Artist Profiles

Artist Profiles - Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington

Terri Lyne Carrington is a 2014 Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, record producer and entrepreneur.Carrington was born in August, 1965 in Medford, Massachusetts. Terri developed a reputation as a child prodigy, jamming with jazz veterans Dizzy Gillespie, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Oscar Peterson, Joe Williams, and many more. At 7, she was given her first set of drums, which had belonged to her grandfather, Matt Carrington, who had played with Fats Waller and Chu Berry. After studying...
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Marshall Jones, former bassist for the Dayton, Ohio based funk group The Ohio Players, has passed away in Texas.

Jones, who resided in Jamestown, Ohio, was known for wearing a turban on stage and nicknamed “the Rock.” He had been suffering from cancer and recently had a stroke. Founding Ohio Players leader James “Diamond” Williams confirmed the news of Jones’ passing.

The original Roots miniseries, based on the 1976 Alex Haley novel tracing his own family tree from African tribal life to American slavery and freedom, was a phenomenon.

ABC showed it over consecutive nights in January 1977, not because it was expected to earn huge ratings but because network executives were afraid it wouldn't. So they crammed the entire miniseries into an eight-day prime-time marathon, which aired, by coincidence, during a massive winter storm that snowed in much of the Northeast.

Leroy Jones' New Orleans Strut

May 20, 2016

Trumpeter Leroy Jones was playing in New Orleans back when Bourbon Street was lined with jazz clubs. The city has changed since then — Bourbon Street is a prime example — and Jones has evolved with it. From second lines with the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band and the Hurricane Brass Band, club gigs with modern combos and tours with Harry Connick Jr., he's been a part of many jazz scenes.

NBA Fans Anxious For Curry-James Matchup

May 20, 2016

The NBA playoffs are down to the conference finals. In the east, Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing the Toronto Raptors and in the west, it’s Steph Curry and his Warriors up against the Oklahoma City Thunder. If James and Curry have their way, the 2016 NBA finals will be a re-match of last year’s championship series, won by the Warriors. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with sports analyst Mike Pesca about the playoffs and the NBA draft.

Kenya Barris, creator and showrunner of the ABC comedy series Black-ish, wasn't raised in the same privileged world as his own children. Instead, he grew up in a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles. But after his father was injured on the job, Barris' family received money through a legal settlement and they were able to move to a different part of town.

Millions more American workers will soon be eligible for overtime pay under a rule being finalized Wednesday by the Labor Department.

The rule says anyone who makes less than $47,476 per year must receive time-and-a-half pay for hours worked beyond 40 hours a week. That's roughly double the current threshold of $23,660.

The measure is one of the most sweeping moves the Obama administration has made so far in its efforts to boost slow-growing incomes. But it's sure to face opposition from some business owners.

Exactly 62 years ago, on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that segregated schools were unconstitutional.

The Brown v. Board of Education decision was historic — but it's not history yet.

Just this week, a federal judge ordered a Mississippi school district to desegregate its schools.

Catherine Russell: Sunny Side Of The Street

May 12, 2016

Catherine Russell has been a backup singer with Steely Dan and David Bowie, but she's better known as an interpreter of blues and early jazz. At Jazz At Lincoln Center, Russell recently assembled a vocal trio (with Carolyn Leonhart and La Tanya Hall, her partners on tour with Steely Dan) to unearth a book of charts by arranger Sy Oliver.

West Point has said that 16 black female cadets did not violate any Department of Defense or Army regulations by posing with their fists raised in a photo taken ahead of their graduation from the academy.

No punitive action will be taken against the women after an inquiry found that their gesture was intended to demonstrate "unity" and "pride," a statement from the institution said.

Public schools in the U.S. now have a majority of nonwhite students.

That's been the case since 2014, and yet children of color — especially boys — still lag behind their white peers.

This story has been all over the media. It's topic No. 1 at education conferences on university campuses. Even the White House is all over it.

But what Ron Ferguson wants to know is why. And he says there's a big group of experts out there who never get asked about it: boys and young men of color.


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Guest Cindy Atrican from AAA of Dayton will talk about the fluctuations of gas prices, automotive tips and the dangers of distracted driving.

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Pharez Whitted's "Mysterious Cargo" is a nice jazz album loaded with creativity, style and showed a unique mixture of modern and mainstream jazz that gradually grows on the average fan of the genre.