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Carmen McRae – April 2020 Artist of the Month

If a Mt. Rushmore existed for Jazz vocalists , who would be enshrined there? Surely the likenesses of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Anita O’Day. Many would also place our April Artist of the Month, Carmen McRae, there among the best and most influential singers that Jazz has ever encountered. Let’s consider why. Carmen McRae […]

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The State of Jazz Under Social Distancing + 15 Album Recommendations for WICN Listeners

All of us have had to adjust to the “new normal” during this coronavirus pandemic. As with previous world-impacting events, music certainly has (and can) play a vital role in relaxing, rejuvenating and providing us an escape from the stress and challenges facing us now, if even for a moment or two. Fortunately, with free […]

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Community Resources

We will continue to update this page as more resources become available. For more on the CoronaVirus please visit: Governor Baker’s “Stay-At-Home” Advisory, March 24 – May 4th Worcesterma.gov/Coronavirus CDC Coronavirus Updates and Prevention Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) Greater Worcester COVID-19 Updates Worcester-Area Restaurants Open For Takeout & Delivery UMass Memorial Healthcare Needs PPE. […]

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REVIEW: The 8-Bit Big Band with special guest Grace Kelly

Sunday, March 1 at Berklee Performance Center When you think about video game themes, the word “Jazz” does not easily come to mind. However, on March 1st at the Berklee Performance Center, Charlie Rosen, “gamer,” multi-instrumentalist and orchestral composer/arranger brought the two together with his 30+ piece Jazz orchestra, the 8-Bit Big Band. He wowed […]

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The Spring 2020 Brown Bag Concert Series CANCELLED

Following recommended guidelines to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak, the remaining Brown Bag Concert Series shows for spring 2020 are canceled. The Brown Bag Concerts are produced by WICN 90.5 FM and Mechanics Hall. Wednesdays at Noon, March 11, March 18, March 25 Free Admission! Mechanics Hall321 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01608; 508-752-5608Broadcast live on WICN […]

All of us have had to adjust to the “new normal” during this coronavirus pandemic. As with previous world-impacting events, music certainly has (and can) play a vital role in relaxing, rejuvenating and providing us an escape from the stress and challenges facing us now, if even for a moment or two. Fortunately, with free […]

From full-band recordings to live performances and special events, WICN’s beautiful Studio 50 space is available on an hourly basis. Contact us for details.

If a Mt. Rushmore existed for Jazz vocalists , who would be enshrined there? Surely the likenesses of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Anita O’Day. Many would also place our April Artist of the Month, Carmen McRae, there among the best and most influential singers that Jazz has ever encountered. Let’s consider why. Carmen McRae […]

We will continue to update this page as more resources become available. For more on the CoronaVirus please visit: Governor Baker’s “Stay-At-Home” Advisory, March 24 – May 4th Worcesterma.gov/Coronavirus CDC Coronavirus Updates and Prevention Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) Greater Worcester COVID-19 Updates Worcester-Area Restaurants Open For Takeout & Delivery UMass Memorial Healthcare Needs PPE. […]

Sunday, March 1 at Berklee Performance Center When you think about video game themes, the word “Jazz” does not easily come to mind. However, on March 1st at the Berklee Performance Center, Charlie Rosen, “gamer,” multi-instrumentalist and orchestral composer/arranger brought the two together with his 30+ piece Jazz orchestra, the 8-Bit Big Band. He wowed […]

Following recommended guidelines to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak, the remaining Brown Bag Concert Series shows for spring 2020 are canceled. The Brown Bag Concerts are produced by WICN 90.5 FM and Mechanics Hall. Wednesdays at Noon, March 11, March 18, March 25 Free Admission! Mechanics Hall321 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01608; 508-752-5608Broadcast live on WICN […]

by Nick Noble, host of THE FOLK REVIVAL Essays with questions for titles can be annoying. They are often an excuse for the author to preach his or her opinion with a passionate, proselytizing vehemence as if picking a fight with potential readers genuinely curious about the answer. I hope this won’t be one of […]

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