Author and radio personality, Jonathan Schwartz is a musical evangelist. Whether enticing his listeners with the sounds of the standards, or enlightening them with tidbits about those songs, his goal is to enhance the enjoyment of it all. 2017 marks Jonathan’s fiftieth year in broadcasting, if you don’t count his original radio gig broadcasting to his neighbors in his Manhattan apartment building when he was a youngster. In celebration of his long career, we revisit my 2006 conversation with Jonathan Schwartz, recorded shortly after he published his memoir.
POSITIVE NOISE gets a jump on Valentine’s Day with a show of rock songs about falling in love, breaking up, cheating, unrequited love, and the rest of the unpredictable mess of relationships. Throughout the night we will feature the great love songs of ELVIS COSTELLO. Host: Uncle “Be still my heart” Mark.
Johnny Guitar Watson is in tonight's funky spotlight. With songs like "A Real Mother For Ya" "Ain't That A Bitch" and "Superman Lover" this bluesman reinvented himself as one of the funkiest guitarists and singers in the business. Spend a very funky evening with host Tom Shaker. It all starts at 7pm.
Samora Pinderhughes says that jazz has the power to reflect “radical imagination.” To the Bay Area-native, mid-twenties pianist and composer, that means challenging the status quo with his multi-movement “Transformations Suite.” The suite combines theater, music and poetry to examine and explore the history of African diasporic protest, work and protest movements. Samora hopes to “use that exploration to imagine a way forward collectively for us in this new moment.” Jazz Night in America travels to Berkeley, CA to showcase the “Transformations Suite” and explore Samora’s journey into forming his musical life around activism from his parents to his peers, pupils and mentors.
This week Al speaks with Boston based author and historian Susan Quinn about her best selling new book: Eleanor and Hick, the revealing story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. This intimate relationship was both unusual and riveting. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for what promises to be an eye opening segment.
In an all-new "The Business Beat," Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Jason Eastty, founder and owner of Escape Games Worcester. They talk about helping businesses do team-building – in a fun, healthy and learning ways.
During its first year of operation, the locally owned and operated Escape Games Worcester has offered challenging team-building experiences to managers and staffers of area businesses – among other target markets. For the business market, an escape room provides a fun, learning place for coworkers to practice and learn true social interaction - mixed with a healthy dose of competition.
Escape Games Worcester features four room themes: Conspiracy, Crime Story, Fallout Shelter, and Museum - with a fifth room, The Experiment, coming soon. Each room has a different mood, design, size, and level of difficulty, with no expense being spared to immerse players in a total sensory experience.
However, the time limit remains the same—60 minutes to get out. Groups of up to six participants find themselves in “locked” rooms, clues hidden throughout, with one mission—to escape in the allotted amount of time.
Escape Games Worcester opened in January 2016 in the Northworks Building at 108 Grove St. in downtown Worcester. It now occupies more than 4,000 square feet of space – up from the original 2,500 square feet - and employs six full-time-equivalent people – plus its founder and owner, Jason Eastty, who works there on a part-time basis.
In its first year of operation, Escape Games Worcester attracted more than 17,500 people. According to TripAdvisor, Escape Games Worcester is now No. 1 among “fun and games” and No. 3 among “things to do” in Worcester.
Jason Eastty grew up in Webster, and has been a Worcester resident since 2010. In addition to working part-time at Escape Games Worcester, he is the full-time practice director for his wife’s dental office in Westborough.
Shown: Jason Eastty (left) and Game Master Kiara Vincent (right), in the lobby of Escape Games Worcester.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino does public-relations work for Escape Games Worcester.
If you have ever seen them while swimming or washed ashore, you know that jellyfish look like something from another planet. They come in a seemingly infinite variety of complicated forms. Many are ghostly and transparent. Some have hugely long tentacles, while others are teeny. Many flash lights or twinkle colors. Some jellyfish are among the most deadly stinging creatures on earth, and recent “blooms” of jellyfish have created problems for shipping and fishermen. Tonight on Inquiry we learn all about these unique invertebrates when we talk with LISA-ANN GERSHWIN, the director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. We will talk about her beautiful new book: JELLYFISH: A NATURAL HISTORY.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with STACY LORD and LAURA MAROTTA, co-executive directors of the ambitious CREATIVE HUB WORCESTER project.
Bassist Bridget Kearney talks with Bonnie Johnson about the quartet's journey as NEC alumni Lake Street Dive members return to their alma mater on Thursday, February 16 to kick off NEC’s 150th birthday celebration. The group including vocalist Rachael Price, trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and drummer Mike Calabrese met while they were jazz students at NEC in the 2000's. Lake Street Dive continues with a stellar year of sold out concerts and world wide appeal with the 2016 release of Side Pony (Nonesuch Records).
Virtuoso jazz violinist Regina Carter talks with Bonnie Johnson about her upcoming album, Ella: Accentuate the Positive (Sony Masterworks) and current touring program, "Simply Ella". Ms. Carter interprets music from Ella Fitzgerald's songbook with her violin in celebration of the 100th birthday of the "First Lady Of Song". A MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient, Carter performs in the Celebrity Series of Boston on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Sanders Theater, Cambridge. Tune in Sunday at 12 pm.
Photo Credit: David Katzenstein
Music from the WomenFolk, The Cumberland Trio, The Halifax Three, The Brandywine Singers, The Cumberland Three, The Harmony Sisters, the Au Go Go Singers, Journeymen, and more: no big hits, but lots of great music, and maybe a few insights into songs and songwriting! With special guest co-host Colette O’Connor.
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