Four hours of holiday recordings in the folk tradition, part of the WICN end-of-year membership drive.
Whether reinventing jazz standards, breathing fresh life into classical repertoire, or premiering their own original works, Tre Corda generates a compelling sound all its own. Their works blend composition and improvisation in new and unexpected ways, using the musical vocabulary of classical composers like Bartok and Stravinsky, as well as songs and ideas from the worlds of jazz and popular musics. The name of the group comes from classical piano notation, as an instruction to the pianist to release the soft pedal and let all three strings vibrate freely (literally “three strings” or “three sounds”), and suggests that the trio’s members, individually and collectively, are free to explore their own creative path - independent of boundaries and categories that limit musical expression. Cellist Eugene Friesen’s dynamic rhythms and incredible array of bowing and plucking techniques, trumpeter Greg Hopkins’s virtuosic leaps and outrageous genre-bending phrases, and pianist Tim Ray’s lyric melodicism and two-fisted pyrotechnics - these are just a few of the ways Tre Corda concerts have satisfied and delighted audiences with both jazz and classical expectations
Otis Shepard and Dorothy Van Gorder were two gifted artists who married and teamed up to produce some of the most eye-catching and beautiful outdoors advertising in the middle decades of the 20th Century. Through their friendship with P.K. Wrigley of Wrigley’s gum, they also got to completely redesign Catalina Island and the Chicago Cubs. Their graphic art helped bring modernist design to America and helped to visually define an era. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with art director and design historian NORMAN HATHAWAY. With writer and editor Dan Nadel, he has written a stunningly beautiful book about these two unrecognized graphic artists who helped create the look of modern America: DOROTHY AND OTIS: DESIGNING THE AMERICAN DREAM.
In the 17th Century, more than 350,000 English people crossed the Atlantic to become colonists in what would later be called America. They still considered themselves “English” and their relationship over the decades with what they considered their homeland was complex. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MALCOM GASKILL, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. His new book is titled BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: HOW THE ENGLISH BECAME AMERICANS. This history of the evolution of the colonists feelings about England is a “national history without borders, an English epic told through stories of adventure.” Tune in and hear a very different perspective on Early American history.
Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with ROBERT BEACHY, associate professor of history at the Underwood International College of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. His new book is titled GAY BERLIN: BIRTHPLACE OF A MODERN IDENTITY. It is Beachy’s central argument that our modern understanding of homosexuality and gay culture started in the 19th Century city of Berlin. Berlin became a kind of laboratory of sexuality. This is a fascinating history complicated by the extreme politics of Germany in the first decades of the 20th Century. Tune in and learn about the very first gay rights organization and how the Nazis eventually ended decades of progress in sexual rights.
Novelist E. L. Doctorow (Ragtime, The Book of Daniel) 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.
Joining host Chet Williamson at 4:20pm on this edition of Jazz Matinee is singer/songwriter Felix Cavaliere. Although he was a member of Joey Dee and the Starliters, best known for their hit Peppermint Twist, he is best known for his association with The Young Rascals during the 1960s.
Jerry Butler is a soul legend! He sang in a church choir with his boyhood friend Curtis Mayfield, was an original member of The Impressions and went on to a very successful solo career singing, writing and producing. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life and music of one of soul music's most prolific artists. it all starts at 7pm!
Joining host Chet Williamson at 5:20pm live in the studio is pianist David Maxwell. David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and well- known musicians in the blues. David plays many styles of blues, jazz and improvised music, but he is best known for his soulful virtuosity and unmatched ability to reach the heart of post-war Chicago Blues. Through his work, he has gained the respect of artists, critics and fans and has established a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive.
Mark M. Smith is widely considered to be America's leading practitioner of the new and burgeoning field of “sensory history.” His new book, Smell of Battle, Taste of Siege engages accounts from diaries, letters, and journals to provide a matchless perspective on how the Civil War was felt and lived – indeed, no other book has looked at the Civil War through the prism of the five senses, or considered their impact on various groups of individuals. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with historian and author Mark Smith
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