2:27 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Singer Jimmy Scott Dies At 88

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Jimmy Scott, whose distinctively high soprano voice—caused by a rare genetic condition called Kallmann’s syndrome—gave his music a purity and youthfulness even into old age, died June 12 in his sleep at his Las Vegas home. His death, the cause of which has not yet been revealed, was confirmed by a family friend. Scott was 88.
Born James Victor Scott in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 17, 1925, one of 10 children, “Little” Jimmy Scott, as he was known early in his career, was born with the aforementioned condition, which stunted his physical growth and made him unable to reach puberty. As a result, Scott’s singing voice was unusually high for an adult male, however he used it to his advantage onstage and in the recordings he made beginning in the late 1940s with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Charlie Parker and others.
2:55 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival Lineup

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Once again, musicians from around the world and right here in Metro Detroit will come together to weave deep, meaningful stories through their music that are at the very root of what makes jazz an art form that imitates, creates and expands our collective musical and life experiences. Click through for full details.
In his third year as the Detroit Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Chris Collins has cultivated another amazing lineup for this year's Labor Day weekend performances. The vision for 2014 is to continue to create musical experiences and collaborations that articulate "Jazz Speaks for Life," the important words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
12:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ramsey Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Clarke To Headline Detroit Jazz Festival

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The Detroit Jazz Festival announced a slew of headliners Tuesday, including jazz icons Ramsey Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Clarke and Ron Carter, for the 35th annual festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit.
The four-day explosion of jazz, the largest free jazz festival in the world, will be presented on four stages from the Detroit riverfront up to Campus Martius from Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Saxophonist Joshua Redman, who’s toured with Jack DeJohnette and Pat Metheny, will be the 2014 Artist in Residence.
2:07 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Jazz artists unite to play Brubeck's 'Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore

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Jason Moran and his trio will play Dave Brubeck's 'The Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore Detroit on Sunday.
  • Source: Freep
  • | Via: Mark Stryker
Chris Collins has organized an ambitious Brubeck revival, 'The Gates of Justice' (1969), an hour-long oratorio for choir, brass-and-percussion orchestra, jazz trio and vocal soloists from both the African-American and Jewish traditions. Pianist Jason Moran, a leading-edge voice in contemporary jazz, will anchor the ensemble with his trio, Bandwagon, but also offer a set of civil rights-themed music with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.
3:08 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Jazz Speaks for Life

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The music of the Jason Moran Trio and vocals of Alberto Mizrahi and other soloists combine to bring to life Dave Brubeck’s musical exploration of civil rights, the “Gates of Justice” composition. Woven throughout this historic piece, are vocal performances of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and biblical scripture, against the backdrop of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. This unique evening will also feature the Jason Moran Trio performing their own music.
Date: Sunday, Feb 16, 2014Location: The Fillmore DetroitTime: 2:30p doors open- 3:30p concert beginsTickets: $25
11:47 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge to Open in Downtown Detroit

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Marking its 80th anniversary, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is opening a second location this fall, and is working with Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services to find space in downtown Detroit’s lower Woodward corridor or in Capitol Park near the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The original Baker’s Keyboard Lounge opened as a sandwich shop in 1933, and began booking jazz pianists the following year.
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4:36 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Eastern Michigan's Visions Concert

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Contemporary and classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and hip-hop will set the stage for “Visions: The 62nd Annual Faculty & Guest Artist Concert,” January 17 – 18, at 8 p.m. and January 19 at 2 p.m. at Eastern Michigan’s Quirk Theatre
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Pamela Young
Eastern Michigan University Education First
2:57 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Al Porcino, First Trumpeter With Leading Jazz Bands, Dies at 88

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From the Basie, Kenton and Buddy Rich bands to Mel Torme and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Al Porcino's trumpet sound brightened any band.
Al Porcino, whose powerful sound and ability to hit the highest of high notes with ease brought him work as the lead trumpeter in some of the most celebrated big bands in jazz, died on Dec. 31 in Munich. He was 88. The cause was a fall, said his wife, Erna Tom.
12:47 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Herbie Hancock Appointed 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard

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Congratulations to Herbie Hancock on this new honor. He'll be giving a series of lectures on "The Ethics of Jazz". Herbie Hancock has been named the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. “Hancock will give his six Norton Lectures, ‘The Ethics Of Jazz,’ in February and March.” The series follows Hancock’s receipt of a Kennedy Center Honor in December.
Herbie Hancock has been named the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. According to a press release, "Hancock will give his six Norton Lectures, 'The Ethics Of Jazz,' in February and March." The series follows Hancock's receipt of a Kennedy Center Honor in December.
12:03 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

RIP, Jimmy Amadie, Philadelphia jazz pianist and educator

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Linda Yohn played tribute to Jimmie last Friday. Playlist found here: http://n.pr/18v8Flh
Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013, 2:17 PM Jimmy Amadie, the Philadelphia jazz pianist and teacher who battled through severe tendinitis to return to the stage after a 44 year absence in 2011, died on Tuesday. There will be a full obit for Amadie, who grew up in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia and lived in Bala Cynwyd, in Saturday's Inquirer.
3:05 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Jazz and Improvisation Program at the University of Michigan celebrates 25 years

Current University of Michigan Jazz Faculty

Ellen Rowe, jazz pianist and composer, the current Chair of the Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation along with flugelhornist, Music School Professor, and program founder Ed Sarath sit down with Linda Yohn of WEMU to talk about 25 years and beyond of the Jazz and Contemplative Studies Programs at the University of Michigan.

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3:09 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

2-man jam band Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola top "Sweet 16" 2 weeks in a row!

A week after their Magic Bag Theater show, WEMU hosts continued to feature the timely and topical CD "Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead" by 7-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola.  Both musicians are based in San Francisco and have been improvising partners for over 20 years.  Neither has permitted their long association to allow them to slip in to cliches, reliable patterns or tawdry tricks.  Rather, the two are stretching the definition of the jazz - jam band sound to include their duets and creative compositions.   In WEMU's quest to identify the best new

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