At the piano, Randy Weston's knees come up as high as the keys. He is a tall man with a deep sound on his instrument of 70 years. For him jazz is not a genre. It's spirit. It's home, celebrated in music from the opening "African Rhythms to his long-time theme, "Love, the Mystery Of.
Join us on Thursday at 7pm for a look at some of our favorite Folk Trios! Expect favorites such as Peter Paul and Mary and the Kingston Folk Trio!
Join us for our second of three parts of our series paying tribute to some of greatest names in rhythmic New Orleans Jazz! Expect some of your NOLA favorites such as Paul Mares, George Bruines, Leon Roppolo, and the infamous "Jelly Roll" Morton. Stay tuned next week for our concluding show of the series!
Trumpeter Randy Brecker has been a tireless explorer of all kinds of musical genres — from funk to Brazilian to mainstream jazz. Brecker brought along his group to this Piano Jazz, where he joins guest host Bill Charlap and performs some of his own tunes including "There's a Mingus A Monk Us, "Skunk Funk and "Moontide." Charlap joins the group for "All the Things You Are."
The relationship between art and architecture is a complex and at times an uneasy one. In the twentieth century a number of artists works have focused on commenting about our relationship to the physical structures in which we work and live. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back DINA DEITSCH, curator at the DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM. Tonight she talks about a current large and ambitious show at the museum titled TEMPORARY STRUCTURES, that involves built environments, performance art and video work that all comments of buildings, houses and museums. For more information , go to: http://www.decordova.org
Birds are important indicators of the health of an environment. Mass Audubon has just published an important summary of what is known about the health of bird populations in Massachusetts, what species are increasing, what species are declining and what habitats are endangered. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome JOAN WALSH, Director of Bird Monitoring at Mass Audubon and one of the authors of STATE OF THE BIRDS 2011: DOCUMENTATING CHANGES IN MASSACHUSETTS BIRD LIFE. If you love natural history, are concerned about the future of open space in the state and especially if you enjoy birds, be sure to tune in. To obtain a PDF copy of this beautiful and important report, go to:
Max Morath was born on October 1, 1926 in Colorodo Springs, Colorado. Though himself born after ragtime's decline, Max learned to play it from his mother who had been a professional ragtime pianist. He was a radio and TV-actor, writer, announcer and general entertainer before he devoted his career to ragtime. It was while playing the period music for off-fashioned melodramas in the West that he became fascinated by it, and soon began playing it in cabarets, as well as re searching every facet that he could find.
A producer for National Educational Television caught Max Morath, proposed that he turn his knowledge of the time into a series. "The Ragtime Era" show (1960) dealt with the development of the music of the period, and critics across the USA gave wholehearted approval. The success of "The Ragtime Era" led to another NET series, "Turn of the Century", in which Morath turned toward the social history of the time, as reflected through its music. His first live appearance in New York at the famed Blue Angel was followed a year later by a stint at the historic Village Vanguard. In 1969 he set up the "Max Morath at the turn of the Century" show at the Jan Hus Playhouse in New York City. Again, the critics were impressed with his seemingly offhand, colloquial approach to history. The success led to a tour in theatres and colleges across the USA.
On Tuesday's edition of Jazz New England we meet drummer, composer and bandleader Tim Horner. This Berklee grad hit the road with The Tommy Dorsey big band in 1978 and has been well established in New York since the early 80's. He's worked with just about every major figure in the world of jazz and has toured the globe as a "jazz ambassador" for the State Department. Tim's composing skill are on display in his latest recording "The Places We Feel Free." We'll heard from this new release when Tim Horner joins us Tuesday at 2 pm.
Amazingly, there are a small set of numbers, values and constants that define the way our entire universe works and has evolved. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with a man who has written a wonderful book about these very important numbers: Professor of mathematics at California State University JAMES D. STEIN. His entertaining history of science and mathematics is COSMIC NUMBERS: THE NUMBERS THAT DEFINE OUR UNIVERSE. Tonight we talk about the value of Absolute Zero, the coldest anything in the universe can get, and what weird things happen to matter as it is brought to this ultimate “big chill”. We finish our conversation by discussing the Omega value, a number that may well determine the fate of the entire universe.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a fascinating talk with writer BERND BRUNNER about the history and evolution of the aquarium. What started out as an attempt to bring a small bit of the wild and unknown ocean into the home eventually become a worldwide hobby and public entertainment. But are fish really meant to be “kept in a box?” Tune in to find out. Brunner’s beautiful and unique social natural history is titled THE OCEAN AT HOME: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE AQUARIUM.
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