicago for nearly 15 years and has worked with such notable musicians as John Clayton, Bill Watrous, Ramsey Lewis, Wayne Bergeron, and Rick Baptist. Join Chet as he interviews Kevin!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

Bassist Jay Leonhart starting playing multiple instruments as a child and by his early teens had his own TV show with his banjo-playing brother Bill. Leonhart eventually found his home on the bass, but kept the variety going with collaborations with everyone from Judy Garland and Carly Simon to Sinatra and Sting.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 3:00pm

Join host Chet Williamson as he chats with Jovan Alexandre, an incredible tenor saxophonist. Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone and the elegant bearing of his compositions.

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the birthdate of one of soul music's most prolific writers, Bobby Womack. From his early days singing gospel and working with Sam Cooke to his legendary solo career, Bobby left a powerful musical legacy when he passed away last year. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

All piano, all the time from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  It’s a two part concert. First Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation pay tribute to Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver and Chick Corea. And, as a special bonus, 11-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander will perform nightly in a special solo set. According to Wynton Marsalis, "Joey is a little genius just 10 years old playing with emotional depth like that of above a young adult."

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 3:00pm

Eddie Henderson is a jazz trumpeter who was born into a very popular family. His mother was a dancer at the original Cotton Club, and counted Billie Holiday, Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughan as friends. His birth father was in a major vocal group, The Charioteers. And his stepfather was a doctor to the stars: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and more. With all of that talent surrounding him during childhood, he just had to turn out a jazz musician. Eddie Henderson has just released what he considers an audio autobiography, an album that covers many of the tunes he's played through his career. It's calledCollective Portrait.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of  Climb, interviews Ann Lisi of the the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, They talk about the revival of Leadership Worcester. This episode aired originally on March 1, 2015.

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and dozens of community leaders have come together to re-energize the popular Leadership Worcester program. The new program, which will begin in September 2015, will identify motivated individuals who aspire to take an active leadership role in Worcester and the surrounding towns and are interested in learning and honing new leadership skills for the long-term benefit of the community. The Leadership Worcester Class of 2015 will represent all sectors of the community—business, non-profit, education, and government.

The nine-month program will begin with a two-day overnight retreat that bonds the group, determines individual leadership strengths and challenges, and provides a general context about Greater Worcester, its strengths, and opportunities. The sessions will take place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from October to May, plus two evening networking events. Each session will explore a regional topic and will help participants acquire an understanding of how critical issues affect Central Massachusetts.

Completed applications were due on April 1. Participants were to be notified of their acceptance by May.

A nomination from an employer was recommended when an applicant was employed, and at least one letter of recommendation was required when an applicant was applying as a volunteer/resident or is self-employed. A limited amount of scholarship assistance was made possible through the generosity of Worcester foundations, including Fuller Foundation, Stoddard Charitable Trust, Hoche-Scofield, George I. Alden, and the Fletcher Foundation.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 9:30pm

Did you know the you can file a “whistleblower” case under the "False Claims Act" which allows an insider to file a sealed lawsuit on behalf of the People of the United States against any company or organization that defrauds the government or public at large? If you've never heard of this before then be sure to tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by one of the few attorneys in America to win such a case, Brian Mahany. It was Mahnay and his firm who took on the Country Wide Financial organization and his whistleblower client reaped millions in reward.

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