On this edition of Jazz Matinee, veteran arts writer and freelance photographer Ken Franckling will be on the air with host Chet Williamson. Franckling's latest book Jazz in the Key of Light is a self-published collection of music photography featuring spotlight musicians.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer CHRISTOPHER MILLER who has compiled and hilarious and fascinating encyclopedia of funny objects and conventions from the comics, jokes and films of the early decades of the Twentieth Century. Included are citations on anvils, hen-pecked husbands, B.O., pie fights, Limburger Cheese and so much more. If you have ever watched a Three Stooges short and wondered what “alum” was, tune in tonight when we discuss: AMERICAN CORNBALL: A LAFFOPEDIC GUIDE TO THE FORMERLY FUNNY.
The great British drummer discusses his wide range of influences and his work with Scott Hamilton, John Bunch, Barry Harris and other jazz giants.
Join host Chet Williamson while he speaks with saxophonist and composer Eric Schugren. Originating from Berkeley, CA, Schugren relocated to New York City in 2008 after receiving an Ethnomusicology degree from UCLA. Check out Schugren's latest collaboration with drummer Vin Scialla on an album titled Wake Up!
Laura Nyro has influenced a generation of writers, musicians and singers with her rare combination of street smarts, spirituality and soul! Iconic songs like "Wedding Bell Blues," "Eli's Coming" & "Stoned Soul Picnic" sound as fresh today as when they were written over 50 years ago. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the birthdate of a true American music genius. It all starts at 7pm!
In the late 1960s, when trumpeter Miles Davis was leading his famous second quintet, saxophonist Wayne Shorter wrote a series of new works featuring Davis with orchestra. When the quintet broke up, Shorter put the scores away. Now, trumpeter Wallace Roney - a protégé of Davis - has received the scores from Shorter and prepared them for a performance at the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival. Jazz Night in America presents the very first recording of “Universe” and other rare Wayne Shorter works performed by the Wallace Roney Orchestra, featuring Victor Gould (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Lenny White (drums) and members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Our guest this afternoon is acclaimed blues pianist and singer Marcia Ball, who's in town for her performance on Thursday October 23rd at The Bull Run in Shirley, MA. Marcia's 2011 release Roadside Attractions drew quite the attraction as a Grammy nominee for Best Blues Album, her fifth nomination to date.
Since 1860, the Tenuta Santa Maria winery in Italy has belonged to the Bertani family, and for the past 150 years, they have engaged in the cultivation of vines. Gaetano Bertani established his commitment to the land in 1971.Today his son Giovanni is running the winery and turning out wonderful aromatic wines that are food friendly and delicious. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Giovanni Bertani who is here touring the United States as ambassador for his family winery. Hear how this wine making family is proudly looking ahead and hopeful that future generations will continue the long standing tradition of Italian winemaking.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic Partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Lauren Monroe, director, and Adam Morrison Zelny, assistant director of Worcester Think Tank. They talk about building on Worcester’s newfound entrepreneurial spirit. This episode aired originally on June 8, 2014.
The Think Tank is a for-profit business that’s located in the former Sprinkler Factory building on Harlow Street - just off Worcester’s Lincoln Street. The center’s mission is to provide an academic-resource center where youth and adults can come together for personal, social and intellectual growth.
The Think Tank offers concentrations of study from a passionate, patient and talented staff, sensitive to the values of diverse backgrounds and unique learning styles. The center is a safe learning environment where mutual respect, inclusion and support for each other’s learning processes are essential. The goal is to encourage students to be life-long learners who carry their talents and inspiration into the wider world.
The Think Tank has five guiding principles:
- Provide an interactive, hands-on learning environment with small classroom sizes, where students don't just learn - they also experience
- Provide an inclusive experience where students, parents, and teachers all play important roles in the center's evolution
- Provide a learning environment where emotional and physical safety is a top priority
- Select staff for their ability to communicate effectively, share enthusiasm and create a safe and supportive environment for students
- Collaborate with local organizations in the development of innovative courses and workshops for youth and adults
Artist, writer and curator Matt Freedman decided to write and draw four pages in his journal every day he underwent extremely complicated and painful chemo and radiation therapy for cancers in his mouth and tongue. This journal was photo-reproduced in the book Relatively Indolent but Relentless: A Cancer Treatment Journal. This is a powerful and very funny look into Matt’s mind and body as he suffered the tortures of the damned just trying to get well.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and journalist Sam Kean about his fascinating history The Take of the Dueling Nuerosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness and Recovery. In tonight’s show we talk about Phineas Gage, the man who had a long tamping bar pass through the middle of his brain and lived to tell about it. We also learn about the frightening Capgras Delusion in which a person believes his loved ones have been replaced by duplicates. In each of these cases, something important is revealed about how our brains are structured and how they function. Tune in and find out if free will is really an illusion.
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The Bull Run has been a Tavern for centuries and their philosophy is simple: use only the freshest ingredients from area small farms and providers; treat the staff and the talent like gold; support the local events and institutions that truly create community; and bring world-class entertainment to Central Massachusetts.