Overton Vertis Wright is commonly known as one of the greatest southern soul singers ever. His vocals recall his church beginnings and the hard, short life he lead. He recorded for legendary Memphis labels, Goldwax and Hi records. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates O.V. Wright's life and music on Monday night at 7pm.
There are many ways of displaying love through words and actions, but music expresses love on another dimension. This week, Kurt Elling and Richard Galliano perform "songs of love" alongside host Wendell Pierce. Make sure you catch the magic this Monday, October 8th at 6PM.
The war on terror has provoked a raging controversy over the appropriate conduct of war and treatment of combatants. These debates, however, are not unique to the 9/11 generation. Since the founding of this country the issue of war time conduct has been part of a heated and polarizing debate. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by respected author and historian, John Fabian Witt. His new book, " Lincolns Code" charts the history of war time conduct in America.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Andrew Davis, manager of Worcester Regional Airport, which is owned an operated by Massport.
In 2009, following a 26-year career with American Airlines, Andy Davis joined Massport as the director of Worcester's airport. In fact, it was through his long-standing commitment to the airline industry that Davis developed the kind of management experience so applicable to airport work today. At hubs large and small, from Eagle/Vail in Colorado to Chicago O’Hare, Davis held both operations and staff level positions, where his resume today includes positions held at 10 airports, to include Boston, Providence, Hartford/Springfield and Steward/Newburgh. He's assisted American with start-up operations in 12 other cities as well.
While he's gained substantial "OJT" from his work around the country, Davis began his professional foray into aviation as a local guy. Here, he was active early on as a member of the Rhode Island wing of Civil Air Patrol. In college, he attended New Hampshire's Hawthorne College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, double majoring in business administration and aviation management. As president of Hawthorne's student government, Davis, in his senior year, received the institution’s Damaree Award for his noteworthy accomplishments, and was thus inducted into the Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.
Today, while handling day-to-day operations, Davis has cast a serious eye forward, as he looks to match the airport's great promise with worthy development projects. And for Worcester, he believes the future is especially bright. Of special note, he says, is "a modern passenger terminal, suitable for both narrow body and regional jet aircraft, and several hundred acres of developable land, which have the airport well positioned to support aviation growth in the region." A vocal supporter of both commercial and general aviation interests at Worcester, Davis stays particularly busy these days promoting the use of Worcester through his participation in the region's chambers of commerce, the Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau, and area business associations.
Catherine Russell is a lady born to music. Her father, Luis Russell (1902-63), was Louis Armstrong's orchestra leader beginning in the mid-1930s. Her mother, Carline Ray, is a bassist, singer, great all-around musician and a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the 1940s all-woman band that swung as hard as the men. "This Daughter of Jazz Is One Cool Cat," reads the headline of Nat Hentoff's profile for The Wall Street Journal.
In "We the People," lyricist Andy Razaf (1895-1973) speaks for voters: "We don't give a rap about tax-a-tion, long as legislators give the na-tion syn-co-pa-tion." "My Man's an Undertaker" was recorded by the Queen, Dinah Washington (1924-63). "Quiet Whiskey," from Wynonie Harris (1915-69), is the story of a bottle on the shelf. From the preamble, the story is told: "Things were fine 'til they took you down, opened you up and passed you around."
After Virginia Mayhew moved from San Francisco to New York in 1987, she won the Zoot Sims Scholarship at The New School, where, in her words, "I got to meet and study with the living legends of my record collection." She's been a busy saxophonist ever since. Among other gigs, she musically directs the Duke Ellington Legacy group led by Duke's grandson, Edward Kennedy Ellington II, whom she met in karate class. Mayhew has a black belt; she has stamina.
For this set, Mayhew transcribed recordings in the Mary Lou Williams collection at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. The research put Mayhew on the course for a new project, "Mary Lou Williams: The Next Hundred Years," from Virginia Mayhew.
2012 is the 100th anniversary of the year of Woody Guthrie’s birth, while October 3, 2012 is the 45th anniversary of Woody’s death. So in tribute we’ll play songs from
Woody and by Woody, along with dozens of Woody covers, as well as recordings from Arlo Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, and others. Local artist James Keyes will be a guest in the studio. Be sure to listen at 7PM this Thursday.
Pianist Thomas Lauderdale is the co-founder of the celebrated orchestral ensemble Pink Martini, which bridges classical, jazz, world music and old-fashioned pop.
"I'm inching my way towards Liberace land every day," Lauderdale says, laughing after opening with a rollicking take on "Malaguena," composed by Cuba's equivalent of George Gershwin, Ernesto Lecuona.
Hosted by Michael Feinstein, Song Travels is a new program which uncovers the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another. Lauderdale inaugurates the show with a few of his musical collaborators, including NPR's Ari Shapiro, of whom Lauderdale says, "He's so perfect, it's kind of nauseating." Tune in this Wednesday at 6PM for the full scoop.
Voice actor/singer Rachael MacFarlane discusses her role as “Haley” on “American Dad” and other characters on “Family Guy”, working with her brother Seth, and her debut jazz CD “Haley Sings”, celebrating her character’s (and her own) love for jazz..
Artist, photographer and teacher STEPHEN DIRADO has been taking deeply beautiful and mysterious black and white portrait photographs of people at the clothes optional beach in Martha’s Vineyard since 1988. Although Stephen has worked on numerous other interesting series of works, his Martha’s Vineyard series is certainly his longest running and most complex series. Stephen has now made a color film of his work on the island that is part documentary, part autobiography and part very personal meditation on what he has accomplished. The film gives the viewer an insight to how Stephen works, the painstaking processes of setting up his shots and shows what he has to go through to create a successful photograph. Tune in tonight as Stephen talks about why he decided to make A SUMMER SPENT: A FILM BY STEPHEN DIRADO and what the film means to him. An exclusive screening of A SUMMER SPENT will be shown at the WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM on OCTOBER 25 AT 6:30 PM. See the following link for details:
Best known for his sweet duets with Roberta Flack in the 1970s, Donny Hathaway was one of soul music's saddest stories. He was born in Chicago and began as a session musician for Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler & The Staples Singers. His intensity & creativity were recognized from his first solo recording, but his career was cut short by suicide at a young age. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of Donny Hathaway this week, starting at 7pm.
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