In 1947, "Folk Song USA" was published -- a compilation of 111 American ballads collected by noted musicologists John and Alan Lomax and edited by Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger (with guitar/banjo chords by Pete Seeger). Unlike earlier, words-only collections, this book was meant to be sung! It also detailed the history of each song by sub-genre, offering valuable insights on pre-WWII American rural life. Host Nick Noble has brought together covers of many of the songs that appear in this book, recorded by dozens of talented folk artists past and present. Explore America's folk music past for four melodious hours on THE FOLK REVIVAL: and maybe even sing along!
New York Times music and film critic Stephen Holden covered the 1970s singer/songwriter explosion before he went on to write up everything from film to cabaret. Music has been with him every step of the way. On this week’s program Holden illustrates his life’s journey through musical milestones from Bob Dylan to Sinatra to Sting.
Bassist Pat O’Leary has helped some of the best musicians in jazz swing like mad: Diana Krall, Bob Dorough, Lionel Hampton, Mel Lewis and others. O’Leary is also a composer and passionate teacher and talks with Judy about a fascinating project in Serbia where he combined his talents, working with students and professionals to present his arrangements of Serbian folk songs as reborn jazz orchestrations.
Forget about the presidents! Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the birthdays of Smokey Robinson, Irma Thomas, Rick James, Barbara Lewis and more. It's this Monday, starting at 7pm!
Wynton Marsalis debuted his quintet nearly three decades ago. Though he has played as a soloist, with orchestras and ensembles in every configuration, Marsalis’ quintets have offered some of the most felicitous settings for his trumpet and imagination. The second Marsalis Quintet, featuring pianist Dan Nimmer, bassist Carlos Henriquez, sax man Walter Blanding and drummer Ali Jackson –joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to revisit Marsalis enduring compositions.
Being a vegan has a number of health and diet benefits involved with the lifestyle. Vegans don't partake in the consumption and use of animal products, but there is far more to being a vegan than just the food choices. Tune in Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by Vegan expert and author, Cathy Unruh. She talks about about the vegan lifestyle and it's many benefits.
Jazz was born in New Orleans but rapidly traveled to Chicago, New York City and eventually to Los Angeles, changing its form and style along the way. The history of early jazz is a complex story of culture, race, and the changing technologies that allowed jazz to be heard by larger and larger audiences. Tune in tonight when we speak with COURT CARNEY, Assistant Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin University, about wonderful new musical history CUTTIN’ UP: HOW EARLY JAZZ GOT AMERICA’S EAR.
Nothing up our sleeve!
Tonight on Inquiry we speak with science journalist and author ALEX STONE. Alex also happens to be a practitioner of “close-up magic”, the kind of intimate sleight of hand that can be viewed only by a small audience. Alex’s new book FOOLING HOUDINI: MAGICIANS, MENTALISTS, MATH GEEKS AND THE HIDDEN POWERS OF THE MIND is a wild and wonderful personal history of his life in the world of the unique people who perform stage magic. Tune in and learn about the Magic Olympics, the so-called Extreme Hand Sports and some of the living legends of magic and card cheating. Presto! Chango!
Four hours of love songs and love ballads in the folk tradition: happy and sad, old and new, from a host of talented musicians.
Grammy-winning R&B /soul singer Aaron Neville has been a radio mainstay for over five decades. And he has been ambassador to the world for New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. On this week’s episode, Neville’s silky smooth voice is sure to get everyone in the Valentine’s Day spirit, as he performs a set of Doo-Wop greats including “This Magic Moment” and “Under The Boardwalk.”
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with SHARON PRESTON-FOLTA, author, marketing media planner, chef and Louis Armstrong’s daughter. Sharon is his only child. But she had to keep this secret because public knowledge of her mother’s twenty year-long affair with the famous jazz musician could have ruined his career. So Sharon grew up leading a double life: rejoicing in her fathers presence and even touring with him and his band yet having to keep her father’s identity secret from friends and school mates. Sharon Preston-Folta’s memoir of her life as Armstrong’s daughter, written with Denene Millner, is titled LITTLE SATCHMO: LIVING IN THE SHADOW OF MY FATHER, LOUIS DANIEL ARMSTRONG
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