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Edgefest 2023

Read "Edgefest 2023" reviewed by Frank Rubolino

The Michigan town of jny: Ann Arbor, best known as the home to the University of Michigan Wolverines, has another claim to fame in its annual festival of creative improvised music. The appropriately named Edgefest worked its magic for the 27th year, presenting a diverse array of established and emerging talent over a four-day period in ...


Article: Live Review

Julian Lage at Ann Arbor's Ark

Read "Julian Lage at Ann Arbor's Ark" reviewed by James Aren

Julian Lage The Ark Ann Arbor, Michigan September 8, 2023 Julian Lage plays like a man amused. He shakes his head and laughs at the things happening to his guitar as if he didn't make them happen. He rocks back and forth in his chair, tapping his foot, staring ...


Article: Live Review

Shakti 50th Anniversary Tour at Hill Auditorium

Read "Shakti 50th Anniversary Tour at Hill Auditorium" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Shakti Hill Auditorium University Musical Society's 145th Annual Season Ann Arbor, Michigan September 14, 2023 Having learned his lessons well during his brief stay with Miles Davis in the late '60s, guitarist John McLaughlin has never let any grass grow under his feet, embracing many styles and following his creative ...

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Alex Anest


Alex Anest is an American guitarist, teacher, and bandleader currently based in Southeast Michigan.

His projects as a leader or co-leader have included The Alex Anest Organ Trio/Electric Four, Nomad, The Ann Arbor Guitar Trio, and Giraffe, among others. These groups focus on improvisation, groove, creativity, and most of all a commitment to connection, both among the group members and with the audience.

He has released fourteen recordings as leader or co-leader and has appeared on another twenty-five records by a staggering variety of other artists including Gayelynn McKinney, Evan Veasey, Makadem, Nancy Ambrose King, Kevin Meisel, and Dave Sharp. Music has taken Alex around the midwest, south, and northeast of the U.S. as well as to Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Italy.


Article: Multiple Reviews

Anest, Kendrick, & McKinney: Live at the Blue LLama, Volume 1 & 2

Read "Anest, Kendrick, & McKinney: Live at the Blue LLama, Volume 1 & 2" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When it comes to talent, there's no shortage of gifted jazz artists that call Michigan their home. The Jones brothers long ago put Detroit on the map, but water-tight music programs at Michigan State and the University of Michigan have produced a thriving community of vital musicians. On any given evening, there's live jazz to be ...


News: Festival

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Celebration of Home

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Celebration of Home

The 2023 Detroit Jazz Festival is almost upon us, taking place in its annual Labor Day weekend slot on the yearly jazz festival calendar. The largest free jazz festival in the world brings the music to the people of Detroit, and the world, on September 1-4 in downtown Detroit and in Hart Plaza along the Detroit ...


Article: Live Review

Samara Joy at Christ Church Cranbrook

Read "Samara Joy at Christ Church Cranbrook" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Samara Joy Christ Church Cranbrook Bloomfield Hills, Michigan March 24, 2023 Jazz fans in the Detroit metro area have become well-acquainted with the stately confines of Christ Church Cranbrook, as the church has hosted a series of sacred concerts and jazz masses going back to 2015. These include regular appearances by ...


Article: Live Review

Maria Schneider Orchestra at Hill Auditorium

Read "Maria Schneider Orchestra at Hill Auditorium" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Maria Schneider Orchestra Hill Auditorium 55th Performance of the 144th UMS Annual Season Ann Arbor, Michigan March 11, 2023 An independent thinker with a distinctive voice as a composer, Maria Schneider has been at the forefront of creative big band music for decades even as her recognition among casual jazz ...


News: Radio

Jazz Host Celebrates 40 Years On the Air

Joining Blue Lake Public Radio’s staff in the spring of 1983, Lazaro Vega has provided listeners with four decades of exceptional Jazz programming, interviews, reviews, and unwavering advocacy of this uniquely American art form. As Jazz Director at BLPR, he is encyclopedic in his knowledge of the medium and well known in the Jazz community both ...


News: Obituary

Gretchen Carhartt Valade Detroit Businesswoman and 'Angel of Jazz'

Gretchen Carhartt Valade Detroit Businesswoman and 'Angel of Jazz'

Metro Detroit and the global jazz community lost one of its greatest champions this week. Gretchen Carhartt Valade, businesswoman, and philanthropist, died peacefully on December 30, surrounded by family at her Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. home. She was 97.  Known by many in the arts community as the “Angel of Jazz,” Gretchen C. Valade will be ...


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