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Monday, October 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

"Thelonious Monk is the most important musician, period," Jason Moran says. He laughs out loud. "In all the world. Period!"

Moran is in a dressing room deep within the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he's the artistic director for jazz. He's not really wearing that hat at the moment, though. He's talking as a musician himself — and very personally, at that.

"OK, in my world, he is the most important musician," Moran says. He clarifies: Thelonious Monk was his chief inspiration as a 13-year-old in Houston; Monk was the musician who made him want to be a pianist. "I heard Thelonious Monk in that time when everything about me was transitioning, and it was the thing I could grab on to and focus on through my teenage years that pulled me through that time of wondering about everything that a teenager wonders about."

He's still obsessed with the pianist and composer, as well he ought to be. Monk left such a strikingly distinct body of work and personal style that one could dig deep yet hardly scratch the surface.

A few years ago, Jason Moran developed a tribute concert to Monk. Moran being who he is, it was more than a simple tribute. First, he started at a particular concert held at New York City's Town Hall in 1959 — notable because it featured Thelonious Monk backed by a large ensemble which had rehearsed intently for the date. Then he kept digging. He found audio tapes and photographs from the rehearsals. ("It's how to learn Monk from Monk," Moran says.) He looked into Monk's personal history. And he assembled a new band to do much more than re-create the music from that evening: He wanted players to perform his original arrangements of those tunes, along with a video projection by David Dempewolf.

Jazz Night In America took in a recent performance of Jason Moran's In My Mind: Monk At Town Hall, 1959 at the Kennedy Center. Watch highlights from the concert in our video feature — and on the radio program, hear more music and learn more about Monk's original presentation.

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

One half of the famed soul duo Sam & Dave, Sam Moore has been called "The Greatest Living Soul Singer." Find out why as we celebrate his music on tonight's Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 6:00pm

The great British drummer discusses his wide range of influences and his work with Scott Hamilton, John Bunch, Barry Harris and other jazz giants.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

We will begin host Nick Noble’s next 500 shows by playing listener favorites, some newer tracks, and feature a special guest or two. A very musical evening.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 9:00pm

Herman Rorschach’s inkblots are a psychoanalytic test recognized the world over. “For many years the test was hyped as an X-Ray of the soul. It’s not and it wasn’t originally meant to be.” writes our guest tonight. So, how did Rorschach develop his famous diagnostic test and how did he envision they be used? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and translator Damion Searls about his new book THE INKBLOTS: HERMANN RORSCACH, HIS ICONIC TEST, AND THE POWER OF SEEING.

Humans tend to step over or totally avoid a pile of dung, but there are many creatures of flock to dung. In fact there is an entire dung ecology. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Richard Jones. He is a nationally acclaimed entomologist, a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and fellow of the Linnean Society. His new book is CALL OF NATURE: THE SECRET LIFE OF DUNG.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new “The Business Beat,” Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Dave Underhill, governor of Rotary District 7780, which covers Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine. They talk about how Rotary is making a difference – both locally and globally.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve is a Rotarian, and is providing volunteer marketing services for the 2018 Rotary Summit in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, which involves five Rotary districts, including 7780.

For 112 years, Rotary has made a difference to more lives, in more ways than we can ever count or will ever know. Today, each of the 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs throughout the world bears a torch - its flame lit by Rotary co-founder Paul Harris - which has been passed forward from generation to generation.

Coming together at the 2018 Rotary Summit next May 3 through 6 will be up to 1,000 members of Rotary clubs in five Rotary districts serving Northeast United States and Southeast Canada. One of those districts is 7910, which serves 51 Rotary clubs in Central Massachusetts and Metrowest.

The Rotarians who attend that first-ever Summit will share their knowledge and experience. They will also send a clear, resounding message: Rotary Is Making a Difference.

One big way it is doing so is through The Rotary Foundation, which is celebrating its centennial birthday this year. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. Rotary clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support Rotary’s six causes.

Through donations, Rotary has helped to wipe out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

As a Rotarian in 1994, Dave Underhill was part of a pilot team that traveled to El Salvador to develop clean-water projects. In addition to his Rotary service, he does non-profit fundraising work. He also is a volunteer small-business mentor for SCORE, the federal Small Business Administration’s affiliated small-business counseling.

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

The music of pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim conveys an extraordinary depth in stillness. More than perhaps any other improvising artist, he knows how to turn the solitary act of introspection into a communal experience that's both transporting and immersive.

There's a history behind that sorcery, which you could say was hard-won. Ibrahim grew up in apartheid-era South Africa under the name Dollar Brand, one of the most prominent members of that country's first generation of jazz musicians. With a band called The Jazz Epistles (which featured trumpeter Hugh Masekela and trombonist Jonas Gwangwa), he made an album called Verse +1 that had an enormous impact on South African jazz, even though it was printed in a small edition and quickly censored and buried.

Jazz Night caught up with Ibrahim during his visit to New York this spring, when he headlined Town Hall in a concert for South Africa Freedom Day. In this episode, we'll hear his band, Ekaya, playing music from that concert — songs from The Jazz Epistles repertoire, as well as more recent Ibrahim compositions like "Dream Time." We'll also hear insight from some scholars on the development of South African jazz, and wisdom from the maestro himself, on the path that led him here and what freedom means to him today.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm

British trumpeter talks about playing for Louis Armstrong when he was seven and playing in his family’s band, and touring America a few years later as a child star and appearing on What’s My Line and The Ed Sullivan Show.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Do you love the sound of voices blended in harmony? Do you want to hear songs that are upbeat and happy? Would you like to get a musical start on Halloween? All three themes will be visited during this special edition of THE FOLK REVIVAL.

Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we continue our conversation with writer and translator Damion Searls about his dynamic social and clinical history THE INKBLOTS: HERMANN RORSCHACH, HIS ICONIC TEST, AND THE POWER OF SEEING. After the premature death of Rorschach, his famous inkblot diagnostic test traveled to America where it really came to fame and controversy. Tune in and learn about how the inkblots were used with Nazi prisoners at Nuremburg and how the inkblots became popular culture icons.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back Tom Koch, adjunct professor of medical geography at the University of British Columbia. His book CARTOGRAPHIES OF DISEASE: MAPS, MAPPING, AND MEDICINE has been republished in a new and expanded edition. Tune in and find out why people started to create maps of the occurrences of diseases like cholera and the plague, and what these maps reveal about the agendas of the map makers.

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 10:00pm

Throughout the night, Uncle Mark will be paying tribute to one of most original film makers living: David Lynch. From Eraserhead through to the recent Twin Peaks reboot, Lynch has used music to set the surreal mood in his films. So, tune in for an evening of some of the best music from The Bang! Bang! Club used in Lynch’s films. Fire Walk With Me!

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