Pianist/conductor talks about his long tenure as music director for Debbie Reynolds and getting back to his jazz roots with his own recording.
Funk's living legend Maceo Parker brings red-blooded soul to the Allen Room. He's played alongside James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince - but on his own, he's a force to be reckoned with. Maceo Parker's compositions burst with energy as he leads "the Tightest Little Funk Orchestra On Earth" through a set including Off The Hook, Georgia on My Mind, and Make It Funky. Wendell Pierce Hosts.
This week Al speaks with bestselling author Bob Drury about his new book: "The Heart of Everything That Is". The story uncovers the life of the great Sioux chief Red Cloud who was the only Plains Indian chief to defeat the United States Army. In fact he forced the American government to sue for peace on his terms. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for the untold story of Red Cloud an American legend.
Inquiry welcomes back the one and only Bill Thompson III, Editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and author of many books on birds. His latest book is titled Bird Homes and Habitats. This book is a great source for learning about what will make your home property more “bird friendly” and how best to feed and attract birds. Tune in tonight for some great tips!
Tonight we speak with Stan Ulanski, Professor or Meteorology, Oceanography and Marine Resources in the Geology and Environmental Science Department. He has written a very entertaining and informative book on billfish: those large and fast fish that have the long pointy “swords”. The book is part natural history, part angling adventure and part cultural history. Tune in and learn all about how swordfish live, how sailfish can change color, and how Blue Marlin are most people’s favorite gamefish. We will also talk about how two famous American fiction writers, Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey, wrote about the thrill of fishing for billfish. Professor Ulanski’s book is titled: The Billfish Story: Swordfish, Sailfish, Marlin and Other Gladiators of the Sea.
Back by popular demand: a pre-recorded show for Thanksgiving night.
Stanley Clarke is an American jazz musician and composer known for his innovative and influential work on double bass and electric bass as well as for his numerous film and television scores.
Ava Astaire McKenzie grew up surrounded by creativity. She draws on this experience lecturing around the world about her father Fred, and has expressed her own creativity in her book “At Home In Ireland” Cooking and Entertaining with Ava Astaire McKenzie. Ava talked with Judy about her life-long love of jazz and the influence jazz had on her father.
Join host Tom Shaker for a tasty salute to Thanksgiving with a plate full ‘o” soul food songs. You can do the “Funky Chicken” with Rufus Thomas while you hunker down with some “Green Onions” with Booker T & the MGs. For the main course, it’s a “Jive Turkey” with the Ohio Players and some “Cornbread” with the Blackbyrds. Have some coffee from “The Sexy Coffee Pot” with Tony Alvon & the Belairs and join the Dynamics for “The Ice Cream Song.” The menu’s just right for some soul food on this week’s Thanksgiving edition of The Soul Serenade at 7pm!!
Vocalist Kurt Elling and French accordionist Richard Galliano transport us from the New York vista of the Allen Room to the cafes of Paris and the plazas of Buenos Aires. Don't miss this heartfelt collaboration exploring the art of the ballad. We'll hear classics like Nicht Wandle, Mein Licht, an arrangement of the Beatles' Norwegian Wood, and La Vie en Rose. Wendell Pierce hosts.
This week Al is joined by New York Times White House Correspondent Peter Baker. In his new book; Days Of Fire, Baker takes readers on a gripping and intimate journey through the eight years of the Bush and Cheney administration in a tour-de-force narrative of a dramatic and sometimes controversial presidency. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for this very engaging discussion.
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