Catch Colors of Jazz as we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr day and celebrate the music, life and legacy of Tadd Dameron. Dameron's career and influence in jazz, bebop, swing and big band has been captured in a new autobiography by Cambridge based Jazz musician and educator Paul Combs. The author joins host Bonnie Johnson to introduce his recently published book, Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron. Tune in!
Melba Liston (1926-1999) was born in Kansas City, moved to Los Angeles, played with Dexter Gordon and was a copyist for Gerald Wilson. She made State Department tours with Dizzy Gillespie, arranged for Randy Weston albums, taught in Jamaica, and headlined an early Women's Jazz Festival back in Kansas City. Performed at Northern Illinois University, composer Geof Bradfield's six-part suite celebrates Melba!
(Melba! by Geof Bradfield and Geof Bradfield Ensemble has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.)
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we will feature the Fiske Jubilee Singers, Paul Robeson, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Josh White, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Kim & Reggie Harris, Joel Rafael, Beth DeSombre, Bob Dylan, Vance Gilbert, Andrew Calhoun & Campgtound, and many other artists!
Jazz was born in New Orleans but rapidly traveled to Chicago, New York City and eventually to Los Angeles, changing its form and style along the way. The history of early jazz is a complex story of culture, race, and the changing technologies that allowed jazz to be heard by larger and larger audiences. Tune in tonight when we speak with COURT CARNEY, Assistant Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin University, about his wonderful new musical history CUTTIN’ UP: HOW EARLY JAZZ GOT AMERICA’S EAR.
Nothing up our sleeve!
Tonight on Inquiry we speak with science journalist and author ALEX STONE. Alex also happens to be a practitioner of “close-up magic”, the kind of intimate sleight of hand that can be viewed only by a small audience. Alex’s new book FOOLING HOUDINI: MAGICIANS, MENTALISTS, MATH GEEKS AND THE HIDDEN POWERS OF THE MIND is a wild and wonderful personal history of his life in the world of the unique people who perform stage magic. Tune in and learn about the Magic Olympics, the so-called Extreme Hand Sports and some of the living legends of magic and card cheating. Presto! Chango!
Singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne has carved her own path as a respected independent artist. After years in Nashville she relocated to California, where the Grammy-winning artist continues to earn high praise with each new album. Lynne performs her own tunes and teams up with host Feinstein on “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You.”
Pianist/composer/activist Fred Hersch is one of the few musicians who feels equally comfortable with classical music and jazz, and discusses how he negotiates his way between these two worlds and uses each to inspire the other. Fred has also been living with HIV/AIDS for more than 25 years and talks about his work in raising awareness and funds throughout his own struggle with the virus.
Curtis Mayfield covering The Carpenters? The Isley Brothers covering Seals & Crofts? On this week's show you'll hear all those Top 40 songs you grew up with a whole new soul twist! Join host Tom Shaker Monday night at 7pm!
The "Jennie Johnson" was the only ship fleeing the Irish potato famine to arrive in America safely with all of it's passengers. How did a wooden vessel powered only by wind and lacking adequate food and medicine make it to America without loosing a single human life? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by historian and author Kathryn Miles. Her new book, "All Standing" chronicles this amazing journey.
In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Grace Ross, a founder and organizer of both the Worcester Unemployment Action Group and the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team. They talk about how we get unemployed Americans back to work doing good jobs at good wages.
In February 2012, Congress put a temporary end to a divisive fight over extending unemployment benefits that left Massachusetts unemployed workers with at least a 57-week extension on their unemployment benefits. As Worcester Mag reported at he time, “Problem is, say local organizers, no one consulted with the unemployed before taking the vote."
The WoMag article quoted Chris Horton as saying, "'What’s going on with unemployment, it’s a very deep and broad problem and it’s receiving very little attention.' His work with the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team has kept him involved in the plight of the un- and under-employed.”
The WoMag article also quoted Grace Ross as saying, "'There was a lot of pressure behind the scenes, but the media coverage made it look like an afterthought. It was the kind of vote we were afraid of.'" Grace is also author of the book Main St. $marts, a study of the most recent economic and foreclosure crisis.
As the WoMag article noted, “for Ross and Horton, the spin hurt the hardest. As the economy shows signs of recovery, including claims of a national [at that time] 8.3-percent unemployment rate, they say there’s less focus on joblessness because the statistics sound comparatively rosy. Unfortunately, that 8.3 percent misses tens of thousands of unemployed who don’t fit the federal government’s definition.”
In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve does marketing consulting work for Geese In Flight, of which Grace is a founder and organizer.
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