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Kevin Whitehead is a well-known writer about jazz and the jazz critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. His new book Why Jazz? A Concise Guide is a marvelous guide to the history and art of jazz in an engaging “question and answer” format. The book begins by answering some of the most basic questions about jazz like “Why listen to jazz?” This guide then proceeds to build into a lively description of jazz in its many forms and discussions of its key players. This is the perfect book for anyone who loves jazz at any level of interest. Tonight, our conversation ranges widely from who made the first jazz recording, to a definition of the art, and from bebop through Coltrane and beyond. Don’t miss this show!
Tonight on Inquiry we have a special discussion about the new documentary
All Ages: The Boston Hardcore Film. In the early 1980s a dynamic homegrown music scene evolved around local hardcore rock bands. This included bands like S.S. Decontrol, Gang Green and Jerry’s Kids. The fans were loyal, independent, and very supportive of the local musicians. This unique music scene became famous around the country for its fierce “do-it-yourself” ethic and chaotic audience participation. The film All Ages captures all the energy and youthful bravado of this era in Boston through footage from the era as well as contemporary interviews with an amazing variety of people who were there. Tune in as we talk with Drew Stone (Director), Duane Lucia (Executive Producer) and Katie Goldman (Producer). To see the film trailer go to: http://allagesbostonhardcore.com
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