Samora Pinderhughes says that jazz has the power to reflect “radical imagination.” To the Bay Area-native, mid-twenties pianist and composer, that means challenging the status quo with his multi-movement “Transformations Suite.” The suite combines theater, music and poetry to examine and explore the history of African diasporic protest, work and protest movements. Samora hopes to “use that exploration to imagine a way forward collectively for us in this new moment.” Jazz Night in America travels to Berkeley, CA to showcase the “Transformations Suite” and explore Samora’s journey into forming his musical life around activism from his parents to his peers, pupils and mentors.
This week Al speaks with Boston based author and historian Susan Quinn about her best selling new book: Eleanor and Hick, the revealing story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. This intimate relationship was both unusual and riveting. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for what promises to be an eye opening segment.
If you have ever seen them while swimming or washed ashore, you know that jellyfish look like something from another planet. They come in a seemingly infinite variety of complicated forms. Many are ghostly and transparent. Some have hugely long tentacles, while others are teeny. Many flash lights or twinkle colors. Some jellyfish are among the most deadly stinging creatures on earth, and recent “blooms” of jellyfish have created problems for shipping and fishermen. Tonight on Inquiry we learn all about these unique invertebrates when we talk with LISA-ANN GERSHWIN, the director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. We will talk about her beautiful new book: JELLYFISH: A NATURAL HISTORY.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with STACY LORD and LAURA MAROTTA, co-executive directors of the ambitious CREATIVE HUB WORCESTER project.
Bassist Bridget Kearney talks with Bonnie Johnson about the quartet's journey as NEC alumni Lake Street Dive members return to their alma mater on Thursday, February 16 to kick off NEC’s 150th birthday celebration. The group including vocalist Rachael Price, trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and drummer Mike Calabrese met while they were jazz students at NEC in the 2000's. Lake Street Dive continues with a stellar year of sold out concerts and world wide appeal with the 2016 release of Side Pony (Nonesuch Records).
Virtuoso jazz violinist Regina Carter talks with Bonnie Johnson about her upcoming album, Ella: Accentuate the Positive (Sony Masterworks) and current touring program, "Simply Ella". Ms. Carter interprets music from Ella Fitzgerald's songbook with her violin in celebration of the 100th birthday of the "First Lady Of Song". A MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient, Carter performs in the Celebrity Series of Boston on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Sanders Theater, Cambridge. Tune in Sunday at 12 pm.
Photo Credit: David Katzenstein
Music from the WomenFolk, The Cumberland Trio, The Halifax Three, The Brandywine Singers, The Cumberland Three, The Harmony Sisters, the Au Go Go Singers, Journeymen, and more: no big hits, but lots of great music, and maybe a few insights into songs and songwriting! With special guest co-host Colette O’Connor.
Laszlo Gardony is a critically acclaimed artists who has brought his soulful improvisations and compositions to audiences in 26 countries. Called a “great’ pianist by Dave Brubeck, Julie thinks he’s pretty great, too. You’ll enjoy this program in which Laszlo brings his soulful solo piano skills to the farm.
“Scurvy was singular, like no other disease, and yet like them all. It was unique and multiple at the same time, unparalleled and common.” Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JONATHAN LAMB, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Vanderbilt University about his new book: SCURVY: THE DISEASE OF DISCOVERY.
Some of the most beautiful and well-preserved fossils of prehistoric birds in the world have been found in the Jehol shale formations of China. Many of these Mesozoic fossils have even preserved the details of the feathers of these early toothed birds. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with Dr. LUIS M. CHIAPPE, adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and vice president for research and collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where he directs the museums Dinosaur Institute. His new book, co-authored with Meng Qingin, is BIRDS OF STONE: CHINESE AVIAN FOSSILS FROM THE AGE OF DINOSAURS.
Joining us tonight by phone from her home in the great Bluegrass state of Tennessee is Becky Buller. The 2016 IBMA Female Vocalist and Fiddle Player of the Year will be traveling up for the 32nd Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, February 17-19, 2017. This is Becky’s first visit to the Joe Val and she will be bringing her full Bluegrass band. Becky is well known for her songwriting talents, having won countless awards and been covered by some of the best in Bluegrass including Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and many more.
There seems to be no end to this lady’s talents: songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, record producer, instrumental instructor; she has been nationally recognized for all of it. Now she has added the additional role of bandleader and when she brings it all up to Massachusetts next month we will have opportunity to see and hear up close and personal what all the buzz is about.
Everything she does, she does with excellence and it is great to see her honored for it. She won five IBMA awards in the past two years and in 2016, Becky Buller was chosen to make bluegrass music history by becoming the first person ever to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. WOW!
I can’t wait to get her on the phone and hear what a Bluegrass groundbreaker sounds like. Well on her way to becoming a legend, and not even forty years old yet! Tonight is her birthday by the way.
Happy Birthday Becky! And thanks for sharing all that talent with your Bluegrass friends in New England.
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