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Programming Highlights

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 3:00pm

Eddie Henderson is a jazz trumpeter who was born into a very popular family. His mother was a dancer at the original Cotton Club, and counted Billie Holiday, Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughan as friends. His birth father was in a major vocal group, The Charioteers. And his stepfather was a doctor to the stars: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and more. With all of that talent surrounding him during childhood, he just had to turn out a jazz musician. Eddie Henderson has just released what he considers an audio autobiography, an album that covers many of the tunes he's played through his career. It's calledCollective Portrait.

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

All piano, all the time from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  It’s a two part concert. First Marcus Roberts and The Modern Jazz Generation pay tribute to Jelly Roll Morton, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver and Chick Corea. And, as a special bonus, 11-year-old piano prodigy Joey Alexander will perform nightly in a special solo set. According to Wynton Marsalis, "Joey is a little genius just 10 years old playing with emotional depth like that of above a young adult."

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the birthdate of one of soul music's most prolific writers, Bobby Womack. From his early days singing gospel and working with Sam Cooke to his legendary solo career, Bobby left a powerful musical legacy when he passed away last year. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 3:00pm

Join host Chet Williamson as we welcome Javon Alexandre, an incredible tenor saxophonist. Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone and the elegant bearing of his compositions.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

Bassist Jay Leonhart starting playing multiple instruments as a child and by his early teens had his own TV show with his banjo-playing brother Bill. Leonhart eventually found his home on the bass, but kept the variety going with collaborations with everyone from Judy Garland and Carly Simon to Sinatra and Sting.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00pm

Kevin Fort is a Chicago based jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He has been an active performer in Chicago for nearly 15 years and has worked with such notable musicians as John Clayton, Bill Watrous, Ramsey Lewis, Wayne Bergeron, and Rick Baptist. Join Chet as he interviews Kevin!

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 3:00pm

Kenny Shanker is a saxophonist, pianist, vocalist, and award-winning composer. A gifted musician, Shanker had an ear for composing music and playing the saxophone. Join Chet as he interviews Kenny, live on WICN!

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

So many folk songs have religious and spiritual themes, so here’s four hours of the best!

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively conversation with artist RAÚL III. Raul has just illustrated the fantastic new graphic novel LOWRIDERS IN SPACE, which was written by Cathy Camper. This wonderful and wild new book is perfect for young readers from ages 8 and up to adults. Tune in and learn about how to trick out a custom car with different parts of the universe, how to draw a black hole and all about lowrider culture. “Bajito y suavecito”.

BARRY B. POWELL, the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, returns to Inquiry to talk about his new dynamic translation of one of the greatest epics in the world: HOMER’S THE ODYSSEY.

Sunday, March 8, 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 Lisa Piehler (shown, right), executive director, and Elizabeth Wambui (shown, center), major-gifts associate, for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts and Lauren Petit (shown, left), manager of communications and community relations for Saint-Gobain Corporation, one of the sponsors of the Red Cross Central Mass. chapter's 2015 Hometown Heroes.

They talk about what it takes to be a Red Cross Central Mass. Hometown Hero. Shown, is a Red Cross photo of some past Hometown Heroes.

Each April, the American Red Cross of Central Mass. holds its Hometown Heroes Breakfast. And each year during that event, local people who have done remarkable things in the community are honored. The annual signature event, which this year takes place on April 8, began as a way to honor the heroes of September 11, 2001. In the years since, it has grown into a celebration of the courage, kindness and unselfish character displayed by incredible people across Central Mass.

Past honorees include people who have had an extraordinary impact on the community or fellow man by saving a life or through community service.  Members of the community are invited to nominate a local hero for consideration.  Honorees will be selected by a committee of individuals from the local community, including former award recipients.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

Host Bonnie Johnson explores pioneer women of the Jazz Age and the continuum of women's voices in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Tune in as we set out to "weave women's stories - individually and collectively - into the essential fabric our nation's history." Jazz and contemporary vocalists Joan Watson Jones and Nedelka Prescod will perform in the live broadcast from the WICN Performance Studio. The Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts Chair Pamela Boisvert and Lois Smith will join in the conversation.

About Nedelka Prescod

About Joan Watson-Jones

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

Old favorites, tracks from CDs newly arrived at the station, with special guests Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards live in the studio!

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:00pm

Back by popular demand, a pre-recorded show with four hours of songs from the history of the now 56 year-old festival!

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