Local Music

Hear interviews with guests on music programs produced here at WMUK, as well as program news.

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." 


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Trumpet player Keith Geiman and keyboardist and bodhrán player Thom Britton will inaugurate a new summer series tonight, a series that focuses on local musicians. The free Thursday concerts, August 4 - September 1, begin at 8 pm in the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo.  


Elliot Mandel

The Avalon Quartet is the featured group this week at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. They serve as the quartet-in-residence at Northern Illinois University, a position formerly held by the esteemed Vermeer Quartet. 


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The Fontana Summer Music Festival continues tonight with the band Founders, a group of "chamber songwriters." It's a project helmed by Kalamazoo native Brandon Ridenour, the Juilliard-trained trumpeter who branched out with his songwriting and arranging skills after spending several successful seasons as a member of the Canadian Brass. 

The married musicians Martha Walvoord, a violinist, and Jack Unzicker, a double-bassist, have made it their mission to create a new repertoire of violin-bass duets. This week at the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck, they'll share their newest commission with audiences on Thursday and Friday night.


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