Let's Hear It

Meghan Stagl and Matthew Epperson started their duo while studying jazz at Western Michigan University, where, they say, jazz students are thrown into a churning musical mix from the get-go. They like their collaboration for the same reasons: their roles combine to suggest all the elements of a song, but there's a lot of freedom to play around with the tunes. With a new album in the works, they joined Cara Lieurance in the Takeda Studio for a selection of old and new standards.


C. Lieurance

Three members of the Kalamazoo Brass Collective - founders Bob Lewis and Craig Freeman, and trumpeter Dave Bernard - play inventive and original arrangements of seasonal music in the WMUK Takeda studio, and have a conversation about their lives as musicians with Cara Lieurance. 


Cybelle Codish

Jazz guitarist Randy Napoleon, a soloist and collaborator with Freddy Cole and Michael Bublé, visits with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall for an hour of music and conversation in the Takeda Studio at WMUK. They cover a wide range of topics, including Napoleon's upbringing in Ann Arbor, Michigan; his move to New York City to pursue a career in jazz, his breakthrough gigs, and how his technique contributes to his sound. Napoleon also plays a selection of standards and originals.  


Craig Freeman

Singer Shelagh Brown (pronounced SHAY-lah) and her husband, guitarist Robbie Koets, perform original songs and talk about the writing process with interviewer Craig Freeman, in a live session recorded by engineer Martin Klemm. An extremely versatile singer, Brown was trained in classical music as a member of the Kalamazoo Children's Chorus, graduating from Western Michigan University with a degree in music theater. She has branched out to country, Christian, and pop music in the years since.

C. Lieurance

Dede Adler and Josh Holcomb of Dede and the Dreamers join Craig Freeman in the studio to play original songs and talk about what's behind their hard-to-categorize music. Alder formed Dede and the Dreamers for a single occasion: to lull a crowd to sleep in the wee hours of a music festival. Two musician friends - John Driscoll and Chris Michels- accompanied her on drums and bass as she sang and played vibraphone. That was the beginning of the band, which classically-trained violist Josh Holcomb would join later, bringing voice, viola, improvisation, and an array of effects to the sound of the group.

Singing while accompanying oneself on marimba, which Dede Alder taught herself to do, is almost unheard-of in the world of singer-songwriters. Hear their unusual sound in this session, hosted by Craig Freeman, recorded in the Takeda studio at WMUK, with Martin Klemm engineering.


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