As the keyboardist for the trio Medeski, Martin, & Wood, John Medeski has brought jazz & fusion to rock audiences for more than two decades. He recently began playing solo piano performances in venues world-wide. This week Medeski joins host Jon Weber to perform new pieces from his solo piano album as well as a surprising duet or two.
The story of Paul Du Chaillu’s life was as astounding as it was complex. As a young man he led a pioneering expedition into the interior of Gabon, Africa and brought back specimens of the little known legendary gorilla. He then became the toast of Victorian Britain just when Darwin’s ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES was published and walked right into the hard fought battles over the differences between a man and an ape. Then,suddenly, he became a discredited figure hated by the academics and public who had supported him. This amazing story is captured in all its detail and complexity in a new book titled BETWEEN MAN AND APE: AN UNLIKELY EXPLORER, THE EVOLUTION DEBATES AND THE AFRICAN ADVENTURE THAT TOOK THE VICTORIAN WORLD BY STORM. Author MONTE REEL has woven together all the various threads to give us a fascinating story of celebrity, evolution, academic rivalries, empire, religion and race.
Author, educator and classical and jazz pianist Stuart Isacoff explains how the openness and improvisation of jazz has affected his writing and other creative endeavors.
"The trombone comes the closest to the human voice with its bent pitches, scoops, and smears, and that very human quality is evident in everything that [James Weldon] Johnson wrote," says Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Chris Crenshaw. Crenshaw draws on his gospel roots to connect secular music to poetry in this sprawling suite based on the James Weldon Johnson poem.
If dedication and hard work iare the recipe for success then Michael Trujillo is living proof. As president and winemaker of Sequoia Grove winery in California Michael he has consistently produced award winning wines. While here visiting on the East coast he stops by to speak with Al about his work and his life. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a truly interesting look at the life of a world class winemaker.
Writer, artist and modern day Izaak Walton, JAMES PROSEK returns to Inquiry to talk about TROUT OF THE WORLD: the new, revised and updated book that showcases the beauty and endless variety of the planets trout species. This book features an outstanding collection of watercolors done by James of the trout coupled with written descriptions, stories and fascinating discussions. Tune in and learn about the amazing diversity of native trout and why fish taxonomy seems to be such a mess. If you have ever marveled at the beauty of a trout you caught in some remote wild stream, be sure to tune in.
There are 389 species of birds that are considered “Endangered” by BirdLife International. An additional 197 species are considered to be “Critically Endangered” meaning that if something is not done quickly, these species will soon become extinct. An additional 4 species are effectively extinct in the wild, but hang on in small captive populations. Why are so many species of birds in trouble and what can be done about it? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ERIK HIRSCHFELD, a freelance writer, guide and consultant in ornithology. Together with Andy Swash and Robert Sill, they have written THE WORLD’S RAREST BIRDS, a state of the art volume that describes and illustrates all of those endangered bird species and explains why those species got to be so rare. It is one of the finest books on the challenges facing the natural world today and what it will take to save these endangered species for future generations.
There’s contrast between the intimate vocal sound of Ms. Parlato and the smokin’ hot all-star Cookers playing music by band members Billy Harper and Cecil McBee, at a long-running outdoor festival just north of New York City.
The 20th Anniversary Caramoor Jazz Festival takes place July 25-27, 2013.
Disaster Songs, Songs of Challenge & Tragedy, and more....Such songs are an old folk tradition, and host Nick Noble will play four hours of classic tracks from the Limeliters, Woody Guthrie, Barbara Dane, Schooner Fare, the Highwaymen, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Gordon Lightfoot, Phil Ochs, and MANY MORE!
Award-winning vocalist Karen Oberlin is one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook. She's also a theater veteran whose credits include the first stage production of Rent as well as more than one hundred Off- Broadway performances of the hit show Our Sinatra. On this week's Piano Jazz, Oberlin presents an intimate set of timeless music.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist, writer, musician LUCY KNISLEY about her wonderful new graphic novel RELISH: MY LIFE IN THE KITCHEN. Knisley in a foodie household and new book is a collection of personal “taste memories” , remembrances of times in her life through the food she ate at the time. It is by turns funny, touching and always interesting. RELISH is also a unique illustrated collection of recipes. To see some of Lucy Knisley’s work, go to: http://www.lucyknisley.com/
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