The audience is so happy, they swarm the stage on New Year's Eve 2011. Wynton and his men (about a dozen) put early New Orleans jazz -- Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong -- front and center with a few brief and beautiful stories about the birth of jazz.
Inquiry welcomes back award-winning author and illustrator GRACE LIN. Her two new books are WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEETS THE MOON and STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY. These are complex wonderful imaginative novels profusely illustrated by full color plates and intricate drawings that echo Chinese paper cut art. Both books are inspired by traditional Chinese stories and culture, yet are also unique expressions of Lin’s imagination. Tune in and learn about how Grace Lin’s recent trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China inspired parts of her books and Grace even tells the listener how to eat with five-foot long chop sticks.
Have you ever wanted one good field guide to the birds, animals, flowers and plants of our area? One compact resource with state of the art illustrations that you could bring on hikes or keep in the car? Well, it’s here. The new KAUFMAN FIELD GUIDE TO NATURE OF NEW ENGLAND covers all that and much more including the constellations to the night sky, a basic guide to the shells and other invertebrates found along our coastline, and even the geology of New England. Tonight’s guests are the two authors of this wonderful guide: KIMBERLY KAUFMAN, Executive Director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio and contributing Editor to Birds and Blooms magazine. She is joined by KENN KAUFMAN, nationally known natural historian, author, and originator of the Kaufman Field Guide Series.
We revisit Judy’s conversation with the great-great grandson of the founder of Steinway and Sons Pianos, the late Henry Steinway, who discusses his long life in music, making the greatest piano in existence, and his unique perspective on what it takes to be the best.
Get in the holiday spirit with James Brown, Donny Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, The O'Jays and many others. Join host Tom Shaker for great holiday classics with a funky soul twist! It all starts at 7pm!
In the world of wine, the Mondavi name is highly respected. For generations members of the Mondavi family have cultivated and advanced the notion of making high quality wine from the mother natures bounty. This week Al is joined by Peter Mondavi of Charles Krug winery in Napa California. His passion and dedication toward his craft is easily felt. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 as Mondavi talks candidly about the love he has for his family and his passion for wine.
Worcester Regional Flight Academy, established in May 2010, is a family-owned and -operated Part 61 flight school located at the Worcester Regional Airport. The Allen family, which owns and operates the school, is strongly committed to bringing general aviation and Worcester’s airport into a more positive light by making a presence within the city and the surrounding communities.
To achieve this, the Academy supports and works closely with local businesses, news media and community organizations, colleges and universities, and technical/vocational high schools, to create a web of mutually beneficial partnerships. The Allen family is particularly interested in helping young adults to discover and explore various aviation careers through the Flight Academy’s Youth Programs, and to assist them in cultivating their interests and realizing their potential by making aviation as affordable as possible.
In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews George Charles Allen, founding director, vice president and chief financial officer of Worcester Regional Flight Academy. He has been living and breathing aviation since he was a toddler, experiencing his first flight in a Cessna 150 at Robertson Airport in Connecticut, at the age of three. He began logging lessons when he was six. He’s also a teacher, published author, classical pianist and independent scholar.
Our returning guest tonight is journalist, author, and contributing editor at Orion Magazine Ginger Strand. Her latest book is "Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate." The Federal Aid Highway act of 1950s was one of the planets largest public works projects costing billions of dollars. This project was driven by a desire to counter recession, connect the cities of America, and fueled the dream of endless mobility and growth. But before long, as more and more of America was paved over, the public’s attitudes towards the highway system changed. Some stretches of highways became ugly places of grim isolation. To make matters worse, as this highway system grew, a number of horrific serial murders occurred along the endless miles of lonely roads. Was there a connection? Tune in tonight and find out.
Have you wondered why there seems to have been such a dramatic rise in disorders like asthma, food allergies, and Multiple Sclerosis in the last decades? Some researchers believe it is because our autoimmune system has run out of control. Some of the reasons for this are startling and counter-intuitive. Is there a connection between our living in more sterile environments and the rise of these disorders? Tune in tonight for a truly thought provoking talk with science journalist Moises Velasquez-Manoff. His new book is titled "An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases."
Jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon inspires and encourages creativity. A native New Englander, Ms. Freelon was born in Boston, raised in Cambridge, and has "chased [her] dreams" into a life-long journey that has manifested a stellar career in music. The composer, producer and arranger brings her voice to numerous recordings, television, films and live performances that have taken her all over the world. Discovered by jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis, the six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee has appeared on stage interpreting music with artists as diverse as the likes of indie hip-hop bands The Roots, and The Beast, a group led by her son Pierce Freelon, the vocal group Take 6, and opera superstar Jessye Norman as well as pianists Herbie Hancock and Marian McPartland. As an educator and ambassador of jazz, Ms. Freelon has been recognized for her advocacy of the arts for all ages. Freelon is currently on tour with the release of the CD "Christmas", a celebration of sacred and secular seasonal music and her first recording dedicated to the holidays and family.
Be sure to Catch Colors of Jazz when Nnenna Freelon joins host Bonnie Johnson to share the latest in music and her engagement with a new project entitled The Clothesline Muse. The collaborative theatrical production developed along with choreographer, Kariamu Welsh and daughter, artist Maya Freelon Asante, celebrates visual art, music, and dance through storytelling. Tune in at 4pm.
Accomplished MacAuthor fellows Miguel Zenón and Dafnis Prieto will be joining Dee Dee Bridgwater on this week's JazzSet. Zenón, a saxophonist from Puerto Rico, and Prieto, a drummer out of Cuba, combine their island influences for a worldly jazz experience. Be sure to tune in at 6PM!
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