Let's Hear It

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.


C. Lieurance

Both top-notch soloists in their own right, Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin enjoy coming up with musical duo arrangements that test their abilities and span many styles, from Italian classical to bluegrass and beyond. On Saturday, the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra will present the duo in a 7 pm concert at First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo. They'll feature selections from their new CD, Twin Mandolin Slingers.

In a session with Cara Lieurance, recorded by sound engineer Martin Klemm, Oberlin and Marshall tell stories about their experiences as musicians who bridge genres, and they play a variety of tunes, original and adapted, for two mandolins.


Craig Freeman

Saxophonist Sam Pilnick, guitarist Andrew Saliba, bassist Mike Horrigan and drummer Steve Perry, all Western Michigan University School of Music grads or soon-to-be grads, have enjoyed gigging together for over a year at various venues around Kalamazoo and west Michigan. WMUK contributor Craig Freeman asked them to come to WMUK's Takeda studio to play some of their current favorites.


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