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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sonny Rollins returns to Detroit!

Posted on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 3:22 PM

No sooner had we printed a joke about Sonny Rollins (from the Detroit Jazz Festival press conference) than we got word that Sonny himself is returning to town: Next year, on April 6, as part of the Bank of America Paradise Jazz Series at the Max. Rollins played at Detroit’s...

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Jazz fest stars (and ‘forgetting’ Sonny Rollins)

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 5:53 PM

We went to the kick-off press conference for the Detroit International Jazz Festival on Wednesday for the news, but we also got a laugh from artist-in-residence John Clayton. We’ll get to the salient details of upcoming Labor Day weekend fest, a 30th anniversary blowout, but not just yet. John, the...

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LOCAL MUSIC TIDBITS

Posted on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 12:06 PM

*If anyone's headed to New Orleans this weekend for the Jazz Fest and/or the Ponderosa Stomp (it seems the latter event has become just as exciting, if not more so, than the Jazz Fest itself over the last several years, presenting as it does so many fairly obscure but still...

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Music

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

"What would life be without music?" asks Robin Horlock on the opening title song to his new record. "Fairly dull" is the obvious answer. After all, without the notes and chords, Justin Timberlake would be tirelessly gyrating to nothing but his own ego. Leonard Cohen would be grumbling to himself...

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Mindfuck!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Nomo, the Ann Arbor-via-everywhere outfit (or is it the other way around?), started life six years and four records ago as a savvy collective of players, led by multi-instrumentalist Elliot Bergman, playing a homegrown, jazz-influenced take on Afrobeat. They were the kind of ecstatic, loose-tight unit that could light up...

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Love Me Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Never judge a book by its cover goes the old cliché — and the same obviously applies to CDs. Born and bred in Boise, Idaho, John Nemeth, the astounding singer-harmonica player, may be looking all GQ on the sleeve of Love Me Tonight, but the content is anything but. Nemeth...

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

WHY CAN'T DETROIT CASH IN ON ITS MUSIC?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Interesting piece on NPR this morning about our great Detroit musical legacy. The thesis? From the piece itself: "You might assume the music business is a big element in Detroit's economy, just as it is in other cities that have made an industry out of their local music scene. Memphis...

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

USA WELCOMES MICHIGAN MUSIC CHARACTERS (Deastro, Kroha, Case & More!)

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM

USA Network is all about characters --- and, somewhat surprisingly, not just the fictional kind. Sorry, Monk ... The cable TV station recently launched the Character Project -- an artful attempt at capturing a sense of Americana. They sent 11 world-class photographers to various corners of the country to shoot...

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What he is, is what he is…

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Robyn Hitchcock never became the mainstream star some of us once thought he would be. Maybe his stuff was just too damn intelligent for its own good. Whatever the case, he's basically remained a cult artist, albeit one with a very large following, despite his immense influence on various forms...

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

CONCERT OF COLORS WILL RETURN...BUT IN A SHORTER VERSION

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 3:43 PM

The Concerts of Colors will return to the Max M. Fisher Music Center this summer, but in a shorter version, two days versus four. That’s the news we got Wednesday from Anan Ameri, director of the Arab American National Museum, one of the key groups that puts on the show...

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