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Pianist Dan Willenberg and his trio will host an open jazz jam session in a Crescendo Academy-sponsored event on Wednesday, June 21. Freewill offerings will be collected in support of scholarships that help students attend lessons and group classes at Crescendo Academy, which offers musical instruction for all ages on nearly all instruments. Willenberg, a Crescendo jazz instructor, and executive director Audey Lipsey joined Cara Lieurance to preview the event.


In the 1940’s, Charlie Parker helped to create a new musical language called bebop, and became arguably the most influential alto saxophonist of all time. Parker was not satisfied with this alone, and began to look for new ways to express himself musically. 


Guitar virtuoso Pat Metheny recorded his debut album as a leader in 1975. At the young age of 21, Metheny redefined the sound of the traditional jazz guitar. 


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.

The Farmers Alley production of 'It Shoulda Been You' opens June 9 at the Little Theatre.
Farmers Alley Theatre

The scenario: a wedding and reception of a bride and a groom from Jewish and Catholic families. Disapproving parents, a still-moony ex-boyfriend, a put-upon sibling, an extravagant wedding planner, plus song and dance make It Shoulda Been You sound like a classic farce, but it has some modern twists up its sleeve. The musical, which was first staged on Broadway in 2015, is coming to the Farmers Alley Theatre, with performances at the Little Theater on Oakland Dr., on June 9. Farmers Alley Deputy Director Rob Weiner and cast members DJ Bucciarelli (Marty, the bride's ex-boyfriend) and Zoe Vonder Haar (Judy Steinberg, the mother of the bride) join Cara Lieurance to outline the show and share musical highlights.


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