Keith Hall

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Live In New York: The Vanguard Sessions is Steve Wilson's first solo album since 2003, but that's not to say the famed saxophonist hasn't been busy in the meantime. He's one of the foremost go-to players in the jazz world, appearing as a guest performer on nearly 100 albums in the last twenty-five years. 

Matthew Fries is an established New York City-based jazz pianist who has performed with a wide variety of jazz singers and instrumentalists.

He joins Jazz Currents host Keith Hall to talk about his early musical opportunities, and takes advantage of the rare opportunity to play as a solo artist in the Takeda studio. An experienced ensemble player (he and Keith are both members of Tri-Fi), Mr. Fries talks about the difference between solo and ensemble playing.

Keith Hall talks to two homegrown artists who are beginning international careers in music. Kalamazoo singer/songwriter Nashon Holloway, equally at home in jazz, soul, and folk, has taken two months-long trips to Dubai to perform. Portage native Bryan Blowers, one of the most versatile guitarists west Michigan has produced, will spend the 2014-15 season cruising the oceans for Royal Carribean as a ship musician. 

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Greg Jasperse has his hands full as a professor of vocal jazz at Western Michigan University, and director of the school's renowned vocal jazz ensemble Gold Company

He's also continuing to perform and arrange for professional vocal groups Vertical Voices and Sixth Wave on both coasts.

Lisa Kyle

The jazz trio Tri-Fi - Matthew Fries, piano; Phil Palombi, bass, and Keith Hall, drums - is garnering wide praise for its fifth album, Staring into the Sun

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