As an energetic six year old, Ben Williams was as curious as a cat. Ben’s mother worked for Congressman John Conyers (an avid jazz lover) on Capitol Hill, so when she took the youngster into the office on his school break, a watchful eye was in order. One afternoon, while rambling around Conyers’ large, leather appointed office, Ben discovered a huge object that instantly captured his imagination. The shiny upright bass was like nothing the kid had ever seen. He tapped on it. He popped a string. He climbed up on it. “What is this thing?” he wondered.
Part Two: Pianist Bill Charlap discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.
As we end the year, let's focus on peace; peace of mind, peace on earth, peace for everyone. Join host Tom Shaker as we feature soul songs about peace.
No one throws a holiday party like Jazz At Lincoln Center! Wynton Marsalis leads an all-star lineup through a Yuletide romp. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is joined by vocalists René Marie and Gregory Porter for a New Orleans style holiday treatment of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland and We Three Kings. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Neal Weiss, founder and owner of Whaling City Sound, appears on today's show with host Chet Williamson.
Americans and their natural resources are waging war with one another. But our culture seldom connects these problems to America’s large, rapidly expanding population growth. Is population growth directly related to a breakdown of our eco-system? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author, wildlife biologist and environmental scientist, Leon Kolankiewicz,
Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with jazz journalist and writer Paul De Barros about his new thorough and thoroughly enjoyable biography Shall We Play That One Together? The Life And Art Of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland. Tune in and learn about Marion’s early years in England, how she met Jimmy, her hot and heavy affair with her drummer Joe Morello and how Piano Jazz began.
In colonial South Carolina, the growing of indigo and the making of the beautiful blue dye from that plant was an important cash crop that England depended on. But it was a labor-intensive agriculture that depended not only on slave labor but also Native Americans. Tune in tonight and learn about the political and material cultural history of indigo, a color that touched the lives of the rich and wealthy in America and Europe as well as slaves and Native Americans. We talk with Andrea Feeser, Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at Clemson University. Her new book is Red, White, And Black Make Blue: Indigo In The Fabric Of Colonial South Carolina.
Some old favorites to soothe the post-holiday jangles, a few new tracks from CDs only recently arrived at the station, and more music from the immortal Phil Ochs.
Joe Mazzarella, Pianist and Associate Director of Monument Square Community Music School, appears on today's show with host Chet Williamson.
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