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Date: October 1, 2023 Time: 11:00 am Location: WICN Studio 50 Address: 50 Portland Street Worcester DETAILS Vocalist Mafalda Minnozzi (, known for her jazz interpretations of classic Italian, French, American, and Brazilian songs, will appear live in WICN’s Studio 50 on Sunday morning, October 1st. Mafalda will perform songs from her new CD: NATURAL […]

The Brian Barlow Concert Series presents The Matt Savage Trio on November 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Apple Tree Arts in Downtown Grafton, MA. Doors at 6:30 pm Show Starts 7:30 pm ** Cash Bar with be available Matt Savage, age 31, has had a remarkable 20+ year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader […]

By Doug Hall, WICN Contributing Writer     Julian Lage – Love Hurts (Official Video) – YouTube     When a younger, established guitar phenomenon has a wide band of inclusion with other varied guitarists, including Jim Hall, Nels Cline, and Leo Kottke, it is a recognition that their ear has an expansive and deep […]

Worcester Flyers English 8.5×11   We’re bringing people together to create a just food system and to build healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities in Worcester, MA and beyond. Communities in Worcester County experience high rates of poverty and food insecurity, particularly in the city of Worcester, where the poverty rate (20%) is nearly twice that of the […]

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Presented by 90.5 WICN Public Radio, Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District, and The Hanover Theatre. Regular and VIP tickets are on-sale now via The Hanover Theatre Box Office. You can get them here.   From its beginnings as a proudly straight-ahead unit, The Verve Jazz Ensemble has been motivated by a desire to address a common complaint among jazz […]

There are many Black female jazz vocalists held in special regard for their commitment to civil rights and activism, including the support expressed through their songs and lyrics that directly address racism. Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, Lena Horne’s Stormy Weather, and numerous songs by Nina Simone, most notably Mississippi Goddam, Backlash Blues, Four Women and […]

WICN Underwriting Manager Al Vuona and General Manager/Program Director David Ginsburg joined Tim Murray on The Chamber Exchange TV Show recently. You can watch the full segment here:

In the 1960s, the word “songsmith” was a definition often given to folk music artists such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, or Neil Young, tied with their overt political and social critiques. Burt Bacharach would easily capture that title in the era of pop songs made famous for their beautiful melodies and romantic lyrics; songs […]

The limelight for the Big Band Era of Swing is often dominated by the familiarity of names such as Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw. Yet Fletcher Henderson was a pivotal bandleader, leading possibly the most dynamic early big band of the ‘20s and ‘30s and having been an enormous draw and popularity both […]