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Programming Highlights

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

Minneapolis based singer talks with Judy about her influences from Lambert Hendricks and Ross to the Beatles and to Django Reinhardt, whose music inspired her latest CD, “All The Cats."

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Don Davis, a friend and frequent guest musician at DreamFarm, has played for us numerous times times as well as performed on several of Julie’s albums. Don plays, soprano/alto/tenor and bass saxophones, various flutes clarinet, percussion and even his teeth! He has performed live and recorded with scores of well-known and accomplished musicians of all sorts. It takes great skill and versatility to contribute to so many different bands so well, while weaving his very own signature sounds and ideas tastefully into the mix. His resume is a road map for a most interesting musical journey that starts right here at the farm.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

Shlomit & RebbeSoul is the mesmerizing duo of Shlomit Levi, one of Israel’s finest vocalists, and Bruce Burger, a.k.a. RebbeSoul, recording artist from America who created what is now the modern version of Jewish Roots and World Music.  Israeli-born Shlomit recently moved to the US and Californian RebbeSoul emigrated to Israel, thus truly blending cultures.

The songs are in Hebrew, English, Arabic, Yemenite, and Aramaic.  The instruments played come from numerous countries including: Russia (balalaika), Middle East (riq, darbouka, finger cymbals, ney, daf and bendir), Brazil (caxixi, Pandro), and Yemen (oil can).  Altogether, it creates a unique blend of World Music with a distinct Yemenite spice. These infectious grooves and memorable melodies combine to create a wholly new and exciting genre that has earned attention in Israel, the UK, and now the US.

http://www.shlomit-rebbesoul.com/

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 9:00pm

In the 17th Century, more than 350,000 English people crossed the Atlantic to become colonists in what would later be called America. They still considered themselves “English” and their relationship over the decades with what they considered their homeland was complex. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MALCOM GASKILL, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. His new book is titled BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: HOW THE ENGLISH BECAME AMERICANS. This history of the evolution of the colonists feelings about England is a “national history without borders, an English epic told through stories of adventure.” Tune in and hear a very different perspective on Early American history.

Otis Shepard and Dorothy Van Gorder were two gifted artists who married and teamed up to produce some of the most eye-catching and beautiful outdoors advertising in the middle decades of the 20th Century. Through their friendship with P.K. Wrigley of Wrigely’s gum, they also got to completely redesign Catalina Island and the Chicago Cubs. Their graphic art helped bring modernist design to America and helped to visually define an era. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with art director and design historian NORMAN HATHAWAY. With writer and editor Dan Nadel, he has written a stunningly beautiful book about these two unrecognized graphic artists who helped create the look of modern America: DOROTHY AND OTIS: DESIGNING THE AMERICAN DREAM.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Jill Dagilis (shown, center), executive director of the Worcester Community Action Council, and Charla Hixon (shown, right), director of WCAC’s Jobs and Education Center. They talk about ending family homelessness. (They are posing with Ellen Ganley, WCAC's director of development.)

WCAC was started in 50 years ago – in 1965 - as the locally designated “community action” agency for the federal Economic Opportunity Act. Today, WCAC serves as an umbrella agency for 18 education and social-service programs.

The mission of WCAC, which is the federally mandated antipoverty agency for Central Massachusetts, is “helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy.” More than 130 employees serve more than 72,000 individuals and families through 18 programs and services annually.

WCAC’s offices are located in downtown Worcester, Southbridge, Spencer, Millbury, and Oxford.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 10:30pm

When David McCullough Jr. son of Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough gave a commencement address late one the afternoon in June, 2012, to the senior class of the public high school in Wellesley, Massachusetts where he is an English teacher, his message caught fire. “You are not special. You are not exceptional,” he told the graduating class. "Think about this: even if you're one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you." Now, expanding upon his popular address, viewed by more than two million people on YouTube, McCullough has written YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL, a love letter to students and parents as well as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life. Tune in this Sunday evening  May  10 at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with McCullough about that speech and how students and parents have reacted.

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 6:00pm

Two years ago Jamison Ross took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.  The 26-year-old drummer has played with both veterans Carmen Lundy and Wess Anderson, and young talents like Jon Batiste and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Ross’ roots in jazz and gospel give him unfailing feel, and thrill-inducing chops.  His trio celebrates Prestige Records’ 65th anniversary, live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

New Orleans singer/composer John Boutté discussing the influence New Orleans has had on his music and his work on the series “Treme."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

New England music fans are well aware that the Boston folk music scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s was also a hot bed of Bluegrass and Classic Country pioneers. Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs were among some of the well-known Bluegrass acts that played Club 47. The Lilly Brothers from West Virginia played almost every night for 16 years at Boston’s Hillbilly Ranch. Many people used to go to the Ranch and sit in with the Lillys such as Joe Val, Herb Applin, Herb Hooven , Jim Field, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith and a college kid named Victor Evdokimoff. Victor has some historic reel to reel tapes from that era including live recordings and recorded broadcasts of the Wheeling Jamboree on WWVA. Victor had a band with Dave Dillon (later of the Charles River Valley Boys) and also played with Alex Campbell and OlaBelle Reed. Victor will be live in studio to share his recollections and play some of his re-mastered recordings from that golden age of Bluegrass.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:00pm

Internationally known, Grammy nominated alto saxophonist, orchestra leader, composer and arranger, Kim Richmond joins Julie to share his latest recording “Artistry.” Artistry is Richmond’s tribute to one of the most innovative bandleaders in jazz, Stan Kenton. While that is certainly noteworthy, there's much more here than memories. Augmenting the traditional big-band structure Kim’s amazing orchestral arrangements, creatively written originals and terrifically performed charts Kim Richmond and his orchestra group deliver an outstanding performance. It’s a thrill to have Kim come and share his new recording and play live with Julie for this episode of DreamFarm Radio.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 9:00pm

What do Buddy Holly, Joy Division, the Beatles, The Five Satins, Amy Winehouse and the Shagri-Las all have in common? They are all rock and roll musicians mentioned in tonight’s interview with journalist, writer and author of many books GREIL MARCUS. His new book THE HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL IN TEN SONGS is not a simple chronological listing of the artists found in the Hall of fame. Marcus’ history is a fascinating and complex web of affinities based on 10 songs that appealed to him at that one moment. Tune in for one of the best discussions about rock you will likely hear this year.

Most people know Mark Mothersbaugh as the front man of the band DEVO. But Mark is really a prolific visual artist,  and Devo was just an extension of one his artistic passions. Tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes back ADAM LERNER, the Director and Chief Animator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. They have organized a show of Mothersbaugh’s artwork and written an amazing catalog of the show: MARK MOTHERmarkSBAUGH: MYOPIA.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back author, illustrator, lecturer and filmmaker LYNNE CHERRY. Tonight, Lynn talks about EMPOWERING YOUNG VOICES FOR THE PLANET a thorough teacher’s guide to educating young people about global climate change: how to approach this difficult subject and how to get your students involved. For more information on the films about student projects discussed on this show, please go to: http://www.youngvoicesonclimatechange.com/

Nothing is ever still in our universe. Galaxies are flying away from each other, planets circle their suns and here on earth, continents grow apart and even molasses flows, if very, very slowly. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with science writer BOB BERMAN about his wonderful new book about “natural activity in all its forms”: ZOOM: HOW EVERYTHING MOVES.

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Steve Treseler pay tribute to the life, legacy, and music of the great Kenny Wheeler (1930 - 2014). Kenny's stunning compositions and imaginative improvisations on trumpet and flugelhorn have left deep impressions on generations of musicians and listeners. The band features pianist Geoffrey Keezer, bassist Martin Wind, drummer Jon Wikan, and vocalist Katie Jacobson.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Eric Schneider talks about working with Count Basie and Earl Hines and performs with Judy onstage for “Jazz Inspired from Kiawah Island."

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist and clarinetist Joe Temperley’s has led an illustrious career, spanning several decades. Temperley, now 85, has performed with the orchestras of Humphrey Lyttelton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, and most notably, Duke Ellington, as well as in the Broadway musical Sophisticated Ladies. For the past 25 years, Temperley has been the heart and soul of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. On this episode of Jazz Night in America, we get to know the man himself and hear his new arrangements of Ellington favorites as well as his original music.

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