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30 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
The Jazz Room: Terri Lyne Carrington
Well, well! Make yourself comfortable, for you have just entered, the Jazz Room. Host Joan Watson Jones chats with Grammy Winning Drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington at the Jazz Congress at Lincoln Center in NYC. We talk about her CDs “The Mosaic Project” and “Mosaic Project: Love and Soul” and how she developed her ideas for both projects. Learn more at: www.terrilynecarringnton.com
26 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Business Extra: Julia Becker Collins
Our Business Extra this week features COO and owner of Vision Advertising Julia Becker Collins. In early 2021 Julia was featured for an article in the Worcester Business Journal, 'Small Business Relief Must Focus on Small Business'. With over a year of the pandemic in our rear view mirror Julia and host Scott M. Graves explore what went wrong with business assistance. How do we define small business? Did the pandemic simply exacerbate issues in our business community and society that were already present? How could we do better by each other and what are the consequences to our communities when we get it wrong? And don't fear....we spoke a lot about solutions some of which are currently in play and accessible to small businesses everywhere including SMG's Business Triage. Find Julia on LinkedIn Vision Advertising on Facebook Vision Advertising on Twitter Vision Advertising on Instagram
30 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
The Jazz Room: Catherine Russell
Well look at that, it's time for some smooth Jazz here in The Jazz Room. This week, Host Joan Watson Jones talks with Catherine Russell. She talks about her career that spans the spectrum of music and also her Mom, Singer/Bassist, Carlene Ray. We also talk about her CD "Harlem On My Mind" Learn more at catherinerussell.net
101 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Episode Rehash: Alyssa Rizzo
Another week is here, which means it is time for more of the "Are We Here Yet?" podcast! This week, we are featuring another rehash from the early days. For this rehash, we present our lively conversation with Alyssa Rizzo, visionary for visionaries, from May of last year.
30 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
The Jazz Room: Rene Marie, Pt. 2
Welcome back to The Jazz Room with your host, Joan Watson Jones. This week will feature the conclusion of the two part interview with Rene Marie, who continues telling stories that inspired a selection of songs on her album "Songs of Red". Learn more about Rene here: renemarie.com Find out more about host Joan Watson Jones here: https://www.joanwatsonjones.com
94 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Episode Rehash: Anna Wilkins
Well would you look at that, its June already! You know what that means; time to make up that picnic basket, get your favorite towel, load up into the car, and find yourself that lovely spot on the sandy shores! With that, however, it also means that is time for a little vacation for our Host Scott M. Graves and Producer Cameron McLeod. But worry not! The "Are We Here Yet?" podcast still has plenty coming your way over these summer months. Part of that is this rehash of an old interview with Anna Wilkins from just over a year ago.
29 minutes | May 27, 2021
The Jazz Room: Rene Marie, Pt. 1
Time to take a load off once again by stopping into "The Jazz Room" for some sweet, sweet jazz and lively conversations with the cats that keep the genre swinging. This week, Host Joan Watson Jones talks with Rene Marie in the start of this two part interview. Rene shares her life stories that inspired the songs she wrote on her CD "Sound of Red" Learn more at about Rene Marie: renemarie.com Find out more about Joan Watson Jones: https://www.joanwatsonjones.com
81 minutes | May 27, 2021
Wanting More than Rural Charm: Tyra Penn
Tyra Penn has taken her experiences as a performing artist and radio personality and utilized them well in advocating for the rural town of Thompson, CT. Tyra is the Planning and Development Director for this northeastern-most municipality of Connecticut. Historically an agricultural community with several small but robust mill villages, Thompson's challenges are the same as faced by a multiplicity of communities throughout the United States. Externally challenged by limited or misallocated, top-down resources, by geography (think being in one state but being influenced by another's urban center) and by the differences in socio-economics Thompson also faces internal challenges..... just how and who defines what the next generation will experience in our small rural towns. Who there will benefit from our 'modern' economy? Tyra's current projects, some of which we touch upon in this episode include a small-mixed use development taking advantage of local assets such as historic property, natural environment and local interest. This project includes an AG-based incubator intentionally designed to take advantage of local human assetts and interest. We're all working hard to make our communiteis better, more resilient, more responsive to our neighbors needs. Tyra is working on her community and we all hope this podcast episode emboldens you to take the next step for YOUR town. Find out more about Tyra's other projects Tyra Penn and Her Army of Snakes new album "The Last Day of August": https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-last-day-of-august/1545052725
31 minutes | May 20, 2021
The Jazz Room: Reggie Workman, Pt. 2
It's time to meander back to the Jazz Room with Host Joan Watson Jones to listen to great stories, and of course, some smooth Jazz. This week is the conclusion of the Reggie Workman interview, which was so enticing, both parts were recorded in one sitting. So sit back and enjoy your stay in the Jazz Room.
56 minutes | May 20, 2021
Episode 53: The Clinton Greenway Conservation Trust
It's that time of week again! Welcome back to the Are We Here Yet Podcast! This week, Host Scott M. Graves and Producer Cameron McLeod talk with members of the Clinton Greenway Conservation Trust, Christine Ebstein and Frances Hodge. We talk about the Central Mass Railtrail, it's history, and Clinton in general in this stewardship heavy episode.
73 minutes | May 13, 2021
Episode 52: David Vermette
Welcome back to the Are We Here Yet podcast! As of this episode, the show becomes a year old! I hope you brought birthday gifts. For this episode, Producer Cameron McLeod and Host Scott M. Graves, who has a personal connection with the subject matter, talk with Author David Vermette. As the interview goes on, we talk about Franco-Americans and their "invisible" story and struggles that many immigrating persons faced. Mixing their history with Scott and David's personal stories, all while looking at the economic piece this group played in the days of old, this is an episode to truly snag your attention!
31 minutes | May 13, 2021
The Jazz Room: Reggie Workman, Pt. 1
So you've made your way back to the Jazz Room, I see. Well, I don't blame you! With a host such as Joan Watson Jones, and all the smooth, sweet jazz your ears need, it isn't a surprise. This week, meet Bassist Reggie Workman. He's worked with John Coltrane, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Yousef Latife, Pharoh Sanders, Miles Davis, Tommy Flannagan and many more. He's currently working as a composer, arranger and teacher. Reggie talks about his life since that historic time. The conversation was so great, the one interview became two parts.
30 minutes | May 6, 2021
The Jazz Room: Lou Donaldson, Pt. 2
It's that time again! Welcome back to The Jazz Room, hosted by Joan Watson Jones. In the second part of the Lou Donaldson interview, the conversation revolves around Lou's work with Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith and offers his own observations on the future of Jazz. Find more on Lou Donaldson: www.loudonaldson.com Find more on Joan Watson Jones: https://www.joanwatsonjones.com
58 minutes | May 6, 2021
Episode 51: Justin McKennon
For this Episode of the "Are We Here Yet?" Podcast, Host Scott M. Graves goes solo whilst Producer Cameron McLeod is off on another adventure. For his solo feature, Scott talks with Justin McKennon about his business and good' ole economic development.
31 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
The Jazz Room: Lou Donaldson, Pt. 1
Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to The Jazz Room with your host Joan Watson Jones. This week in the Jazz Room, you will be introduced to Lou Donaldson. While they did meet at Newport Jazz Festival, Joan and Lou had to get together at Studio 952 in Manhattan to record the interview. In the first part of the interview, Lou talks how he got started in the business and why he took up the Saxophone. Find out more about Lou Donaldson: www.loudonaldson.com Find out more about Joan Watson Jones: https://www.joanwatsonjones.com
60 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Episode 50: Dr. Jacqueline Ashmore
We're joined this evening by Dr. Jaqueline Ashmore to discuss our transition to a clean energy future. These are heady times given the drastic change in Washington, DC regarding climate resiliency that has come simultaneously with climate change legislation passed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Jacquie offered us detailed perspective on our potential moving forward; where opportunities are and where the work is yet to be done. Our conversation offers perspective on where opportunities and challenges exist for different regions of Massachusetts and the northeast. We asked the seminal question: Can we build a more equitable economy for all races, genders and socio-economic backgrounds? We touched upon the work of organizations such as Browning the Green Space and the 51 Project that are working to answer with a wholistic approach. We also discussed water management in our current state of affairs and it's history. This part of our conversation touched upon nutrient management and how culture and politics has played a role in each of our perspectives on climate change, resiliency and economic factors. Perhaps most rewarding from our podcast is Jacquie's undying optimism for our future. She is leading by example in this way as we all are required; failure to address our climate degradation could cost us dearly in the decades ahead.
90 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Episode 49: Gloria Parkinson
Our guest Gloria Parkinson started off in farmland preservation the way so many do….unintentionally. She ties her desire for making her muse Rauscher Farm an accessible and immersive experience to the work she performs as trustee to the Clinton Library. Gloria got her start in the theatre. With the help of numerous neighbors in this New England mill town they embarked on a grassroots campaign nearly fifteen years ago that culminated in a majority of Clintonians voting to preserve the 60+ acres of Rauscher Farm from the development of single family homes. Take note. Not only did they do this the ‘old-fashioned way’ through democratic means. They did so by articulating the potential economics that come with suburban sprawl: A single-family home development requiring much in new infrastructure that will never be able to pay for said infrastructure. About Clinton, MA What was saved? Habitat in transition. the remnants of a farm and way of life that was THE way of life in New England not so long ago. A Dairy that was operational until very recently. Their conservation work since designation as a conservation land has included habitat improvement, research and tacking major issues of physical and intellectual accessibility. Some of this means lots of hands and knees, digging out invasive species….and asking important questions with rigor. Learn from our episode what it takes to accomplish a similar long-term project in your community. What it really takes to go the long game and why it can be one of the most remarkable and meaningful things you can do with your time.
32 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
The Jazz Room: Rufus Reid, Pt. 2
Welcome once again to The Jazz Room with Host Joan Watson Jones. This week is part 2 of the Rufus Reid performance and interview. In this second part, Rufus tells us about his mentor and boss Band Leader Eddie Harris. Learn more about Rufus: http://rufusreid.com/ Find more about Joan Watson Jones: https://www.joanwatsonjones.com
31 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
The Jazz Room: Rufus Reid, Pt.1
Meet Bassist/Composer/ Educator Rufus Reid. This week in the Jazz Room, Host Joan Watson Jones talks with Rufus about how they met at Jazz Congress at the Lincoln Center in NYC. In part 1 of our interview he explains his term ”Every Song is a playground”.
60 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Episode 48: Lisa Drexhage
Lisa Drexhage is Senior Project Manager for the Worcester Business Development Corp. In her capacity there she leads the effort to capitalize on many of the assets that Worcester has to offer. The work she is doing is playing its role in transforming the physical spaces in which people inhabit in this burgeoning redefinition of one of New England's significant cities. Lisa is leading the effort to develop the Worcester Idea Lab, a co-working environment included in a mixed-use development (the kind we love to boost here at SMG) in the former headuarters of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Find Worcester Idea Lab Along with the recent addition of the JMAC Center (Jean McDonough Arts Center) this central downtown property is alive with activity. WBDC is also instrumental in the success Worcester has had in developing a critical mass of life science activity, most recently in their on-going development of the Reactory currently being developed on the site of the former Worcester State Hospital. Through our discussion we learned Lisa has a deep respect for the neighborhoods of the city. Her work reflects her dedication to addressing economic development that is responsive to the needs of local people and that draws people and their culture out onto the street. This is reflected in the way she manages projects and in her participation in efforts such as Pow Wow Worcester. This volunteer efforts brings artists from around the world to town to work with local neighborhoods on contemporary, urban art. She is a true steward who allows her work to be informed by the past. We discussed exactly where history falls in Lisa's personal perspective and how it informs her work. Listen to our episode if you believe in Worcester. Listen if you believe in progressive urban development. Listen if you believe in your own neighborhood and yearn for new ideas. Listen. Listen. Find Lisa on LinkedIn Find Lisa on Instagram
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