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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 6:00pm

As a child, Julian Lage was quickly recognized as a guitar prodigy. He recorded with David Grisman and toured with Gary Burton before he was old enough to drive. Since then he has evolved into a composer with a deep understanding of the scope of American music, expressed on his acclaimed 2011 album, Gladwell. Lage solos on his “Etude  #1” and “Alone Together,” and joins Jon Weber for “Just Friends.”

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 6:00pm

Cuban vocalist Michelle Manzo talks about her influences ranging from Celia Cruz to Sarah Vaughan. And yes, her four octave range!

Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 10:30pm

It is estimated that more than 39% of all adults ages 18 to 34 live their parents or moved back temporarily in recent years. This is a trend that could have serious consequences for the physical and financial needs of parents across the country. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al's guest will be Jody Gastfriend, VP of Care Management at the Boston based CARE.com. Hear how parents are coping with the return of their adult children.

Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino talks with Lynn Tokarczyk (shown, left) of  Business Development Strategies and Paolo Sinni (shown, right) of  IPG Photonics about rebuilding America’s and Massachusetts’ manufacturing bases.

Business Development Strategies, a government-incentives consulting firm based in Medway, recently secured a multi-million package of government incentives for Oxford-based IPG Photonics. IPG is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers for diverse applications  in various markets. The incentives package lays the foundation for IPG to stay and grow in Massachusetts, and to continue its role as a high-powered engine of the Bay State’s economy.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

Alto saxophone  phenom Grace Kelly has recorded with icons Lee Konitz and Phil Woods and is a seasoned road warrior with tour dates around the world -all before the age of 20! She recently added vocalist to her resume. Kelly duets with host Jon Weber on “The Way You Look Tonight,” and her original tunes:  the bouncy “Flying Fish” and the sultry bossa nova vocal, “Gone.”

Monday, July 9, 2012 - 6:00pm

At the age of 85, drummer Roy Haynes hasn't lost any of his percussive force. He made his marks ---playing with Charlie Parker, Pat Metheny, the Allman Brothers and even as DJ on the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Now Haynes brings his vibrant Fountain of Youth Band to Rose Theater. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 10:30pm

During the 1960's protest songs were fairly common. Bob Dylan, Country Joe and Barry McGuire all set their political feelings to music. This week Al Is joined by New England singer and songwriter Craig Smith. His protest CD " Hopey Changey Blues" defines what many feel about the current political climate. Seems little has changed over the past fifty years.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 9:00pm

Play balll!!!! Writer and researcher JOHN FOX has written a fascinating and entertaining book that investigates why humans are so passionate about ball games. His research took him around the world to witness some amazing ball games. Tune in tonight and learn about the absolute chaos of ba’ which is played the day after Christmas in the Orkneys. John Fox also talks about the jeu de paume, the old predecessor to tennis, still played today. Finally Fox describes the incredible ancient Meso American ball game called ulama that was once played in elaborate stone courts throughout Central America. Fox’s book is titled THE BALL: DISCOVERING THE OBJECT OF THE GAME.

Early on in his career, he was skinny as a rail and looked like a stiff wind would blow him over. But when he sang, all eyes were riveted on him. He was Frank Sinatra: “The Voice”. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with novelist and non-fiction writer JAMES KAPLAN about his monumental and deeply entertaining biography FRANK: THE VOICE. Tune in and learn about Frank’s start with the Harry James Orchestra, his breakthrough years with Tommy Dorsey and finally his start as a major independent act with his hordes of swooning booby soxers and swooning adults too.

Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 12:00pm

The author of The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places and Nightlife 1937-1962, Richard Vacca, will be with Al Dean on The Sunday Jazz Matinee on July 8th. Richard is a Boston based technical writer, editor, amateur historian and regular presenter on the topic of Boston jazz and nightclubs. He spent 7 years researching and assembling these chronicles.

This will be an informative afternoon discussing the nightclubs and musicians of this time and we will be playing the music from the era from 1937-1962 from Dick's personal collection.

Friday, July 6, 2012 - 6:00pm

Drummer Allison Miller's set is a highlight of this three-day celebration of Women in Jazz, held in May at the Kennedy Center. The band (composed of Marty Ehrlich, reeds; Dan Tepfer, piano; and Todd Sickafoose, bass) plays original music by Miller, as well as "Intermission" by Mary Lou.

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