Martin Klemm

Sound Engineer

As engineer for WMUK, Martin Klemm could be taking care of a producer's computer in the morning, recording the Kalamazoo Symphony that evening, and producing Grass Roots the next afternoon. Being concerned with details and the staff's comfort, Martin will never run out of things to do.  Before coming to WMUK in 2003, Martin worked in Los Angeles making records with some outstanding producers, but preferred to be close to his family here in west Michigan. He enjoys keeping a busy schedule balancing WMUK, operating a recording studio downtown Kalamazoo, and remodeling his home in the Edison neighborhood.

Email: martin.klemm (at) wmich.edu     Phone: (269) 387  3169

(Here are the earlier episodes in this Jazz Currents series celebrating what would have been Miles Davis' 90th birthday: Part 1, Part 2Part 3, and Part 4.) In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Miles Davis began experimenting with electronic instruments, becoming one of the leading voices in what we now call fusion. After taking a hiatus in the late 70’s, Davis returned and continued to break new ground, while embracing contemporary sounds and styles. In the end, Davis came full circle to revisit his classic repertoire.


(Here are the earlier episodes in this Jazz Currents series celebrating what would have been Miles Davis' 90th birthday: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.) When we look back at the career of Miles Davis, and the many musicians that have come through his bands, two combinations stand out: The first great quintet of the 1950’s with Coltrane, Garland, Chambers and Jones; and his brilliant second quintet featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. In this, the fourth of five episodes on Miles Davis, Keith Hall digs into the rich catalog of this 1960’s quintet.

Tom Palumbo via Wikipedia Commons

Trumpeter and bandleader Miles Davis had a career that spanned over 50 years. He recorded over 100 albums as a leader, and was a primary voice in many of the important developments in jazz history. In the first of five Jazz Currents episodes, Keith Hall celebrates what would have been the 90th birthday of one of the most influential musicians of all time. 


Keith Hall

Jazz Currents host Keith Hall talks to a longtime friend, jazz pianist Xavier Davis, a prominent performer, educator, arranger and producer in the world of jazz today.  In his WMUK visit, Davis plays a few requests from Hall, including his own modern standard, "The Message," and Thelonius Monk's "Pannonica." 


The Brass Rail - a quintet of West Michigan brass players - was created for fun. Mike McMinn (cornet, trumpet), Roger Lynch (cornet, trumpet), Chris Garrett (horn) John Dickey (trombone) and Fritz MacDonald (tuba) have dozens years of music training and hundreds of performances between them. Walking onto the Miller Auditorium stage in formal wear for a Kalamazoo Concert Band performance is an experience familiar to all. 


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