Speaking Freely with Dennis Raimondi

This week's show, broadcast Tuesday March 20 from 1 - 2pm Central Standard Time and rebroadcast Thursday March 27 from 8 - 9 am Central Standard Time, will feature:


1:00 - 1:30 pm - Ed Sarath. 

Professor  Ed Sarath is director of the program in jazz and improvisation at the University of Michigan. He is active as a performer on the flugelhorn, recording artist, composer, author, and guest
clinician. His latest CD, Last Day in May, features internationally acclaimed artists Dave Liebman, Mick Goodrick, Harvie Swartz, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith.

Mr. Sarath has received fellowship grants for both jazz composition and performance from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the American Council of Learned Societies to design a course
entitled "Creativity and Consciousness." His articles appear in the Journal of Music Theory, International Journal for Music Education, Jazz Research Papers, Jazz Educators Journal, and Jazz Changes.
Mr. Sarath has emerged as a leading visionary in the fields of music, creativity, consciousness studies, and educational reform. He divides his time between performing, composing, teaching and writing
about the aesthetic, cognitive and transpersonal aspects of the creative process.


1:30 - 2:00 pm – Ellen Chenoweth.

Ms. Chenoweth is one of Hollywood’s top casting directors. Ellen was raised in the Midwest & South, attended college in Virginia. She moved to NYC where she started working in theatre. After a short period of time, Ellen landed a job at the Actors Studio where Lee Strasberg was the artistic director. Under the tutelage of Mr. Strasberg, Ellen became skilled as a casting director and started spending time in Los Angeles.

She got to know Barry Levinson and eventually cast his first movie, "Diner". Some of the films she has been casting director for include: My Favorite Year, Terms of Endearment, The Natural, Ruthless People, Broadcast News, Bugsy, Toys, A Bronx Tale, Six Degrees of Separation, Wag the Dog, the Horse Whisper, Analyze This, Liberty Heights, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou, Meet the Parents, and dozens more films.

Ms.Chenoweth has recently been working with the Coen brothers and George Clooney. Her next job will be a Coen movie called "Burn After Reading" with George Clooney & Frances McDormand. After that, the movie version of the Broadway show "Doubt" which will star Meryl Streep.