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February 01, 2001

Pick of the Week

Jazz/R&B--Tuesday: Erykah Badu followed up her first, widely heralded album--"Baduizm," released in 1997--with "Mama's Son," a CD that retained her hip-hop roots but also took her more into the realms of jazz and R&B. With a voice and phrasing that make her often compared to Billie Holiday, Badu performs songs that are at times highly political or intensely personal. Between albums, she made the start of an acting career, appearing as the sweet but tragic Rose in "The Cider House Rules." This concert was taped last month at the Universal Amphitheatre.


Early Music--1 a.m.: Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) didn't invent opera, but his works in the genre are just about the earliest that are still performed. And for good reason: He was considered controversial and even avant-garde in his lifetime, and his vocal works still sound fresh and lively. This program of Monteverdi madrigals features a stellar lineup of British ensembles, including Andrew Parrott's Taverner Consort and Philip Pickett's New London Consort.

Folk--3 p.m.: Al Petteway and Amy White play a live concert of folk and bluegrass music, live from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Baroque Music--8 a.m.: The last in a series of programs on the Baroque violin, with music by Telemann, Vivaldi and Bertali. The great early music violinist Andrew Manze is the host.


Television--2 p.m.: Judge Glenda Hatchett, who served for eight years as judge of the Fulton County, Ga., Juvenile Court, is one of the latest judges to leave the official bench to wield justice on TV. Her syndicated show is "Judge Hatchett," and she'll be available for chatting at


Basketball--Noon: It's Stanford versus UCLA in this college game. The coverage is audio only.


Country--Noon: Being that the group is made up of three sisters, Shedaisy is inevitably compared to the superstar, and more distinctive, Dixie Chicks. Shedaisy is a pleasant-sounding, upbeat pop trio that has attracted plenty of followers.

Gospel--3 p.m.: The Blind Boys of Alabama--an ensemble that originated in 1937 when a group of vocalists was chosen from the Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind Glee Club--is one of the most famous and celebrated gospel groups in the world. Now led by Clarence Fountain, whose emotionally draining solos and cries punctuate the songs, the Blind Boys mix jazz and even Latin rhythms into their repertoire. This concert comes live from the Kennedy Center.


Blues--Noon: A dozen years ago, Bill Graham discovered Blues Traveler, a group that went on to have unusually wide fame for a blues group, even scoring a top 10 hit, "Run-around," in 1995. The group, with John Popper's distinctive harmonica solos, is still together and touring. This concert was recorded at Summerfest 2K in Milwaukee.

Weather--2 p.m.: Eric Pinder is a meteorologist who has won wide praise for his poetic descriptions concerning atmospheric conditions and how they produce our weather. In his new book, he takes the reader from a backyard in New England to Antarctica to demonstrate why these two seemingly extreme environments are not so different after all. To join in the chat, go to and click on "Chats and Events."

Jazz--Noon: Michael Ward wanted to play piano when he was growing up, but the only instrument available to his sixth-grade class was the violin. Good thing, because Ward has become known nationally--and especially in New Orleans--for his jazz works on the instrument.


Jazz/R&B--3 p.m. See Pick of the Week.

Hockey--4 p.m.: The Buffalo Sabres take on the New York Rangers in this Webcast. Although the coverage is audio only, the stats on the site will be continuously updated as the National Hockey League game progresses.


Cuban Music--3 p.m. Veteran singer Carmen Flores and the band Liato present a concert of traditional Afro-Cuban, boleros, guaracha and pregon music.

Books--4 p.m.: Best known for his sweeping historical novels such as "Ragtime," E.L. Doctorow has chosen a contemporary setting for his new book that is nonetheless based on an age-old text. Like St. Augustine's massive opus of the same title that attacks the paganism of Roman intellectual life, Doctorow's "City of God" looks at New York at the start of a new millennium. To join in a chat with the author, go to and click on "Chats and Events."

Hockey--4:30 p.m.: In this NHL matchup, the Philadelphia Flyers play the Pittsburgh Penguins. The audio-only coverage from Pittsburgh is at

Soap Opera--6 p.m.: Heartthrob Don Diamont, who plays Brad Carlton--an unusually stable character for a soap opera--on "The Young and the Restless," chats with fans.

--Compiled by DAVID COLKER

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