A postcard from a two-day celebration of Henry Threadgill, one of the world’s leading avant-garde composers and arrangers. The concert is curated by pianist Jason Moran and features dozens of performers, from those who played in Threadgill’s various ensembles to members of a new generation of admirers. On Jazz Night in America, we’ll share highlights.
Join Chet Williamson on Jazz Matinee with his guest Jane Monheit. Monheit has been a light in both the jazz and cabaret world since emerging as a finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institue's 1998 vocal competition. In addition to her own recordings, she has worked alongside the likes of Terence Blanchard, Tom Harrell, and Ivan Lins. She says that the distinctive continually surprising sound of her album The Heart of The Matter is the result of an especially satisfying collaboration with Grammy-winning produce Gil Goldstein.
Bassist and alto saxophonist, George Mraz, will also be joining Chet Williamson on Jazz Matinee. George was a member of Oscar Peterson's group, and worked with musicians such as Pepper Adams, Stan Getz and Michel Petrucciani.
Did the war on women rhetoric taint voters in the most recent midterm election? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30pm and find out just what voters really thought of this strategy when Al speaks with Charlotte Hays of the IWF, Independent Womens's Forum.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Rick Saia, editor of Worcester Business Journal. They talk about WBJ’s “25th Anniversary” and “2015 Economic Forecast” issues.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve did freelance writing and editing for WBJ’s “25th Anniversary” issue.
As Worcester Business Journal observed in its recent “25th Anniversary” issue, “There’s the old adage, ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’ To a certain degree, that applies to the Central Mass. business community. Banking, finance, technology, retail and education continue to be our economic pillars. But much change has also occurred over the last quarter century. Most of our regional banks are no longer locally based and many of our local retailers – Spag’s, O’Coin’s and Building 19, among them – have gone out of business.
“In examining business and the economy on Central Mass. over the last 25 years, we have discerned key patterns. Perhaps the dominant one is the importance of the region’s economic diversity in both good times and bad. Because Central Mass. and its main city, Worcester, have always had more than one industry to rely on, even bad times weren’t as bad as they might have been in a place with a single type of business. That advantage has been put to the test over the past quarter century, though. Because of the increasing globalization of world markets, Central Mass. and the rest of the nation have struggled to discard old business models and help construct the economy of the 21st century. It will be one based largely on highly skilled and trained labor and focused on emerging markets, including clean energy, medical devices, fitness and nutrition.”
Writer and Teacher Beverly Gray returns to Inquiry to talk about her biography Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon...and Beyond. Ron Howard starred in two of the most iconic television series, but from and early age dreamed of being a serious film director. Tune in and learn about his early his early film and television career and how he got his break sitting in the Director's chair thanks to Roger Corman.
Tonight on Inquiry,poet Martha Silano returns to discuss the recent controversy about the poet laureate of North Carolina and what being a laureate entails. She also reads a work from her recently published collection, Reckless Lovely: The United States of America.
Singer-songwriter and jazz entrepreneur Tracy Clark joins host Bonnie Johnson to talk about her self-titled CD and band's upcoming performance at Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia (more TBA)
Tune in and listen to Dreamfarm Radio host Julie Lavender and her guest Kim Richmond. Kim is an active and versatile musician based in the Los Angeles area. His first love is jazz, and his primary jazz voice is the alto saxophone. He has, however, been involved in nearly every facet of the professional music industry, both as a player and as a composer/arranger. His instruments are alto, soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flutes. Kim has been a member of the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Louis Bellson, Bob Florence, Bill Holman, and Vinny Golia among others. His own Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra is a workshop for his writing, conducting and leading. His Ensemble (sextet) is a platform for more free-form expression and improvsation with the members playing and Kim's writing being the key factors.
Tune into Jazz Matinee with Chet Williamson and guest performers, The Jason Anick Trio. The Jason Anick Trio is an ever-revolving group of some of the best young jazz musicians in New England. The group performs uniquely arranged standards along with founding member Jason Anick's eclectic and soulful compositions. The group got together in January 2012 to begin recording Anick's second album as leader, Tipping Point (February 18, 2014), blending Anick originals that openly incorporate the influences of mainstream jazz, classical, new acoustic music, Gypsy jazz, swing, and hard bop with a wide-ranging swath of jazz classics. Tipping Point declares that for open-eared members of the 28-year-old string master’s generation, musical exclusion is a dead end. What tie together the various strains of Anick’s vision are his extraordinary command of his chosen instruments and the spirited contributions of the like-minded players that accompany him on this musical journey.
Inquiry welcomes LISSA WARREN, Vice President, Senior Director and Acquiring Editor of DaCapo Press. Her latest book is THE GOOD LUCK CAT: HOW A CAT SAVED A FAMILY AND A FAMILY SAVED A CAT. This touching and very frank memoir is a story of family love, loss and grief and how a family pet can give you real comfort in extremely difficult times. If you have a pet that you love dearly, don’t miss this show.
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