Fifty years ago, in early September, a surprising hit, "Michael" by the Highwaymen (recorded more than a year before), became the #1 song in the world. It would go on to become the most successful traditional folk recording ever! For four hours we will celebrate the legacy of The Highwaymen, over thirteen-plus albums (eight in the 60s, plus additional CDs after the group reunited in the 90s). "Michael", "Cotton Fields", "The Gypsy Rover", "Santianno", and countless others from the group's repertoire, and featuring interviews with the group's three surviving members: Bob Burnett, Steve Butts, and Steve Trott.
Join us at 6pm on Thursday night as we celebrate Jimmy Noone (1895-1944), a renowned and influential jazz clarinetist. Remember to listen in to Jazz Rhythm the following week (on September 15th) for part 2!
Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome HONEE HESS, Director of Education at the Worcester Art Museum and KATRINA STACEY, Assistant Curator of Education at the Worcester Art Museum. They introduce an upcoming exciting exhibition at the museum titled IN SEARCH OF JULIEN HUDSON: A FREE ARTIST OF COLOR IN PRE-CIVIL WAR NEW ORLEANS. This complex exhibition, which involved “detection, speculation and invention” attempts to piece together the details of the life of this important American artist. This is Part One of a series about this show.
Warren Vache is a remarkable horn player, with astounding chops and a warm tone whether he's playing trumpet, flugelhorn, or cornet. He has developed his own unique and thoroughly modern style, but Vache's sense of jazz heritage is strong. He's known as a master performer of traditional jazz. Drummer Glenn Davis and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi join McPartland and Vache on "Basin Street Blues" and "Louisiana".
On Wednesday's edition of Jazz New England we'll talk Russian Jazz. Russian-born and Leominister-based pianist Eugene Maslov visits. We'll catch up with this 'old friend' and and also hear from Larry Applebaum, Senior Music Reference Librarian and jazz specialist in the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Larry visited Russian this year to help the country establish a Jazz Archive. All things "Russian Jazz" Wednesday on Jazz New England at 2 pm.
On the Tuesday after Labor Day, the Bluegrass Junction will pay tribute in song to the working men and women who make America strong. We will have songs about truck drivers, farmers, mill workers and others. Of course there will be plenty of songs about coal miners. There are so many Bluegrass songs about the plight of this exploited lot including recent collections and Kathy Matea’s wonderful themed album, “Coal”. They symbolize all workers in our struggle to provide for ourselves and our families.
So, on September 6th at 7:00 pm, workers unite and lift your voices along with the bluegrass musicians who will spotlight labor and the day set aside to honor us. Tune in to the Bluegrass Junction and lose those “Working Man’s Blues”.
Join us as we explore the muisc of Cellist Jay Shulman, who celebrates the music of his father composer/cellist Allan Shulman and his jazz/classical recordings of the 30's and 40's.
Guitarist Gerry Beaudoin returns to Jazz New England this Tuesday. In his long career he's recording with the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and was a founding member of the all-star guitar trio that included Duke Robillard and J. Geils. Join us Tuesday at 2 pm when Gerry gets us up to date on his activities.
Joan Jett was and continues to be one of the hardest playing and hardest working musicians in rock. The fact that she was a pioneer for women to be considered serious players in the rock world is only one of her many accomplishments. Today, in her 50s, she continues to play and write and music that is quintessential rock and roll. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with prolific author DAVE THOMPSON about his new biography: BAD REPUTATION: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF JOAN JETT. Tune in and learn about Jett’s early days in the Runaways and how the Black Hearts eventually came to be.
Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Labor Day with great soul & funk songs about work. From the hardest working man in show business, James Brown, to “Working on a Chain Gang” with Sam Cooke, end your holiday weekend with some classic soul. It all starts at 7pm this Monday!
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