TRADING 4s Drs Modeste and Wes

TRADING 4s with Drs. Modeste & Wes


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What can the jazz process tell us about life: education, democracy, business, government, culture? Get in on the rhythm as Jackie Modeste, Ph.D. and Wesley J. Watkins, IV, Ph.D. trade fours on topics beyond the bandstand with special guests from around the globe. Dr. Modeste is an educator and founder of The Global Roundhouse, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in educational products. ( “Dr. Wes” is Founder of The Jazz & Democracy Project® ( Opening music: “Creole” by Etienne Charles from the album “Creole Soul” Closing music: “The Folks” by Etienne Charles from the album “Creole Soul” More at

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Encore: an extra piece of music performed in response to a request from the audience; something that follows a success -- Merriam-Webster's online dictionary Due to overwhelming demand, Trading Fours with Drs. Modeste & Wes is now featuring ?Encores? -- some of our most talked about shows, offered for your enjoyment and with an associated blog space for your comments. Enjoy this week's Encore is for Vocalist Rhonda Benin and leave your comments about the show by joining the Tradings4s show page.
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