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Dec. 15, 2022: Steel drums, Ponies in the Park & jazz

On TA(P) this week are a new children's book, Tierney Sutton and holiday music

This week's episode of the Thursday Arts (P)review — where the "p" is parenthetical because we look both forward and back — includes the following:

  • A fresh interview with Mary Louise Carpenter and Mary Pat Kanaley, the author and illustrator of a new children's book titled Ponies in the Park. The book was funded by a Spokane Arts Grant Award (SAGA) in 2021 and is a tale of a little girl's adventure through Riverfront Park one magical night. The Ponies in the Parkwebsite has more info.
  • An excerpt from a previously aired interview with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton. SPR's Friday Afternoon Jazz host Rachel Bade-McMurphy talked to Sutton in the studio while the singer was in town recently to perform a 9-song cycle inspired by Willa Cather’s novel The Song of the Lark at Whitworth University.
  • Another fresh interview with percussionist Taylor Belote. He's playing holiday tunes on the steel drum at the Southside Center's Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 17. Belote is also performing in Spokane Valley Summer Theatre's "Big Band Christmas" this weekend and will be back in the SPR studio for a holiday mini concert on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Curious about the intro music? It's "Horses" by Lang Lang and his father Lang Guo-ren.

The Thursday Arts (P)review airs every Thursday at 12pm on KPBX with a roundup of arts-related news and information from across the Inland Northwest.

E.J. Iannelli is Spokane Public Radio's Arts and Music Director
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  • Rachel Bade-McMurphy is a musician, composer, and arts advocate raised in the Pacific Northwest. She studied Music and Humanities at Washington State University and received her Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from Eastern Washington University. A passionate teacher and jazz enthusiast, she founded Imagine Jazz, a local arts organization that hosts guest artists from New York and around the globe for concerts and educational events. Rachel's Friday Afternoon Jazz show will explore many eras and sub-genres of jazz, threading the layers of a complex and rich art music. The show will not only celebrate diversity and a lush heritage but explore new directions and varied approaches within the art form. The show will include interviews and features including regional happenings all centered around a playlist of great jazz music from classics and rare gems to modern innovations.