jazz

Local Music
12:30 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Pianist Jeremy Siskind presents classics, improvisations

Jeremy Siskind
Credit Gerry Szymanski

One of the major young voices in jazz piano, Jeremy Siskind will present a solo faculty recital tonight at Western Michigan University which combines inspired pairings of works by composers from Rachmaninoff to Dizzy Gillespie in the first half.  

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Local Music
9:17 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Kalamazoo debut for acclaimed saxophonist Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Credit Ethan Levitas

Fontana Chamber Arts presents saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and his band at the Wellspring Theatre this Saturday, featuring blazingly original music from his just-released album Gamak

Mahanthappa talks about his early listening experiences from childhood through college, and expresses his preference for live concerts over albums, saying that with live music, social change is possible.

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Cara Lieurance
3:39 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Members of Groov'tet reunite in their prime

Drummer Keith Hall
Credit Keith Hall

An interview with jazz drummer Keith Hall.

In 1993 Groov’tet, a self-propelled student jazz quartet, was formed at Western Michigan University. It launched the careers of four distinguished alumni: pianist Xavier Davis, saxophonist John Wojciechowski, bassist Matt Hughes, and drummer Keith Hall.

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Local Music
10:12 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Jazz couple combines raw lyrics with a storytelling quality

Credit Nich Mueller

Hear the on-air cut of Benje and Ashley Daneman

Kalamazoo Jazz musicians Ashley and Benje Daneman are not afraid to tell a true story. Ashley’s no-nonsense style songwriting combines well with Benje’s interpretive compositions, like in the song Floating On that Benje wrote about an experience he had walking the streets of New York City. 

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Local Music
12:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Jazz pianist and composer Ron Di Salvio talks about his career, new Christmas album

Ron Di Salvio photo from '24 Days of Christmas'
Credit Ron Di Salvio

Listen to the on-air cut of Ron Di Salvio

Local jazz pianist and composer Ron Di Salvio is a renaissance man. He teaches jazz at Kalamazoo College, runs his own heat treating business out of Homer, Michigan, and even made up his own shorthand called Deltadiatonics. Di Salvio taught himself piano, but before that he played accordion.

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