Let's Hear It

C. Lieurance

Anthony Healy is a pianist and educator who recently earned his master's degree in music at Western Michigan University, where he studied with Jeremy Siskind. In addition to teaching at Crescendo Academy and for the Gilmore Keyboard Festival outreach programs, he performs regularly in Kalamazoo at Ouzos Pub & European Grill on Friday nights and at the Sunday Jazz Brunch at The Old Dog Tavern, usually with a revolving list of musicians. On short notice, Healy agreed to bring some holiday cheer to WMUK's studio, playing his impromptu settings of favorite carols.


C. Lieurance

With the leaves changing color, a crispness to the air, and the beer turning darker, the time is ripe for another visit from The Brass Rail - Mike McMinn (cornet, trumpet), Roger Lynch (cornet, trumpet), Chris Garrett (horn) John Dickey (trombone) and Fritz MacDonald (tuba). Formed two years ago, they can be found regularly at the Old Dog Tavern, and Arcadia Ales, among other venues. They'll be at Bell's Brewery for the Kalamazoo Bach Festival's Bachtoberfest on September 29.

Wherever they go, the Brass Rail brings its trademark iPads filled with hundreds of arrangements for brass quintet. In WMUK's Takeda studio, they play a mix of swing, ragtime, classical, Tin Pan Alley, American folk - and as a nod to Oktoberfest, German polkas!


Keith Hall

Jazz Currents host Keith Hall talks to a longtime friend, jazz pianist Xavier Davis, a prominent performer, educator, arranger and producer in the world of jazz today.  In his WMUK visit, Davis plays a few requests from Hall, including his own modern standard, "The Message," and Thelonius Monk's "Pannonica." 


Cara Lieurance

The eclectic Kalamazoo band Red Sea Pedestrians is celebrating its first decade with a new album, See Through The Eyes of Osiris. Prior to the CD release event at Bell's Eccentric Café on June 25, the six musicians joined Cara Lieurance for live music in the studio at WMUK. 


The Brass Rail - a quintet of West Michigan brass players - was created for fun. Mike McMinn (cornet, trumpet), Roger Lynch (cornet, trumpet), Chris Garrett (horn) John Dickey (trombone) and Fritz MacDonald (tuba) have dozens years of music training and hundreds of performances between them. Walking onto the Miller Auditorium stage in formal wear for a Kalamazoo Concert Band performance is an experience familiar to all. 


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