Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with jazz journalist and writer PAUL DE BARROS about his new thorough and thoroughly enjoyable biography SHALL WE PLAY THAT ONE TOGETHER? THE LIFE AND ART OF JAZZ PIANO LEGEND MARIAN McPARTLAND. Tune in and learn about Marion’s early years in England, how she met Jimmy, her hot and heavy affair with her drummer Joe Morello and how Piano Jazz began
Academy Award nominated animation director (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin) talks about his life-long interest in jazz and the close connection between animation and music.
Did you ever wonder what Mrs. Jones had to say?? Barbara Mason will tell you! Join host Tom Shaker as he plays "answer" songs to popular soul songs. Artists like Carla Thomas, The Chantels, Sugar Pie DeSanto and others all sang "the other side" of the song. This Monday at 7pm!
This November marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of America's most beloved presidents. Fifty years later, America's fascination with JFK has not diminished, while many questions still remain. Noted historian and New York Times best-selling author James Swanson has provocative answers to the questions a nation is asking 50 years later. These include: Why doesn't the public have access to the evidence, as they do with Lincoln? Why did Jackie save the dress? What are the controversies that surround Lee Harvey Oswald? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author James Swanson as he talks about his new book, End of Days".
Inquiry welcomes Verlyn Klinkenborg, writer, teacher, editor and farmer. His new book More Scenes From The Rural Life collect years of his columns and pieces for the New York Times and other publications about working and living on a small farm in upstate New York. Tune in for some wonderful conversation about rural life and time, farm animals and the crisis facing small farms in America.
North American warblers are among the most beautiful of our migrant breeders, but identifying them can be a real challenge. Though often colorful, they are also small, very active and often stay high up in foliage or hiding in dense cover. Writer, photographer, musician and bird tour guide Tom Stephenson, along with Scott Whittle, have written and created a new, state of the art guide to this group of birds titled The Warbler Guide. Tune in tonight and find out what it takes to produce a groundbreaking natural history book in the age of digital media.
JazzSet is at the 18th edition of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Dee Dee Bridgewater is the MC.
Our first guest tonight hails from Houston,TX, and currently based in New York City. She’s been making waves as an expressive performer and composer with five CDs to her credit. Helen went to college in Austin, Texas, where hearing a Tommy Flanagan solo drew her from classical piano to jazz. To this day she recommends that young people study classical music, even if jazz is their goal.
She started out in musical life thinking she wanted to be a concert pianist, “and I am so grateful this music made room for me,” says Helen from the stage after playing a song she wrote for Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, brewed at North Coast in California. Helen is a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute graduate program, and former winner of a Mary Lou Williams Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center.
A few years ago, Sung performed with the Mingus Big Band for thousands of people in Taiwan, where her parents grew up. It was a huge night for her. Helen Sung’s NuGenerations project was named a Rhythm Road Jazz Ambassador, touring Africa for the U.S. State Department.
Talent, dedication, a skill at adapting classical dances to jazz formats, great solos, her ability to listen and lock in with her rhythm sections and to lead her band with her smiles – these are some of Helen’s musical and personal qualities that make her one to watch and listen to.
Anthem for a New Day comes out in January 2014 on the Concord label.
Her previous albums are on the Sunnyside label.
Trumpeter Brandon Lee also comes from “H-Town” (see last song title). Saxophonist Seamus Blake grew up in Vancouver and won the 2002 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. Ben Wolfe on bass comes from Baltimore and Portland, Oregon, and Donald Edwards on drums is from Louisiana and New Orleans.
Host Nick Noble will play songs from newly rediscovered CDs that have been sitting on a shelf in the corner of the station for a few years; also some tracks from newly acquired recordings.
Singer, songwriter, and actor Eric Benét charges his old school soul songwriting with healthy doses of modern funk and hip-hop. His winning formula has been recognized with multiple Grammy and Image Award nominations. Benét joins Feinstein for a set of original tunes and classics by Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, and David Foster.
Tonight we talk with the one and only MIKE O’CONNER, the owner of Bird Watcher’s general Store and author of a great newspaper column on birds. A second collection of these funny and informative pieces has been publish as WHY DO BLUEBIRDS HATE ME? MORE ANSWERS TO COMMON AND NOT SO COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT BIRDS AND BIRDING. Tune in tonight and learn about why there are no birds at your feeder, the James Bond of birds and all about That Quail Robert. (photography by Sheila Carroll)
Tonight we talk about the 2013 DECORDOVA BIENNIAL, an always interesting showcase of contemporary artists of New England. Our guests are LEXI LEE SULLIVAN curator of this year’s biennial and one of the artists featured in the exhibition LYNNE HARLOW. To see examples of Lynne Harlow’s work, go to:
To see the entire schedule of events about the deCordova Biennial as well as general information about the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, go to:
NB: pictured is a performance of Lynne Harlow's work "Tangerine"
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