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Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 7:00pm

This edition of Folk Revival features modern inheritors of the Folk Tradition. Four hours of music from dozens of new CDs that have recently come into the station -- the Halifax Three. The Cumberland Trio, Ron Carlson, Jed Marum, Jan Luby, Rosanne Cash, Jackson Browne, Woody Guthrie, and tracks from albums new into the station: Gail Finnie, Mark Stepakoff, Larry Penn, Lauren Sheehan, Dubi Handi, the Yves Lambert Trio, Brother Sun, the Rafters, Tret Fure, Brooks Williams, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Newpoli, The Stray Birds, Hannah & Maggie, Honor Finnegan, Connor Garner, Jen Lowe, Llana Gabel, Elizabeth Lorrey, the Taproots, Jenn Rawlings & Basho Parks, Jenna Lindbo, Patrick Dodd, Underhill Rose, This Distant Shore, and more -- as well as the traditional opening and closing acts: The Limeliters, theCat's Meow, and the Highwaymen.

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 10:30am

Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts. Also in the studio is EMILEE WOOTEN, one of the new crop of “Artists in Residence” at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Tune in and learn about this program, about Emilee Wooten’s amazing large scale clay works, (pictured is a detail of "Andre") and about the Windows on the World: Collages by Judith Stoddard King. For more information about the Worcester Center for Crafts, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx . To see examples of Emilee Wooten’s work, go to: http://emileewooten.com/

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 10:30am

Inquiry welcomes back internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and author RICHARD CROSSLEY. Tonight, Richard talks about the grassroots organization called PLEDGE TO FLEDGE that aims to encourage birders from around the world to turn on friends, neighbors and anyone to the wonders of the natural world through an appreciation of birds. For more information, go to: http://www.globalbirdinginitiative.org/pledge-2-fledge/ (photograph by Sheila Carroll)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 6:00pm

Vocalist Patti Austin made her debut at age four at the Apollo Theatre. In her career she has been a prolific session musician and top performer on commercials which earned her the moniker “Queen of the Jingles.” Her duet partners include Michael Jackson, George Benson, and Luther Vandross. Austin joins Feinstein to talk about their mutual admiration for Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., and the Gershwins.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 6:00pm

New Orleans drummer Gerald French joined me onstage at the 2013 Ascona Jazz Festival to discuss his passion for the music of his hometown and his feelings about carrying on the tradition of jazz. I also talked him into a few tunes with his band.

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 7:00pm

Put the kids to bed early, dim the lights and get ready to enjoy the music of one of soul music's most romantic and sexiest singers ever. Barry's hits included "You're My first, the last, My Everything" and "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe." Join host Tom Shaker for a tribute to a soul legend. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Drummer Ali Jackson and vibraphonist Warren Wolf – each born into a musical family – absorbed jazz from their childhoods. Jackson occupies the hot seat with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and his own Yes! Trio; multi-instrumentalist Wolf studied with John Locke and became an in-demand sideman and leader. They each bring small groups to the House of Swing for a contemporary percussive double bill.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 10:30pm

There's a national callout to the men and doctors of America to sign up for World Vasectomy Day! WVD is the largest male-oriented global family planning event ever, taking place on October 18, 2013.  The goal is to have 1,000 vasectomies performed across 25 countries in 24 hours. Organizers are asking American men to join their brothers around the world to put their "man parts" on the line to help the planet and encourage vasectomy as a viable family planning option.

Tune in this Sunday evening when Al speaks with WVD founder and Oscar nominated filmmaker Jonathan Stack who made his contribution by having his own vasectomy performed before the camera while filming THE VASECTOMIST.

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 9:00pm

“Our body is a site of continual invention” writes tonight’s guest on Inquiry, HUGH ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS. His new book ANATOMIES: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE HUMAN BODY is a wonderful and surprising look at our bodies and it’s various parts, and what people through the centuries have thought about them.

What are worst, most deadly events in human history? Our guest tonight on Inquiry has written a book that describes and ranks the world’s worst wars, genocides and religious persecutions. MATTHEW WHITE is a writer, researcher and creator of the on-line Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century. His new book is titled ATROCITIES: THE 100 DEADLIEST EPISODES IN HUMAN HISTORY. Tune in and learn what horrific event ranked at number one and why chaos is always deadlier than tyranny.

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912. In three collaborations in the late 1950s, he and his friend Miles Davis — steered their projects into a new era for jazz.

Their first album was Miles Ahead. This Monterey Jazz Festival concert is "Still Ahead," with music from the pair's second and third records, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

Porgy and Bess, by George and Ira Gershwin, was the first Miles Davis STEREO LP, coming out in 1958. A reworked Porgy and Bess was running on Broadway then (and again in 2012), and Nina Simone had a hit with "I Loves You, Porgy." In Davis and Evans' hands, French horns and tuba enter the brass section; the piano is subtracted from the orchestra. Davis takes the solos — he's Porgy, Bess, Sportin' Life and all. For Evans' riff, as well as Davis' reading, the jazz critic Martin Williams included "Summertime" in the 1973 Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz.

In between Porgy and Spain, Miles Davis made the greatest-selling jazz album of all time, Kind of Blue. Sketches of Spain -- released in 1960 -- was even more colorful, beginning with the cover art. Remember the gold sky and red earth, and Davis with his trumpet sketched in a silhouette on the horizon? Classic. Castanets and tambourine, flutes, oboe, bassoon and harp expand the ensemble. Davis is the only soloist, and the music comes from southern Spain. Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez was originally composed for guitar and orchestra, and "Saeta" and "Solea" are flamenco songs, although the sketches are only approximations of flamenco rhythm.

On our JazzSet, Terence Blanchard is the trumpeter, and he plays the role with commitment and emotion. Some in the audience were in tears. Musical director Vince Mendoza conducts the orchestra, and these Los Angeles-based musicians nail the challenging scores. The Still Ahead Orchestra project producer, Festival West's Darlene Chan — also a legend — once produced a Miles Davis-Gil Evans concert in Berkeley, Calif., in 1968. The Monterey Jazz Festival's Artistic Director Tim Jackson proudly produced this live concert for the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

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