Trumpeter Leroy Jones started playing New Orleans back when Bourbon Street was lined with jazz clubs instead of bars. The city has changed since then and Leroy has evolved right along with it. He’s led second lines with the Fairview Brass Band and its successor, The Leroy Jones Hurricane Brass Band, played club gigs with modern jazz combos, and toured with Harry Connick Jr’s band for two decades. Always dapper and always swinging, Leroy Jones is known in the Big Easy as the “Keeper of the Flame” for keeping these New Orleans traditions foremost in his playing and his personal character. He brings his septet to the historic Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville, LA for a special Big Easy Jazz Night in America.
One word says it all. It's William "Smokey" Robinson's birthday and we're going to celebrate all the great music he's made on this edition of The Soul Serenade.
It all starts at 7pm!
Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning "Duets II" CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, k.d. lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey. Tony and his collaborators received the Grammy for "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" as well as the Grammy for "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" for his duet, "Body and Soul" with Amy Winehouse.
We were blown away by the group of Boston-area musicians that make up the stellar, or should we say "solar" collaboration we called "Corona," because, a corona is the crown around the sun...blindingly brilliant, blazing, and hot. That pretty much describes this group of brilliant players from around the World who met in Boston and who make music that will blow you away. Drummer Nahum Corona introduced us to this talented ensemble ...thanks, Nahum~
Each hour a different theme, and host Nick Noble just will call on listeners to guess each theme as it unfolds!
Around the world, our oceans and seas are experiencing a bizarre and frightening phenomena: jellyfish blooms. The appearance of many thousands of jellyfish, preventing fishing, gumming up ships and creating general panic. So, why are they appearing? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back scientist LISA-ANN GERSHWIN, director of the Australian Marine Stinger Advisory Services. We will be talking about her book STUNG! ON JELLYFISH BLOOMS AND THE FUTURE OF THE OCEAN.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk about the recent 2017 HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION at ANNA MARIA COLLEGE. Our in-studio guests are DAVID WACKELL, Administrative Assisstant, Lecturer and Preparator at Anna Maria; JAIMEE TABORDA, instructor from Oxford High School; and artists in the exhibition ERIN REID, MEG BUAREGARD, OLIVIA OBREBSKI, GRACE BOUTIETTE, MORGAN AMOUR and BECCA HOPE.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm. They talk about ending racism in farming and food. This episode aired originally on July 31, 2016.
Soul Fire Farm, located in Petersburg, New York, is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. The farm raises life-giving food and acts in solidarity with people marginalized by what’s known as “food apartheid.” With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, the farm works to reclaim our collective right to belong to the Earth and to have agency in the food system.
Soul Fire Farm brings diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health and environmental justice. The farm is training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.
As a farmer, food justice activist and educator, Leah Penniman, co-director of the non-profit Soul Fire Farm, is working to dismantle the oppressive structures that misguide our food system. She backs that mission with an incredible work ethic, sharp intellect and a deep passion for racial equality in land ownership and food production, She is a part-time high school science teacher, was a 2015 Fulbright Fellow and co-founded YouthGROW in Worcester.
More than two million students are enrolled in for-profit colleges, from the small family-run operations to the behemoths brandished on billboards, subway ads, and late-night commercials. These schools have been around just as long as their bucolic not-for-profit counterparts, yet shockingly little is known about why they have expanded so rapidly in recent years—during the so-called Wall Street era of for-profit colleges. Are they legit? Tune in Sunday evening February 26 at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and educator Tressie McMillan Cottom about her new book; LOWER ED.
A few old favorites, but also a bunch of tracks from CDs recently arrived at the station.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with BENJAMIN KLEIN. He teaches European and world history at California State University, East Bay. He is also the nephew of photographer Irwin Klein. Benjamin Klein has edited a beautiful new book of Irwin Klein’s photography: IRWIN KLEIN AND THE NEW SETTLERS: PHOTOGRAPHS OF COUNTERCULTURE IN NEW MEXICO. Tune in an dlearn about the life of Irwin Klein and about the commune culture in the southwest.
Inquiry welcomes back DONALD KROODSMA. He is a well-known authority on birdsong and professor emeritus if ornithology at the University of Massachusetts. A few years back, Kroodsma was wrestling with what he wanted from his academic career and he decided to bicycle across America with his 24 year old son, listening to the changing avifauna along the way. It was a great adventure. His account of this road trip is told in the new book LISTENING TO A CONTINENT SING: BIRDSONG BY BICYCLE FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC. This is a unique book that you not only read, but listen to. Tune in and learn all about it.
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