Catherine Russell is known for her work with Steely Dan and David Bowie, but also as an interpreter of blues and early jazz. For this episode of Jazz Night in America, Catherine Russell assembles a vocal trio to perform unearthed arrangements of originally written by Sy Oliver. Russell speaks with host Christian McBride about the origin of Oliver’s charts, and memories of her mother, multi-instrumentalist Carline Ray, who collaborated with Sy Oliver over thirty years ago on the very music she features this hour.
Charter schools, discipline policies, assignment lotteries: they’re front page stories across the country. But how do we constructively tackle such complex, fraught issues? And how do we perceive them, not as administrative problems needing snappy decisions, but ethical challenges capable of determining the shape of our children’s future? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Meira Levinson, associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co-author of the new book "Dilemmas of Educational Ethics".
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist ROSE LEBEAU, whose work ranges from surprising assemblages and collages, to altered photographs and hand made books. Joining Rose in the studio is her daughter, CHELSEA LEBEAU HUETER, a painter whose canvases celebrate light and surface (see detail of one of her works to the left). Together they will be presenting their work at an open house: May 21 to May 28, at 218 West Street, Auburn Massachusetts. For more information, go to: rosemarylebeau.com .
Also, on today's edition of Inquiry we welcome artist and sculptor DAVID A. LANG. A new exhibition of his beautiful kinetic and interactive work titled JOURNEY is at the BOSTON SCULPTORS GALLERY from May 4 ill June 5.
This week on The Folk Revival, Nick Noble follows the progress of music from the Celtic tradition-- Ireland, Scotland etc-- to the New World-- Appalachia and throughout the United States.
Join Julie on location in LA with stellar studio pianist and gifted composer, Mike Lang. Mike has played on literally 1000’s of hit records and movie and sound tracks. He shares fascinating insights into his life as well as his studio work. Come and explore “all the things” he is. From the studios of Rich Eames, in Los Angeles, CA.
Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Joining her in the studio is LORI MADER, ceramics faculty member and PAM FARREN, metals instructor. They will be talking about their work and the upcoming FACULTY SHOW at the Center for Crafts. For more information about upcoming shows and classes at the Craft Center, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/
When JULIANA BUHRING set off on her record breaking 18,063 mile trip around the world on her bicycle Pegasus she had no sponsors or funding. Even more amazing is the fact that when she had come up with the idea of doing this feat she had not ever seriously ridden a bike! Her book is THE ROAD I RIDE: SOMETIMES IT TAKES LOSING EVERYTHING TO FIND YOURSELF. Tune in and find out how she did it.
Canadian saxophonist Grant Stewart discusses his new CD “Trio” and his using the unusual instrumentation of sax, bass and drums.
The often-overlooked older brother of The Temptations David Ruffin, Jimmy had a Motown hit with his soul standard "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted" in 1966. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of this lost soul on Monday night's edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!
In 1965, the trumpeter, composer and arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis found themselves with a book of big-band music originally intended for the Count Basie Orchestra — and nobody to perform it. So they made their own. They handpicked some of New York's top talent and called rehearsals on Monday nights, when the studio musicians could actually make it. And by the time they debuted on a Monday in February 1966 at the famed Village Vanguard, they were already a force to be reckoned with — soon to become the most influential big band of the last 50 years. The Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, still plays every Monday night.
Jazz Night In America heads to the basement jazz shrine to see the band's 50th anniversary show in February 2016, full of cuts from the original Thad Jones songbook. Our radio program tells the story of how the band came to be.
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