Trumpeter Randy Brecker has been a tireless explorer of all kinds of musical genres — from funk to Brazilian to mainstream jazz. Brecker brought along his group to this Piano Jazz, where he joins guest host Bill Charlap and performs some of his own tunes including "There's a Mingus A Monk Us, "Skunk Funk and "Moontide." Charlap joins the group for "All the Things You Are."
The relationship between art and architecture is a complex and at times an uneasy one. In the twentieth century a number of artists works have focused on commenting about our relationship to the physical structures in which we work and live. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back DINA DEITSCH, curator at the DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM. Tonight she talks about a current large and ambitious show at the museum titled TEMPORARY STRUCTURES, that involves built environments, performance art and video work that all comments of buildings, houses and museums. For more information , go to: http://www.decordova.org
Birds are important indicators of the health of an environment. Mass Audubon has just published an important summary of what is known about the health of bird populations in Massachusetts, what species are increasing, what species are declining and what habitats are endangered. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome JOAN WALSH, Director of Bird Monitoring at Mass Audubon and one of the authors of STATE OF THE BIRDS 2011: DOCUMENTATING CHANGES IN MASSACHUSETTS BIRD LIFE. If you love natural history, are concerned about the future of open space in the state and especially if you enjoy birds, be sure to tune in. To obtain a PDF copy of this beautiful and important report, go to:
Max Morath was born on October 1, 1926 in Colorodo Springs, Colorado. Though himself born after ragtime's decline, Max learned to play it from his mother who had been a professional ragtime pianist. He was a radio and TV-actor, writer, announcer and general entertainer before he devoted his career to ragtime. It was while playing the period music for off-fashioned melodramas in the West that he became fascinated by it, and soon began playing it in cabarets, as well as re searching every facet that he could find.
A producer for National Educational Television caught Max Morath, proposed that he turn his knowledge of the time into a series. "The Ragtime Era" show (1960) dealt with the development of the music of the period, and critics across the USA gave wholehearted approval. The success of "The Ragtime Era" led to another NET series, "Turn of the Century", in which Morath turned toward the social history of the time, as reflected through its music. His first live appearance in New York at the famed Blue Angel was followed a year later by a stint at the historic Village Vanguard. In 1969 he set up the "Max Morath at the turn of the Century" show at the Jan Hus Playhouse in New York City. Again, the critics were impressed with his seemingly offhand, colloquial approach to history. The success led to a tour in theatres and colleges across the USA.
On Tuesday's edition of Jazz New England we meet drummer, composer and bandleader Tim Horner. This Berklee grad hit the road with The Tommy Dorsey big band in 1978 and has been well established in New York since the early 80's. He's worked with just about every major figure in the world of jazz and has toured the globe as a "jazz ambassador" for the State Department. Tim's composing skill are on display in his latest recording "The Places We Feel Free." We'll heard from this new release when Tim Horner joins us Tuesday at 2 pm.
Amazingly, there are a small set of numbers, values and constants that define the way our entire universe works and has evolved. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with a man who has written a wonderful book about these very important numbers: Professor of mathematics at California State University JAMES D. STEIN. His entertaining history of science and mathematics is COSMIC NUMBERS: THE NUMBERS THAT DEFINE OUR UNIVERSE. Tonight we talk about the value of Absolute Zero, the coldest anything in the universe can get, and what weird things happen to matter as it is brought to this ultimate “big chill”. We finish our conversation by discussing the Omega value, a number that may well determine the fate of the entire universe.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a fascinating talk with writer BERND BRUNNER about the history and evolution of the aquarium. What started out as an attempt to bring a small bit of the wild and unknown ocean into the home eventually become a worldwide hobby and public entertainment. But are fish really meant to be “kept in a box?” Tune in to find out. Brunner’s beautiful and unique social natural history is titled THE OCEAN AT HOME: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE AQUARIUM.
Born Umpeylia Marsema Balinton, Sugar Pie DeSanto toured with both The Johnny Otis Revue and James Brown. She was known for her back flips on stage while performing with JB. She recorded for Chess records, yet most of her music was never released. Learn more about this “Lost Soul” with host Tom Shaker, starting at 7pm!!
In the middle of the 20th century, the sound and soul of hard bop were captured in recordings by Milt Jackson, Dexter Gordon, Lou Donaldson, and Horace Silver on the Blue Note label: In the House of Swing, Singer Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Joe Lovano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to honor the past and glimpse of the future of that label on its seventieth anniversary. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Mark your calendar, "Food Day" is coming on October 24. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. "Food Day" events will be sponsored around the country including Worcester. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al speaks with Liz Sheehan Castro the director of "Food Day Worcester". This is one show that will certainly boost your appetite.
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