On this edition of Against the Grain, James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt will be in to promote their new CD, "All Wood And Doors", an acoustic interpretation of Doors songs. With the recording of All Wood and Doors, veteran composers/vocalists/musicians James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt took songs that are practically hard wired into our collective pop culture consciousness and put a uniquely fresh spin on them. Cliff Eberhardt and James Lee Stanley are wonderful singers and musicians, with unique mastery of their instruments. To add further to an already remarkable recording, there is this all star line up of the highly regarded additional guests musicians: Timothy B Schmit (the Eagles), Peter Tork (the Monkees), Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Scott Breadman (the Rippingtons, Lindsey Buckingham), the truly remarkable Chad Watson (David Arkenstone, Janis Ian).
Jason Moran is one of the most talked about pianists and composers of the past decade. In 2010, he was made a MacArthur Fellow, and his album, Ten, topped the JazzTimes Critics' Poll. He epitomizes today’s approach to music, regularly employing sampled loops as a “fourth band member” in live performances. This week Moran performs a definitive set of 21st-century jazz piano tunes.
American vocalist China Moses discusses how being the daughter of Dee Dee Bridgewater and growing up in France has influenced her attitudes on jazz and the music business.
Our favorite MD makes another 'house call' to Jazz New England on Tuesday. The always evolving Stanley ( "don't call me dr." ) Sagov is working these days with acclaimed guitarist Larry Coryell. We'll hear about that and hear Stanley, for the very first time, play our recently donated grand piano! Join us at 2 pm.
Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Aretha Franklin's 70th birthday on this week's edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!!
The members of this SF Jazz Collective are some of the greatest innovators on the scene today - Dave Douglas (trumpet), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Eric Harland (drums), Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Matt Penman (bass), Renee Rosnes (piano) and Miguel Zenon (alto sax). They come together in the Allen Room for a brilliant musical conversation. The collective will showcase their own compositions and fresh arrangements of pianist McCoy Tyner.
On Monday guitarist Mark Marquis drops by. For over 40 years he's been a 'full service' guitarist, playing jazz, blues, rock, world music and more. He's performed with everyone from Maynard Ferguson to Charlie Watts to Freddie Fender. You'll hear some of Mark's acoustic guitar as well when he joins us at 2 pm.
The rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany has been documented by countless historians. Yet, for those Americans who actually lived in Germany during the period and saw firsthand the rise of power it was often a time filled with uncertainty and disbelief. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and historian Andrew Nagorski. His new book "Hitlerland" unveils new insight into the Hitler regime.
The International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn is a school where students from forty five different countries, speaking twenty-eight different languages come together to learn English and become part of American society. By the time the students arrive at school, many have survived trauma and hardship that is hard for many of us to imagine. Though at times school life is chaotic and confusing, thanks to a very dedicated staff of teachers and administrators, this school often succeeds in teaching many students English. Despite language, social and political differences that at first seem insurmountable, students also learn how to integrate themselves into the wider global society . Tonight’s guest is writer BROOKE HAUSER, who spent years observing the daily life of the students at International High School and has written a wonderful, yet grittily realistic book about her observations: THE NEW KIDS: BIG DREAMS AND BRAVE JOURNEYS AT A HIGH SCHOOL FOR IMMIGRANT TEENS.
From the earliest times of the great explorer scientists like Darwin, Wallace and Bates, one of the key tools they have used to explore the natural world has been to keep a detailed field notebook. Sometimes these have been merely annotated lists of the new plants, animals and peoples, but at other times these field notebooks have been profusely and beautifully illustrated and then become unique works of art. To this day, many botanists, zoologists, paleontologists and anthropologists consider keeping detailed field notes an important art to not only record their observations but to also keep a lively record of the field experience for generations to come. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome MICHAEL R. CANFIELD, Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. He has edited a sumptuous volume of essays by some of the leading field researchers about how they keep a field notebook, why they do it and why these journals are critical. Canfield’s book, which includes numerous reproductions of scientists field notes and illustrations, is titled FIELD NOTES ON SCIENCE AND NATURE.
In her continuing project Reverse Thread, MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter weaves a group sound from African melodies on her violin with accordion, the harp-like kora, bass and drums. The group interprets music from Mali and Madagascar and dedicates a piece to New Orleans. Will Holshouser, Yacouba Sissoko, Chris Lightcap and Alvester Garnett are the band. NPR Music calls this set from Newport "a bright, vibrant show.