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Programming Highlights

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

For those who haven't had the good fortune to attend a jazz festival this summer, Jazz Night has a ticket just for you — section A, row 1 for The Robert Glasper Experiment.

Glasper is a multi-Grammy winning pianist, composer and producer who has worked with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Kendrick Lamar. He plays across the worlds of jazz and R&B, innovating new boundaries across and between both. And his star-stacked ensemble, performing since 2012, is always evolving their neo-soul, hip-hop infused sound.

Glasper played a couple of summer shows in New York City, for Brooklyn Information and Culture — one of the largest free cultural programming centers in the city — at the Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in August 2016 and another in June, at the iconic SummerStage Mainstage in Central Park. This set features Glasper's usual genre-blending virtuosity and culminates with vocalist Bilal on the last tune, All Matter, which deviates into a mind-blowing Nirvana, Mobb Deep jam.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 7:00pm

Tonight celebrate the solar eclipse the Soul Serenade way! Songs about the moon, sun and sky will will give you a "total eclipse of the heart" featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, The Isleys and more. It all starts at 7pm. Eclipse glasses optional!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Steinway CEO planned on a career as a concert pianist, studying at Julliard and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Artistic talent and business skills are not often paired but in Ron’s case they were.  Ron talks about his transition from performer to businessman, how he wishes jazz were part of his musical training and how he feels the presentation of sophisticated music has changed over the years.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

Norwegian born musician and composer Yngvil is a spirited, multi-talened stage performer and bandleader. She composes and produces music that is Jazz, Blues, Contemporary and Experimental and, very cool.

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:00pm

Old favorites, tracks from new CDs, and surprise visits from special guests highlight four hours of great music with host Nick Noble.  Tune in and enjoy!

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with tenor saxophonist, conductor, author, educator and jazz historian LOREN SCHOENBERG about the discovery and release of over 100 hours of previously lost recordings by some of the greatest performers in jazz: THE SAVORY COLLECTION.

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with GORDON B. ARNOLD. He is a professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art, where he teaches film and art history. His new book is ANIMATION AND THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION: A BRIEF HISTORY. Tune in tonight and listen as we talk about the beginnings of American animation and characters like Gertie, Felix, Betty Boop and a certain mouse.

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of ‘The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Skyllar Mullvaney, founder of the Horses and Heroes Foundation. They talk about the charitable business of honoring police officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. This episode aired originally on April 30, 2017.

Based in Revere, the Horses and Heroes Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization that purchases and names horses after police officers who have been either slain in the line of duty or involved in a selfless and heroic act while on duty. To date, the Foundation has bought for $1,000 each and donated 17 such horses in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut, Louisiana, Nevada and Virginia.

On May 6, 2017 in Auburn, the Horses and Heroes Foundation dedicated the naming of police horse “Tarentino Strong” in honor of fallen Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Officer Tarentino was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on Rochdale Street, near Zabelle Avenue, in Auburn shortly after midnight on May 23, 2016. An occupant of the vehicle opened fire on him during as he approached the car, striking him multiple times. He was transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him fled the scene, but was later located at an Oxford apartment building. As officers searched the apartment he was believed to have been hiding in they discovered a secret passage into an adjoining apartment. When the officers made entry into the second apartment the subject exited a closet and opened fire, wounding one Massachusetts State Police tactical team trooper before being killed.

Officer Tarentino had served with the Auburn Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Leicester Police Department. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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