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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

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 is now the top jazz adviser for the Kennedy Center, picking up where Dr. Billy Taylor left off. Moran opens this session with a song from his latest album, Ten, called "Blue Blocks" — a commission by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an exhibition of quilts from Gee's Bend, Ala. The way Moran describes the quilts to host Jon Weber sounds very much like Moran's own music.

"It's quite fascinating, because there are quilts that one might say are similar to something that Piet Mondrian might paint. It's very architectural," Moran says. "But what they use — old clothes, or even old quilts or old swatches of fabrics, and then weave them together and the lines just come out a bit askew."

Moran epitomizes a modern approach to music, regularly employing sampled loops as a "fourth band member" in live performances. Here, Moran performs a broad and exciting set of 21st-century jazz piano tunes.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 6:00pm

Australian classical pianist Simon Tedeschi talks about his jazz piano pursuits, his particular love of stride piano and performing the music for the movie “Shine” at the tender age of 14. Tune in at 6pm to hear more about Tedeschi's riveting musical endeavors.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 11:00am

IN 1835, the capital of the United States was known as Washington City. The President at that time was Andrew Jackson, who was pro-slavery. But at least 4000 inhabitants of the city were former slaves called “free men”. Racial tensions and relations in the Washington City reflected the conflicted feelings of the country as a whole. There were many white people who still believed in slavery of course; but others who thought we should end slavery but send the Black Americans back to Africa. True Abolitionists were gaining ground, but their ideas and literature were considered subversive in Washington. The Red and Blue dynamics we see in the political landscape today was started at this time. Key players included Francis Scott Key, who penned The Star Spangles Banner, but who had a later political career in which he became a champion of slavery. Tune in tonight when we talk about this complicated story of race, politics and little known American history with reporter, correspondent and writer JEFFERSON MORLEY. Morley’s new must-read history is titled SNOW-STORM IN AUGUST: WASHINGTON CITY, FRANCIS SCOTT KEY AND THE FORGOTTEN RACE RIOT OF 1835. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 10:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome writer, editor and chef TAMAR ADLER. Her new ground breaking book AN EVERLASTING MEAL: COOKING WITH ECONOMY AND GRACE is definitely not a cookbook, though there are many recipes in it. Instead, her book follows in the tradition of past writers like M.F.K. Fisher in describing a refreshing different attitude about food and cooking that is “both simpler and more necessary than we imagine.” Tune in and learn about Adler’s evolving notions about cooking and hear her read a selection from her book. This is a book about food that you can read cover to cover and actually learn something important. 

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 6:00pm

From the stage of Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, we hear three keepers of the jazz flame - each with his own ensemble. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut, guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Christian McBride form an all-star rhythm roll call. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 10:30pm

The Harvey Ball is held every year by Worcester Historical Museum and is a celebration of all the good things about Worcester.  It takes its name from Harvey Ball, the inventor of the Smiley Face, and each year WHM honors one individual, organization or group that has made a positive impact in the City of Worcester. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is joined by William Wallace Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum as they discuss this annual gals. And don't forget to smile.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Join Steve D'Agostino interviews Craig Van Batenburg of the Auto Career Development Center. They talk about the present and future state of hybrid vehicles. 

Craig started the Auto Career Development Center in 1998 while he was running his Worcester auto-repair shop, which was across the street. ACDC held Massachusetts State Emission classes there as well as many other technical and management courses. Craig taught there and hired many other local trainers to teach there, and ACDC grew quickly.

In 2004, Craig closed the ACDC training-center building as hybrid technology had found its place. He was off and running around the globe, enlightening those who needed a hybrid education. Today, Craig uses three local shops, Bravo Motors, D.J. Automotive and Wayside Automotive, for classes near home. Ninety-five percent of ACDC training is held out of state.

The offices are located at 40 Boyd St. in Worcester, upstairs in his old New England, inner-city home. The place is easy to spot -- look for lots of hybrids in the driveway! Ten houses away is, another old New England home owned by Craig, which houses more office space and room for all the hybrids, parts and associated training materials.

Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 10:00pm

Kevin Whitehead is a well-known writer about jazz and the jazz critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. His new book Why Jazz? A Concise Guide is a marvelous guide to the history and art of jazz in an engaging “question and answer” format. The book begins by answering some of the most basic questions about jazz like “Why listen to jazz?” This guide then proceeds to build into a lively description of jazz in its many forms and discussions of its key players. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves jazz at any level of interest. Tonight, our conversation ranges widely from who made the first jazz recording, to a definition of the art, and from bebop through Coltrane and beyond. Don’t miss this show!

Tonight on Inquiry we have a special discussion about the new documentary
All Ages: The Boston Hardcore Film. In the early 1980s a dynamic homegrown music scene evolved around local hardcore rock bands. This included bands like S.S. Decontrol, Gang Green and Jerry’s Kids. The fans were loyal, independent, and very supportive of the local musicians. This unique music scene became famous around the country for its fierce “do-it-yourself” ethic and chaotic audience participation. The film All Ages captures all the energy and youthful bravado of this era in Boston through footage from the era as well as contemporary interviews with an amazing variety of people who were there. Tune in as we talk with Drew Stone (Director), Duane Lucia (Executive Producer) and Katie Goldman (Producer). To see the film trailer go to: http://allagesbostonhardcore.com

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 6:00pm

Everyone in this band composes for the band -- Joshua Redman, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Eric Harland in Boston. Sponsored by Berklee College of Music and recorded by WGBH.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 7:00pm

Maritime folk in anticipation of the upcoming Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, perhaps with a guest artist or two, and featuring recordings from Burl Ives, Schooner Fare, the Johnson Girls, Gordon Bok, the Shaw Brothers, Roll & Go, Mudhook, the Jolly Beggars, and more!

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