Born October 3, 1923, in Chicago, "Vonski is a founder of the Chicago School of jazz tenor saxophonists, cited by the National Endowment for the Arts. "With his individual sound, at once husky and melodic, he makes every song his own. And he does, at the Green Mill with fellow tenor Ed Petersen, New Year's Eve 2010, on JazzSet
Join us as we bring you part two of our show highlighting the artists and musicians who have fused Jazz with Symphonic music.
Toots Thielemans is the unrivaled master of the jazz harmonica. He penned the standard "Bluesette, and his recording credits include television and film scores (that's him on the Sesame Street theme), commercials, and working with greats from Ella Fitzgerald to Quincy Jones. Thielemans duets with McPartland on "Georgia and "Lullaby of Birdland.
Inquiry welcomes back writer, teacher and critic MAGGIE NELSON, here to talk about two books JANE (A MURDER) and THE RED PARTS (A MEMOIR). It was only as an adult that Ms Nelson discovered that her aunt, Jane, had been brutally murdered by a serial killer. Jane had been a brilliant student at the University of Michigan in the late 1960s, but her brutalized body was found in a remote rural cemetery. In JANE, Maggie Nelson attempts to let Jane speak for herself though long excerpts from Jane’s journals combined with Maggie’s uncovering how this shocking event had affected her family. Just as she was mailing in the manuscript for JANE, Michigan police call Maggie’s family to reveal that due to new DNA evidence they are about to arrest Jane’s killer decades after the crime. While JANE is poetic, deeply tragic and lyrical, THE RED PARTS (A MEMOIR) is a powerful, shocking, scary, gripping and brutally honest account of Maggie’s Nelson’s experience in court while trying to make some sense of this violent crime.
Join us as we explore the music of Leroy Jones, a celebrated jazz trumpeter. Leroy has been playing music live since he was 10 years old, and has made a name for himself by blending funk with good ole' New Orleans Jazz. His most recent album, "Sweeter Than a Summer Breeze" has reinvented his traditional romantic jazz style by bringing string instruments in to the studio, and on the road, an uncommon practice among many jazz musicians that has given his newest music a new, rich sound.
Inquiry welcomes journalist and birder MARK OBMASCIK. His gripping and hilarious book THE BIG YEAR is a fast paced account of a crazy three way race between hardcore birders to see how many species they can spot in North America in a year. This is a tale of obsession and competition unlike anything non-birders are likely to be familiar with. The Big Year is now also a major motion picture starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.
Tonight on a special Inquiry, we welcome star of screen, stage and television actress TERRY MOORE. She has starred in such notable films as mighty Joe Young; Beneath the 12 Mile Reef; Man on a Tightrope and was Oscar nominated for her role in Come Back Little Sheba. Her considerable television work includes acting in such classic series as Burke’s Law; Checkmate and Batman. She continues working in film to this day. Tune in tonight as the always fascinating and vivacious Terry recalls what it was like to work with such leading men as Tyrone Power and Burt Lancaster and being married to Howard Hughes. Terry Moore is just one of the celebrities in Hanover Theatre’s NIGHT OF STARS celebrity gala to benefit Saint John’s Food for the Poor program. For information on tickets, go to: http://www.thehanovertheatre.org/shows/index.php
Inquiry welcomes WILLIAM K. RUDOLPH Ph.D, Curator of American Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum to talk about the exhibition IN SEARCH OF JULIEN HUDSON: FREE ARTIST OF COLOR IN PRE-CIVIL WAR NEW ORLEANS. Rudolph talks about what we know and don’t know and what we assume about this fascinating American artist; Hudson’s two trips to Paris and what is was like for an artist to work in pre-Civil War New Orleans.
James Abram Garfield was one of the most unique and complex presidents of the United States. Born into extreme poverty, he fought in the Civil War and later became a champion of Black suffrage. He believed education was the salvation of the nation and that science achieved the greatest good of humanity. He never sought the office of the President, but was reluctantly dragged into running on the Republican ticket stating “This honor comes to me unsought. I have never had the presidential fever, not even for a day.” Widely admired and beloved, he was brutally cut down by the psychotic assassin Guiteau only to die a slow and painful death over two months due not to the bullet, but because of infection and a doctor’s neglect. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer and editor CANDICE MILLARD. Her new history DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC: A TALE OF MADNESS, MEDICINE AND THE MURDER OF A PRESIDENT recounts the life of Garfield as well of those around him, in one of the most engaging and interesting history books of this year. If you love American history, don’t miss tonight’s show!
Rolling Stone called him “a major new force in soul music.” His collaborations with Roberta Flack scored high on the charts and won him a Grammy Award. Six years later, his body was found outside his hotel in New York City; his death ruled a suicide. Celebrate the life and music of a soul legend with host Tom Shaker. It starts at 7pm this Monday!