Some old favorites to soothe the post-holiday jangles, a few new tracks from CDs only recently arrived at the station, and more music from the immortal Phil Ochs.
Joe Mazzarella, Pianist and Associate Director of Monument Square Community Music School, appears on today's show with host Chet Williamson.
Pianist Bill Charlap discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.
On this edition of Soul Serenade, Tom Lucci sits in for Tom Shaker. We'll feature great holiday music you have not heard in the mall. The 9:00 Soul Spotlight features birthday girl, Betty Wright, a funky hit maker from the 70's who is still going strong.
New York Times writer Stephen Holden calls her "both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova." Vocalist Leny Andrade embodies the spirit of jazz with the soul of her native Brazil. Andrade is inspired and accompanied by reedman and friend Paquito D'Rivera through bossa nova, sambas and choros including Manha de Carnival, Batida Diferente and Ceu e Mar. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Richard Ardizzone, Trombonist and Associate Director of Joy of Music Program, appears on today's show with host Chet Williamson.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester, and singer Ayla Brown, who will perform during First Night Worcester 2014. They talk about keeping a community celebration alive in tough times.
As the Telegram & Gazette reported on November 25, “First Night Worcester is saying ‘help’ as it seeks to raise $25,000 to fund its annual New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31 — a Worcester tradition since 1982. “’We are committed to going forward [with the event],’ said First Night Worcester executive director Howard McGinn. “However, the non-profit organization has issued an ‘urgent appeal’ to supporters and friends. “In the appeal, Mr. McGinn said that First Night Worcester has experienced a 50-percent decrease in funding in the last three years. “He noted that many First Nights across the country have been in similar circumstances and were forced to close.”
In response, The Hanover Insurance Group, based in Worcester, offered to match all contributions to First Night Worcester up to $15,000. As of December 12, the date of the interview taping, another Worcester company, whose name has yet to be disclosed, had donated $5,000.
First Night Worcester is a volunteer-driven organization that is funded 100 percent by button sales and the generosity of the Greater Worcester community: businesses, foundations and individuals who provide financial and in-kind support.
Gloria Swanson had a singular film career. She starred with Rudolf Valentino during the Silent Era and with William Holden in Sunset Boulevard in what has been called the most celebrated film comeback in history. During the Silent Film era her fans worshiped her. But her career took a crushing downturn in the 1930s. But she never stopped working and Gloria appeared in numerous films, on stage and television. Always acting as the penultimate star on and off screen. Tune in tonight when we speak with writer Stephen Michael Shearer about his monumental new biography Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. If you love film and Hollywood history, don’t miss tonight’s show.
Tonight Inquiry welcomes Scott Yanow. Scott has been writing about jazz since 1975. He has written pieces for all the major jazz publications, has penned 750 sets of liner notes and reviewed more jazz CDs than anyone in history. So you can imagine what his new book The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide is like. Tune in and find out.
Four hours of holiday songs spun from WICN’s wide-ranging CD collection by host Nick Noble. Also telling tribute to the late great Phil Ochs on his 73rd birthday, in anticipation of next week’s show.
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