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Take a step back in time with author and screenwriter, Dan Wakefield and his friends for Uncle Dan’s Story Hour.

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    • Performing Arts

Take a step back in time with author and screenwriter, Dan Wakefield and his friends for Uncle Dan’s Story Hour.

    Creativity and Crisis - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Creativity and Crisis - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Mark Vonnegut, the doctor and writer son of Kurt, joins writer Dan Wakefield and jazz saxophone star Sophie Faught on the most popular "Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam!" Mark tells how "the arts are both a reason and a way to get well," and joins Sophie for a saxophone duet in the finale.
     
    Sophie Faught and Mark Vonnegut on saxophone, Nick Tucker on bass, and Kenny Phelps on drums.
     
    Recorded live at The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis.

    • 58 min
    Music and Memory - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Music and Memory - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Music opens the doors of memory! Dan Wakefield and Sophie Faught are joined by music therapist Dr. Meganne Masko, an IUPUI professor as well as Susan Neville, Indiana's finest writer (also a professor of English at Butler University.) Sophie Faught plays saxophone, Kenny Phelps on drums, and Jesse Wittman on bass. Recorded live at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis.

    • 58 min
    Cole Porter - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Cole Porter - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Our "Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam" tribute to Cole Porter of Peru, Indiana, one of the greatest names in The Great American Songbook, features Peru native Cathy Day, who is writing a book on the Hoosier composer.
    Sophie Faught plays saxophone, Joel Tucker on guitar, and Julie Houston is our vocalist.
    Recorded live at The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis.

    • 59 min
    Mentors - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Mentors - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Dan talks about his writing mentors like Bob Collins, who gave him his first byline, and Sophie talks of her musical mentors like IU jazz legend David Baker, as well as pianist Steve Allee, who joins us at The Jazz Kitchen for this broadcast.
     
    Featuring Sophie Faught on saxophone and Steve Allee at the piano.

    • 58 min
    Tribute to Indiana Avenue - Home of Great Jazz - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Tribute to Indiana Avenue - Home of Great Jazz - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    We honor our great jazz musicians with guest Aleta Hodge, author of Indiana Avenue: Musical Journey, 1915-2015. On keyboard is Carl Hines, who played piano on the Avenue; Sophie Faught on saxophone, Jeff Tucker, bass; Joel Tucker, guitar; Kenny Phelps, drums.
    The show was recorded live before an audience at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis.

    • 59 min
    Overcoming Obstacles - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Overcoming Obstacles - The Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam

    Sophie, Dan and guest vocalist Everett Greene tell about "Overcoming Obstacles" in work and life, with music that sustained them!
     

    If you’re alive, you’ve been knocked down – if not physically, in some of your efforts – in your education, work, career, relationships. It is part of the experience of being alive. Getting knocked down is no disgrace – the important thing is getting back up. It was expressed most succinctly in a Nike commercial that showed the basketball star Dwyane Wade getting knocked down on the court – and getting back up. The only words in the commercial were said by Wade: “Get knocked down six times, get up seven.”
     
    The experience of getting knocked down and getting back up is a part of human survival. The Nobel Prize-winning Irish playwright Samuel Beckett, author of “Waiting for Godot,” said it this way: “Fail. Fail Again. Fail Better. ” Winston Churchill, who led England in its darkest hour, put it in these words: “Never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.” And, the same sentiment expressed by the great blues singer Bessie Smith, who said, “I picked up my bag, baby, and I tried it again.”
     
    Sophie Faught and Dan Wakefield have shared on stage – in story and song – what it was like to start out as a musician and as a writer in their own distinct eras, and what it was like to experience their first “big break.” This time, the Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam features stories of their own setbacks – and how they “got back up” – with words and music.

     
    Sophie Faught on tenor sax, Vocalist Everett Greene, Kenny Phelps on drums, and Steve Snyder on the organ.

    • 59 min

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