During the 1960's protest songs were fairly common. Bob Dylan, Country Joe and Barry McGuire all set their political feelings to music. This week Al Is joined by New England singer and songwriter Craig Smith. His protest CD " Hopey Changey Blues" defines what many feel about the current political climate. Seems little has changed over the past fifty years.
Play balll!!!! Writer and researcher JOHN FOX has written a fascinating and entertaining book that investigates why humans are so passionate about ball games. His research took him around the world to witness some amazing ball games. Tune in tonight and learn about the absolute chaos of ba’ which is played the day after Christmas in the Orkneys. John Fox also talks about the jeu de paume, the old predecessor to tennis, still played today. Finally Fox describes the incredible ancient Meso American ball game called ulama that was once played in elaborate stone courts throughout Central America. Fox’s book is titled THE BALL: DISCOVERING THE OBJECT OF THE GAME.
Early on in his career, he was skinny as a rail and looked like a stiff wind would blow him over. But when he sang, all eyes were riveted on him. He was Frank Sinatra: “The Voice”. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with novelist and non-fiction writer JAMES KAPLAN about his monumental and deeply entertaining biography FRANK: THE VOICE. Tune in and learn about Frank’s start with the Harry James Orchestra, his breakthrough years with Tommy Dorsey and finally his start as a major independent act with his hordes of swooning booby soxers and swooning adults too.
The author of The Boston Jazz Chronicles: Faces, Places and Nightlife 1937-1962, Richard Vacca, will be with Al Dean on The Sunday Jazz Matinee on July 8th. Richard is a Boston based technical writer, editor, amateur historian and regular presenter on the topic of Boston jazz and nightclubs. He spent 7 years researching and assembling these chronicles.
This will be an informative afternoon discussing the nightclubs and musicians of this time and we will be playing the music from the era from 1937-1962 from Dick's personal collection.
Drummer Allison Miller's set is a highlight of this three-day celebration of Women in Jazz, held in May at the Kennedy Center. The band (composed of Marty Ehrlich, reeds; Dan Tepfer, piano; and Todd Sickafoose, bass) plays original music by Miller, as well as "Intermission" by Mary Lou.
Enjoy multicultural folk songs in different languages, including folk songs in French, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Russian, Yiddish, and more! Featuring tracks from the McGarrigle Sisters, Dennis Stroughmatt, Joan Baez, the Weavers, Bud & Travis, the Limeliters, Ian & Sylvia, the Highwaymen, Spailpin, the Brandywine Singers, Hugh Sufray, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, the Singing Nun, the New Christy Minstrels, Judy Collins, and more!
Novelist Doctorow was first introduced to jazz through his father who owned a record store in the thirties and helped John Hammond build his early record collection.
Beaches, cookouts, fireworks, carwashes, drive-ins: Join host Tom Shaker as he starts your Fourth of July week off on the right foot on this week's 'Serenade.' Grab your sunscreen and get ready to dance!
In the 1960s - as rock music was changing the pop world - saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, pianist Horace Silver and drummer Art Blakey drew bebop, rhythm and blues, and gospel into a powerful small-group sound. Alto saxophonist Wess "Warmdaddy " Anderson and drummer Kenny Washington lead inspired sets in tribute to their soulful predecessors.
June 14 marked the official kickoff for "World Blood Donor Day" and across the US the demand for blood is a vital component in helping to save lives. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is joined by Tony Casina, Worldwide Marketing Manager for Immunohemotology, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics. Learn how you can be a blood donor and help a person in need.
The VJO has played 45 years of Monday nights here, in a rarely interrupted run. Dee Dee Bridgewater sang with the original iteration, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. In February, NPR Music webcast the VJO Live at the Village Vanguard. We have more from that night, including Thad Jones's "My Centennial."
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