Two years ago Jamison Ross took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The 26-year-old drummer has played with both veterans Carmen Lundy and Wess Anderson, and young talents like Jon Batiste and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Ross’ roots in jazz and gospel give him unfailing feel, and thrill-inducing chops. His trio celebrates Prestige Records’ 65th anniversary, live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
When David McCullough Jr. son of Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough gave a commencement address late one the afternoon in June, 2012, to the senior class of the public high school in Wellesley, Massachusetts where he is an English teacher, his message caught fire. “You are not special. You are not exceptional,” he told the graduating class. "Think about this: even if you're one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you." Now, expanding upon his popular address, viewed by more than two million people on YouTube, McCullough has written YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL, a love letter to students and parents as well as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life. Tune in this Sunday evening May 10 at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with McCullough about that speech and how students and parents have reacted.
In the 17th Century, more than 350,000 English people crossed the Atlantic to become colonists in what would later be called America. They still considered themselves “English” and their relationship over the decades with what they considered their homeland was complex. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MALCOM GASKILL, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. His new book is titled BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: HOW THE ENGLISH BECAME AMERICANS. This history of the evolution of the colonists feelings about England is a “national history without borders, an English epic told through stories of adventure.” Tune in and hear a very different perspective on Early American history.
Otis Shepard and Dorothy Van Gorder were two gifted artists who married and teamed up to produce some of the most eye-catching and beautiful outdoors advertising in the middle decades of the 20th Century. Through their friendship with P.K. Wrigley of Wrigely’s gum, they also got to completely redesign Catalina Island and the Chicago Cubs. Their graphic art helped bring modernist design to America and helped to visually define an era. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with art director and design historian NORMAN HATHAWAY. With writer and editor Dan Nadel, he has written a stunningly beautiful book about these two unrecognized graphic artists who helped create the look of modern America: DOROTHY AND OTIS: DESIGNING THE AMERICAN DREAM.
Shlomit & RebbeSoul is the mesmerizing duo of Shlomit Levi, one of Israel’s finest vocalists, and Bruce Burger, a.k.a. RebbeSoul, recording artist from America who created what is now the modern version of Jewish Roots and World Music. Israeli-born Shlomit recently moved to the US and Californian RebbeSoul emigrated to Israel, thus truly blending cultures.
The songs are in Hebrew, English, Arabic, Yemenite, and Aramaic. The instruments played come from numerous countries including: Russia (balalaika), Middle East (riq, darbouka, finger cymbals, ney, daf and bendir), Brazil (caxixi, Pandro), and Yemen (oil can). Altogether, it creates a unique blend of World Music with a distinct Yemenite spice. These infectious grooves and memorable melodies combine to create a wholly new and exciting genre that has earned attention in Israel, the UK, and now the US.
In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in music.
Tune in as host Norm Rosen talks with Jorma about his involvement with, and personal changes of Jefferson Airplane as well as formation of Hot Tuna, his work with David Bromberg, and David Crosby. His crediting Reverend Gary Davis for " Hesitation Blues" and Blind Boy Fuller for "Keep on truckin' mama".
Norm and Jorma reminisce a little. They both coincidentally enough, grew up in the DC area partially, and went to college in Ohio. Jorma at Antioch, and Norm at Hiram. Antioch was very Bohemian, the t-shirts said "No football since 1923."
They also talk about Jorma's ethnic background ( Finnish and Jewish), how the movie Avalon, Jews of Baltimore portrayed could have been his own family.
Jorma Kaukonen will be performing at The Bull Run Restaurant on May 15.
Don Davis, a friend and frequent guest musician at DreamFarm, has played for us numerous times times as well as performed on several of Julie’s albums. Don plays, soprano/alto/tenor and bass saxophones, various flutes clarinet, percussion and even his teeth! He has performed live and recorded with scores of well-known and accomplished musicians of all sorts. It takes great skill and versatility to contribute to so many different bands so well, while weaving his very own signature sounds and ideas tastefully into the mix. His resume is a road map for a most interesting musical journey that starts right here at the farm.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist GINA SIEPEL about her latest series of drawings of John James Audubon’s actual bird specimens. Also in the studio is KATE WELLSPRING, Curator and Collections Manager at the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst College, which houses the Audubon collection that Sieple is working with. This is a unique art project that reinterprets American ornithology and history. Be sure to tune in.
HONEE H. HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS returns to Inquiry to talk about the latest exhibition “I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR” featuring work by painter DON HARTMANN and photographer LOUIE DESPRES (pictured) , who join us to talk about their work.
Minneapolis based singer talks with Judy about her influences from Lambert Hendricks and Ross to the Beatles and to Django Reinhardt, whose music inspired her latest CD, “All The Cats."
Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate the birthdate of one of soul music's most iconic figures, James brown. With songs like "I Feel Good" "Hot Pants" "Sex Machine" and many others, you'll be screaming "Take me to the Bridge, Maceo" this Monday night at 7pm!
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