September 27, 2007:
Frank Adams is a legend in the Birmingham jazz scene. As a young man he played sax with Sun Ra, Duke Ellington and others and for nearly a half century he's been a classroom teacher and school administrator. Saturday, Adams takes the stage again performing with the Birmingham Heritage Band for the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival. He's part of an impressive lineup of musicians including Ronnie Laws, Annie Sellick, and Dee Lucas. I asked the good Doctor why Birmingham has produced so many good players.
And Dr. Frank Adams blows a pretty mean soprano sax and performs with the Birmingham Heritage Band, Saturday night at the Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival.
If classical music is more your thing, this weekend "Music from the Danube" is the theme of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks concert. The program features works by Haydn, Liszt and Beethoven. Conductor Justin Brown spoke with WBHM's Michael Krall about the concert...
When Birmingham native Sarah Koch graduated from high school several years ago, she left for college with plans to major in art history. But there was always something else in the back of her mind. So Koch joined the Peace Corps and spent two years as a rural health volunteer in a village in Senegal that had no electricity or running water. At the end of her stay she - and another Peace Corp volunteer named Steve Bolinger - started a non-profit called Development in Gardening. The organization builds vegetable micro-gardens next to Senegalese hospitals and teaches low and middle income HIV-positive residents how to care for the plants. Koch spoke with WBHM's Tanya Ott.
If you've ever worked in an office you've probably had this experience. It's noon. You go the communal kitchen to grab your lunch and find someone swiped it. You may grumble...perhaps utter a few choice words. When this happened to Birmingham resident James Brown a few months ago he took it a step further. He turned his lunchtime frustrations into a short film and that film - called Lunch -- debuts this weekend at the 9th annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival.
To hear the audio portion of the Community Calendar from Tapestry, click here.
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Chris Porter and The Stolen Roses say they make "real music" for "real people"...but what exactly does that mean? Porter and his band have been rocking Birmingham for a while now - and have a new CD coming out soon. From that CD - this is Abigail. (AUDIO MONTAGE) Chris Porter and The Stolen Roses are on the road to Georgia next month, promoting their new CD.
Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with help this week from Hunter Bell, Islara Vazquez, and Christie Smith. Next week on the show - Nascar and Moonshine! I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.