Musician Billy Joel discusses his studies with jazz great Lennie Tristano and how jazz influences his own music.
A light-hearted entertainer and a very serious musician, Thomas 'Fats' Waller mastered the stride piano and wrote some of the jazz's enduring, endearing tunes. Hear 'Honeysuckle Rose,' "Ain't Misbehavin" and "A Handful of Keys in the 'hands' of pianist Ehud Asherie, vocalist Allen Harris, and guitar master Doug Wamble under the direction of composer, arranger and reedman Andy Farber. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Campaign posters have always played an important role in positioning a candidate in the eyes of the voter. Posters capture what voters long for or by revealing what they fear America may become. This week Al is joined by Ralph Eubanks, Publishing Director at the Library of Congress. He'll be talking about the history of some of Americas most memorable campaign posters and why they matter as much today. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a truly insightful conversation.
On August 1, 1981 MTV was launched. It was an idea that most people thought ridiculous and doomed to failure. Most people associated with the start up of MTV, on the air and behind the scenes, had had no previous experience in the media. If that wasn’t daunting enough, when MTV started there was an incredibly slim selection of music videos to play. But it soon became obvious that MTV would play an important role in shaping the musical tastes of Middle America as well as having a dramatic impact on the artists whose videos were shown. Tune in tonight as Inquiry talks with writer and editor CRAIG MARKS. Along with writer Rob Tannebaum, Craig has written the definitive history of this music video revolution, the wild careers of the early VJs, the accusations of racism in MTVs early programming and the craziness of trying to come up with ideas for the new music vids. Marks and Tannebaum’s book is titled I WANT MY MTV: THE UNCENSORED STORY OF THE MUSIC VIDEO REVOLUTION.
For hundreds of years, there have been conspiracy theories that have suggested that a small group of powerful men in secret societies have run the governments of the world for their own benefits. Most of these conspiracy theories are grandiose, unwieldy and unfalsifiable. Many of these theories demonize other social or religious groups like Jews or Catholics. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and researcher ARTHUR GOLDWAG about his latest book THE NEW HATE: A HISTORY OF FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE POPULIST RIGHT. His book delineates the historical precedents for modern groups like “the birthers”. We also talk about the nefarious Protocols and the Elders of Zion, that infamous anti-Semitic tract that has influenced paranoid conspiracists like Hitler and Henry Ford for over a hundred years.
Catch Colors of Jazz as host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Contemporary/Smooth Jazz Pianist Bob Baldwin. Baldwin is an advocate of the arts and recently released the book "You Better Ask Somebody". With 17 discs released to date, Bonnie will discuss his long career in music that fuses jazz, gospel and R&B. Bob Baldwin will be appearing at Pearl Restaurant in Providence, RI Sunday, May 27 at 8 PM. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 in advance. See http://www.pearlrestaurantri.com for details.
The trio won this year's Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Return to Forever, Chick Corea won an individual Grammy for Best Jazz Solo, and we have a magnificent live festival performance from their tour, in Surround Sound.
Actor, singer and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Niles Crane on the long-running TV series Frasier. He’s also a Tony Award-winning actor for his role in Curtains. Pierce and Feinstein's discussion ranges from Beethoven to Spamalot, and Pierce sings a few of his favorite standards with Feinstein at the piano.
Bats have a bad reputation and are feared by many people. But bats are crucial to the health of our environment and many species are locally endangered for a variety of reasons. Inquiry welcomes back children’s book author MELISSA STEWART to talk about her wonderfully informative children’s book A PLACE FOR BATS, the fifth title in Stewart’s series of natural history books for young readers. Tune in and learn about how bats live and why you are not seeing as many bats as you did years ago.
Tenor sax great Scott Hamilton discusses his new CD with Duke Robillard and his perspective as an American jazz musician living in Europe.
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