Many musicians swear by pianist Kenny Werner's groundbreaking book on improvisation, Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within (1996). In 2010, Werner produced the acclaimed album No Beginning No End, a profoundly touching tribute to his late daughter Katheryn. On this 2007 Piano Jazz, Werner and McPartland get together on a pair of Bill Evans tunes, :Very Early and "Waltz for Debbie."
The man who spent 30 years at the school as Dean of Curriculum and Executive Vice President joins us on Wednesday. Gary Burton retired from Berklee a few years ago but hasn't slowed down. His band will appear at this weekend's Beantown Jazz Festival. Catch up with this multi-Grammy winner Wednesday at 2 pm.
Tuesday at 3:30 the man who taught Sean Penn how to look like a guitar player (and provided the guitar playing you hear) in the Woody Allen film "Sweet and Lowdown" calls in. Howard Alden has been at the forefront of jazz guitarists for nearly 40 years. He'll be coming to New England this fall for a festival performance and chats with us on Tuesday's Jazz Matinee.
She's been chatting with WICN since she was 10 years old (her very first interview) and continues to visit the station whenever she can. One of our all-time favorites, Grace Kelly visits on Tuesday's Jazz New England. This 19 year old 'phenom' is as busy as ever. She'll chat with us before heading overseas to perform.
Bandleader and composer Paquito D'Rivera guides us among the composers of his Cuban homeland—Mario Bauza, Arturo 'Chico' O'Farrill, Ernesto Duarte et al. He brings Latin percussion with Horacio Hernandez (drums), Richard Padron (guitar) and Pedro Martinez (percussion), with the five-beat rhythm, to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts.
A couple of Grammy winning vibraphonists join us this week on Jazz New England. Monday Dave Samuels is our guest. The Caribbean Jazz Project founder has unveiled his latest project, The Organik Vibe Trio to rave reviews. Tune in Monday at 2 pm to hear from this vibraphonist and Berklee educator.
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This week on "The Public Eye" Al has a rond table discussion with environmental attorney Vincent DeVito and Millenial co-founder Sokwoon Rhee. As part of the Central MASS based Institute For Energy and Sustainability they are on the forefront of new technology that will hopefully provide more efficient energy and at a reasonable cost. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and find out how you can help.
Since Paleolithic times, human societies have singled out fossil sea urchins as something unique and important. These fossils have been found, sometimes by the hundreds, in burial mounds, fashioned into ancient tools and beads, or used as good luck talismans. Around Europe these odd fossils have been called shepard’s crowns, sheep’s hearts, fairy loaves, snakes eggs and thunderstones. Even in more recent historical times, these beautiful fossils have been singled out to decorate churches or lined up along the windowsills of rural homes to ward off bad luck. But why have cultures for so long been fascinated with these very odd stones? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with KENNETH J. McNAMARA, senior lecturer in the Department of Earth Sciences and fellow of Downing College at the University of Cambridge. His new book, part paleontology, part anthropology and part folklore history has some of the answers: THE STAR-CROSSED STONE: THE SECRET LIFE, MYTHS AND HISTORY OF A FASCINATING FOSSIL.
At the end of the Ice Age, an amazing number of species large and fantastic mammals went suddenly extinct. For a long time most paleontologists believed it was climate change that caused this mass extinction event. But recently, some scientists began to find evidence that perhaps invading humans wiped out all the mammoths, mastodons, giant sloths by over hunting them. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome science writer SHARON LEVY who has spent time with scientists on both sides of this hotly contested debate and has also looked into a similar situation in Australia. Is there in fact a “deadly syncopation” in that every time humans come in contact with large wildlife, the animals rapidly become extinct? Tune in and find out. Levy’s wonderful book is titled ONCE AND FUTURE GIANTS: WHAT ICE AGE EXTINCTIONS TELL US ABOUT THE FATE OF EARTH’S LARGEST ANIMALS.
Prepare to put on your dancing shoes and get your groove on as trombonist and band leader "Big Sam" Williams joins Bonnie Johnson for some conversation and "musical gumbo" this Saturday on Colors of Jazz. Formerly the youngest player in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the New Orleans native and front man is now leading Big Sam's Funky Nation, touring the world and spreading the joy of music. The San Francisco Chronicle dubs Sam as "top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz". Seen on HBO's Treme, the band takes to the stage fusing elements of jazz improvisation and rock with high-energy urban funk. Be sure to tune in at 4pm - Saturday, September 17th - It's sure to be a party.
Big Sam's Funky Nation appears at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, NH for two performances:
Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM
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