Radio France describes vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant as "disarmingly musical." In her early twenties, she's already won the Thelonious Monk competition and gained the ear of Wynton Marsalis. On this week's Piano Jazz, Salvant discusses her journey to discover jazz, and host Weber accompanies her on "I Can't Dance" and "A Fine Romance."
Special songs from special artistes: each hour a different collection of tracks highlighting a different theme or particular style. There will also be conversations with a handful of special guests who will also be sharing their music. Stay tuned for more information!
The Wall Street Journal calls him “the Hippest Harpist,” playing a 32-string instrument from Colombia (his homeland) and Venezuela. To packed houses, the Music of the Americas series presented Castañeda in three concerts with his trio – saxophonist Shlomi Cohen and drummer/percussionist David Silliman. Guests are vocalist Andrea Tierra, bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto, vibraphonist Joe Locke, flutist Itai Kriss, and cuatro legend Jorge Glem. Imagine the possibilities! We have highlights.
Americas Society’s presentation of the Edmar Castañeda Trio and Friends on JazzSet is supported by Presenting Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
How does Hollywood view the institution of marriage? Tonight on Inquiry, my guest is Jeanine Basinger, Chair of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and curator of the Cinema Archives there. She has written none previous books on film, and "I Do and I don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies" is an insightful, witty and thought provoking history of the evolution of marriage in the movies. Tune in for a wonderful conversation about celluloid marital bliss.
Artist and teacher BARRY VAN DUSEN returns to Inquiry to talk about his new work, his teaching, and working with Guy Tudor on the monumental Birds of Brazil. Barry has a new show up at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, where he is the Resident Artist this year, titled BIRDS, BEASTS, AND BLOSSOMS: PAINTINGS BY BARRY VAN DUSEN. This exhibition will feature a wide range of his beautiful watercolor paintings. For directions, times and other information, go to: http://www.towerhillbg.org/
In this edition we will talk with Joe Grafton of the American independent Business Alliance and Julie Theriault of Worcester Local First.
Joe Grafton is director of development and community engagement for the American Independent Business Alliance, also known as AMIBA.
He has dedicated the last decade of his life to shifting culture and paradigms to support sustainable local economies and community-based businesses.
He is the founding executive director and a current board member at Somerville Local First – a leading local-business alliance – a board member at the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, a steering-committee member of the New England Local Economy Network, co-chair of the Pioneer Valley Slow Money Chapter, and director and treasurer for the Together Festival, Boston's version Austin's South By Southwest.
Joe brings skills and experience in fund-raising, speaking, training, marketing, social media, operations and planning to AMIBA.
He focuses on driving resources to the localization movement while engaging and supporting AMIBA leaders.
Julie Theriault is executive director of Worcester Local First.
She has more than 15 years of experience in business management, in the areas of hiring, training, merchandising, inventory and payroll.
From 2002 to 2007, Julie was manager of The Gap stores in Leominster and Montreal.
From 1997 to 2002, she was store director of Birks & Sons in the Montreal area.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I'm a past coordinator of Worcester Local First.
Michael Gerhardt is one of Americas leading authorities on Constitutional law. In his new book " The Forgotten Presidents" he documents how some of our lesser presidents did indeed distinguish themselves by the way they shaped constitutional order in this country. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by historian Michael Gerhardt. This segment will certainly get you thinking.
'La Perfecta' - pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri's first band - aptly describes his perfect mix of driving Afro-Cuban grooves and jazz rhythms. Palmieri takes the helm with two of his ensembles - the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra and Afro-Caribbean Jazz Octet - in this high-octane retrospective, honoring his half century of music.
Even Simon Cowell was wowed by vocalist Melinda Doolittle, on the sixth season of American Idol, and although he said she should have won, she placed third in the competition. Melinda discusses what her music education and career as a back up singer brings to the solo career she enjoys now.
Bassist Linda Oh was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, and moved to Western Australia where she started out playing bass in rock bands. Since discovering the double bass, Oh become a steady presence on the scene whether playing with a string quartet, composing for film, or covering the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Oh brings her unique low end flavor to this set with Jon Weber.
Prohibition was intended to stifle vice - but instead, it nourished clubs run by organized crime and created a hot bed for jazz - where "The parties were bigger…the pace was faster…and the morals were looser" (F. Scott Fitzgerald). Ken burns joins host Wendell Pierce to bring us the sound of the speakeasies. Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and James P. Johnson are on the menu as Doug Wamble and Vince Giordano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Trombone virtuoso talks about the influence his trombone-playing father Bill Allred had on him growing up and what it takes to be a great player in every setting.
Vocalist Marissa Mulder has made her mark on the New York cabaret scene with a voice that recalls the legendary Blossom Dearie. She earned a spot on the Times Square Chronicles' Top Ten list in 2011, and her current show, Illusions, has gained acclaim. This week Mulder and host Weber talk about bringing new life to old standards and perform a set of the songs that she holds dear.
Trumpet man Wayne Bergeron is known for his amazing high notes and studio work, and making everyone else sound great. In Judy’s 2007 discussion with Wayne he revealed what it was like to finally record under his own name and receive a Grammy nomination for his efforts.
Banjoist Cynthia Sayer is regarded as one of the best in the world, able to perform in virtually any genre. Her accolades include the National Banjo Hall of Fame, a New York Philharmonic appearance, and performing for two US Presidents. She's played with director Woody Allen's jazz band for over ten years, and on this week's show Sayer diplays a fresh take on an old time sound.
“I think I’m the only Chinese/American Big Band Leader in the country,” says George Gee, and a more enthusiastic proponent of this music cannot be found. George discusses keeping this music alive and the great advice he got from his mentor Count Basie.
Award-winning vocalist Karen Oberlin is one of the premier interpreters of the Great American Songbook. She's also a theater veteran whose credits include the first stage production of Rent as well as more than one hundred Off- Broadway performances of the hit show Our Sinatra. On this week's Piano Jazz, Oberlin presents an intimate set of timeless music.
Author, educator and classical and jazz pianist Stuart Isacoff explains how the openness and improvisation of jazz has affected his writing and other creative endeavors.
As the keyboardist for the trio Medeski, Martin, & Wood, John Medeski has brought jazz & fusion to rock audiences for more than two decades. He recently began playing solo piano performances in venues world-wide. This week Medeski joins host Jon Weber to perform new pieces from his solo piano album as well as a surprising duet or two.
Pianist/composer talks about his work for Woody Allen and early TV.
French singer Mina Agossi draws on opera, hip hop and jazz to create her unique approach to the Great American Songbook.
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