Pianist/composer talks about his work for Woody Allen and early TV.
Starting at Motown as a session drummer, Marvin Gaye wanted to be the next Frank Sinatra. As one of music's most soulful singers, songs like "Let's Get it On" "Sexual Healing" & "What's Going On" still pack a punch! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate his life and music on this week's Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!
Choro, which means “to cry” in Portuguese, is a genre often referred to as the New Orleans jazz of Brazil. Israeli clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen leads Choro Aventuroso, a culmination of both her affinity and intense study of Choro music as part of an international community of jazz players during her days studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her group will play waltzes, mazurkas and African-Brazilian rhythms such as the Lundu, all of which help characterize the essence of Choro.
This week Al is joined by author and educator Gary Scott Smith. His new book "Religion In The Oval Office" provides a comprehensive examination of the inseparable and history shaping relationship between faith and the American presidency. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a very informative segment.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Clarinda “Rindy” Higgins and William “Bill” Armstrong Jr. about their new book, Against the Current. They talk about the how Albert Schweitzer inspired a young man’s journey.
Against the Current recounts the African adventures of Mark Higgins, the 18-year-old scion of a Worcester industrial family who elects to pursue his own destiny – in Africa - rather than the one his father charted for him. As the emerging nations of Africa gained their freedom in 1960, the global balance of power changed. Africa sat at the nexus of east-west contention, as well as being a cauldron of inter-tribal warfare. Mark Higgins’ travels took him deep into the Congo, where he was out of contact for weeks. The thoroughly researched and richly detailed narrative describes a young man’s quest for authenticity and purpose at a time crucial to African independence. Mark Higgins left legacies that have a profound impact on society more than half a century later.
Rindy Higgins holds a bachelor’s degree in eastern studies from Smith College and a master’s degree in education. She taught elementary school for 11 years and has worked as an environmental educator since 1986. She was recognized with the Gold Award by the National Science Teachers Association. She has traveled widely in third-world countries seeking authentic experiences and understanding. In working on this book she led a four-person two-week expedition through western Gabon.
Bill Armstrong holds a degree in political science and journalism from Kent State University. He is a former writer for the Associated Press, assistant dean of New York University’s Graduate School of Business, and worked for more than two decades as a senior public-relations executive in New York. He served as a U.S. Navy public-affairs officer for 30 years, retiring with the rank of captain. He has written several specialty books.
In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews the co-chairs of this year’s Walk + Run for the Homeless: Kevin O’Sullivan, president and CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives, based in Worcester; and Father John Madden, pastor of St. John’s Catholic Church in Worcester. They talk about ending family homelessness
The Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance, a charitable non-profit organization that’s based in Worcester, leads a collaborative response to homelessness. It’s a response that seeks to foster long-term housing stability through prevention, quality services, education and advocacy. For 30 years, the Alliance’s annual Walk + Run for the Homeless has been a source of hope, reassurance and community engagement for the Greater Worcester community.
This annual event has:
- Assisted more than 100,000 families in preventing homelessness by providing quality shelter and resources, to move affected people to stable, safe housing.
- Raised $1.7 million to support vital homelessness-prevention, quality-shelter and housing-stabilization programs.
- And, walked 68,000 miles with more than 17,000 people, to raise funds and build community support for ending homelessness.
The goals for this year’s Walk + Run for the Homeless – set for Sunday, May 17 at 12:00 noon at Worcester’s Elm Park - are to:
- Raise $30,000 through online donations.
- Help 350 families maintain safe and stable housing.
- Assist more than 1,000 additional people who need access to safe shelter, nutritional meals, and the household goods to move beyond homelessness.
- And, bring together with more than 1,500 walkers, runners, and volunteers, to demonstrate a community commitment to ending family homelessness.
Is it getting warm in here or is it me? We have all experienced fevers and don’t think much about them, but centuries ago fevers were feared because they could be life threatening. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CHRISTOPHER HAMLIN, Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His latest book is titled MORE THAN HOT: A SHORT HISTORY OF FEVER. This fascinating history traces the evolution of different culture’s theories about why we get warm and weird when we are sick. Tune in and learn about fever vigils, fever manuals, the invention of the thermometer and the wild world of delirium.
Once their miles long flocks darkened the skies for hours. But now they are extinct. Gone forever. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back artist, writer and world authority on bird and animal extinction ERROL FULLER. His new book THE PASSENGER PIGEON is not just a history of the extinction of North America’s most common bird, but really a celebration and a memorial to a unique species. All of Fuller’s books contain numerous photographs and unique artwork, tune in and find out why this is so important to him.
Pianist/composer/educator Vijay Iyer talks with host Bonnie Johnson about his newest trio release "Break Stuff" (ECM). On Friday, Iyer joins drummer Marcus Gilmore & bassist Stephen Crump to speak about their creative process and improv at his stomping ground of Harvard University with the "Learning from Performers" series. They play Regattabar; two nights, April 10-11, 2015.
Check out Vijay's recent appearance on Charlie Rose (PBS):
Tenor saxophonist, contemporary Afro-Cuban Jazz composer, and educator Carlos Averhoff, Jr. talks with Bonnie about coming up in a musical family in Havana, Cuba and his path from classical music training to jazz education in the United States. Averhoff sheds "light" on his heritage with original compositions and classic standard arrangements through his debut album "iRESI". He celebrates the Inner Circle Music recording with a CD release concert at Scullers Jazz Club on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8 pm.
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