Inquiry welcomes back the one and only BILL THOMPSON III, Editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and author of many books on birds. His latest book is titled BIRD HOMES AND HABITATS. This book is a great source for learning about what will make your home property more “bird friendly” and how best to feed and attract birds. Tune in tonight for some great tips!
Tonight we speak with STAN ULANSKI, Professor or Meteorology, Oceanography and Marine Resources in the Geology and Environmental Science Department. He has written a very entertaining and informative book on billfish: those large and fast fish that have the long pointy “swords”. The book is part natural history, part angling adventure and part cultural history. Tune in and learn all about how swordfish live, how sailfish can change color, and how Blue Marlin are most people’s favorite gamefish. We will also talk about how two famous American fiction writers, Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey, wrote about the thrill of fishing for billfish. Professor Ulanski’s book is titled: THE BILLFISH STORY: SWORDFISH, SAILFISH, MARLIN AND OTHER GLADIATORS OF THE SEA.
Jazz & pop vocalist Johnny Mathis has been wowing listeners since the 1950s with his dynamic voice backed by lush arrangements of ballads like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” and his definitive version of “Misty.” This week the two-time Grammy Hall of Famer reveals what lies behind his enduring success.
Do you love chocolate? If the answer is YES, then tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes back MELISSA STEWART, author of more than 150 science books for children. Tonight she talks about her latest book: with the intriguing title NO MONKEYS, NO CHOCOLATE, written with Allen Young, the world’s leading expert on cocoa tree pollination and growth. This is a wonderful introduction to the complexities of rainforest ecology that looks at just one plant and all the plant and animal life that affect it: the cocoa tree, from which we get chocolate
We revisit my 2012 conversation with filmmaker/Director JP Lipa about his PBS Christmas specials “Heirloom Meals” and his use of jazz throughout (including my appearance singing a swinging “Winter Wonderland”) and his backstage filming of Michael Jackson during preparation for Michael’s last tour.
Ray Charles did it all….blues, country, gospel, jazz, and of course, soul! "Hit The Road, Jack" "I Got A Woman" and "Georgia" are just a few of his masterpieces. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the birthdate of Brother Ray on this edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!
Catch the Colors of Pianist Luciano Salvatore's Jazz when he speaks with Host Bonnie Johnson about his Travelers Road Music solo album, "No Words". Presenting a collection of nine classic and jazz inspired originals, Salvatore discusses teaching music and celebrating the CD release.
Saxophonist, Educator and Bandleader Mike Tucker is teaching and bringing Jazz to the World. He's also bringing his Organ Trio Plus One featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf to Berklee's Beantown Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 28th and Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, September 26th. Catch Colors of Jazz when Host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Tucker (remotely from the road while he's in Brazil) about his travels and sharing the music.
Bassist Charnett Moffett has been playing professionally since childhood and appeared on his first recording at the age of seven. With two new Motéma Music releases out in 2013 including his first solo CD entitled The Bridge and a "cinematic free/world/jazz adventure" called Spirit of Sound, Moffett is on tour with other Motéma artists celebrating the label's 10th Anniversary. Catch Colors when the legendary Bass player speaks with Host Bonnie Johnson about growing up Moffett, accompanying players such as McCoy Tyner & Wynton Marsalis and leading the next generation of the Moffett Family Band.
In concert from 2005 at the Kennedy Center, Marian tells stories, plays an Ellington medley and music by an unlikely assortment of composers from Jerome Kern to Ornette Coleman, takes a request, and conducts a great show as always, closing with a personal interpretation of "When the Saints Go Marching In." As Washington Post critic Mike Joyce says, she was "reminiscing in tempo." With her trio.
JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater tells us about Marian as a “proper English girl,” young New York pianist, busy octogenarian performing artist, and Marian at home.
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