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Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 6:00pm

Judy performs with and interviews Grammy winning guitarist onstage at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville, TN and discusses John’s career highlights from touring with Elton John to playing with Bonnie Raitt to his duo gigs early in his career with Judy!

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

Known for his rendition of "The Dark End of The Street" James Carr was considered one of the best southern soul singers ever. But few remember his name. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his musical legacy. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

Michael Mwenso is a curator for the Late Night Sessions at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. He's also an irrepressible vocalist and natural ringleader who draws inspiration from the communal aspects of making jazz.

"I was interested in the human pathos of the music, as well as the music," he says. "But the human thing was really interesting to me. Then to also see the effect of when jazz is really being played, like manifested — you'd see a musician playing and you see people going crazy and hollering. That was very... how do you create that?"

Mwenso's enthusiasm has drawn many up-and-coming artists to Jazz at Lincoln Center after hours — and after-after-hours, in off-campus listening parties. The shared experience of being young and eager (and talented) musicians in the big city has given rise to a loose collective known as The Shakes. As it turns out, all the time spent together offstage translates directly to how Mwenso and his "family" perform in the spotlight.

Here, Jazz Night In America hangs out with Michael Mwenso and The Shakes as they prepare for and seize an opportunity to present their own ideas of how to run a show. Watch highlights from the family's performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola — and, on the radio program, a special breakout segment featuring rising trumpeter Riley Mulherkar.

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 3:00pm

Tom Lucci picks "the best of the best" -  top performances of enduring tunes from the American songbook. We base it on the recent book "The Jazz Standards" and go from there. Tune in, enjoy - and be sure to support WICN's "Jazz Up Your Summer" drive!

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 10:30pm

At the dawn of the nineteenth century, as Britain, France, Spain, and the United States all jockeyed for control of the vast expanses west of the Mississippi River, the stakes for American expansion were incalculably high. Even after the American purchase of the Louisiana Territory, Spain still coveted that land and was prepared to employ any means to retain it. With war expected at any moment, Thomas Jefferson played a game of strategy, putting on the ground the only Americans he could: a cadre of explorers who finally annexed it through courageous investigation. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Pulitzer Prize nominated historian and author Julie Fenster. Her new book "Jefferson America" is a must read for all those who want to learn how this great nation grew.

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb talks about South Shore Conservatory with: Kathy Czerny (shown, center), president; Ann Smith (left), director of community partnerships; and Eve Montague (right); director of arts therapies. They talk about the importance of access to quality education in the arts. This episode aired originally on April 17, 2015.

Now the largest community school for the arts in Massachusetts, South Shore Conservatory was incorporated in 1970 in Hingham as a non-degree granting community music school - after previously serving as a satellite preparatory program run by the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1980, a second campus was established in Duxbury, and in 1996, the Conservatory purchased, renovated and moved into its present home: the Ellison Center for the Arts.

Since its inception, South Shore Conservatory has remained faithful to its mission to “provide access to quality education in the arts’ in the belief that the arts are vital to and an innate part of life. Today more than 3,500 students participate in more 50 programs including:

·         Individual lessons in most instruments and voice

·         An arts-principled pre-school and full-day kindergarten

·         Drama workshops

·         Monthly recital and concert opportunities

·         And, a variety of performing opportunities with chamber music, jazz, rock, wind, choral and percussion ensembles as well as a youth orchestra.

Through collaborations with local visual arts associations, exhibitions by regional artists are featured in Conservatory galleries throughout the year.

South Shore Conservatory is a full member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 9:00pm

Was there really a Frankie and Johnny? What did Tom Dooley actually do that he had to be hung? Did Casey Jones really engineer a train that was wrecked?  A number of American folk ballads were inspired by real-life events. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with RICHARD POLENBERG, the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of History Emeritus at Cornell University. His latest very entertaining book is HEAR MY SAD STORY: THE TRUE TALES THAT INSPIRED STAGOLEE, JOHN HENRY, AND OTHER TRADITIONAL AMERICAN FOLK SONGS.

Inquiry welcomes back HONEE H. HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Joining her in the studio tonight are artists in residence DÉSIRÉE PETTY. Together they talk about the artists in residence program and the upcoming “OF FIRE” exhibition.  For more information on the Center, go to:

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 7:00pm

A lineup of sixty songs, from A-Z, specially selected by the founders of the band Wolfpen, featuring artists like Joan Baez, Ellis Paul, Phil Ochs, John Prine, Joel Rafael, Woody Guthrie, Switchfoot, Robbie Robertson, Sabrina Carpenter, the Seekers, My Silent Bravery, the Pozo-Seco Singers, Dar Williams, the Decemberists, Dan Folgleberg, the Johnson Girls, Birdy, Simon & Garfunkel, the Highwaymen, Burl Ives, Tom Rush, the Eagles, Bob Dylan, Cadence Carroll, John Denver, the New Christy Minstrels, the Byrds, Chad & Jeremy, Kate Wolf, and MANY. A big-tent eclectic mix highlighting very personal themes, this particular show is the epitome of the Big Bill Broonzy/Louis Armstrong statement that "All music is FOLK music, 'cause I ain't never heard a horse sing a song."

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 6:00pm

Diversions offers us new insights into to traditional jazz realms of yesterday while combining modern production value perspectives on today. A six-piece modern jazz ensemble with a rich and sumptuous sound.


Earl Grant Lawrence - Flute, Saxophone
Caroline N’Diaye-Tenor Saxophone
Martin Case-Soprano Sax, W. African Percussion
Adonis Martin - Piano
Wain Jonze-Guitar
Zachary Rochester-Cello
David Walker-Bass

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 6:00pm

This show focuses on the collaborative "artwork" of Miles Davis and his partner for many years, Jo Gelbard.


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