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Friday, November 16, 2012 - 6:00pm

Dee Dee Bridgewater's smile says it all: JazzSet is happily celebrating 20 years of performances every week on NPR. In September, we featured original host Branford Marsalis with his 2012 quartet for our anniversary. Now, today's host Dee Dee Bridgewater weaves her spell and leads a crack quintet through a new set from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

Held each summer in the lovely hillside country of Westchester County, the Caramoor Jazz Festival is in a Venetian theatre in a rolling woods, about 40 miles northeast of New York City. All summer, Caramoor presents chamber music, opera, Latin music, a resident orchestra and more — rain or shine. The 2012 jazz lineup featured Bridgewater, drummer extraordinaire Roy Haynes, solo pianist Kenny Barron, award-winning vocalist Gretchen Parlato and the smoking-hot Cookers all-star band.

Bridgewater's musical director is Edsel Gomez, arranger and pianist. He's her orchestra, pacesetter and descarga driver all in one. Craig "My Handyman" Handy on saxophone shadows and boxes with Bridgewater's voice. They revel in their closeness in "Besame Mucho." Michael Bowie played bass for Abbey Lincoln, one of Bridgewater's mentors and friends (as heard in her Tribute to Abbey on JazzSet). Bridgewater first heard Kenny Phelps last year in the house band at The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. He was accompanying finalists in the American Pianists Association competition. She loved the pianists, but she got Phelps' phone number on the spot.

After Bridgewater's set at Caramoor, there was a moment backstage when she reunited with her dear friend Roy Haynes. Flashbulbs were popping as they admired each other's shoes. (Thanks to Richard Conde for the picture.)

Haynes' Fountain of Youth Band (Jaleel Shaw, Martin Bejerano, David Wong) give us a little something extra for the site, fulfilling a request from someone in the audience for "All Blues."

The 2013 Caramoor Jazz Festival will be the 20th, and it's already scheduled for July 26-28. Jim Luce produces the Caramoor Jazz Festival. Managing director is Paul Rosenbloom.

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 12:30pm

A pre-recorded show where all the songs are about or mention singers, songs, singing and playing, dancing, and/or music. Featured artists will include Eric Sinclair, Rosanne Cash, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, the Hillside Singers, the Halifax Three, the Mamas & the Papas, Tommy Makem & the Clancy Brothers, Tommy Sands, Ellis Paul, Buskin & Batteau, the Kingston Trio, the Kossoy Sisters, the Highwaymen, the Youngbloods, Dire Straits, the Limeliters, Ali Marcus, Jason Eady, Burl Ives, the Brandywine Singers, Ian & Sylvia, Josh Joffen, Bobby Darin, Joe Jencks, Perry Desmond-Davies, the Gaither Gospel Singers, the Cathedral Quartet, Great Bay Sailor, Dom McLean, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joel Rafael, Gale Garnett, Worcester County Tradition (John Henry), the Edna Project, Beth DeSombre, Cadence Carroll, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and the Cat's Meow... Enjoy!

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 7:00pm

For this week's Folk Revival, there will be a live broadcast from the WICN performance hall. Guests will include Secret Sage, Don Prange, Rick Gottlieb, Susan Cattaneo, James Keyes, P.E. James, Ari Charbonneau, and maybe others.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 7:00pm

Can you imagine what the Doors songs would have sounded like if they had been created with acoustic guitars? Would ‘Light My Fire” or ‘Break On Through’ have been as powerful played on acoustic guitars and filled with vocal harmonies? Curious?

So were James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt.

These veteran composers/vocalists/musicians teamed up to record an acoustic guitar album like no other, “All Wood and Doors” - 12 classic Doors songs sung and played by Cliff and James, accompanied by an all star line up of highly regarded guest musicians: Timothy B Schmit (the Eagles), Peter Tork (the Monkees), Paul Barrere (Little Feat), Laurence Juber (Paul McCartney & Wings), Scott Breadman (the Rippingtons, Lindsey Buckingham), the truly remarkable Chad Watson (David Arkenstone, Janis Ian).

On Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm, Nick DiBiasio will host a very special live radio concert on Against the Grain, featuring James Lee Stanley and Cliff Eberhardt performing songs from 'All Wood and Doors', as well as songs from their own solo albums in WICN‘s Performance Studio, and you can be a part of our live studio audience.

Admission is free! Make your reservation by calling WICN at 508-752-0700 between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, or via e-mail to nickdibiasio@wicn.org.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 6:00pm

The popular Glee and 30 Rock star (pun not intended) Cheyenne Jackson has a special place for music, especially Broadway. He has been the understudy of both male leads in Thoroughly Modern Millie and his cabaret debut Back to the Start, continuing to spend much of his time on the stage while maintaining roles in two popular TV series. Cheyenne mentioned that his love for music rolls back to when searched for old vinyl at yard sales back in Idaho and fell in love with Broadway when he first saw Les Miserables with his French teacher. 

On this week's Song Travels, Michael Feinstein is joined by the popular vocalist as they discuss Cheyenne's long journey from Idaho to Broadway, as well as perform tunes by Tom Waits, Elton John, and Katy Perry.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 10:00am

JOHN H. McCORMACK is a truly unique artist and landscape designer. Tune in tonight and learn about the stunningly beautiful Stuck gardens in Westport that he created, his projects in the Himalayas, his career in “wearable” art and what it takes to create a garden that is also a piece of installation art. To learn more about John’s art and gardening, go to his website: www.westportartandgarden.com
Note: the photograph is by Sheila Carroll  of an uncommon SACHEM butterfly nectaring in the Stuck Gardens

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 6:00pm

Cabaret singer/pianist Eric Comstock discusses creating the off Broadway show “Our Sinatra” and what jazz has done to inspire and expand his performances

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he observes Veteran's Day with soul songs honoring the troops. Artists like Bill Withers, The Players and Frieda Payne will be featured. It all starts this Monday at 7pm!

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 10:30pm

Do actions speak louder than words? Find out this week as Al is joined by nationally recognized body language expert, Patti Wood. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Regis and Kelley,Nancy Grace,Discovery Channel etc... The emphasis will be on the Presidential candidates and how the unspoken word can sometimes be just as effective as the spoken. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a truly fascinating discussion.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 9:00pm

Artist, photographer and teacher Stephen DiRado has been taking deeply beautiful and mysterious black and white portrait photographs of people at the clothes optional beach in Martha’s Vineyard since 1988. Although Stephen has worked on numerous other interesting series of works, his Martha’s Vineyard series is certainly his longest running and most complex series. Stephen has now made a color film of his work on the island that is part documentary, part autobiography and part very personal meditation on what he has accomplished.  The film gives the viewer an insight to how Stephen works, the painstaking processes of setting up his shots and shows what he has to go through to create a successful photograph. Tune in tonight as Stephen talks about why he decided to make A Summer Spent: A Film By Stephen DiRado. An exclusive screening of A Summer Spent will be shown at the Worcester Historical Museum on October 25 at 6:30 PM. See the following link for details:
http://www.socialweb.net/Clients/WHM/?id=146163

The special guests on tonight’s Inquiry are Lexi Lee Sullivan, Assistant Curator at the Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum and Rachael Aruz, independent curator. They are here to talk about two new exciting and thought provoking exhibitions at the Decordova: two collaborative installations by Jean Shin and Brian Ripel, Castles in the Air and Measuring the Depths of His Own Nature and a retrospective exhibition of the work of Julianne Swartz titled How Deep Is Your. Tune in and learn about these interesting artists and their work. For more details about these exhibitions, go to: http://www.decordova.org/

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