What would it sound like if someone bridged the gap between big band jazz and classic hip-hop anthems? Between Art Blakey and A Tribe Called Quest; between Freddie Hubbard and J. Dilla? One answer is offered by trumpeter Igmar Thomas, the founder and musical director of the Revive Big Band. Between originals, standard jazz repertoire and orchestrations of contemporary classics, Thomas aligns a multi-generational ensemble with a black music tradition that leads to the present day.
Current immigration levels—the highest in U.S. history—undermine efforts to achieve a more economically just and ecologically sustainable society. So says Colorado State University professor and author, Phil Cafaro. He argues that Political progressives favoring a more equitable distribution of wealth, economic security for workers and their families, the preservation of other species on the American landscape, and the political empowerment of common citizens should support reducing immigration into the United States. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Cafaro about his new book, How Many Is Too Many.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR+ Best Rate of Climb, interviews Lisa Piehler (shown, right), executive director, and Elizabeth Wambui (shown, center), major-gifts associate, for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts and Lauren Petit (shown, left), manager of communications and community relations for Saint-Gobain Corporation, one of the sponsors of the Red Cross Central Mass. chapter's 2015 Hometown Heroes. They talk about what it takes to be a Red Cross Central Mass. Hometown Hero. Shown, is a Red Cross photo of some past Hometown Heroes.
Each April, the American Red Cross of Central Mass. holds its Hometown Heroes Breakfast. And each year during that event, local people who have done remarkable things in the community are honored. The annual signature event, which this year takes place on April 8, began as a way to honor the heroes of September 11, 2001. In the years since, it has grown into a celebration of the courage, kindness and unselfish character displayed by incredible people across Central Mass.
Past honorees include people who have had an extraordinary impact on the community or fellow man by saving a life or through community service. Members of the community are invited to nominate a local hero for consideration. Honorees will be selected by a committee of individuals from the local community, including former award recipients.
Here are the 2015 Hometown Heroes honorees, in alphabetical order by last name:
- Mark E. Leary of Fitchburg, who helped pull a man from a burning building in Fitchburg
- Kaitlin K. O’Connell of Leominster, who donated a kidney to a person that she did not know
- Terry and Pam Parker of Charlton, who founded Nick’s House, a home for returning veterans suffering from PTSD, in memory of their son, Nick Perry
- Darlene Russell of Gardner, who helped rescue a mother and her baby from their burning car on I-190
This year’s Britney Gengel International Humanitarian Award will be awarded to a group of doctors and nurses for their work in response to the Ebola crisis. The group is comprised of:
- ACCEL (Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia) of theGreater Worcester area
- Moses Makor of Worcester, who worked with the Liberian Association of Worcester County to raise awareness and funds to combat Ebola
- Richard Sacra, MD, of Holden, who contracted Ebola, was cured, and has returned to Liberia continue his work
Here are the 2015 Hometown Heroes honorable mentions, in alphabetical order by last name:
- Engineers Without Borders USA – Worcester Polytechnic Institute Student Chapter in Worcester, which, through a Global Grant from Rotary International, is embarking on a expanded project to harvest rainwater in Guachtuq, Guatemala. This will bring a much-needed clean-water supply to additional households in this community
- Michael McCallan of National Grid, who, through his role as director of emergency planning, is training employees on how to respond to emergency situations
- Senior Allied Help Students in Worcester, which hosted a CPR marathon at Worcester Technical High School that certified 135 people.
- Staff Sergeant Daniel R. Papagno of Clinton, who was the only person to assist a Worcester police officer in restraining a young man wielding a gun as a crowed stood and watched
- Kevin Shaughnessy of Worcester, who has worked to improve the lives of veterans in Worcester through his work with Habitat for Humanity and Veterans Inc.
- Laura Wonderlie of Worcester, who has implemented a literacy plan at the Seven Hills Charter Public School in Worcester to help improve reading levels of students from kindergarten through grade 8
Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with artist RAÚL III. Raul has just illustrated the fantastic new graphic novel LOWRIDERS IN SPACE, which was written by Cathy Camper. This wonderful and wild new book is perfect for young readers from ages 8 and up to adults. Tune in and learn about how to trick out a custom car with different parts of the universe, how to draw a black hole and all about lowrider culture. “Bajito y suavecito”.
BARRY B. POWELL, the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, returns to Inquiry to talk about his new dynamic translation of one of the greatest epics in the world: HOMER’S THE ODYSSEY.
Celebrate International Women's Day when Host Bonnie Johnson talks with Tania Vinokur about "[her] mesmerizing performance that spans from Classical music to Oriental sounds, from Flamenco to Jazz and from Pop to Electronic music". One might describe Ms. Vinokur as a chameleon, changing her "channels of expression" including vocals and percussion. The multi-instrumentalist transcends her Israeli culture, the genres and the globe; born in Moldova and now living in Israel, she is a classically trained violinist and ballet dancer.
So many folk songs have religious and spiritual themes, so here’s four hours of the best!
Kenny Shanker is a saxophonist, pianist, vocalist, and award-winning composer. A gifted musician, Shanker had an ear for composing music and playing the saxophone. Join Chet as he interviews Kenny, live on WICN!
Ian Dury was a unique British musical talent. The music he made with his band The Blockheads was part funk, part music hall and part rock. His stage presence was that of a rowdy entertainer, a “lawless brat from a council flat”, not a rock star. Nobody sounded like Ian, before or since. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back journalist RICHARD BALLS to talk about his wild biography that takes it’s title from one of Dury’s iconic anthems: SEX AND DRUGS AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: THE LIFE OF IAN DURY.
Kevin Fort is a Chicago based jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He has been an active performer in Chicago for nearly 15 years and has worked with such notable musicians as John Clayton, Bill Watrous, Ramsey Lewis, Wayne Bergeron, and Rick Baptist. Join Chet as he interviews Kevin!
Bassist Jay Leonhart starting playing multiple instruments as a child and by his early teens had his own TV show with his banjo-playing brother Bill. Leonhart eventually found his home on the bass, but kept the variety going with collaborations with everyone from Judy Garland and Carly Simon to Sinatra and Sting.
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