Special WPEB Broadcast: Culture Works with Steve Rowland

Special WPEB Broadcast: Culture Works with Steve Rowland

Fridays at 8:00 PM Beginning Friday, July 23

Scribe Video Center and community radio station WPEB are honored to broadcast an extended radio series from producer, documentarian and oral historian Steve Rowland, beginning Friday, July 23rd, 2021 at 8:00 PM. 

Rowland has spent a career using music, theater and art as windows to explore issues in American history, society, race relations, human creativity, spirituality, aesthetic beauty, the nature of change and human possibility.  He is one of the most accomplished music documentarians in the United States, having produced over 50 hours of radio documentary work since 1987. His works are in the permanent collections of The Library of Congress and the Museum of Television and Radio and his projects have been funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and several national foundations. Rowland is currently living in Seattle and is completing a film Time Out of Joint: Teaching Shakespeare in Prison.

Beginning Friday, July 23, episodes will premiere on Fridays at 8:00 PM, with a repeat broadcast on Saturdays at 7:00 PM. The series will begin with The Miles Davis Radio Project, followed by Tell Me How Long Trane’s Been Gone, The Music Makers series, and Leonard Bernstein: An American Life, with new episodes broadcast weekly over the course of nine months. 

The Miles Davis Radio Project is an Eight-hour series highlighting the life, career and influence of jazz legend, Miles Davis. Episodes include: Miles Davis, The Early Years (1926-1946); New York to Paris and Back (1946-1956); Midnight Idol (1956-1960); The 60’s Are Electric; Miles Davis – Retirement and Rebirth; Behind the Scenes with Miles Davis; and Miles Live. 

Tell Me How Long Trane's Been Gone is A five-hour audio documentary on the life, music and legacy of composer and saxophonist Ohnedaruth John Coltrane. The most comprehensive discussion of Coltrane's remarkable career ever produced for broadcast on either television or radio, the program includes interviews with Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Rashied Ali, Alice Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Art Davis, Carlos Santana, Steve Coleman, Lewis Porter, Babatunde Olatunji, Sekou Sundiata, Gary Bartz, Odean Pope, and others. 

The Music Makers series includes the following two-hour artist profiles: Frank Zappa: American Composer, narrated by Beverly D’Angelo; Patti LaBelle: Gospel into Soul, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg; George Clinton: Funk is its Own Reward, narrated by Ishmael Reed; Carlos Santana: Music for Life, narrated by Edward James Olmos; Two Weeks, and Several Generations, with The Neville Brothers, narrated by John Goodman; and On the Road with The Roots, narrated by Chuck D. The series will begin with Streams of American Music, introduction to the series, narrated by Dr. Cornel West. 

Leonard Bernstein: An American Life is a Peabody Award-Winning 11-part documentary series is about the life and work of the preeminent American composer/conductor, narrated by Susan Sarandon. It includes discussion of Bernstein’s immense talents and interest in social issues. We learn about Bernstein as composer, conductor, advocate for democracy and social justice, and master educator. It includes interviews with Stephen Sondheim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Marin Alsop, Bobby McFerrin, James DePreist, Ned Rorem, George Plimpton and many, many others.

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