Disaster Songs, Songs of Challenge & Tragedy, and more....Such songs are an old folk tradition, and host Nick Noble will play four hours of classic tracks from the Limeliters, Woody Guthrie, Barbara Dane, Schooner Fare, the Highwaymen, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Gordon Lightfoot, Phil Ochs, and MANY MORE!
There’s contrast between the intimate vocal sound of Ms. Parlato and the smokin’ hot all-star Cookers playing music by band members Billy Harper and Cecil McBee, at a long-running outdoor festival just north of New York City.
The 20th Anniversary Caramoor Jazz Festival takes place July 25-27, 2013.
Writer, artist and modern day Izaak Walton, JAMES PROSEK returns to Inquiry to talk about TROUT OF THE WORLD: the new, revised and updated book that showcases the beauty and endless variety of the planets trout species. This book features an outstanding collection of watercolors done by James of the trout coupled with written descriptions, stories and fascinating discussions. Tune in and learn about the amazing diversity of native trout and why fish taxonomy seems to be such a mess. If you have ever marveled at the beauty of a trout you caught in some remote wild stream, be sure to tune in.
There are 389 species of birds that are considered “Endangered” by BirdLife International. An additional 197 species are considered to be “Critically Endangered” meaning that if something is not done quickly, these species will soon become extinct. An additional 4 species are effectively extinct in the wild, but hang on in small captive populations. Why are so many species of birds in trouble and what can be done about it? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ERIK HIRSCHFELD, a freelance writer, guide and consultant in ornithology. Together with Andy Swash and Robert Sill, they have written THE WORLD’S RAREST BIRDS, a state of the art volume that describes and illustrates all of those endangered bird species and explains why those species got to be so rare. It is one of the finest books on the challenges facing the natural world today and what it will take to save these endangered species for future generations.
In February 2012, Congress put a temporary end to a divisive fight over extending unemployment benefits that left Massachusetts unemployed workers with at least a 57- week extension on their unemployment benefits.
As Worcester Mag reported at he time, “Problem is, say local organizers, no one consulted with the unemployed before taking the vote."
“What’s going on with unemployment, it’s a very deep and broad problem and it’s receiving very little attention,” the WoMag article quoted Chris Horton as saying. “His work with the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Team has kept him involved in the plight of the un- and underemployed.”
“There was a lot of pressure behind the scenes, but the media coverage made it look like an afterthought. It was the kind of vote we were afraid of,” the WoMag article quoted Grace Ross as saying. She’s another WAFT member and author of the book Main Street $marts, a study of the most recent economic and foreclosure crisis.
As WoMag noted, “for Ross and Horton, the spin hurt the hardest. As the economy shows signs of recovery, including claims of a national 8.3 percent unemployment rate, they say there’s less focus on joblessness because the statistics sound comparatively rosy. Unfortunately, that 8.3 percent misses tens of thousands of unemployed who don’t fit the federal government’s definition.”
My guest, Grace Ross, is also an organizer for the Worcester Unemployment Action Group.
If dedication and hard work iare the recipe for success then Michael Trujillo is living proof. As president and winemaker of Sequoia Grove winery in California Michael he has consistently produced award winning wines. While here visiting on the East coast he stops by to speak with Al about his work and his life. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a truly interesting look at the life of a world class winemaker.
"The trombone comes the closest to the human voice with its bent pitches, scoops, and smears, and that very human quality is evident in everything that [James Weldon] Johnson wrote," says Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Chris Crenshaw. Crenshaw draws on his gospel roots to connect secular music to poetry in this sprawling suite based on the James Weldon Johnson poem.
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.
From “Lady Sings to Blues” (upbeat!) to “My Favorite Things,” from Billie Holiday to “Besame Mucho,” Dee Dee sings us a set with Craig Handy on saxophones and flute; Musical Director Edsel Gomez, piano; Michael Bowie and Kenny Phelps, bass and drums.
At first blush, this Jamaican pianist seems an unlikely leader to honor a “king” and a “chairman of the board.” But 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.
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.