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  1. "The David Baker Songbook" on Night Lights

    Beautiful: thanks for the update. We have several Owl Studio things here, but missed that one....
  2. "The David Baker Songbook" on Night Lights

    Jazz From Blue Lake featured the Busselli-Wallarab disc, and the George Russell records and a few selections from the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in celebration and memorial. Oh, so THAT's where the Basically Baker album Volume 1 is, on Gunther Schuller's label!
  3. Following our first concert held in October 2016 by Celestial Weather Midwest Duets, Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg, here's the rest of the 2017 concert schedule: For tickets to the Adventure Music Concert Series held at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, see www.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820. Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m. The Andrew Rathbun Trio featuring bassist Robert Hurst. From www.andrewrathbun.com: Toronto native Andrew Rathbun is widely esteemed as one of the most creative and accomplished saxophonists, composers and bandleaders of his generation. On tenor and soprano saxophones he has achieved a rare depth of lyricism, authoritative swing and compositional intelligence. Recording steadily as a leader since the late 1990s, he has documented his stirring original music with an array of extraordinary lineups, featuring the talents of such greats as Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Phil Markowitz and Bill Stewart. “Rathbun’s lines dance and glide,” writes David Whiteis of JazzTimes, “reflecting both childlike wonder and well-honed artistry.” Rathbun earned a Masters in Performance from Boston’s New England Conservatory, where he studied with George Garzone, Jimmy Giuffre and George Russell. After moving to Brooklyn in 1997 he became a fixture on the New York jazz scene, helping to shape the sound of the music in the new millennium as he earned a Doctorate in Jazz Arts from Manhattan School of Music. He has secured recognition and support from the Ontario Council for the Arts, the Canada Council and the American Music Center. He has also served as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and an artist at the Banff Center for the Arts. Following teaching stints at the University of Maine, Kingsborough College and the Amadeus Conservatory in northern Westchester County, New York, Rathbun took a position in 2012 as Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where he now lives with his family. He continues to perform in New York and internationally. He is also a member of the Western Jazz Quartet, WMU’s resident faculty band, featuring fellow professors Jeremy Siskind (piano), Tom Knific (bass) and Keith Hall (drums). The quartet’s latest release is Free Fall(2014). See www.andrewrathbun.com. 7 time Grammy Award winner, and 4 time Emmy Award Robert Hurst is at the forefront of instrumental music and music education. He’s currently an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Small Jazz Ensembles at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance. From www.roberthurst.com: A Detroit native, Hurst has enjoyed a stellar career spanning 30 years, and is a highly respected and well recognized composer, electric and acoustic bassist, educator, recording artist, and business man. His cultivation into a membership of talented musicians from around the world was fostered by lengthy tours and GRAMMY® Award winning recordings featuring: Sir Paul McCartney, Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr., Terrence Blanchard, Tony Williams, Nicholas Payton, Sting, Carl Allen, the legendary Pharaoh Sanders, Barbara Streisand, Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Botti and Diana Krall. Robert Hurst has performed on over 150 diverse and critically acclaimed recordings. Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m. guitarist Randy Napoleon leads his trio, including drummer Keith Hall. From his Michigan State University Faculty profile, Born in Brooklyn and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Randy Napoleon began his journey in jazz immediately after finishing his studies at the University of Michigan. Jeff Hamilton of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra invited the young Napoleon to do a series of performances with them at the Hollywood Bowl. From there, Napoleon's career took off, first touring with pianist Benny Green nationally and internationally for a year, and then full time with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. A three-year stint with crooner Michael Buble followed; Napoleon is featured on Buble's Grammy-nominated CD “Caught in the Act.” Guitarist George Benson calls Napoleon “sensational.” Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker says Napoleon “plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” Washington Post critic Mike Joyce praises his “exceptionally nimble finger-style technique.” Comparing him to Wes Montgomery, music critic Michael G. Nastos says, “he displays an even balance of swing, soul, and single-line or chord elements that mark an emerging voice dedicated to tradition and universally accessible jazz values.” Napoleon currently tours with the legendary singer/pianist, Freddy Cole, and is featured on Cole’s 2009 album, “Live at Dizzy’s Club: The Dreamer in Me.“ He is the main arranger and the guitarist on “Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B,” a 2010 Grammy-nominated release from High Note that features songs from the Billy Eckstine song book, as well as on “Talk to Me,” Cole's 2011 album, and Cole's most recent album “This and That.” Today, Napoleon is one of the most sought-after guitarists in New York, where he is known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz guitar tradition. In addition to backing the best, he leads his own bands, an organ trio, a trombone trio, a quartet with piano, and a three-horn sextet that includes organ, drums, trumpet, tenor sax, and trombone. He joined the MSU College of Music faculty in fall 2014 as assistant professor of jazz guitar. - See more at: http://www.music.msu.edu/faculty/profile/randy1#sthash.PPpXApN3.dpuf. Sunday, April 23, percussionist Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake come together for their first tour as Karuna. Karuna: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet Adam Rudolph (handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion) Hamid Drake (drum kit, vocal, frame drums, udu drums, tabla, percussion) The Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph duet traces it beginning to a chance encounter between two 14-year-old aspiring percussionists in a downtown Chicago drum shop. Their shared love for rhythms and music of the world and music’s’ relationship to matters of the spirit led to years of shared creative journeys. In the mid-1970s they performed and recorded with AACM co-founder Fred Anderson, and in 1977 they joined Foday Musa Suso in founding Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. By 1978 they were touring Europe with the Don Cherry and since that time have performed together in projects with Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, Hu: Vibrational and Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. Their shared Chicago roots and longtime global music research and performing experience have allowed them to forge a uniquely shared musical understanding and creative outlook. After over 40 years of music making together, this will be their first tour as a duet. Featuring their unique and evolved rhythm languages, in concert they aspire to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue. As Drake reflected upon their influence upon each other, “I have been developing a hand drum concept on the drum set while Adam says he is developing a drum set concept on his hand drums. We understand one another” The name Karuna reflects Drake and Rudolph’s ongoing research and dialogues into the connection of the inner life to musical expression. Karuna speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion. BIOGRAPHIES OF THE ARTISTS: For the past four decades composer and percussionist ADAM RUDOLPH has performed extensively throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has released over 30 recordings under his own name, featuring his compositions and percussion work. Rudolph composes for his ensembles Moving Pictures Octet, Hu Vibrational, and Go: Organic Orchestra, a 30-piece group for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system. He has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians worldwide in his Go: Organic Orchestra concept. In 2015 Rudolph was artist in residence at the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois and received the prestigious Danish International Visiting Artist award from the Danish Government. During his residency he led master classes at universities and presented in concert his Go: Organic Orchestra concept with members of the Danish Radio Orchestra. Rudolph has performed with Don Cherry, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, Muhal Richard Abrams, Shankar, Wadada Leo Smith, Philip Glass, Jon Hassel, Omar Sosa and Fred Anderson. He toured extensively and recorded 15 albums with Yusef Lateef including duets and their large ensemble compositional collaborations. Rudolph is known as one the early innovators of what is now called “World Music”. In 1978 he and Kora player Foday Musa Suso co-founded Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. In 1988, he recorded the first fusion of American and Gnawa music with Sintir player and singer Hassan Hakmoun. In 2006, Advance Music published Rudolph’s book, Pure Rhythm, now a classic rhythm repository used worldwide. HAMID DRAKE was born in Monroe, Louisiana but for the most part was raised in Chicago. In 1974 he began what was to be a long-term musical relationship with Fred Anderson who introduced him to performing with many of the other artists in the AACM. In late 1977 Drake joined Adam Rudolph and Foday Musa Suso to form the Mandingo Griot society, one of the first groups in the United States to explore the relationship between traditional West African and American musical idioms. He met Don Cherry when the group recorded their first LP on Flying fish Records. Drake’s relationship with Cherry continued until Cherry’s passing in 1995 doing many tours throughout Europe, Japan and the United States with him. Don Cherry provided a major breakthrough for Drake not only musically but spiritually as well. Since 1987 Drake has recorded toured extensively in Europe and the US with German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann and also with bass player William Parker in several of his ensembles and with many other artists. The list of the people that Drake has worked and recorded with includes David Murray, Pharaoh Sanders, Iva Bitova, Misha Mengelberg, AB Bars, Luc EX, Adam Rudolph, Bill Laswell, Archie Shepp, Napoleon Maddox(Iswhat), DVK with Ken Vandermark and Kent Kessler, Nicole Mitchell, Punkt, Rob Wagner , Rob Brown, Cooper-Moore, Lewis Barnes, Kirk Knuffke, Fred Anderson, and Kidd Jordan. In 2005 Drake formed the group Bindu and a few years later Bindu Reggaeology both formed with the purpose of highlighting through music and spoken word the spiritual, cultural and social importance that the Divine Mother Tradition (Divine feminine) has played throughout world.
  4. Following our first concert held in October 2016 by Celestial Weather Midwest Duets, Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg, here's the rest of the 2017 concert schedule: For tickets to the Adventure Music Concert Series held at LaFontsee Galleries, 833 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, see www.adventuremusic.org. For directions to the venue (616) 451 – 9820. Sunday, February 19 at 3 p.m. The Andrew Rathbun Trio featuring bassist Robert Hurst. From www.andrewrathbun.com: Toronto native Andrew Rathbun is widely esteemed as one of the most creative and accomplished saxophonists, composers and bandleaders of his generation. On tenor and soprano saxophones he has achieved a rare depth of lyricism, authoritative swing and compositional intelligence. Recording steadily as a leader since the late 1990s, he has documented his stirring original music with an array of extraordinary lineups, featuring the talents of such greats as Kenny Wheeler, Billy Hart, George Garzone, Phil Markowitz and Bill Stewart. “Rathbun’s lines dance and glide,” writes David Whiteis of JazzTimes, “reflecting both childlike wonder and well-honed artistry.” Rathbun earned a Masters in Performance from Boston’s New England Conservatory, where he studied with George Garzone, Jimmy Giuffre and George Russell. After moving to Brooklyn in 1997 he became a fixture on the New York jazz scene, helping to shape the sound of the music in the new millennium as he earned a Doctorate in Jazz Arts from Manhattan School of Music. He has secured recognition and support from the Ontario Council for the Arts, the Canada Council and the American Music Center. He has also served as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and an artist at the Banff Center for the Arts. Following teaching stints at the University of Maine, Kingsborough College and the Amadeus Conservatory in northern Westchester County, New York, Rathbun took a position in 2012 as Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where he now lives with his family. He continues to perform in New York and internationally. He is also a member of the Western Jazz Quartet, WMU’s resident faculty band, featuring fellow professors Jeremy Siskind (piano), Tom Knific (bass) and Keith Hall (drums). The quartet’s latest release is Free Fall(2014). See www.andrewrathbun.com. 7 time Grammy Award winner, and 4 time Emmy Award Robert Hurst is at the forefront of instrumental music and music education. He’s currently an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Small Jazz Ensembles at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance. From www.roberthurst.com: A Detroit native, Hurst has enjoyed a stellar career spanning 30 years, and is a highly respected and well recognized composer, electric and acoustic bassist, educator, recording artist, and business man. His cultivation into a membership of talented musicians from around the world was fostered by lengthy tours and GRAMMY® Award winning recordings featuring: Sir Paul McCartney, Charles Lloyd, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr., Terrence Blanchard, Tony Williams, Nicholas Payton, Sting, Carl Allen, the legendary Pharaoh Sanders, Barbara Streisand, Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Ravi Coltrane, Chris Botti and Diana Krall. Robert Hurst has performed on over 150 diverse and critically acclaimed recordings. Sunday, March 26 at 3 p.m. guitarist Randy Napoleon leads his trio, including drummer Keith Hall. From his Michigan State University Faculty profile, Born in Brooklyn and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Randy Napoleon began his journey in jazz immediately after finishing his studies at the University of Michigan. Jeff Hamilton of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra invited the young Napoleon to do a series of performances with them at the Hollywood Bowl. From there, Napoleon's career took off, first touring with pianist Benny Green nationally and internationally for a year, and then full time with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. A three-year stint with crooner Michael Buble followed; Napoleon is featured on Buble's Grammy-nominated CD “Caught in the Act.” Guitarist George Benson calls Napoleon “sensational.” Detroit Free Press critic Mark Stryker says Napoleon “plays with a gentle, purring tone that makes you lean in close to hear its range of color and articulation.” Washington Post critic Mike Joyce praises his “exceptionally nimble finger-style technique.” Comparing him to Wes Montgomery, music critic Michael G. Nastos says, “he displays an even balance of swing, soul, and single-line or chord elements that mark an emerging voice dedicated to tradition and universally accessible jazz values.” Napoleon currently tours with the legendary singer/pianist, Freddy Cole, and is featured on Cole’s 2009 album, “Live at Dizzy’s Club: The Dreamer in Me.“ He is the main arranger and the guitarist on “Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B,” a 2010 Grammy-nominated release from High Note that features songs from the Billy Eckstine song book, as well as on “Talk to Me,” Cole's 2011 album, and Cole's most recent album “This and That.” Today, Napoleon is one of the most sought-after guitarists in New York, where he is known as a forward-thinking musician with a passion for the jazz guitar tradition. In addition to backing the best, he leads his own bands, an organ trio, a trombone trio, a quartet with piano, and a three-horn sextet that includes organ, drums, trumpet, tenor sax, and trombone. He joined the MSU College of Music faculty in fall 2014 as assistant professor of jazz guitar. - See more at: http://www.music.msu.edu/faculty/profile/randy1#sthash.PPpXApN3.dpuf. Sunday, April 23, percussionist Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake come together for their first tour as Karuna. Karuna: Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet Adam Rudolph (handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion) Hamid Drake (drum kit, vocal, frame drums, udu drums, tabla, percussion) The Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph duet traces it beginning to a chance encounter between two 14-year-old aspiring percussionists in a downtown Chicago drum shop. Their shared love for rhythms and music of the world and music’s’ relationship to matters of the spirit led to years of shared creative journeys. In the mid-1970s they performed and recorded with AACM co-founder Fred Anderson, and in 1977 they joined Foday Musa Suso in founding Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. By 1978 they were touring Europe with the Don Cherry and since that time have performed together in projects with Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, Hu: Vibrational and Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. Their shared Chicago roots and longtime global music research and performing experience have allowed them to forge a uniquely shared musical understanding and creative outlook. After over 40 years of music making together, this will be their first tour as a duet. Featuring their unique and evolved rhythm languages, in concert they aspire to inspire any audience though spirited dialogue. As Drake reflected upon their influence upon each other, “I have been developing a hand drum concept on the drum set while Adam says he is developing a drum set concept on his hand drums. We understand one another” The name Karuna reflects Drake and Rudolph’s ongoing research and dialogues into the connection of the inner life to musical expression. Karuna speaks to the idea of creative action as a gesture of compassion. BIOGRAPHIES OF THE ARTISTS: For the past four decades composer and percussionist ADAM RUDOLPH has performed extensively throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has released over 30 recordings under his own name, featuring his compositions and percussion work. Rudolph composes for his ensembles Moving Pictures Octet, Hu Vibrational, and Go: Organic Orchestra, a 30-piece group for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system. He has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians worldwide in his Go: Organic Orchestra concept. In 2015 Rudolph was artist in residence at the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois and received the prestigious Danish International Visiting Artist award from the Danish Government. During his residency he led master classes at universities and presented in concert his Go: Organic Orchestra concept with members of the Danish Radio Orchestra. Rudolph has performed with Don Cherry, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, Muhal Richard Abrams, Shankar, Wadada Leo Smith, Philip Glass, Jon Hassel, Omar Sosa and Fred Anderson. He toured extensively and recorded 15 albums with Yusef Lateef including duets and their large ensemble compositional collaborations. Rudolph is known as one the early innovators of what is now called “World Music”. In 1978 he and Kora player Foday Musa Suso co-founded Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. In 1988, he recorded the first fusion of American and Gnawa music with Sintir player and singer Hassan Hakmoun. In 2006, Advance Music published Rudolph’s book, Pure Rhythm, now a classic rhythm repository used worldwide. HAMID DRAKE was born in Monroe, Louisiana but for the most part was raised in Chicago. In 1974 he began what was to be a long-term musical relationship with Fred Anderson who introduced him to performing with many of the other artists in the AACM. In late 1977 Drake joined Adam Rudolph and Foday Musa Suso to form the Mandingo Griot society, one of the first groups in the United States to explore the relationship between traditional West African and American musical idioms. He met Don Cherry when the group recorded their first LP on Flying fish Records. Drake’s relationship with Cherry continued until Cherry’s passing in 1995 doing many tours throughout Europe, Japan and the United States with him. Don Cherry provided a major breakthrough for Drake not only musically but spiritually as well. Since 1987 Drake has recorded toured extensively in Europe and the US with German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann and also with bass player William Parker in several of his ensembles and with many other artists. The list of the people that Drake has worked and recorded with includes David Murray, Pharaoh Sanders, Iva Bitova, Misha Mengelberg, AB Bars, Luc EX, Adam Rudolph, Bill Laswell, Archie Shepp, Napoleon Maddox(Iswhat), DVK with Ken Vandermark and Kent Kessler, Nicole Mitchell, Punkt, Rob Wagner , Rob Brown, Cooper-Moore, Lewis Barnes, Kirk Knuffke, Fred Anderson, and Kidd Jordan. In 2005 Drake formed the group Bindu and a few years later Bindu Reggaeology both formed with the purpose of highlighting through music and spoken word the spiritual, cultural and social importance that the Divine Mother Tradition (Divine feminine) has played throughout world.
  5. "Bebop Comes To Europe" on Night Lights

    Charles Dell-lau-nay? Hews Pan-eh-see-A ?
  6. Don Cherry

    Friday Blue Lake Public Radio celebrated the music of multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry as part of Jazz From Blue Lake. We included segments dedicated to Cherry's music with the late Charlie Haden, as well as the Liberation Music Orchestra's new recording celebrating Haden. Cherry performed and recorded with saxophonists Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Albert Ayler, Sonny Rollins, Dewey Redman and Gato Barbieri, as you'll can here right now at www.bluelake.org/ondemand. Image by Guy Le Querrec
  7. Thelonious Monk, 11-15-71

    November 15, 1971. Thelonious Monk ends an 8 week tour with the Giants of Jazz. During a 36 hour stop over in London, he records a solo and trio session (with bassist Al McKibbon and drummer Art Blakey) for Black Lion Records. His first trio album in 15 years ends up being his final studio recording, and the entire date is a sort of summation of his career, from "My Melancholy Baby" to "Trinkle Tinkle." Please join Blue Lake Public Radio when we feature these historic recordings in the first part of each hour, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. eastern, WBLV FM 90.3 / WBLU FM 88.9, www.bluelake.org/radio
  8. Benny Carter Meets Oscar Peterson

    Available today only on demand under "Jazz From Blue Lake" at www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  9. 30 years ago today saxophonist Benny Carter and pianist Oscar Peterson reunited in the recording studio for this album. Carter, at the time 79 years old and a veteran of recording with Art Tatum, said, "I think that today Oscar has pushed the piano a little further past Art. I've heard him do things that I believe extended the frontiers of jazz piano." Hear for yourself tonight between 10 p.m. and midnight eastern time over WBLV FM 90.3/WBLU FM 88.9 or streaming live from www.bluelake.org/radio
  10. Was Wilburn Campbell part of that Illinois Drug Abuse Program?
  11. Last night Blue Lake Public Radio was celebrating the birthday of guitarist Russell Malone in the first part of each hour, 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. with an emphasis on two recent quartet recordings. In addition to his stellar, straight ahead guitar playing on jazz standards and originals, we also heard Malone with Diana Krall, Paul Keller, and Benny Green. I can't believe you missed this swinging program! What were you doing? Not to worry, it's available again, today only, here: www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  12. Russell Malone, jazz guitar

    Thanks. The Jazz From Blue Lake files are under "Programs" and will be replaced by tonight's program on Mark Turner. So, if you want to hear Russell's program, now's the time. He recently came through with Rodney Whitaker's Bebop Spartans. Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWpWmGHuHsI
  13. Last week, Gebhard Ullmann dropped by Blue Lake Public Radio for his 4th appearance live from our studios. This time the Berlin-based tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist brought with him a band he's played with for 20 years, Conference Call, with Michael Jefry Stevens, piano; Joe Fonda, bass, and Dieter Ulrich on drums. The hour long program is now available under "Studio Performances" at www.bluelake.org/ondemand.
  14. We've been playing "Short Stories" on Blue Lake. Thanks for sharing this. Yes, Antje Hubner of Hubtone PR sent it to us.
  15. Waiting for permission to put it up on demand. Will advise.
  16. Celestial Weather Midwest Duets opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Sunday, October 23rd at LaFontsee Galleries. Please join Blue Lake Public Radio this Sunday night from 8 to 10 p.m. for the entire concert by trumpeter/composer/bandleader Wadada Leo Smith Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith and bassist/composer John Lindberg . WBLV FM 90.3 / WBLU FM 88.9 and streaming live from www.bluelake.org/radio
  17. Wadada Leo Smith/John Lindberg, 10-23

    Celestial Weather Midwest Duets opened in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Sunday, October 23rd at LaFontsee Galleries. Please join Blue Lake Public Radio this Sunday night from 8 to 10 p.m. for the entire concert by trumpeter/composer/bandleader Wadada Leo Smith Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith and bassist/composer John Lindberg . WBLV FM 90.3 / WBLU FM 88.9 and streaming live from www.bluelake.org/radio
  18. August 26, 2016 The Adventure Music Series returns to the LaFontsee Galleries on Sunday, October 23rd at 3 p.m. with “Celestial Weather,” the duo of Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg, trumpet and double bass. Says Bill Meyer of visionary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, he “uses his magisterial instrumental voice, his inspirational leadership and his command of classical, jazz, and blues forms to remind us of what has gone down and what’s still happening.” For 38 years, bassist John Lindberg has performed with Smith, in Smith’s Pulitzer Prize nominated “Ten Freedom Summers” suite, with his Golden Quartet, and in duet, producing a deep knowledge and understanding of each other’s artistic voices, sharing a dedication to creating vital musical structures and systems that provide compelling starting points for spontaneous development and improvisational journeys. Together they released “Celestial Weather” on TUM Records in 2015, an album of vigor and daring, imagining, with inventive scores and stunning improvisations, the weather of the cosmos. The album also celebrates the great bassist from the Art Ensemble of Chicago with a suite called “Malachi Favors Maghostut – A Monarch of Creative Music,” and includes John Lindberg’s two part composition “Feathers and Earth.” The “Underground Series” presents a season of 4 concerts, one in October, February, March and April, on Sunday afternoons at 3. Dedicated to the exploration of unique live music, this concert series thrives with you. Tickets are $20 in advance, $10 for students with a student I.D. and $25 at the door. Advance tickets available only from www.adventuremusic.org. The phone number at the LaFontsee Galleries is (616) 451 – 9820. The LaFontsee Galleries are wheel chair accessible. To find LaFontsee Galleries please see, www.lafontsee.us/. John Lindberg & Wadada Leo Smith: Celestial Weather Midwest Duets is supported by New Music USA, through a generous contribution from Joseph A. and Nancy Meli Walker.
  19. Marcus Roberts in Muskegon

    Last May, pianist Marcus Roberts played Gershwin's "Concerto in F" with conductor Scott Speck and the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, followed the next night by a solo concert at The Block in Muskegon. It was a stunning concert, including virtuoso renditions of "Cherokee" and "The St. Louis Blues," not to mention music of Jelly Roll Morton, "King Porter Stomp." Coming up Sunday evening at 8, please join Blue Lake Public Radio for an exclusive broadcast of Marcus Robert's solo performance recorded at The Block in Muskegon. Heard only over WBLV FM 90.3/WBLU FM 88.9 and www.bluelake.org/radio
  20. Wadada Leo Smith interview

    http://bombmagazine.org/article/891969/wadada-leo-smith
  21. Wadada Leo Smith interview

    Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith spoke to Blue Lake Public Radio about his music and Sunday afternoon's duet concert with bassist John Lindberg at LaFontsee Galleries in Grand Rapids (see www.adventuremusic.org). The conversation is available here, under "Interviews": www.bluelake.org/ondemand
  22. 'Satch Plays Fats' Alternates?

    All That Meat, I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling, and Black and Blue were the only original masters on the lp re-issue; everything else an alternate take
  23. Wadada Leo Smith interview

    Thank you for checking it out.
  24. Wadada Leo Smith/John Lindberg, 10-23

    http://artsearth.org/events-2/wadada-leo-smith/
  25. Wadada Leo Smith interview

    Proportional rhythms, Louis Armstrong as both a vertical and horizontal trumpet player, the difference between improvised music and creative music....thought some of Smith's ideas expressed in this interview would stir some conversation.....