During the middle years of the 20th Century, graphic artists working for technical corporations and journals had to creatively depict some of the important new components for advertisements and promotional material. These artists employed the visual language of Modernism to make cathode ray tubes, printed circuits, punch cards, sonar, radar and semiconductors look interesting and colorful. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with cultural historian and archivist MEGAN PRELINGER about her new book INSIDE THE MACHINE: ART AND INVENTION IN THE ELECTRONIC AGE
Inquiry welcomes award-winning cartoonist, painter and educator CAROL TYLER to discuss her complex and moving new book SOLDIER’S HEART: THE CAMPAIGN TO UNDERSTAND MY WWII VETERAN FATHER. A DAUGHTER’S MEMOIR.
Canadian vocalist Amy Cervini discusses her combining jazz and country music on her CD “Jazz Country” and the fun she has with her female vocal trio Duchess and the different dynamic of singing with women vs. men.
Uncle Mark returns to the WICN airways to spin his unique brand of alternative rock from all eras a.k.a. POSITIVE NOISE Monday, DECEMBER 7 from 10PM TO 1AM. The featured artist that night will be the incomparable TRACEY THORN. And if all that music wasn't enough: Tune in for some special fundraising premiums: rock books that will make perfect holiday gifts.
He was there at the beginning of soul music, one of the best singers and songwriters to come out of the Chicago music scene. He was the original voice of The Impressions, he wrote with Otis Redding and had an amazing solo career. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Jerry Butler's birthday. It all starts at 7pm!
Kenny Wheeler's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn left deep impressions on generations of musicians. Two such devotees — trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler — revisited Wheeler's compositions after his death in 2014 at age 84. And in doing so, they realized they wanted to record their arrangements, paying tribute to the man who catalyzed their own careers. So Jensen, raised in Vancouver and now based in New York, traveled back across North America to meet Treseler, who resides in Seattle, to make the album and play a gig while they were there.
Jazz Night in America explores the legacy of Kenny Wheeler through the music that Jensen and Treseler arranged and performed live at the Royal Room in Seattle. They're accompanied by Jensen's working rhythm section — pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jon Wikan — and local vocalist Katie Jacobson Wheeler.
In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist in music. Frank's life post-Oscar was incredibly dense: in between recording albums and singles, he often shot four or five movies a year; did TV show and nightclub appearances; started his own label, Reprise; and juggled his considerable commercial ventures (movie production, the restaurant business, even prizefighter management) alongside his famous and sometimes notorious social activities and commitments. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is once again joined by Sinatra biographer and best selling author, James Kaplan.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Ann Lisi of the the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, They talk about the revival of Leadership Worcester. This episode aired originally on March 1, 2015.
The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and dozens of community leaders have come together to re-energize the popular Leadership Worcester program. The new program, which began this September, identified motivated individuals who aspire to take an active leadership role in Worcester and the surrounding towns and are interested in learning and honing new leadership skills for the long-term benefit of the community. The Leadership Worcester Class of 2015 is meant to represent all sectors of the community—business, non-profit, education, and government.
The nine-month program began with a two-day overnight retreat that bonded the group, determined individual leadership strengths and challenges, and provided a general context about Greater Worcester, its strengths, and opportunities. The sessions are taking place between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month from October to May, plus two evening networking events. Each session is exploring a regional topic and will help participants acquire an understanding of how critical issues affect Central Massachusetts.
Completed applications were due on April 1. Participants were notified of their acceptance by May. A nomination from an employer was recommended when an applicant was employed, and at least one letter of recommendation was required when an applicant was applying as a volunteer/resident or is self-employed. A limited amount of scholarship assistance was made possible through the generosity of Worcester foundations, including Fuller Foundation, Stoddard Charitable Trust, Hoche-Scofield, George I. Alden, and the Fletcher Foundation.
Tonight on Inquiry we present a special full hour conversation with journalist, writer, novelist and essayist JAMES KAPLAN about his monumental new biography: SINATRA: THE CHAIRMAN. This is the second volume of Kaplan’s definitive life of Frank Sinatra. Tune in tonight, while we talk about Sinatra’s relationship with Ava Gardner; President John F Kennedy, and the mob. Was there ever really a “Rat Pack”? What did arrangers like Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins bring to Sinatra’s recordings? What about his film career? All this and more tonight on Inquiry.
Singer, songwriter and Massachusetts native, Joelle Lurie talks with Bonnie Johnson about making “jazzed-up pop & popped-up jazz” with her trio; their debut album Take Me There and coming home for a holiday performance at Regattabar in Cambridge on December 8, 2015.
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