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Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 9:00pm

What’s the oldest song in the world? Did Ben Franklin invent a musical instrument that drove people mad? What are the actual lyrics to the classic rock song “Louie Louie”? All these fascinating stories are in writer and documentary film maker RICK BEYER’S latest rollicking compendium THE GREATEST MUSIC STORIES NEVER TOLD: 100 TALES FROM MUSIC HISTORY TO ASTONICH, BEWILDER AND STUPEFY. Tune and find out where to find the largest man-made dog in the world and other wild tales.

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome HONEE HESS, Director of Education at the Worcester Art Museum and KATRINA STACEY, Assistant Curator of Education at the Worcester Art Museum. They introduce an upcoming exciting exhibition at the museum titled IN SEARCH OF JULIEN HUDSON: A FREE ARTIST OF COLOR IN PRE-CIVIL WAR NEW ORLEANS. This complex exhibition, which involved “detection, speculation and invention” attempts to piece together the details of the life of this important American artist. This is Part One of a series about this show.
 

Friday, December 9, 2011 - 6:00pm

From New Year's Eve, the 21st century edition of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band directed by trumpet great Jon Faddis, a stellar cast of Big Apple players, and vocalist Nnenna Freelon pause in their concert to honor the late, great James Moody and Dr. Billy Taylor.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 7:00pm

Join Nick Noble's Folk Revival as he features local folk musicians from the Central Massacusetts scene. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us on Thursday December 8th at 6pm for a the final piece of our series airing on the life and music of the famous one-armed Louisiana trumpeter, Wingy Manone. Aside from his notable compositions (such as Tar Paper Stomp, Stop the war, the Cats are Killin' Themselves, No Calling Card, and Fare Thee Well, to name a few) he is also remembered for playing the trumpet so flawlessly with his prosthetic arm, that most crowds never knew of his disability. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us for an encore of a program with the late saxophonist Bud Shank, one of the most original musical voices of the post-Charlie Parker generation.  In the late 1950s and early '60s he began a successful career as a studio musician and a long tenure with his group called the LA Four. After living and working in Los Angeles for five decades, Shank has at times been unfairly lumped together with the West Coast cool jazz players of the '50s. This session proves Shank to be a straight-ahead bebop player, whom McPartland calls "beyond compare."

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 6:30am

He's been a long-time supporter of WICN, stops by or calls in frequently to update  us on his busy schedule, and of course, keeps us up to date on his award-winning show Radio Deluxe (heard Sundays at 4 pm on WICN. John Pizzarelli is truly one of our favorite people. We chatted with this talented and humorous entertainer recently about his love for the Red Sox, his upcoming performance for Music Worcester in Mechanic's Hall and a special anniversary for Radio Deluxe.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 6:00pm

Tune in to Jazz inspired as Academy Award winning screenwriter Ron Nyswaner discusses the importance of music in all his movies, and how often his soundtracks act as another "character" in his films.

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes back WICN’s Northern Soul connoisseur, Steve Moysey. Steve returns to the studio with a new hour of little heard casino classics from the heyday of northern soul music in the UK. Clear the kitchen and get ready to dance!
It all starts at 7pm.

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 6:00pm

One month after playing on Miles Davis' landmark 'Kind of Blue,' John Coltrane stepped out from sideman duties to record his seminal 1959 album. Showcasing blistering solos and relentless energy, the album solidified 'Trane's' place as a leader. It is still a benchmark for musicians today. Our reedmen Ted Nash, Sherman Irby, Walter Blanding and George Garzone front this blowin' session that including 'Giant Steps,' 'Countdown' and "Naima." Wendell Pierce hosts. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011 - 10:30pm

This week Al travels to Vermont where he spends some time with "James Beard" award winning cookbook author and chef Deborah Krasner. It's where she runs Culinary Destinations of Vermont. This New England getaway is where you leave the stress of everyday life behind and emerse yourself in a culinary paradise that promises to enhance your cooking and dining experience. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM for a taste.

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