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Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:00pm

An annual event on THE FOLK REVIVAL: four hours of maritime songs—sea shantys, forebitters, ballads, and more! Broadcast LIVE in front of an audience from the WICN Performance Studio, in anticipation of the upcoming Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival (9/23-25). Featuring Linn Schulz, Emery Hutchins, Sue Young, and many others.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 6:00pm

In this program we continue our adventure with Max Ridley, a Boston-based bassist and composer has assembled a plethora of imaginative musicians who take his Jazz creation in and out of expected conceptions. This time we hear more of their influences and sounds, including the tap dancing! They call themselves the Basement Show Philharmonic and we welcome them back to Farm for more phil-harmony.


Max Ridley/Bass,Voice
Ryan Renteria/Guitar
Gabriele Milozzi/Sax
Peter Barnick/Drums
Matt Hull/Trumpet
Zoe Rose Dapaz/Violin,Voice
Ian Berg/Tap Dancing

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 11:00am

“It’s alive!!!” Tonight on Inquiry we return to the laboratory, when we continue our conversation about MONSTROUS PROGENY: A HISTORY OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NARRATIVES with authors LESTER D. FRIEDMAN (professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges in Geneva New York) and ALLISON B. KAVEY (an associate professor of early modern history at CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City). Tonight we will consider the “creature” and the ancient story of the Nephilim, whether the creature has a soul,  and look at more contemporary films that extend the Frankenstein narrative. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 6:00pm

Britain’s go-to guy for swinging interpretations of the standards, which he’s performed in various venues around the world, as well as a royal appearance at Buckingham Palace.

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

Not that!!

We're talking about a soul legend and one of the greatest singers ever!

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Otis Redding's birth date on this edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 6:00pm

Like many a jazz label throughout history, Prestige Records was a small, independent company which happened to document greats: musicians like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk, among others. Last year marked its 65th anniversary.

Among the festivities was a performance led by drummer Jamison Ross. A recent winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the 26-year-old's roots in jazz and gospel give him thrilling chops and unfailing feel. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ross' trio took on highlights from the Prestige catalog — specifically, tracks recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, who engineered many of jazz's all-time-great sessions on Prestige or otherwise. Van Gelder was also in the house to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Jazz Night In America airs that set by the Jamison Ross Trio, featuring fellow rising stars Melissa Aldana (tenor saxophone) and Mike Rodriguez (trumpet).

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:30pm

This week Al speaks with Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Jay Solomon. In his new book: The Iran Wars he discusses the historic and potentially disastrous Obama administrations Iran nuclear deal and that country’s decades-long power struggle with the United States. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a riveting discussion.

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Mauro DePasquale, executive director of Worcester Community Cable Access and band leader, singer and pianist for Jazzed Up. This episode aired originally on January 17, 2016.
WCCA is a 501(c)3 charitable, non-profit corporation that administers public-access cable television for Worcester. WCCA operates WCCA TV on Channel 194 – formerly Channel 13 - on Charter Cable’s Worcester system.
The mission of WCCA is to:

  • Advance democratic ideals by ensuring the people have access to electronic media
  • Provide a platform for first amendment rights and for artistic and cultural expression
  • Promote co-operative relations with those who serve the public interest
  • Promote communication through community use of media

During the past four years, Jazzed Up has served as “house band” for Luciano's at Union Station, Byblos, Coral Seafood and Summer Series at Wayside Inn, has made regular appearances at Oxford’s Casual Dining, and Marlboro’s Fish Restaurant and Wine Bar. They performed at Governor Charlie Baker's Inaugural, on WCCA TV, and right here on 90.5 WICN.
Jazzed Up can also be made available as a quartet or full orchestra. The trio can fit any music need, including cocktail hours, concerts, fundraisers, dinner music, holiday parties, corporate events, lounges, film- and recording-session support, and more.

Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 9:00pm

Have you ever been surprised by finding out that a person at a party has the same birthday as you? Have you ever traveled to another country and bumped into someone you know well? Coincidences always amaze us, but what are the actual chances that any odd event like these can happen? Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back Joseph Mazur, author and emeritus professor of mathematics at Marlboro College to talk about his enjoyable new book Fluke: The Math And Myth Of Coincidence.

Teenage girls today are almost always on the cell phones, communicating with friends and potential romantic interests. But what is this social media world like for young women? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with award-winning journalist Nancy Jo Sales about her new book American Girls: Social Media And The Secret Lives Of Teenagers. What she discovered is disturbing and shocking. Don’t miss this show!

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

An eclectic mix of folk classics and newer songs by contemporary artists, as well as an interview with the Six String Soldiers—the U.S. Army Field Band.


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