We’re very pleased to remind you that The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series will air every Thursday evening at 9 p.m. through April 29 during Dick Fairley’s Jazz Excursion, which plays from 8 to 10 p.m. Briefly, the series is about a loft in New York City’s Flower District where LIFE photographer W. Eugene Smith lived, photographed and recorded thousands of hours of audio from the entire loft building where jazz musicians from Charlie Parker to Thelonious Monk and dozens of others practiced and jammed into the wee hours. The tapes were only recently discovered and help bring loft culture in mid-Century New York to life. The series was produced by Sara Fishko at WNYC with help from Big Something Producer Noel Black while he was in New York last year. For more info and and a slide show of W. Eugene Smith’s images from the loft, click HERE. If you missed the first two episodes, you can stream them here:

Jazz Loft Episode 1: Introduction (Originally aired November 16, 2009 on WNYC in New York)

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Jazz Loft Episode 2: Images of the Loft (Originally aired November 17, 2009)

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Get your Saturday night fever on for Laura Veirs. A native of Colorado Springs who went to Palmer High School, Veirs turned to song writing after a career as a Mandarin translator in China didn’t suit her fancy. Before long she was she was opening for the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Low and The Decemberists. You can get a copy of July Flame at the show or buy it HERE.

The concert is Saturday night at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave.) in Manitou at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online HERE. Member discount tickets for $15 are available until Friday at 5 p.m. at KRCC, 912 N. Weber. All day-of-show tickets will be $25 at the door.

Listen to the title track from July Flame here:

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For those of you who love Radio Lab, we remind you that it will resume in April (don’t forget that they create “seasons,” not unlike a television show). However, beginning this weekend and continuing for the next four weekends, we’ll be airing four episodes of the excellent new science show The Really Big Questions produced by SoundVision and hosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary. The four episodes will examine: How do emotions shape our worldview? What is consciousness? How do we face our own mortality? Can science explain why we believe? Don’t miss it on Saturdays for the next four weeks at 1 p.m. on KRCC.

If there was one question that you could put to a panel of the world’s greatest scientists and philosophers what would it be? The Really Big Questions is deciding what topics to include in its next season and would like to hear your ideas. Take TRBQ’s Very Brief Online Survey. It’s on the homepage at trbq.org.

If you haven’t been checking out NPRMusic.org, now’s as good a time as any as they now have the entirety of the brand new albums from both the Gorrilaz and Broken Bells (micro-supergroup consisting of Danger Mouse and James Mercer from the Shins) playing for free through the end of the weekend.

The Gorrilaz complete album is HERE.

Broken Bells can be heard HERE. Check em out.

Finally, if you missed “An Evening with David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner and Suzan-Lori Parks, moderated by Laurence Maslon” last month, it’s now available as a podcast at the Colorado College website HERE.

“Three of America’s greatest playwrights discuss the intersections of the arts and society and assess the future of playwriting, the relative impact of their own plays and the socio-historical elements involved in creating modern dramatic works. Tony Kushner has received the esteemed “double” of the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his work, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”; Suzan-Lori Parks won a Pulitzer and was nominated for a Tony Award for “Topdog/Underdog”; and David Henry Hwang is a Tony winner and Pulitzer nominee for “M. Butterfly.” New York University professor and noted theater historian Laurence Maslon moderated the event. Recorded February 3, 2010.

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