In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists yet to come. His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Charlie Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. Bird lives as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Wendell Pierce hosts.
In the world of wine the name Paul Hobbs is highly regarded. Not only as a top notch winemaker but as a world renown wine consultant. His ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative work has made him one of the most highly sought after winemakers on the planet. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trend setter to prospector to truffle-hunting dog. Join Al this Sunday evening when he travels to California to speak with wine guru Paul Hobbs.
Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back JEFFREY BENNETT. He served as the first director of the Program in Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Sills at the University of Colorado. He holds a PhD in astrophysics and is the author of several books. His latest children’s book is titled THE WIZARD WHO SAVED THE WORLD is a wonderful science-based book that encourages young readers to get involved in mathematics, science and to help solve the world’s large scale problems. MATH FOR LIFE: CRUCIAL IDEAS YOU DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL is a book for adult math phobics and math loathers. It is Bennett’s contention that we are simply not taught the math we actually need to know to get by as adults: how to figure taxes, understanding statistics we read about in newspapers, how to plan a budget and how to understand the national debt. All these topics involve mathematics, and we need to understand them in adult everyday life, but typically all we are taught in school is about quadratic equations and trigonometry. Tune in tonight and learn about what math we need not the math we are taught.
It is scientifically well established that a mother’s own breast milk is superior to formula for a baby’s health. It’s full of proteins, antibodies and even anti-cancer chemicals not found in any substitute. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding children from 6 months to a year. But many women find this impractical or medically impossible. There are well established “milk banks” where a mother can purchase donated milk, but it is very costly to feed a baby this way. The demand has far outstripped the supply. Recently there has sprung up an ever-growing on-line unregulated market for human breast milk as women are selling and buying it from total strangers as a way to both save and make money. And therein lies all sorts of potential serious medical problems. Tonight’s returning guest is science writer and journalist JUDY DUTTON who has written a recent piece for Wired Magazine about this subject LIQUID GOLD: THE BOOMING MARKET FOR HUMAN BREAST MILK. Tune in and find out why women are participating in this potentially risky enterprise.
Catch Colors of Jazz when host Bonnie Johnson speaks with pianist-composer and NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal. Mr. Jamal's career as
an American Classical performer has spanned more than seventy years and he continues to tour. World renowned for his leadership in jazz and revered for his interpretation of the tune "Ponciana" and so many other recordings, Jamal will talk about his musical journey and recent release Blue Moon: The New York Session. Tune in at 4pm to hear his story first-hand.
Miles Davis and Gil Evans, trumpet and orchestrator, collaborated unforgettably on the albums Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain. For this occasion, Miles Evans (the son of Gil) provides the original charts for both. Terence Blanchard is the trumpet soloist, with the Vince Mendoza Orchestra from Los Angeles.
"...[T]he entire performance [of Sketches of Spain] was impeccable," blogged Richard Scheinen of the San Jose Mercury News immediately after the show. "You could hear, with clarity, the astonishing detail of Evans's writing."
Actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson is equally at home on Broadway and in front of the camera. He made his Broadway debut as the understudy for both male leads in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and his cabaret debut, a one man show titled Back to the Start, was a sold-out hit. Jackson has appeared on NBC’s 30 Rock and Fox’s Glee and has recorded an album of duets with Feinstein, The Power of Two. The pair are reunited here on Song Travels to discuss Jackson’s journey from Idaho to the national stage and to perform a few musical highlights from along the way.
Jazz pianist Monte Alexander talks about how growing up in Jamaica influenced his music as well as his love of American Westerns and country music.
The 1940s ushered in the Golden Age of antibiotics. Dr Selman Waksman of Rutgers University did pioneering work in the field and eventually discovered streptomycin, which earned him hundreds of thousands of dollars in patent payoffs, countless accolades over decades and eventually the Nobel Prize. Only he did not really discover streptomycin alone and therein lies one of the most fascinating and tragic stories of ego, money and hard science of the 20th Century. Join us tonight when we talk with PETER PRINGLE, writer and foreign correspondent, about his new book EXPERIMENT ELEVEN: DARK SECRETS BEHIND THE DISCOVERY OF A WONDER DRUG.
Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, Wonder cut his first album 'Little Stevie Wonder the 12 Year Old Genius', for Motown in 1963. The rest, as they say, is history. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Little Stevie's" 62nd birthday this Monday. It all starts at 7pm!
Duke Ellington described him as "my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head." Composer Billy Strayhorn penned some of Duke's most enduring songs, but he himself remained in relative obscurity. Vocalist Jose James and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra interpret Strayhorn classics including "Lush Life," "Take the 'A' Train" and "Something to Live For." Wendell Pierce hosts.
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