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Monday, March 19, 2018 - 6:00pm

When Dee Dee Bridgewater learned that she would become a 2017 NEA Jazz Master, a succession of thoughts and feelings flooded her mind. The news came as a total shock, as she tells it: "It was so far out of my orbit and just my whole sphere of thinking," she said in a conversation at NPR this spring, hours before she formally received her award.

She's 66 — far from retirement age in jazz, and on the extreme forward edge of the NEA Jazz Masters demographic. So she was aware of her relative youth in the field. She also recognized that there haven't been many women in the ranks of NEA Jazz Masters: fewer than 20, out of 145. That idea led her to reflect on her predecessors: legendary singers like Betty Carter, who was inducted back in 1992, and Abbey Lincoln, who received the nod in 2003.

Bridgewater sought inspiration and counsel from both Carter and Lincoln, as she recalls in this episode of Jazz Night, which features music recorded during the season opener for Jazz at Lincoln Center. On a program called "Songs of Freedom," organized by drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., Bridgewater sang material associated with Lincoln as well as Nina Simone: furious anthems of the civil rights movement, like "Driva Man" and "Mississippi Goddam," both potent and relevant today.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm

New Orleans banjoist/vocalist Don Vappie resisted the banjo during his early years in music but is now considered a virtuoso on the instrument.  He has worked with Peggy Lee, Eric Clapton and countless others in various styles and records and produces for film and television.

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 7:00pm

Four hours of Irish songs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Week. Tune in and enjoy the music!

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve D’Agostino talks with Amy Schectman, executive director of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. They talk about Ending senior poverty and homelessness.

For more than 50 years, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly in Brighton has offered housing where older adults of all backgrounds can thrive independently within a supportive environment. At JCHE - a non-profit and non-sectarian organization - seniors enjoy housing that is affordable, safe and supportive - with programs and services that are life-sustaining and life-enhancing. JCHE provides housing where older adults of all backgrounds can age in community – instead of age in place. Its programs and services enable residents to live a full life of connection and purpose.

In 2016, the median age in America reached its highest point ever, at 37.2 years, up from 32.9 years in 1990 and 35.3 years in 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Census 2010. By "median age," the Census Bureau means that half of the American people are now older and half younger than 37.2 years.

As for the 65-and-older population – comprised mostly of aging Baby Boomers – the increase in median age grew faster than most younger-population groups - at a rate of more than 15 percent to more than 40 million people, or 13 percent of the total U.S. population. According to the Census Bureau, the average retirement age in the U.S. is now 62 - and the average life expectancy after retirement is now 18 years.

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