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Programming Highlights

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00pm

Three hours of terrific songs by many of the best-known folk artists, but NOT their hits. Host Nick Noble will be playing more obscure, lesser-known, rarely played tracks from several popular folk acts. Join us on a voyage of musical (re)discovery!

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 9:00pm

“I erase consciousness” writes tonight’s guest on Inquiry, HENRY JAY PRZYBYLO, M.D., an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Northwestern University School of Medicine. His new book, COUNTING BACKWARDS: A DOCTOR’S NOTES ON ANESTHESIA is an engrossing account of what he does in the operating room.

Tonight, Inquiry welcomes writer, poet and recording artist MICHAEL C. FORD. He will talk about his latest collection WOMEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE and talk about his recording work with former members of The Doors.

Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 10:00pm

In an all-new "The Business Beat," Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Jerry Caruso, co-founder of Comics for a Cure. They talk about the business of making people laugh for a cause.

Growing up in Lynn, Massachusetts, Jerry Caruso always had an interest in comedy. Beginning to be funny at the age of 12, he would impersonate different celebrities at the St. Patrick’s Elementary School schoolyard. Entering high school, Jerry didn’t lose his sense of humor as he continued to make students laugh at St. Mary’s. Being the life of the party both junior and senior years, he emceed all sports pep rallies, entertained students on the school grounds, and was the feature act at the Senior Class Banquet.

At the age of 24, Jerry placed third in WVBF-FM’s “Class Clown” contest out of 100 entrants. After this accomplishment, he dove into the world of comedy for a short while by performing at four open-mic nights at Ding-Ho in Cambridge. Finally, at 38, Jerry decided to enter the world of comedy by performing at Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston, on a dare from his co-workers at Digital Equipment Corp. His successful debut at Nick’s put him back on the road to comedy for good.

Since 1993 Jerry has performed for many Boston-based comedy groups as well as different comedy shows throughout New England and New York.  His unique mix of celebrity impressions, song parodies, and standup comedy has brought laughter to audiences at many different venues. In 1994, Jerry co-founded  Comics for a Cure with Toney Markus. From there on, Jerry put his talents to good use by organizing and performing at comedy shows for non-profit organizations. Since 1999, Jerry has been teaching comedy at three community colleges, has been acting for Murder Mystery USA since 2001, and, has been a motivational speaker to support groups, hospitals and medical staff on “Laughter is the Best Medicine” since 2002.

Jerry’s high energy may scare you. But don’t worry, he declares, because he’s on meds!

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 6:00pm

Some experiences stick with you. They cry out for reflection, for the transfigurative potential of an artistic response. That was the case for Mike Reed, the intrepid Chicago drummer and bandleader, after his harrowing encounter with white supremacists in 2009.

Reed was on tour in Eastern Europe with his flagship band, People, Places & Things. While passing through the Czech Republic by train, they were menaced by a gaggle of neo-Nazi skinheads, narrowly escaping harm through the intervention of riot police. Later, mulling over these events, Reed decided to create a suite called Flesh & Bone. After its concert premiere at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015, it was released as an album last year, and captured by Jazz Night in America at Reed's venue, Constellation, in Chicago.

Jazz Night in America asked Reed to recount that instigating flare of racial tension, which hasn't lost any of its relevance in the years since. "It's not that I want to sensationalize this thing that happened," he says. "I believe the greatest things that we can make [are] derived from our own experiences, or our ability to look at experiences."

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

Drummer Dave Tull has provided rhythm for everyone from Chuck Magione and Michael Buble, to Jack Sheldon and Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. While Dave has also occasionally sung a tune or two with these groups and others, he has recently focused on performing his own beautiful melodies and often hilarious lyrics. Dave is a favorite among jazz musicians, who relish his spot on laments of the often ridiculous challenges jazz musicians face.

This is Dave’s second appearance on Jazz Inspired.  Here he discusses his latest CD of originals, Texting and Driving.

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