On Thursday Dr. Leonard Brown will visit. This Northeastern professor of African American Studies and Music is a world-class saxophonist and Coltrane expert. His Joyful Noise ensemble works this week and we'll hear about that a more on Thursday's Jazz New England.
Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has emerged as a young man whose versatile horn ranges from the soft and seductive to the rough and bluesy. His skills have earned him a headline spot with festivals worldwide and recording dates with a list of jazz legends; he’s also a composer with nine albums under his belt. Farinacci performs “Just One of Those Things” and his original tune, “Dawn of Goodbye.”
Join host Tom Banyai for this week's edition of Bluegrass Junction. Tom will be joined by special guests, members of the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band. The band has a fine new release out titled Soulshine. They will play some of the songs live and talk about their inspiration for the songs they wrote and selected from some of their favorite song writers. The album is dedicated to the memory of long-time Bluegrass fan, John Westbrook who along with his wife Cherie could be seen in the front row of nearly every bluegrass concert in central New England. The album was also influenced by the passing of Valerie Crockett who along with her husband Walter were a major force in the music scene of Central Massachusetts. BVBB included one of Walter’s compositions on the album.
British singer/pianist finds the jazz feel in the music of Cole Porter and Noel Coward and especially sees a jazz-like timing in the humor of both.
On Tuesday the great Wes Montgomery would have been 89 years old. Resonance Records has just released some recently-discovered mid-1950's recordings from this guitar genius who's been gone for over 40 years. The project's producer, Zev Feldman, joins us Tuesday at 2 pm to discuss this historic release.
Join host Tom Shaker this Monday night as he spotlights new young artists keeping the soul music tradition alive. You'll hear artists like
Mayer Hawthorne, Raphael Saadiq, Laura Izabor, Fitz & The Tantrums and many others. It all starts at 7pm!!
Grammy winning a-capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock shines a new light on the work of Odetta, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone - and mark their own 30 year anniversary with something new: a backing trio.
Monday old pal Jason Yeager will call in during the 4 o'clock hour. This former New Englander is now based in New York and will be performing this week in Boston. Hear all about that and more on Monday's Jazz Matinee.
The lovely and the elegant Carol Sloane celebrates her birthday on Monday and she'll join us on the phone in the 3 o'clock hour to get us up to date. Always wonderful stories from one of the first ladies of song.
There are good wines, great wines and at the top of the list fabulous wines. This week Al travels to California where he speaks with winemaker Camille Benitah. She was born in France and studied winemaking in Bordeaux one of the worlds top wine regions. She is now at the helm of MERUS winery in Napa Valley California where she oversees the limited production of one of the regions top Cabernets. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and hear why this wine is small on production and big on quality.
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