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Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 3:00pm

Artistic Director and performing arts influencer Piotr Turkiewicz talks with Bonnie Johnson about the JAZZTOPAD FESTIVAL and it's 2nd Annual U.S. Edition (June 19-July 1, 2016) presented by the National Forum of Music and Polish Cultural Institute of New York. Discover the music of some of the "most important artists from the Polish contemporary Jazz scene" as Poland's leading jazz all-star ensembles partner with the likes of saxophonist Tony Malaby and pianist Uri Caine among others. These top flight musicians will "celebrate improvisation" on stage "in the homeland of Jazz, the United States", in east coast venues from New Haven, Connecticut and the Adirondack Mountains to the boroughs of New York and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC.

Hailed as "one of the most important jazz events in Poland and Central Europe", Jazztopad is an annual festival that takes place in Wroclaw, Poland. Past international guest artists have included Ornette Coleman, Bill Frisell, Kenny Wheeler, Gary Peacock, Sonny Rollins, Charles Lloyd, Jack DeJohnette, Maria Schneider Orchestra and in 2016, Wayne Shorter, Jason Moran and Hugh Masakela. Over the years, "Jazztopad Festival has commissioned works which often push the boundaries of genre and combine jazz with classical music".  Listen Here.


Photo Credit; Tomasz Walków


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Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four hours of old favorites plus a handful of tracks from CDs newly arrived at the station. Some real treats and deelightful surprises. Please tune in to support WICN!

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 11:00am

THOMAS THWAITES is a designer in London, where he ponders technology, science and futures research. One day he realized he was tired of all the worry and stress of human life and decided to try to become a goat. What happened next is told in his new book GOATMAN: HOW I TOOK A HOLIDAY FROM BEING HUMAN. The story is even weirder than you think. Tune in and see. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 10:00am

The Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Eleventh Edition, publish in the early years of the Twentieth Century, is considered “the last great English language encyclopaedia.” But the story of its creation is a complicated and chaotic tale of the clash of British and American culture. It is one of the great (and wild) stories from the history of book publishing. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer, teacher and journalist DENIS BOYLE about his new book: EVERYTHING EXPLAINED THAT IS EXPLAINABLE: ON THE CREATION OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA’S CELEBRATED ELEVENTH EDITION, 1910-1911.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 3:30pm

Do you find it tough to find the groove in the music of Coltrane? Do you have a hard time finding new music you like? Inquiry welcomes back jazz pianist, music historian, critic and writer TED GIOIA. His new book HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ is a useful and fun guide for listening to all types of jazz music critically.  It is also a fine concise history of jazz and a biography of some of the giants of jazz. When you hear a new band or recording, what should a listener focus on? Tune in and find out.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 6:00pm

Judy performs with and interviews Grammy winning guitarist onstage at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN and discusses John’s career highlights from touring with Elton John to playing with Bonnie Raitt to his duo gigs early in his career with Judy!

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Known for his rendition of "The Dark End of The Street" James Carr was considered one of the best southern soul singers ever. But few remember his name. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his musical legacy. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

Michael Mwenso is a curator for the Late Night Sessions at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. He's also an irrepressible vocalist and natural ringleader who draws inspiration from the communal aspects of making jazz.

"I was interested in the human pathos of the music, as well as the music," he says. "But the human thing was really interesting to me. Then to also see the effect of when jazz is really being played, like manifested — you'd see a musician playing and you see people going crazy and hollering. That was very... how do you create that?"

Mwenso's enthusiasm has drawn many up-and-coming artists to Jazz at Lincoln Center after hours — and after-after-hours, in off-campus listening parties. The shared experience of being young and eager (and talented) musicians in the big city has given rise to a loose collective known as The Shakes. As it turns out, all the time spent together offstage translates directly to how Mwenso and his "family" perform in the spotlight.

Here, Jazz Night In America hangs out with Michael Mwenso and The Shakes as they prepare for and seize an opportunity to present their own ideas of how to run a show. Watch highlights from the family's performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola — and, on the radio program, a special breakout segment featuring rising trumpeter Riley Mulherkar.

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 3:00pm

Tom Lucci picks "the best of the best" -  top performances of enduring tunes from the American songbook. We base it on the recent book "The Jazz Standards" and go from there. Tune in, enjoy - and be sure to support WICN's "Jazz Up Your Summer" drive!

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 10:30pm

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculably high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain still coveted that land and was prepared to employ any means to retain it. With war expected at any moment, Thomas Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground the only Americans he could: a cadre of explorers who finally annexed it through courageous investigation. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Pulitzer Prize nominated historian and author Julie Fenster. Her new book "Jefferson America" is a must read for all those who want to learn how this great nation grew.


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