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5:09 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Jeremy Siskind on mentor Fred Hersch and the art of songwriting

Jeremy Siskind
Credit Gerry Szymanski

Pianist and composer Jeremy Siskind, who performs tonight with his New York-based trio (Nancy Harms, vocals and Lucas Pino, reeds), talks to Cara Lieurance about renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch, who recently performed at Western Michigan University.

Hersch has had a great influence on him as a teacher and mentor, says Jeremy.

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Local Music
4:52 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Conductor excited for KJSO to learn from Midori visit

Andrew Koehler
Credit Andrew Koehler

The Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra will feature famed violinist Midori as soloist in an upcoming concert.

  Conductor Andrew Koehler says he hopes it will be an opportunity to learn from a soloist who has performed with all of the greatest orchestras in the world, and who has collaborated with legendary conductors. Maestro Koehler and Cara Lieurance also discuss the program, which features works of Bizet, Bach, and Tchaikovsky. 

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Forest Heroes
7:39 am
Wed January 29, 2014

WSW: Forest Heroes on Kellogg and the rain forests

Sumatran Tiger - Woodley Park in Washington D.C.
Credit Jeff Kubina/Wikimedia Commons

WestSouthwest with Jez Vedua

In October the group Forest Heroes called for Kellogg to cut ties with agribusiness corporation Wilmar. 

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Julian Bond
7:32 am
Wed January 29, 2014

WSW: Civil rights icon Julian Bond

Julian Bond (left) and Martin Luther King Jr. casting ballots for Bond in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1965
Credit The Associated Press

WestSouthwest with Julian Bond

Long-time civil rights activist Julian Bond will speak at Albion College on Thursday. 

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Hobbies & Music
7:22 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Vinyl records gain popularity in Kalamazoo

Co-manager Sean Hartman at The Corner Record Shop and Audio in Kalamazoo
Credit Nancy Camden

Sales of vinyl records make up a tiny fraction of the market compared to CDs and MP3s. Yet stores reported more than 6 million new and used vinyl records in 2013. That's a 20-year high for the format.

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