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Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 9:00pm

 
Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with jazz journalist and writer Paul De Barros about his new thorough and thoroughly enjoyable biography Shall We Play That One Together? The Life And Art Of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland. Tune in and learn about Marion’s early years in England, how she met Jimmy, her hot and heavy affair with her drummer Joe Morello and how Piano Jazz began.

In colonial South Carolina, the growing of indigo and the making of the beautiful blue dye from that plant was an important cash crop that England depended on. But it was a labor-intensive agriculture that depended not only on slave labor but also Native Americans. Tune in tonight and learn about the political and material cultural history of indigo, a color that touched the lives of the rich and wealthy in America and Europe as well as slaves and Native Americans. We talk with Andrea Feeser, Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at Clemson University. Her new book is Red, White, And Black Make Blue: Indigo In The Fabric Of Colonial South Carolina.

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 7:00pm

 
Some old favorites to soothe the post-holiday jangles, a few new tracks from CDs only recently arrived at the station, and more music from the immortal Phil Ochs.

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 4:00pm

Joe Mazzarella, Pianist and Associate Director of Monument Square Community Music School, appears on today's show with host Chet Williamson.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

 
Bobby talks with the time-honored, ever creative and adaptive collective - the Yellowjackets, about the new release of their 22nd recording "A Rise in the Road".

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 6:00pm

 
Pianist Bill Charlap discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 7:00pm

On this edition of Soul Serenade, Tom Lucci sits in for Tom Shaker. We'll feature great holiday music you have not heard in the mall. The 9:00 Soul Spotlight features birthday girl, Betty Wright, a funky hit maker from the 70's who is still going strong.

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 6:00pm

 
New York Times writer Stephen Holden calls her "both the Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald of bossa nova."  Vocalist Leny Andrade embodies the spirit of jazz with the soul of her native Brazil. Andrade is inspired and accompanied by reedman and friend Paquito D'Rivera through bossa nova, sambas and choros including Manha de Carnival, Batida Diferente and Ceu e Mar. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 4:00pm

Richard Ardizzone, Trombonist and Associate Director of Joy of Music Program, appears on today's show with host Chet Williamson.

Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Howard McGinn, executive director of First Night Worcester, and singer Ayla Brown, who will perform during First Night Worcester 2014. They talk about keeping a community celebration alive in tough times.

As the Telegram & Gazette reported on November 25, “First Night Worcester is saying ‘help’ as it seeks to raise $25,000 to fund its annual New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31 — a Worcester tradition since 1982. “’We are committed to going forward [with the event],’ said First Night Worcester executive director Howard McGinn. “However, the non-profit organization has issued an ‘urgent appeal’ to supporters and friends. “In the appeal, Mr. McGinn said that First Night Worcester has experienced a 50-percent decrease in funding in the last three years. “He noted that many First Nights across the country have been in similar circumstances and were forced to close.”

In response, The Hanover Insurance Group, based in Worcester, offered to match all contributions to First Night Worcester up to $15,000. As of December 12, the date of the interview taping, another Worcester company, whose name has yet to be disclosed, had donated $5,000.

First Night Worcester is a volunteer-driven organization that is funded 100 percent by button sales and the generosity of the Greater Worcester community: businesses, foundations and individuals who provide financial and in-kind support.

Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 9:00pm

 
Gloria Swanson had a singular film career. She starred with Rudolf Valentino during the Silent Era and with William Holden in Sunset Boulevard in what has been called the most celebrated film comeback in history. During the Silent Film era her fans worshiped her.  But her career took a crushing downturn in the 1930s. But she never stopped working and Gloria appeared in numerous films, on stage and television. Always acting as the penultimate star on and off screen. Tune in tonight when we speak with writer Stephen Michael Shearer about his monumental new biography Gloria Swanson: The Ultimate Star. If you love film and Hollywood history, don’t miss tonight’s show.

Tonight Inquiry welcomes Scott Yanow. Scott has been writing about jazz since 1975. He has written pieces for all the major jazz publications, has penned 750 sets of liner notes and reviewed more jazz CDs than anyone in history. So you can imagine what his new book The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide is like. Tune in and find out.

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Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

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