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Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist ROSE LEBEAU, whose work ranges from surprising assemblages and collages, to altered photographs and hand made books. Joining Rose in the studio is her daughter, CHELSEA LEBEAU HUETER, a painter whose canvases celebrate light and surface (see detail of one of her works to the left). Together they will be presenting their work at an open house: May 21-May 22 at 218 West Street, Auburn MA. See: for more information. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 9:30am

If two black holes collided, what would it sound like? Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back JANNA LEVIN. She is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a center for arts and sciences in Brooklyn. Her new book is wild and wonderful history of the search for “a sonic record of the history of the universe” and the building of the LIGO, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. It is a story of human genius and ego and folly that has a great ending. Janna Levin’s new book is BLACK HOLE BLUES: AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 6:00pm

Javon Jackson is a jazz tenor saxophonist who came into international prominence as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. As a member of Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Javon toured and made many recordings with the legendary drummer. In addition to Blakey, Jackson has toured and recorded with Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Cedar Walton, Ron Carter, Donald Byrd, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Curtis Fuller and Stanley Turrentine. He's appeared on 125 recordings, including his own as bandleader.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 6:00pm

Violinist Andy Stein talks about playing music from classical to Western Swing to writing an opera with Garrison Keillor and how jazz inspires it all.

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

It'll be raining cats and dogs on Monday night's show! The rain is a popular metaphor in soul music. It can be warm and soothing or cold and harsh. You can't have the flowers without the showers! Join host Tom Shaker as we play songs with "rain" in the title. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 6:00pm

About a year ago, trumpeter Marquis Hill, now 28, traveled to Los Angeles, played five tunes for a panel of judges, and won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. You can think of it as a sort of Heisman Trophy for young jazz artists, meaning that a lot more people discovered his talent in a hurry.

Hill's profile may have risen suddenly, but talent like that doesn't spontaneously emerge from nowhere. It takes a village of mentors, peers, opportunities and other educational infrastructure to enable a musician to grow. That's especially true with jazz, an inherently social music historically conveyed through the oral tradition. Besides, in his hometown of Chicago, folks had already known about Hill for some time: That's the "village" that raised him, after all.

Marquis Hill now splits his time between the Windy City and New York City, but still maintains a snappy working band full of catchy melodic ideas — a five-piece outfit he calls the Marquis Hill Blacktet. On one of his trips back home this summer, we asked him to show us "his" Chicago, culminating in a Blacktet performance downtown at one of the city's premier clubs: the Jazz Showcase.

Jazz Night In America travels to one of the great jazz cities to meet some of the people and places which transformed a young trumpeter from the South Side of Chicago into Marquis Hill.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 10:30pm

Nearly a quarter of a million youth are tried, sentenced, or imprisoned as adults every year across the United States. On any given day, ten thousand youth are detained or incarcerated in adult jails and prisons.Putting a human face to these sobering statistics, Boy With A Knife by author Jean Trounstine tells the story of Karter Kane Reed, who, at the age of sixteen, was sentenced to life in an adult prison for a murder he committed in 1993 in a high school classroom. Twenty years later, in 2013, he became one of the few men in Massachusetts to sue the Parole Board and win his freedom. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author, educator and activist Jean Trounstine.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:00pm

Do we have an instinct to create artwork? Why do we seem to desire beauty? What does our enjoyment of sex and money have to do with enjoying art? These are just a few of the heady questions to be discussed tonight when we talk with ANJAN CHATTERJEE, M.D. He is a professor of Neurology, and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. His new book is titled: THE AESTHETIC BRAIN: HOW WE EVOLVED TO DESIRE BEAUTY AND ENJOY ART. 

Artist, writer and cartoonist JESSICA ABEL returns to Inquiry to talk about her latest book, an improbable comic about how Ira Glass and other NPR podcast stars create their entertaining and fascinating radio shows. That’s right, a comic about radio production. Sound impossible? Tune in and listen to Abel talk about her book OUT ON THE WIRE: THE STORYTELLING SECRETS OF THE NEW MASTERS OF RADIO.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:00pm

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with GRAMMY nominated pianist, composer, band leader, educator Elio Villafranca. He has composed a five movement suite of music for large ensemble that pays homage to the folkloric tradition he grew up with in Cuba.  Incorporating percussion, Latin rhythms and dance, this suite is no small feat. "Focusing on the influences of Congolese traditions of rhythms, melodies, and dances-through the music of Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, Villafranca showcases the unifying elements of the islands that share similar cultures despite their diverse histories."

In 2014, rising star Villafranca (along with Jon Batiste and Cecile McLorin Salvant) received the first-ever Jazz at Lincoln Center Millennium Swing! Award. He talks with Host Bonnie Johnson about the upcoming live performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York City on April 16-17, 2016.

Watch a preview of the making Cinqué Here.

Catch @ElioVillafranca @Bonnie_WICN #ColorsOfJazz this Sunday at 2:15 pmET


Photo by: Maike Schulz for JALC

Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 1:00pm

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month when Boston-based harpist Charles Overton performs live in the WICN studio and talks with Host Bonnie Johnson about bringing jazz into his repertoire.

Overton has played the harp since the age of ten and performed internationally in notable venues including New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the Salle Gaveaux in Paris, France and Boston Symphony Hall. Currently studying privately under the tutelage of both Felice Pomeranz and Jessica Zhou, Overton is completing his music performance degree at Berklee College of Music. He is "engaged in regular performances of classical, jazz and world music" as a member of The Berklee Global Jazz Institute and accompanies notable orchestras such as the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Video Game Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Charles Overton and Friends play Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 8pm.




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