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Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 6:30pm

Pianist/composer/educator Vijay Iyer talks with host Bonnie Johnson about his newest trio release "Break Stuff" (ECM). On Friday, Iyer joins drummer Marcus Gilmore & bassist Stephen Crump to speak about their creative process and improv at his stomping ground of Harvard University with the "Learning from Performers" series. They play Regattabar; two nights, April 10-11, 2015.

Check out Vijay's recent appearance on Charlie Rose (PBS):
http://www.hulu.com/watch/765932

Sunday, April 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

Tenor saxophonist, contemporary Afro-Cuban Jazz composer, and educator Carlos Averhoff, Jr. talks with Bonnie about coming up in a musical family in Havana, Cuba and his path from classical music training to jazz education in the United States.  Averhoff sheds "light" on his heritage with original compositions and classic standard arrangements through his debut album "iRESI".  He celebrates the Inner Circle Music recording  with a CD release concert at Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8 pm.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

FUNNY, SILLY, HUMOROUS & SATIRICAL SONGS FOR APRIL FOOL’S WEEK. Tune in!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Harry Allen discusses growing up playing accordian and how that much-ridiculed instrument helped him learn jazz.

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

There's only one queen and it's her birthday this week! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of Aretha Franklin. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, March 30, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America takes a look back at the 20-odd concerts it's presented so far as a highlight reel of great performances.

The first season of Jazz Night In America webcasts hasn't quite finished yet, but it's time to take stock of where we've been. Whether in huge concert auditoriums like Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall to tiny basement salons like Mezzrow in New York, we've heard from living legends, rising stars and very, very talented artists somewhere in between. Jazz Night In America presents highlights from its first batch of programs, featuring artists like Lou Donaldson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wynton Marsalis, Pedrito Martinez, Robert Glasper, Miguel Zenón, Johnny O'Neal and many, many more.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 10:30pm

Cousins Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth were arguably two women who moved in powerful circles throughout their lives. Eleanor the liberal do-gooder and Alice the acid tongue conservative couldn't have been any different yet their lives had many parallels. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author Marc Peyser author of the new book, "Hissing Cousins". Find out what made these women so important to American history.

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 9:00pm

Writer and Instructor in the Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute JAMES DEMPSEY returns to Inquiry to promote the upcoming book and author dinner at the Goddard Library, Clark University on April 7. Joining Dempsey in the studio are three interns and contributing editors for the WORCESTER JOURNAL: JEREMY LEVINE (Clark), MARISSA CASEY (Holy Cross) and TOM MATTHEWS (Clark). They talk about the latest issue of the journal and learning the fine art of editing. To view the latest issue of the Worcester Journal, go to: http://www.theworcesterjournal.com/
To learn more about the book and author dinner, go to: http://www.golocalworcester.com/lifestyle/clark-university-to-hold-book-...

Fitchburg Art Museum Curator MARY TINTI returns to Inquiry to talk about the fascinating current exhibition NATURE TECH. Joining Tinti in the studio is CRISTI RINKLIN one of the artists shown in NatureTech. Her work combines a sophisticated computer aided manipulation of imagery with painting to explore how we see the natural world. Tune in for an informative and lively talk about art, perception and technology. To view the new blog about this exhibition created by students of Fitchburg State University, go to: http://famnaturetech.wix.com/fsublog

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

Bonnie Johnson welcomes special guest host Marvin E. Gilmore, Jr. to explore the impact of music on his life work. Gilmore is alumni of New England Conservatory of Music '51 and has spent years serving on its Board of Overseers. The philanthropist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, political advisor, honored World War II veteran, percussionist and family man will be joined in the studio by author Paul Katzeff for a book discussion on the recently published biography, Marvin Gilmore: Crusader for Freedom. Tune in at 12pm. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

Dancer, choreographer, actor, vocalist and mentor Ilanga (pronounced Ee-laun-ga) talks with Bonnie Johnson about his experience singing in the Roxbury-based Doo Wop group, the G-Clefs. Formed by his brothers, as teenagers, more than sixty years ago, the group harmonized on stages from a roller rink in Revere to Harlem's Apollo Theater, clubs including the former Western Front in Cambridge to the Hatch Shell on Boston's Charles River and Symphony Hall. The group's recordings topped R&B charts in the 50's and 60's. Ilanga (né Arnorld Scott) , the fourth brother and tenor in the group, went on to forge a career in dance while keeping the band alive.

Like his name, which is synonymous to the sun, Ilanga has danced around the world; he founded and directed dance schools in Boston, Holland and Greece. He also created the role of the “Grandfather” in Anthony Williams’ "Urban Nutcracker" and adds a touch of class to the innovative ballet singing with The G-Clefs each year. Ilanga's story and decades long friendship with today's special guest Marvin Gilmore will highlight his "Colors of Jazz".      Tune in from noon to 4pm.

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