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Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play On Records

Guitarist Carl Michel Celebrates the music of Paul Motian with "Music in Motian" on Play On Records

The music of drummer/composer Paul Motian is revered in certain circles of jazz, while resting in obscurity among others. The performing credits of Motian run deep and are extensive, but as a author of highly original music, he lies in the under-documented category. This will not last much longer as, in the years since his passing, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Abdullah Ibrahim at the Michigan Theater

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Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
Michigan Theater
A Tribute to the Jazz Epistles
Ann Arbor, Michigan
April 13, 2018

Back in the fall of 2015, the University Musical Society had the rare opportunity to present the legendary South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim in one of his rare U.S. appearances. So when ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Edgefest 2016

Read "Edgefest 2016" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

One of the most consistently satisfying festivals in the USA, or for that matter anywhere, can be found in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where each fall, a superb lineup of innovative international performers produce music of significance over a four-day period. The appropriately named Edgefest, for the music has always been on the ...

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Meeting of the Spirits: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at the Michigan Theater

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Jimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip + John McLaughlin and The 4th Dimension
Meeting of the Spirits Tour
Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 15, 2017

When it comes to virtuosi, guitarist John McLaughlin ranks high in the jazz fusion world. Having the early fortune to connect with legendary drummer ...

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Crosscurrents at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor

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Crosscurrents with Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Company
The Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
November 1, 2017

When it comes to forward-thinking performances and music of the finest lineage, few concert series can rival those presented by the University Musical Society. In tandem with the University of Michigan, UMS recently launched ...

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Edgefest 2017: Give the Drummers Some, Part 2-2

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Part 1 | Part 2

Edgefest
Ann Arbor, MI
October 20-21, 2017

On the last two days of the festival, the Edgefest audience was treated to even more of the eclectic, explorative music that was present in abundance on Wednesday and Thursday.

Edgefest-goers who were able ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Steve Reich @ 80: Music for 18 Musicians

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Eighth Blackbird & Third Coast Percussion
Hill Auditorium
Steve Reich @ 80: Music for 18 Musicians
Ann Arbor, MI
March 18, 2017

When it comes to contemporary classical music and specifically the genre known as minimalism, few composers lay claim to the accolades bestowed on Steve Reich. Celebrating his 80th ...

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Kamasi Washington & The Next Step at Michigan Theater

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Kamasi Washington & The Next Step
Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
September 30, 2016

Much hoopla has surrounded the ascension of saxophonist Kamasi Washington most recently spurred on by his debut recording, The Epic. A motherlode of jazz sorcery, this audacious packaging of almost three hours of music seems to have ...

John Lindberg / Anil Ereslan: Juggling Kukla

Read "Juggling Kukla" reviewed by John Sharpe

Bassist John Lindberg is best known for his tenure with jazz heavyweights like trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, and saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Anthony Braxton. Equally deserving acclaim are his own swinging but adventurous outfits such as the quartet which waxed A Tree Frog Tonality (between the lines, 2000) and The Catbird Sings (Soul Note, 2000). But ...

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The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman at the Michigan Theater

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The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman
The Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, Michigan
April 23, 2016

Over the course of some twenty years, The Bad Plus has honed its own brand of music making, tapping into a plethora of styles and grooves to develop their own musical hybrid. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist ...