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Programming Highlights

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra's old haunt called "Jilly's." Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on "Sweet Lorraine," "Come Fly with Me," and more - with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 7:00pm

In 1973, Dobie Gray's hit single "Drift Away" went gold.  A decade earlier his "The In Crowd" landed in the Top 10. Long revered in the Northern Soul scene and on the country music charts, Dobie Gray leaves a rich musical legacy. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate this "lost soul's' birthday. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 6:00pm

Canadian singer takes a straightforward, swinging approach to the Standards. Judy talks with her and her guitarist Jordan Officer on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland about their somewhat retro approach to jazz and how that interest developed.

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 7:00pm

Some tracks from artists who were at the 2014 NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL—Nickel Creek and Dan Blakeslee, to name just two—over the first two hours; over the last two hours, Bob Dylan songs covered by other artists (Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Ian & Sylvia, Pete Seeger, the Byrds, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Jefferson Starship, and even Mylie Cyrus, to name just a few).

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + 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. This episode aired originally on March 2, 2014.

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, held 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.”

Monday, August 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

"Mambo," translated from Kikongo (the Creole language of Cuba), means "conversation with the gods." With Afro-Cuban rhythms and other notes from this divine conversation, Cuban bassist "Cachao" Lopez (and his brother) enlightened the jazz world and brought forth the mambo. Led by bassist Carlos Henriquez, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra rocks Rose Theater with the ultimate "discarga" jam session, in honor of the late "Cachao." Wendell Pierce hosts.

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Bill & Eli Perras will be live in-studio guests, and there will be tracks from newly acquired CDs, plus a few old favorites

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Douglas Quattrochi (shown, left), part-time executive director of the Worcester Property Owners Association since December 2013. He’s also full-time COO of Artist Bomb in Lowell, an angel-funded startup in the live-music industry. Steve’s other guest is Rich Trifone (shown, right), WPOA’s membership coordinator and a Realtor with RE/Max Vision. Both Doug and Rich own residential rental properties. This episode aired originally on March 16, 2014.

They talk about the challenges and opportunities for landlords in a still-struggling economy.

The Worcester Property Owners Association is Worcester County’s oldest landlord group.  The organization was formed in the 1940s, formally incorporated in Massachusetts in the 1980s, and restructured as a modern, not-for-profit trade organization in 2013.

Beginning in the ‘40s prominent businessmen such as the late Israel Katz, Arthur LaRiviere and others organized to deal with the rental-business challenges of the day. The focus was legislative, and this was to remain an important focus through to the present day.

In the mid ‘60s, Leo Charbonneau and Ed Edison came in and called the group the Landlord’s Guild.  This group functioned until 1970, when Irving Coven formally rebranded it as the Rental Housing Association of Worcester County.

The Worcester group developed cohesiveness through the oil-embargo days of the late ‘70s, which were very challenging.  Sudden increases in heating oil-prices triggered rent increases for apartments with “utilities included,” and this in turn brought out counterproductive actions by tenant groups, including very serious talk of rent control.

This movement was narrowly defeated here in Massachusetts on a statewide basis. However, certain communities such Cambridge became subject to local rent-control laws.

In the late ‘70s, the name was changed to Worcester Property Owners Association. In the ‘80s, under the guidance of Haskell Morin and Bob Sweeney, it grew to one of the largest organizations of its kind.

In the late ‘80s, WPOA presidents Irene Chiavalloti and JoAn Geissler worked to overturn rent control in Cambridge. They joined with the Mass Rental Housing Association and other landlord groups all over the state. In 1994, rent control was overturned.

Without a need for urgent political action, the WPOA developed a focus on education, legal compliance, and operational efficiency. Bills presented to the state legislature without landlord input were dealt with as they came up.

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates the "soulful erudition" of the late pianist Mulgrew Miller and the "taut, molten" music of saxophonist Kenny Garrett. Miller's untimely passing in May, 2013 turned this concert partially into a tribute, with the JLCO premiering new arrangements of both his and Garrett's compositions. Garrett performs, with arrangements by Chris Crenshaw and Vincent Gardner. Wendell Pierce hosts.

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