Let's Hear It

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. 


Keith Hall

Vocalist Kristin Slipp and pianist Dov Manski are a Brooklyn-based duo who each have strong reputations as improvisers, composers, and collaborators. Their album A Thousand Julys, released in 2013, features creatively re-imagined versions of jazz standards that alter the phrasing, time signatures, harmonies, and instrumentation of songs such as "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "The Way You Look Tonight."

Mike Klok

For a composer of music, the chance to hear a concert of one's works played by professional musicians in front of an audience is a gratifying, and often rare, opportunity. Kalamazoo composer Adam Schumaker's music will receive this treatment in a concert called An Auditory Inconvenience: The Music of Adam Schumaker. The composer, along with pianist/composer Cassandra Kaczor, visited WMUK to preview the concert by performing some highlights and discussing the music.


courtesy Mark Niskenen

Driving in the car, Mark Niskanen's girlfriend put on some music that instantly excited the jazz pianist's curiosity. What started as a moment of appreciation turned into a collaboration between Niskanen and singer/songwriter Lauren Deming.


Elizabeth Kirian

Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm have stories to tell and songs to sing, and they bring a fine selection of both to Let's Hear It, in a Takeda studio session with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall.


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