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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 12:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz Live! as we wrap up International Jazz Day 2016! Host Bonnie Johnson presents a showcase of New England-based musicians performing live in the studio.

Tune in at 12 pm ET.



Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 5:00pm

Grammy-nominated pianist, conductor, composer John Beasley talks with host Bonnie Johnson. The one-time keyboardist for Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, serves as music director for the International Jazz Day Global Concert that happens on April 30th. 

"...Beasley’s music career spans three decades. [His credits read] like a “who’s who” list in the music and entertainment world performing, recording, and touring with major jazz, pop, and world artists; composing for hit-TV series [including American Idol]; arranging for orchestras; working on award-winning films; and at the helm of reality singing shows as Music Director. He is a Governor at the GRAMMY Recording Academy and a Guest Lecturer at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.


Photo Credit: Tao Ruspoli

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 4:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson revives the Saturday afternoon with Colors of Jazz to kick off UNESCO's 5th Annual International Jazz Day. Bonnie will talk with Jazz Day artists including Music Director John Beasley and vocalist Al Jarreau.

International Jazz Day is one of the world's biggest celebrations of jazz. This year the United States plays host to this global initiative sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in our nation's capital of the District of Columbia. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host the All-Star concert at the White House.

Enjoy the music of artists featured in the International Jazz Day Global Concert 2016. Tune in Saturday, April 30th from 4 to 7 pm ET.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 4:00pm

International Jazz Day is the capstone to celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month when special guest, seven time Grammy-award winning singer and song stylist Al Jarreau joins host Bonnie Johnson for Colors Of Jazz. World-reknowned for his unique vocal style, Jarreau who still tours worldwide and often, travels to new places to meet new audiences, performed more than fifty concerts in 2015 and is dedicated to promoting arts education and reaching youth in schools.

Jarreau's latest release My Old Friend, Celebrating George Duke (Concord, 2014) is "a special tribute to his friend and former music collaborator – the legendary keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke, who unexpectedly passed away in 2013". The album feaatures many of the artists (or "amb-jazz-adors" as Al calls them) that will join him on stage for the Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert from the White House on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC.



Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Nick Noble on this week's edition of The Folk Revival for four hours of music from some of the finest female artists in folk music, past and present: Barbara Dane, Odetta, Ronnie Gilbert, Judy Collins, Sylvia Fricker Tyson, Carolyn Hester, Jean Ritchie, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Mary Travers, Beth DeSombre, the Nields, the Johnson Girls, and MANY MORE, including, of course, The Womenfolk.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

In this ethereal and lovely mélange of sound you will hear harp and voice, bass, flute, saxophone, clarinet and recorder. It’s an airy synergy of Jazz harmonies with modern pop music. Featuring Allegra Cramer on Harp and Voice, Sagit Zilberman on Flute, Suji Kim on Bass

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 10:00am

Why does a grouse bury itself in snow? Do jays really talk to themselves? Inquiry welcomes back acclaimed scientist, author and natural historian BERND HEINRICH. Tonight he talks about his new book ONE WILD BIRD AT A TIME: PORTRAITS OF INDIVIDUAL LIVES. In each of the essays in this book, Bernd Heinrich uses his scientific knowledge and field skills to attempt to unravel the reasons behind the behavior of common species of woodland birds like Ruffed Grouse, Blue Jay and Black-capped Chickadee. This is a wonderful book about how to look at the natural world like a scientist. (photo by Sheila Carroll)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 3:00pm

Woodpeckers fascinate everybody. But how do they avoid getting concussions when they drum on trees? Do sapsuckers really suck sap? How can we change forestry practices to help conserve woodpeckers? What is that woodpecker that is drumming on your gutter doing? We will discover the answers to these questions and many more when we talk with conservationist and author STEPHEN A. SHUNK about his new book,  the PETERSON REFERENCE GUIDE TO WOODPECKERS OF NORTH AMERICA. (photograph of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker by Sheila Carroll)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 6:00pm

Singer and Broadway performer Jessica Molaskey talks about her work with husband John Pizzarelli and her CD tribute to Peggy Lee. You can also catch Jessica every Saturday and Sunday on her show Radio Deluxe, hosted with her husband John Pizzarelli!

Monday, April 25, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker this week as we celebrate and remember the legacy of a true American musical genius, Prince. 


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