Local Music

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Detroit native Barry Harris is an internationally renowned jazz pianist, composer and teacher.

Ahmed Anzaldua is a Mexican pianist/conductor who lives in Kalamazoo. In 2014, he visited Mexico to perform in one of the country's most prominent music festivals, and the presenters surprised him with an offer to fund a musical recording of his choice.

Even though the offer was unexpected, Anzaldua knew right away what he wanted to do: record the piano music of Mexican composer Miguel Bernal Jiménez (1910 - 1956), most of which has never been recorded before. 


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."

Bassist Bob Cranshaw is one of the most recorded bass players of all time.

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