Tonight on Inquiry we talk again with CARY GINELL, award-winning writer, jazz historian and discographer. This time around Gary talks about his latest jazz biography MR B: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF BILLY ECKSTINE. Billy Eckstine is little remembered today, but in the 40s and 50s he was a signer as popular as Sinatra and Cosby. He was a fashion plate, a crooner, a band leader and a musician whose amazing career spanned seven decades. Tune in and find out what the bobby soxers were all screaming about.
Judy talked to guitarist Mark Whitfield onstage at the 2013 Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where he discussed his work with pop and jazz musicians and the influence each style has on the other.
Remember when Girl Groups ruled the airwaves? Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Women's History month by spotlighting that great Girl Group sound of the 1960's. You'll hear wonderful songs from The Crystals, The Shirelles, The Ronettes, and many more.
Wynton Marsalis was commissioned in 2008 to write a piece for the bicentennial of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. This incarnation of the opus that emerged embraces a celebration of life, humanity, and love, uniting musical traditions from across centuries and continents. Performed with the 70 piece Chorale de Chateau and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Abyssinian Mass must be experienced to be believed. Wendell Pierce hosts.
The Greatest Generation gave voice to our nations founding principles. Freedom from want and from fear. Freedom of speech and religion. In the name of the Four Freedoms they fought the Great Depression. In the name of the Four Freedoms they defeated the Axis powers. In the process they made the United States the richest and most powerful country on Earth. And, despite a powerful, reactionary opposition, the men and women of the Greatest Generation made America freer, more equal, and more democratic than ever before. So what made them so great? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by renowned historian and author Harvey Kaye. His new book: The Fight for the Four Freedoms explains why.
Inquiry welcomes back EDWARD H. BURTT JR, Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is the author, along with William E Davis Jr, of the book ALEXANDER WILSON: THE SCOT WHO FOUNDED AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY. Tonight Jed talks about the plans for celebration of the 200th year anniversary of the publication of Alexander Wilson’s American Birds, one of the first great scientific volumes written in America. There will be a one-day symposium on all things Wilson on April 23, 2014 at Ohio Wesleyan University. If you would like to attend this once in a life time celebration of Wilson and his art, go to: http://wilson200.owu.edu/ .Also discussed in this interview, Wilson’s legendary meeting with John James Audubon and whether Audubon copied some of Wilson’s artwork.
Thornton W. Burgess is probably best known for writing some of the best children’s nature literature of the twentieth century. But he hosted a very popular radio program, created a grass roots nature sanctuary effort and even worked with scientists documenting the last Heath Hen in Massachusetts. Tune in and learn about this talented writer and environmental educator when we talk with writer and teacher CHRISTIE PALMER LOWRANCE and her new book NATURE’S AMBASSADOR: THE LEGACY OF THORNTON W. BURGESS
You’ll hear the mellifluous sounds of Najee on Colors of Jazz, when the two-time Grammy nominated contemporary jazz saxophonist and flautist talks with host Bonnie Johnson. Celebrating his CD The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey, Najee will perform live at Scullers Jazz Club on April 4 & 5, 2014. The New York City native began honing his craft studying flute during his high school years at The Manhattan School of Music with Harold Jones of the NY Philharmonic Orchestra and on Saturdays in Harlem at the historic Jazzmobile after meeting Dr. Billy Taylor. Najee was taught and mentored by Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster and Jaki Byard among others. Described as "a visionary", the alum of New England Conservatory of Music has collaborated with “an array of world class musicians” including friend of WICN, Dr. Bill Banfield, George Duke, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock. Find out more about Najee's "musical journey" that includes giving back to community through work with youth; sharing his gift of music with the Najee Woodwind Workshop. Tune in at 4pm.
Celebrate Women's History Month when host Bonnie Johnson speaks with the Moipei Quartet of Kenya. The all-girl a capella group, including Moipei (pronounced Moy-pay) triplets Mary, Martha and Magdalene, is joined by their younger sister Seraphine in a 21st century cultural exchange. These teen multi-instrumentalists have been singing together for more than a decade, bringing their global voice to the fore-front with traditional and contemporary African and African-American music. In 2006, the group was called into service as the first UNICEF Child Ambassadors from Kenya and have received a number of awards and commendations for their musical work as "advocates for social issues including highlighting the plight of girls in the Maasai community and Africa at large, the threat to wildlife and the environment, [and] Cancer in Children". They have performed in several countries including South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, China, South Korea, Canada and Venezuela. In March 2014, the Moipei sisters made their first trip to the United States; visiting several states and performing in concert halls in collaboration with the St. Louis, Missouri based African Musical Arts, Inc. Their parents Nicholas and Christine Moipei also join the conversation on Colors of Jazz. Tune in at 4pm.
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