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Jazz Beat - Jaki Byard

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Tom Reney offers an appreciation of piano legend Jaki Byard in this edition of Jazz Beat. Byard’s 95th birthday anniversary was June 22, and his legacy thrives both on records and through his well-known protégés Jason Moran, Larry Goldings, Marty Ehrlich, and Fred Hersch. Tom’s tribute includes personal recollections, details of Byard’s background in Worcester and Boston, and several musical samples.

Appeals Court Chief Justice Scott Kafker.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican

Scott Kafker, the current chief justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court is Republican Governor Charlie Baker's nominee to the state's highest court.

This is Baker's fifth appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court.

But Governor's Council member Mary Hurley said she is disappointed in the selection, especially for the citizens of western Massachusetts she represents. She'd been lobbying the governor for months.

Shelley MacInnes, holding pictures of her son, Alex Ciccolo, who faces domestic terrorism charges.
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Alex Ciccolo has been in federal custody since July 4th, 2015. The 24-year-old Adams, Massachusetts, man is charged with attempting to commit domestic terrorism.

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Dave Roback / The Republican

It's going to be a busy week on Beacon Hill as Massachusetts lawmakers try to find common ground on some tough topics. The state's fiscal year ends Friday and there's no budget agreement yet. Also, the legislature is aiming to get a recreational marijuana law on the governor's desk this week. But big differences remain between the House and Senate bills, both of which make changes to the voter-passed marijuana law.

The Rev. Tom Gerstenlauer of South Congregational Church in Springfield, explains the sanctuary decision, on June 16, 2017.
Patrick Johnson / The Republican

The building code commissioner for Springfield, Mass., has sent a warning letter to a church that plans to become a sanctuary for immigrants facing deportation.

Springfield's Union Station and the Union Station Parking Garage on March 23, 2017.
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We begin the 2017 summer fiction series with a heartfelt look at two world religious leaders.

The author is Roland Merullo from Williamsburg, Massachusetts, and his book is "The Delight of Being Ordinary: A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama." 

Varieties of marijuana.
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One of the most exciting jazz discoveries I've experienced in recent years involved the Russian-born alto saxophonist Dmitry Baevsky and a restaurant in the tiny (pop. 1600) Massachusetts-Vermont border town of Colrain, Mass. While hosting Jazz à la Mode on a Thursday night in 2008, I got a call from a woman in Greenfield urging me to find coverage for the following night's show so that I could hear Baevsky at the Green Emporium.

The sign outside St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

After holding classes 120 years, Berkshire County's lone Catholic high school, St. Joseph Central of Pittsfield, closed its doors last week.

The school's closure was announced last fall amid sagging enrollment. And as the process has begun to clean out the building, students and staff members have largely moved on.

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