Saxophonist Frank Morgan led a life compellingenough for the big screen. A protégé of CharlieParker, Morgan's budding career as a jazz musician took a dark turn that led to drugs, prison, and, ultimately, redemption through music. In this memorial broadcast of his 2004 Piano Jazz appearance, Morgan talks about the ups and downs of his life and performs "Sophisticated Lady" and "Billie's Bounce."
Join us this week as host Judy Carmichael chats with Emmy Award-winning conductor, pianist, composer, and arranger Lee Musiker. He has gained a wealth of experience through his work with leading jazz, classical, pop, and Broadway performers. He has conducted almost 50 symphony orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, in the U.S. and Canada, as a guest conductor and as music director for premier artists including Tony Bennett, Maureen McGovern, and Jerry Lewis.
Horror films have been made since the beginning of cinema. Thomas Edison made one of the earliest film treatments of the Frankenstein novel. And since those early days, horror films have had a long, complex multinational history . Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is Dr. WHEELER WINSTON DIXON the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies and professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His latest book on film history is one of the most complete and far ranging histories of this genre: A HISTORY OF HORROR. Tonight we discuss the beginnings of the horror film and concentrate on the fascinating story of the British film company Hammer Films, which in the 1960s reinvigorated the cinema of horror with classic films like The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula, Prince of Darkness and made international stars of Peter Cushing and Christopher Leee. If you are passionate about horror films, don’t miss tonight’s show!
Wind down your holiday weekend with a funky party on this week’s edition of The Soul Serenade. Join host Tom Shaker as celebrates Independence Day with music by James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Tower of Power and many more. The fireworks start at 7pm!
There's cut in their strut, and pride in their stride! Virtuoso Marcus Roberts and newcomers Jonathan Batiste and Aaron Diehl have a cutting contest on the keys. Jazz's piano masters are still hard to beat. Our trio honors the giants of the stride piano -- Fats Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith. Wendell Pierce hosts.
This week Al speaks with bestselling author John Farrell. His new book "Clarence Darrow" attorney for the damned, has been heralded as a biographical masterpiece. This definitive biography traces the brilliant, idiosyncratic lawyer who gave voice to the populist masses at the turn of the century and forever altered American law. So tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a piece of history.
Birds are great barometers of an areas environmental degradation. When bird populations are healthy and species diversity is high, you know you have found a place with a variety of protected natural habitats. There are 10,000 species of birds in the world today. Alarmingly one in eight of those species (c. 1240 species) are now threatened and a number of them are near extinction. How have we come to this point? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer, editor and natural historian MARTIN WALTERS. He has consulted with BirdLife International to create a beautiful and serious book on the rare birds of the world, where they are and how they came to be so rare: BIRD WATCH: A SURVEY OF PLANET EARTH’S CHANGING ECOSYSTEMS.
RICHARD CROSSLEY is an internationally acclaimed birder and photographer. His new, monumental book THE CROSSLEY ID GUIDE is not a field guide, but something quite revolutionary: a book to use as a study guide at home to educate a person on how to look at birds as they appear in the field. Going against the grain of what many people think an identification guide should be, the focus in this book is not field marks, but teaching a person how to look at birds both near and far, at rest and in flight. It looks like no other natural history guide
you have ever seen. Tune in and listen to Crossley describe his mission to make everyone better birders and how he goes about it.
Sax man JC makes all the stops between ferocious and tender, and no ending is ever final. He works every bit of pleasure from a closing phrase, here at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Join host Ed Gardella as he celebrates our nation's Independence Day with songs that honor great cities and states across America -- New York, New York, I left my heart in San Francisco, Moonlight in Vermont are only a few of the songs that Ed will play to kick off the July 4th weekend!
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