Jazz & pop vocalist Johnny Mathis has been wowing listeners since the 1950s with his dynamic voice backed by lush arrangements of ballads like “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me To Say,” and his definitive version of “Misty.” This week the two-time Grammy Hall of Famer reveals what lies behind his enduring success.
Do you love chocolate? If the answer is YES, then tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes back MELISSA STEWART, author of more than 150 science books for children. Tonight she talks about her latest book: with the intriguing title NO MONKEYS, NO CHOCOLATE, written with Allen Young, the world’s leading expert on cocoa tree pollination and growth. This is a wonderful introduction to the complexities of rainforest ecology that looks at just one plant and all the plant and animal life that affect it: the cocoa tree, from which we get chocolate
We revisit my 2012 conversation with filmmaker/Director JP Lipa about his PBS Christmas specials “Heirloom Meals” and his use of jazz throughout (including my appearance singing a swinging “Winter Wonderland”) and his backstage filming of Michael Jackson during preparation for Michael’s last tour.
Ray Charles did it all….blues, country, gospel, jazz, and of course, soul! "Hit The Road, Jack" "I Got A Woman" and "Georgia" are just a few of his masterpieces. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the birthdate of Brother Ray on this edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!
Catch the Colors of Pianist Luciano Salvatore's Jazz when he speaks with Host Bonnie Johnson about his Travelers Road Music solo album, "No Words". Presenting a collection of nine classic and jazz inspired originals, Salvatore discusses teaching music and celebrating the CD release.
Saxophonist, Educator and Bandleader Mike Tucker is teaching and bringing Jazz to the World. He's also bringing his Organ Trio Plus One featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf to Berklee's Beantown Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 28th and Scullers Jazz Club on Thursday, September 26th. Catch Colors of Jazz when Host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Tucker (remotely from the road while he's in Brazil) about his travels and sharing the music.
Bassist Charnett Moffett has been playing professionally since childhood and appeared on his first recording at the age of seven. With two new Motéma Music releases out in 2013 including his first solo CD entitled The Bridge and a "cinematic free/world/jazz adventure" called Spirit of Sound, Moffett is on tour with other Motéma artists celebrating the label's 10th Anniversary. Catch Colors when the legendary Bass player speaks with Host Bonnie Johnson about growing up Moffett, accompanying players such as McCoy Tyner & Wynton Marsalis and leading the next generation of the Moffett Family Band.
In concert from 2005 at the Kennedy Center, Marian tells stories, plays an Ellington medley and music by an unlikely assortment of composers from Jerome Kern to Ornette Coleman, takes a request, and conducts a great show as always, closing with a personal interpretation of "When the Saints Go Marching In." As Washington Post critic Mike Joyce says, she was "reminiscing in tempo." With her trio.
JazzSet host Dee Dee Bridgewater tells us about Marian as a “proper English girl,” young New York pianist, busy octogenarian performing artist, and Marian at home.
This edition of Folk Revival features modern inheritors of the Folk Tradition. Four hours of music from dozens of new CDs that have recently come into the station -- the Halifax Three. The Cumberland Trio, Ron Carlson, Jed Marum, Jan Luby, Rosanne Cash, Jackson Browne, Woody Guthrie, and tracks from albums new into the station: Gail Finnie, Mark Stepakoff, Larry Penn, Lauren Sheehan, Dubi Handi, the Yves Lambert Trio, Brother Sun, the Rafters, Tret Fure, Brooks Williams, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Newpoli, The Stray Birds, Hannah & Maggie, Honor Finnegan, Connor Garner, Jen Lowe, Llana Gabel, Elizabeth Lorrey, the Taproots, Jenn Rawlings & Basho Parks, Jenna Lindbo, Patrick Dodd, Underhill Rose, This Distant Shore, and more -- as well as the traditional opening and closing acts: The Limeliters, theCat's Meow, and the Highwaymen.
Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts. Also in the studio is EMILEE WOOTEN, one of the new crop of “Artists in Residence” at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Tune in and learn about this program, about Emilee Wooten’s amazing large scale clay works, (pictured is a detail of "Andre") and about the Windows on the World: Collages by Judith Stoddard King. For more information about the Worcester Center for Crafts, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx . To see examples of Emilee Wooten’s work, go to: http://emileewooten.com/
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