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Meet Violinist Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez

Jun 22, 2017

Mexican-American violinist Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez was born and raised in Central Mexico, where following a music path tended to be difficult. Finding a private teacher or getting even a basic music education were amongst the most difficult hurdles.

Maureen talked with Jack Perlstein about growing up in San Miguel de Allende and her educational experience after moving to the U.S.

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.

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