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Programming Highlights

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America is back in New York, where Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomes the Simón Bolivar Big Band from Venezuela. The student group, part of the national music education directive El Sistema, plays both the foundational American works for big band and pieces by Venezuelan jazz composers. Under the direction of Andrés Briceño, the group stops by Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola overlooking Central Park on its 2015 U.S. tour.

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate the birthdate of one of soul music's most iconic figures, James brown. With songs like "I Feel Good" "Hot Pants" "Sex Machine" and many others, you'll be screaming "Take me to the Bridge, Maceo" this Monday night at 7pm!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:00pm

Minneapolis based singer talks with Judy about her influences from Lambert Hendricks and Ross to the Beatles and to Django Reinhardt, whose music inspired her latest CD, “All The Cats."

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Don Davis, a friend and frequent guest musician at DreamFarm, has played for us numerous times times as well as performed on several of Julie’s albums. Don plays, soprano/alto/tenor and bass saxophones, various flutes clarinet, percussion and even his teeth! He has performed live and recorded with scores of well-known and accomplished musicians of all sorts. It takes great skill and versatility to contribute to so many different bands so well, while weaving his very own signature sounds and ideas tastefully into the mix. His resume is a road map for a most interesting musical journey that starts right here at the farm.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 9:00pm

In the 17th Century, more than 350,000 English people crossed the Atlantic to become colonists in what would later be called America. They still considered themselves “English” and their relationship over the decades with what they considered their homeland was complex. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MALCOM GASKILL, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. His new book is titled BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: HOW THE ENGLISH BECAME AMERICANS. This history of the evolution of the colonists feelings about England is a “national history without borders, an English epic told through stories of adventure.” Tune in and hear a very different perspective on Early American history.

Otis Shepard and Dorothy Van Gorder were two gifted artists who married and teamed up to produce some of the most eye-catching and beautiful outdoors advertising in the middle decades of the 20th Century. Through their friendship with P.K. Wrigley of Wrigely’s gum, they also got to completely redesign Catalina Island and the Chicago Cubs. Their graphic art helped bring modernist design to America and helped to visually define an era. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with art director and design historian NORMAN HATHAWAY. With writer and editor Dan Nadel, he has written a stunningly beautiful book about these two unrecognized graphic artists who helped create the look of modern America: DOROTHY AND OTIS: DESIGNING THE AMERICAN DREAM.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Jill Dagilis (shown, center), executive director of the Worcester Community Action Council, and Charla Hixon (shown, right), director of WCAC’s Jobs and Education Center. They talk about ending family homelessness. (They are posing with Ellen Ganley, WCAC's director of development.)

WCAC was started in 50 years ago – in 1965 - as the locally designated “community action” agency for the federal Economic Opportunity Act. Today, WCAC serves as an umbrella agency for 18 education and social-service programs.

The mission of WCAC, which is the federally mandated antipoverty agency for Central Massachusetts, is “helping people move to economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy.” More than 130 employees serve more than 72,000 individuals and families through 18 programs and services annually.

WCAC’s offices are located in downtown Worcester, Southbridge, Spencer, Millbury, and Oxford.

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 10:30pm

When David McCullough Jr. son of Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough gave a commencement address late one the afternoon in June, 2012, to the senior class of the public high school in Wellesley, Massachusetts where he is an English teacher, his message caught fire. “You are not special. You are not exceptional,” he told the graduating class. "Think about this: even if you're one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you." Now, expanding upon his popular address, viewed by more than two million people on YouTube, McCullough has written YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL, a love letter to students and parents as well as a guide to a truly fulfilling, happy life. Tune in this Sunday evening  May  10 at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with McCullough about that speech and how students and parents have reacted.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

New Orleans singer/composer John Boutté discussing the influence New Orleans has had on his music and his work on the series “Treme."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

New England music fans are well aware that the Boston folk music scene of the ‘60s and ‘70s was also a hot bed of Bluegrass and Classic Country pioneers. Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs were among some of the well-known Bluegrass acts that played Club 47. The Lilly Brothers from West Virginia played almost every night for 16 years at Boston’s Hillbilly Ranch. Many people used to go to the Ranch and sit in with the Lillys such as Joe Val, Herb Applin, Herb Hooven , Jim Field, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith and a college kid named Victor Evdokimoff. Victor has some historic reel to reel tapes from that era including live recordings and recorded broadcasts of the Wheeling Jamboree on WWVA. Victor had a band with Dave Dillon (later of the Charles River Valley Boys) and also played with Alex Campbell and OlaBelle Reed. Victor will be live in studio to share his recollections and play some of his re-mastered recordings from that golden age of Bluegrass.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Eric Schneider talks about working with Count Basie and Earl Hines and performs with Judy onstage for “Jazz Inspired from Kiawah Island."

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