Flutist Dave Valentin, who has recorded over 15 albums, combines together the influence of pop, R&B, and Brazilian music with Latin jazz to create a slick and accessible form of crossover jazz.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk about some of the most unique creatures in the oceans when we speak with STEPHEN R. PALUMBI, Professor of Biology and Director of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University. His new book, written with his son writer and journalist Anthony R. Palumbi is titled THE EXTREME LIFE OF THE SEA. This book is a run down of some of the life found in the deepest, most shallow, coldest and warmest parts of the world’s oceans. This is natural history at it’s best. Tune in and learn about worms that turn snails into zombies, fish that skip over the land and a species of coral (pictured) that has been growing since before the pyramids were built.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and activist LEAH VINCENT about her harrowing memoir CUT ME LOOSE: SIN AND SALVATION AFTER MY ULTRA-ORTHODOX CHILDHOOD. This is a gripping and heart-wrenching account of Leah’s long process of breaking away from her very strict and conservative religious background and becoming her own person.
We revisit Judy’s conversation with Irish classical pianist John O’Conor, recorded at Steinway Hall in NYC and where she talked him into performing some jazz-inspired classical pieces on one of the many great Steinway grands sitting nearby.
A true soul survivor, Bobby turns 70 years old this week. Join host Tom Shaker as we take a look at his gospel career, his time with Sam Cooke & The Valentinos, and all his solo work, from the classic "Across 110th Street" to his many chart topping singles and albums. This is old school soul at its best. It all starts at 7pm!
Moacir Santos' career didn't invite casual listeners - he composed largely for radio, film, and television, rarely touring and never leading a band. But his ingenious combination of traditional Brazilian jazz tropes with futurist leanings is celebrated at Jazz At Lincoln Center with guitarist Mario Adnet, saxophonist Zé Nogueira, and an orchestra of Brazilian talent. Wendell Pierce hosts.
When she moved to Barrington, Rhode Island, Andrea Caesar was an active, happy, vivacious ten-year-old who loved to play kickball and hang from the monkey bars. A year later, Andrea had trouble catching her breath while running, was plagued by migraines, and battled constant muscle aches. Andrea had changed as a person; she was the kid who was always missing school. Although she did not know it at the time, she had contracted Borrelia burgdorferi, better known as Lyme disease. Caesar, who was finally diagnosed at age thirty-six, shares a raw and honest look inside the mind of a woman tormented by treatment in her pursuit of wellness. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Caesar about this disease and her advice to others.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, chair of Ivy Child International’s First Annual Mindful Kids Yogathon. They talk about the business of helping each child achieve their best.
Ivy Child is a non-profit organization for “teaching children to use their mindfulness, self-regulation and leadership to build their resilience, emotional intelligence and healthy habits for life.” On April 5, Ivy Child, which is based in both Georgia and Worcester, will hold New England’s first Mindful Kids Yogathon at the Boys and Girls Club in Worcester.
Mayor Wong, one of Ivy Child’s board members, is at the forefront of an important movement in child health. She is also in her fourth two-year term as mayor of the City of Fitchburg - having won her latest re-election last fall. Mayor Wong was first elected to that office in 2007 at the age of 28. She is the first minority mayor in Fitchburg and the first female Asian-American mayor in Massachusetts.
Mayor Wong has become known throughout the state as one of the most effective leaders in economic restructuring, environmental-affairs, and redevelopment projects. She and Salem Mayor Kimberly Driscoll co-chair the MassInc Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, which “envisions vibrant midsize cities driving regional economies.”
In the Pacific Northwest, there is a large group of underground mushroom foragers who make their living gathering mushrooms for high-end restaurants. Our guest tonight is Langdon Cook, writer and journalist, who got to know some of the key people in this interesting subculture that scours the deep woods from Alaska to California searching for the mother lode of chanterelles, porcinis, matsutake and even truffles. Tune in and listen to Langdon discuss his unique and fascinating book The Mushroom Hunters: On The Trail Of An Underground America.
Inquiry welcomes back writer and historian Lincoln Paine to continue our discussion about his monumental history The Sea And Civilization: A Maritime History Of The World. Tonight, we talk about Europe in the 15th and 16th Centuries, a time of exploration, conquest of the Indian Ocean and the “New World”, and changes in how countries thought about the ocean. This was the time of Prince Henry, Columbus, the spice trade and the escalation of the slave trade. If you love the sea and ships, don’t miss this show!
Catch Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer and his multi-Colors of Jazz when he speaks with Bonnie Johnson. Bringing his voice to the people through piano and creative musical collaborations, 2013 has paved the way to a year of many firsts for Iyer. Among them, he joined long time collaborator, poet and performer Mike Ladd to produce Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project, an album featuring U.S. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in a mix of spoken word interviews and original music that "capture[s] the poetry of war". Iyer also joined the 2013 class of MacArthur Foundation Fellows, receiving the coveted "genius" grant in September and later becoming a member of Harvard University's faculty as the first Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in January 2014.
Quite the "renaissance" man, Vijay Iyer is featured among artists and celebrities in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. Notably, this is the Smithsonian Institute’s "first in-depth examination into the history of Indian Americans in the United States". Over the years, the pianist has played alongside trio members drummer Marcus Gilmore and bassist Stephan Crump as well as highly acclaimed jazz instrumentalists and mentors such as Steve Coleman, Andrew Hill, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell and Rudresh Mahanthappa. With eighteen albums to his name, Iyer's latest CD Mutations , is just being released. The commissioned work composed for a chamber ensemble of piano, strings and electronic music highlights Iyer's Mutations I-X and is his debut recording on the ECM label.
On March 14, 2014, the 75th Celebrity Series of Boston brings Vijay Iyer Trio to the stage at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge with three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky for the latest iteration of POEMJAZZ. Tune in at 4pm-EST.
Photo Credit: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn: http://vijay-iyer.com
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