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Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester, and singer Ayla Brown, who will perform during First Night Worcester 2014. They talk about keeping a community celebration alive in tough times.

As the Telegram & Gazette reported on November 25, “First Night Worcester is saying ‘help’ as it seeks to raise $25,000 to fund its annual New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31 — a Worcester tradition since 1982. “’We are committed to going forward [with the event],’ said First Night Worcester executive director Howard McGinn. “However, the non-profit organization has issued an ‘urgent appeal’ to supporters and friends. “In the appeal, Mr. McGinn said that First Night Worcester has experienced a 50-percent decrease in funding in the last three years. “He noted that many First Nights across the country have been in similar circumstances and were forced to close.”

In response, The Hanover Insurance Group, based in Worcester, offered to match all contributions to First Night Worcester up to $15,000. As of December 12, the date of the interview taping, another Worcester company, whose name has yet to be disclosed, had donated $5,000.

First Night Worcester is a volunteer-driven organization that is funded 100 percent by button sales and the generosity of the Greater Worcester community: businesses, foundations and individuals who provide financial and in-kind support.

Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 9:00pm

 
Gloria Swanson had a singular film career. She starred with Rudolf Valentino during the Silent Era and with William Holden in Sunset Boulevard in what has been called the most celebrated film comeback in history. During the Silent Film era her fans worshiped her.  But her career took a crushing downturn in the 1930s. But she never stopped working and Gloria appeared in numerous films, on stage and television. Always acting as the penultimate star on and off screen. Tune in tonight when we speak with writer Stephen Michael Shearer about his monumental new biography Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. If you love film and Hollywood history, don’t miss tonight’s show.

Tonight Inquiry welcomes Scott Yanow. Scott has been writing about jazz since 1975. He has written pieces for all the major jazz publications, has penned 750 sets of liner notes and reviewed more jazz CDs than anyone in history. So you can imagine what his new book The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide is like. Tune in and find out.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 7:00pm

 
Four hours of holiday songs spun from WICN’s wide-ranging CD collection by host Nick Noble. Also telling tribute to the late great Phil Ochs on his 73rd birthday, in anticipation of next week’s show.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 6:00pm

   
Jazz guitarist and composer Pat Martino, a versatile artist who plays fusion, mainstream jazz, soul jazz and hard bop.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 4:00pm

Pianist and jazz educator Eugene Uman will appear in studio to play and talk about his work as Artist Director at the Vermont Jazz Center.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, I talk with BARRY B. POWELL, The Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written a wonderful new translation of THE ILIAD, the great ancient work about rage and honor written by Homer. But who was Homer? Was there really a Trojan War? Why was Achilles so enraged? Tune in and learn some very surprising facts about this amazing classic work.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 6:00pm

 
We revisit Judy’s conversation from 2000 (one of her first for Jazz Inspired) with author and movie critic Leonard Maltin where he discusses his favorite jazz, his own piano playing and his four-hand duet with Judy on Entertainment Tonight.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 4:00pm

Vocalist Maud Hixson stops by to talk about her new recording, Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away, featuring the music of Michael Leonard.

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

 
"The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser" (F. Scott Fitzgerald).  Prohibition was intended to stifle vice - but instead, it nourished crime and the clubs that would become a hot bed for jazz.  Ken Burns joins Wendell Pierce to bring us the sound of the speakeasies in the work of
Beiderbecke, Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson. Songs like Snake Dance, New Orleans Bump, and Variety Stomp will doubtless provoke merrymaking on par with the era of bathtub gin and backroom carousing.  Special guests Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.  Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 4:00pm

Singer Kris Adams stops by to talk about her outstanding new release, Longing.

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