For over forty years, Brian Auger has been a musician’s musician. Jazz pianist, bandleader, session man, Hammond B3 innovator, and key player in the rise of jazz/rock fusion, Brian has done it all and then some. An incredible gentleman with one of the most varied careers in music, he has incorporated jazz, early British pop, R&B, soul and rock into an incredible catalog that has won him legions of fans all over the world.
We often hear about the lone genius, but in reality some of the most creative people work in pairs: John Lennon and Paul McCartney; C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkein; Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The list is endless. How do these dynamic duos meet; how do they work together and what leads to their eventual break up? Tonight on Inquiry I talk with curator, writer and essayist JOSHUA WOLF SHENK about his fascinating new book POWERS OF TWO: FINDING THE ESSENCE OF INNOVATION IN CREATIVE PAIRS.
A rusted wreck of a 1957 Chevy wagon led tonight’s guest on Inquiry into an exploration into the history of the American middle class and a meditation on what cars mean to us. Our love affair with our cars in a fact of life , but like all romances, it goes through stages and often has an unhappy ending. EARL SWIFT is a writer, journalist and residential fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities at the University of Virginia. His new book is part cultural history and part auto romance and much more. His book is titled AUTO BIOGRAPHY: A CLASSIC CAR, AN OUTLAW MOTORHEAD, AND 57 YEARS OF THE AMERICAN DREAM. If you have had a love affair with a car you have owned, be sure to tune in!
Jazz-Rock pioneer , guitarist Larry Coryell has drawn on musical styles beyond these two forms, throughout his career. He continues to be inspired by a wide array of influences, everything from Tolstoy to Buddism and discusses this, and the challenge of writing his first opera.
WICN's northern soul connoisseur, Steve Moysey brings in a play list that will be sure to get you moving this Monday night! It all starts at 7pm!!!
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates the "soulful erudition" of the late pianist Mulgrew Miller and the "taut, molten" music of saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Miller's untimely passing in May, 2013 turned this concert partially into a tribute, with the JLCO premiering new arrangements of both his and Garrett's compositions. Garrett performs, with arrangements by Chris Crenshaw and Vincent Gardner. Wendell Pierce hosts.
This week Al's guest is best selling author and journalist Hampton Sides. His new book "In The Kingdom of Ice" depicts the ill-fated journey of the USS Jeannette a nineteenth-century US naval expedition to chart the North Pole. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 as Sides talks about this overlooked bit of history and the tragedy that followed.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Douglas Quattrochi (shown, left), part-time executive director of the Worcester Property Owners Association since December 2013. He’s also full-time COO of Artist Bomb in Lowell, an angel-funded startup in the live-music industry. Steve’s other guest is Rich Trifone (shown, right), WPOA’s membership coordinator and a Realtor with RE/Max Vision. Both Doug and Rich own residential rental properties. This episode aired originally on March 16, 2014.
They talk about the challenges and opportunities for landlords in a still-struggling economy.
The Worcester Property Owners Association is Worcester County’s oldest landlord group. The organization was formed in the 1940s, formally incorporated in Massachusetts in the 1980s, and restructured as a modern, not-for-profit trade organization in 2013.
Beginning in the ‘40s prominent businessmen such as the late Israel Katz, Arthur LaRiviere and others organized to deal with the rental-business challenges of the day. The focus was legislative, and this was to remain an important focus through to the present day.
In the mid ‘60s, Leo Charbonneau and Ed Edison came in and called the group the Landlord’s Guild. This group functioned until 1970, when Irving Coven formally rebranded it as the Rental Housing Association of Worcester County.
The Worcester group developed cohesiveness through the oil-embargo days of the late ‘70s, which were very challenging. Sudden increases in heating oil-prices triggered rent increases for apartments with “utilities included,” and this in turn brought out counterproductive actions by tenant groups, including very serious talk of rent control.
This movement was narrowly defeated here in Massachusetts on a statewide basis. However, certain communities such Cambridge became subject to local rent-control laws.
In the late ‘70s, the name was changed to Worcester Property Owners Association. In the ‘80s, under the guidance of Haskell Morin and Bob Sweeney, it grew to one of the largest organizations of its kind.
In the late ‘80s, WPOA presidents Irene Chiavalloti and JoAn Geissler worked to overturn rent control in Cambridge. They joined with the Mass Rental Housing Association and other landlord groups all over the state. In 1994, rent control was overturned.
Without a need for urgent political action, the WPOA developed a focus on education, legal compliance, and operational efficiency. Bills presented to the state legislature without landlord input were dealt with as they came up.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with comic book historian TIM HANLEY about his wild new history WONDER WOMAN UNBOUND: THE CURIOUS HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS HEROINE. Tune in and learn how Wonder Woman’s creator used his comic to prepare boys in the 1940s for what he thought was the coming matriarchy and learn why Superman was always a jerk to Lois Lane.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and artist TRINA ROBBINS. She has been writing about and drawing comics since the 1960s. She is now one of the foremost authorities on the history of women comic artists. Tune in and learn about artists like Dale Messick who drew Brenda Starr; Tarpé Mills who created the fantastic Miss Fury and finally learn about the beginnings of the groundbreaking Wimmen’s Comix the long-running anthology of comics by women. Trina Robbins’ latest book is PRETTY IN INK: NORTH AMERICAN WOMEN CARTOONISTS 1896-2013.
Catch Colors of Jazz when two time GRAMMY award winning drummer Will Calhoun joins host Bonnie Johnson. He'll talk about touring the world with rock band Living Colour, honing in on his career in jazz and his album Life In This World released in 2013 with Motéma Music. Celebrating fun and creativity, Calhoun's latest project "AZA" is "a collection of artwork crafted from rhythm" of the drums. The Will Calhoun Trio featuring pianist Marc Cary and Luques Curtis on bass will take the stage at Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, August 14th at 8PM.
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