On Thursday we meet Sara Serpa. She studied classical music in her native Portugal before coming to the U. S. to enroll and Berklee and later NEC., also studying with Jerry Bergonzi and Dominique Eade. Join us this week on Jazz New England as we celebrate the future of jazz vocalists with two rising stars.
Sheila Jordan's unique singing style lights up Piano Jazz with guest host Jon Weber. Jordan reflects on her early inspirations in Detroit and chasing the great Charlie Parker, who later became a close friend. Along with brilliant pianist and collaborator Steve Kuhn, Jordan sets flame to "Hum Drum Blues and "The Touch of Your Lips."
Ben Heppner is recognized worldwide as the finest dramatic tenor before the public today. He excels in the most challenging roles, from Wagner's Tristan and Lohengrin to Verdi's Otello and Berlioz' Aeneas. He is acclaimed in music capitals around the world for his beautiful voice, intelligent musicianship and sparkling dramatic sense. His performances on the opera stage, in concert with the world's leading orchestras, in the most prestigious recital venues, and in recordings have set new standards in his demanding repertoire.
On Tuesday we welcome Tammy Scheffer . Born in Belgium and raised in Israel, she studied at NEC with the likes of Jerry Bergonzi and vocalist-supreme Dominique Eade before moving to Brooklyn to start her career. She's back in New England this week for a performance and stops by to join us on Jazz New England, Tuesday at 2 pm.
Join host Tom Shaker as he profiles the legendary southern soul singer Overton Vertis Wright. Although OV Wright died young at age 41, his voice is still considered the standard for southern soul singers. Find out why his songs “You’re Gonna Make Me Cry” and “A Nickel & A Nail” made him one of music’s “Lost Souls.” It all starts at 7pm!
Prohibition was intended to stifle vice - but instead, it nourished clubs run by organized crime and created a hot bed for jazz -- where "The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser" (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Ken Burns joins host Wendell Pierce to bring us the sound of the speakeasies. Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson are on the menu as Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts.
An enduring image of Dwight Eisenhower as president is that of an affable,golf-playing, detached chief executive who too often delegated authority to powerful, more politically savvy aides. But Al's guest this week author and editor Jim Newton has revealed a much different story. In his new book "Eisenhower" The White House Years" he portrays our 34th president as engaged, decisive and morally strong. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and re-live this historic moment.
Woody Tasch is founder and chairman of Slow Money, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed in 2008 to catalyze the flow of investment capital to small food enterprises and to promote new principles of fiduciary responsibility to support sustainable agriculture and the emergence of a restorative economy. He is also chairman emeritus of Investors' Circle, a non-profit network of investors that has facilitated the flow of $145 million to 220 sustainability-minded, early-stage companies and venture funds.
For most of the 1990s, Tasch was treasurer of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, where he pioneered mission-related investing. He is an experienced venture-capital investor and entrepreneur, has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards, and was founding chairman of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, which supports venture investing in economically disadvantaged regions In 2010, Utne Reader named him one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”
Tasch's new book, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money, is published by Chelsea Green.
Tonight on a special Inquiry, we welcome star of screen, stage and television actress TERRY MOORE. She has starred in such notable films as mighty Joe Young; Beneath the 12 Mile Reef; Man on a Tightrope and was Oscar nominated for her role in Come Back Little Sheba. Her considerable television work includes acting in such classic series as Burke’s Law; Checkmate and Batman. She continues working in film to this day. Tune in tonight as the always fascinating and vivacious Terry recalls what it was like to work with such leading men as Tyrone Power and Burt Lancaster and being married to Howard Hughes. Terry Moore is just one of the celebrities in Hanover Theatre’s NIGHT OF STARS celebrity gala to benefit Saint John’s Food for the Poor program. For information on tickets, go to: http://www.thehanovertheatre.org/shows/index.php
Inquiry welcomes journalist and birder MARK OBMASCIK. His gripping and hilarious book THE BIG YEAR is a fast paced account of a crazy three way race between hardcore birders to see how many species they can spot in North America in a year. This is a tale of obsession and competition unlike anything non-birders are likely to be familiar with. The Big Year is now also a major motion picture starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.
Born October 3, 1923, in Chicago, "Vonski is a founder of the Chicago School of jazz tenor saxophonists, cited by the National Endowment for the Arts. "With his individual sound, at once husky and melodic, he makes every song his own. And he does, at the Green Mill with fellow tenor Ed Petersen, New Year's Eve 2010, on JazzSet