Gretchen Parlato has been called the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson, and her delicate vocals won over the judges at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2004. Since then, Parlato has appeared on more than 50 recordings, and continues to build a following with tours throughout the U.S. and overseas. Her third album, The Lost and Found, was recently released.--NPR
Charlie Haden and Quartet West Sophisticated Ladies
Charlie Haden and Quartet West have been around for years, and could easily be compared to a chameleon. They have a unique, distinctive style, but blend in easily performing with orchestras and vocalists. They stand out at certain times, but then long stretches of time go by when no one can find them. Well, they're back, and better than ever on Sophisticated Ladies.
Composers have always used elements of popular music to make high art. The suites of Bach and entire movements of Mahler would never have appeared without the seeds of middlebrow entertainment. John Zorn cultivates this ﬁeld, and, for The Gift, keeps to a corner of it called "The Sixties."
Baby Boomers Becoming Seniors: A Growing Population in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA – Debates about gov't programs such as Medicare and Social Security will be waged over the next two decades as the elderly American population expands. Philadelphia is at the forefront of this population trend. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston hears from those whose work gives them a unique perspective on enhancing the daily lives of a growing demographic.
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is now taking place at venues throughout the city with 135 events and 1,500 artists. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the historical context of PIFA, with a look at the arts and culture of early 20th-century Paris.
Join Jill as she interviews Dr. Josh Perelman, Deputy Director for Exhibitions, Programs and Collections, and Michael Rosenzweig, President and CEO of the National Museum of American Jewish History. They discuss the founding of the museum, the role it plays as the country's only museum dedicated exclusively to telling the still-unfolding story of Jews in America, and the importance of its status as a Smithsonian affiliate institution.