jazz music

Senya Alman

Each year, Western Michigan University invites a recognized master of jazz to perform with students and faculty in a showcase concert. This year, that artist was singer Deborah Brown.


The annual Western Invitational Jazz Festival is two days of performances and master classes in jazz music for a spectrum of musicians, from those in high school ensembles, to college groups, to full professionals. This year, the thirty-fifth festival featured Miguel Zenón as its guest artist.

A multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Miguel Zenón is widely considered to be one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation.  Zenón has been repeatedly recognized as an important composer in jazz, receiving dozens of commissions, awards, and grants. 

Jati Lindsay

Jazz pianist Kris Bowers will play the Fontana series tonight with an invited ensemble of drummer, bassist, and guitarist. The set list will feature works from his 2014 debut album, Heroes + Misfits, covers from surprising sources (like the tUnE-yArDs) and more recent pieces from his film scores. 

John Abbott

A printout of his discography, single-spaced in small print, is sixteen pages long. And it's missing all of his recordings of the last nine years, including the 2013 Grammy Award-winning Night in Calisia.

John Kelman

Venezuelan jazz pianist Edward Simon, who got his start with bandleaders Paquito D'Rivera, Herbie Mann and others, recently signed on with the all-star lineup of the SFJAZZ Collective.