From its start in 1952, The Modern Jazz Quartet had a cool, understated style that belied its complexity. Pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke combined classical music structures with the deep swing of jazz. The MJQ made vital music for over 40 years. Our quartet -- drummer Lewis Nash, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington and vibraphonist Steve Nelson - honors those late modern masters. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Kay Sage and Yves Tanguy were two surrealist painters who, though deeply in love and married, maintained very separate professional artistic careers. Their work has never been shown next to each other until now. Tonight’s guests are JONATHAN STUHLMAN, Curator of American Art at the Mint Museum and STEPHEN ROBESON MILLER, artist, art historian and curator. Together they have curated a groundbreaking exhibition entitled DOUBLE SOLITAIRE: THE SURREAL WORLDS OF KAY SAGE AND YVES TANGUY currently at the DAVIS MUSUEM at Wellesley College until January 15, 2012. Tune in tonight and learn about how these two fascinating artists met in Paris as the war broke out; how they eventually moved to Connecticut and hear about their productive lives together. For more information on this dynamic show, go to:
One of the most diverse colleges in the USA has plans to further that agenda. Pine Manor College in Brookline MASS.seeks to open up to co-ed students from low income and minority backgrounds. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al will be speaking with Dr. Alane Shanks the new president of Pine Manor College.
In the spring of 1975, a group of diverse physicists gathered in Berkeley and formed The Fundamental Fysiks Group to investigate and ponder some of the wild and wooly philosophical and metaphysical questions posed by quantum physics. They were interested in psychic phenomena, so-called Eastern Mysticism and new ways of looking at reality. What followed was a tale involving some of the leading physicists of the day as well as such controversial figures as Uri Geller and Werner Erhard founder of EST. At the legendary Esalen Institute, numerous physics seminars were held among the hot tubs, psychedelic drugs, and free love. But what came out of all this New Age craziness were some of the best-known popular books on quantum theory and, eventually, the foundation for quantum encryption. Join us on Inquiry tonight for our conversation with DAVID KAISER, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the Program in Science, Technology and Society. His book, which tells this whole crazy story, is titled HOW THE HIPPIES SAVED PHYSICS: SCIENCE, COUNTERCULTURE, AND THE QUANTUM REVIVAL.
Science Fairs are no longer about exploding Plaster of Paris volcanoes or mouse traps and ping-pong balls to demonstrate nuclear fission. Today’s high schoolers are now solving problems that have puzzled scientists for years and the stakes involves prize money of many thousands of dollars and an assured future career in science. For many of these current science fair participants, winning means being able to go to the college of their choice. Writer JUDY DUTTON followed twelve contestants in the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and tells their amazing stories in her new book SCIENCE FAIR SEASON: TWELVE KIDS, A ROBOT NAMED SCORCH AND WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN. Tune in and learn about what these new Einsteins and Gates are up to.
Alto saxophonist Zenón adapts some of his parents' favorite music, classic popular songs from Puerto Rico, for his jazz quartet with an additional 10-piece woodwind section, arrangements by Guillermo Klein. This is the the raved-about Newport performance of this music, subsequently released on Zenón's album Alma Adentro.
Join us as we continue our two part series paying tribute to Doc Cheatham, a trumpeter, singer, and bandleader who abandoned his family's plan to become a pharmacist to create a Jazz scene in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee where there was previously no Jazz music at all. Cheatham has played in numerous famous bands such as those of Albert Wynn, Ma Rainey, the bands of Bobby Lee and Wilber de Paris. He also performed a short stint with Chick Webb and Sam Wooding's band.
Tune in, as we pay tribute to Albert Dailey, an active pianist, who made waves in the world of Jazz from his first major gig in 1964 until his untimely death 20 years later. He was lauded by critics as a constantly evolving jazz musician, showing constant development and creativity throughout his career, which lead him into numerous musical collaborations with artists such as Damita Jo, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Herman, Sonny Rollins, and Stan Getz.
Tune into Jazz Inspired as we highlight the music of John Wilson, the British conductor, arranger and musicologist who specializes in music for the small and big screens, as well as Big Band jazz and light music. He is renowned as the creator of the John Wilson Orchestra, founded in 1992.
Inquiry welcomes back PETER SULSKI, Artistic Director for the WORCESTER CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY and KRISTA BUCKLAND REISNER, Summer Festival
Director for the WCMS. Tonight they talk about the 2012 season, the new Café Series of concerts at The People’s Kitchen and all the unique outreach programs the Worcester Chamber Music Society is involved in. This is one of the most dynamic and creative music organizations in Central Massachusetts, so be sure to tune in and find out what they have in store. Their website is:
Soul Serenade cranks up a high-energy "Soul Tailgate" for the Patriots' Monday Night Football kickoff. At 9:00 the Soul Spotlight falls on The Sweet Inspirations and their superb 1967 album of the same name. This great backup vocal group steps out with some beautiful music of their own; it's now hard to find but we've got it for you. Tom Lucci comes off the bench to sub for Tom Shaker.
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