Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Wed March 4, 2015

NYC jazz guitarist teaches, performs at MSU

Credit Courtesy - MSU College of Music

The MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program with the MSU College of Music has another feature artist working with students on campus this week. Current State talks with guitarist Peter Bernstein of New York City.

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Arts & Culture
12:27 pm
Fri February 20, 2015


(Left to right) Saxophonist Vincent Bowens performs with Pierre Charles, Adam Olszewski and Ryan McMahon in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s a Live Music Friday again here on Current State, and today, we’ve been enjoying the saxophone of Vincent Bowens. This week, Bowens has been spending time with students in the MSU College of Music Jazz Studies program as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Jazz Artist in Residence program, along with drummer Tim Froncek.

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Arts & Culture
11:43 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Bassist Whitaker leads Professors of Jazz performance

Rodney Whitaker is director of Jazz Studies at MSU’s College of Music.
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Rodney Whitaker is professor of double bass and director of Jazz Studies at MSU’s College of Music. He’ll lead the Professors of Jazz in an 8 p.m. performance tonight at MSU’s Cook Recital Hall. Current State's Peter Whorf got together with Whitaker this week to talk about Friday’s performance and some other jazz events in the coming months.

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Fri November 21, 2014

MSU ensembles swing with Beethoven, Ellington

Credit http://music.msu.edu/

The MSU Symphony Orchestra and MSU Jazz Orchestra I are joining forces for a concert tonight at Wharton Center. It’s an Ellington and Beethoven concert, a meeting of the great composers.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Thu November 6, 2014

LSO Jazz Band takes flight with "Homage" to Charlie Parker, others

Ron Newman
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Ron Newman leads the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, in classic tunes by Horace Silver, Thad Jones and Sy Oliver, his own composition entitled Homage, and more.

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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

NOLA musical legend Toussaint visits East Lansing

Allen Toussaint
Credit Courtesy - Michael Wilson

Some legendary New Orleans musicians will be in East Lansing tonight. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint play at Wharton Center at 7:30. Allen Toussaint has pretty much done it all.

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1:19 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Marshall Music's Friday Jazz Lunch Bunch

Marshall Music's Friday Jazz Lunch Bunch live in Studio S.
Credit WKAR/Aaron Young

Our Live Music Friday Series continues with yet another extremely talented local jazz group. Marshall Music has started a Summer Jazz Lunch series that involves live jazz from noon to 1 p.m. every Friday. People are encouraged to bring their lunch and relax to some free jazz during the noon hour.

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Arts & Culture
2:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Broad celebrates legacy of Sun Ra

Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, February 22nd, 1992
Credit Pandelis Karayorgis- Wikimedia Commons

The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival takes place in East Lansing this Friday and Saturday. There will be live jazz downtown from a variety of groups and the Broad Art Museum is participating as well with a unique event.

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TV Made in Michigan
1:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lowdown Brass Band on BackStage Pass

Lowdown Brass Band
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Second line New Orleans sound meets hip-hop, reggae and funk.

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1:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Detroit's jazz legacy from ballrooms to Motown and beyond

McKinney's Cotton Pickers

In the 1920’s, ballrooms popped up across the United States, including in Detroit. The music that filled Detroit’s dance halls was Jazz.

Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Jim Gallert,  a veteran jazz broadcaster, researcher and writer. Together with Lars Bjorn, he wrote “Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920– 1960.”

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TV Made in Michigan
10:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

WATCH NOW: Rodney Whitaker Quartet on BackStage Pass

Rodney Whitaker
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Jazz from a true master of the double bass, with some of the best players in the land and featured guests Rockelle Fortin and Terrell Stafford. WATCH NOW

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

CMU jazzmen juggle performance, teaching

Left to right: Bob Lindahl, Jeff Kressler, and John Nichol.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Today’s Michigan Jazz Trail featured players are all music professors at Central Michigan University: Bob Lindahl on trombone, John Nichol on tenor sax, and Jeff Kressler on keys.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Musicians aim to blaze a Michigan Jazz Trail

The Michigan Jazz Trail is bringing Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Saginaw on Sunday.
Credit Flickr - PuroJazz

On a recent trip to New York City, jazz vocalist Molly McFadden took some fellow Michigan musicians along to perform. The enthusiastic response has led to an effort to promote what McFadden feels is a rich Michigan jazz scene.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Son performs tribute to radio legend Karl Haas

Radio legend Karl Haas' show 'Adventures in Good Music' was syndicated to public and commercial radio stations all over the world .
Credit Wikimedia Commons


Radio host Karl Haas would have turned 100 on Dec. 6. Many may remember him from the classical radio program “Adventures in Good Music.” It aired for 44 years, first on Detroit’s WJR and later in syndication on public and commercial radio stations around the world. His son, Jeff Haas, shared his father’s passion for music, but Jeff found his home in the world of jazz.


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Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

MSU jazz artist Etienne Charles does some 'Creole Soul' searching

Etienne Charles' new album, 'Creole Soul' is a mix of folk, jazz, calypso, reggae, Haitian voodoo music and more.
Credit Courtesy MSU School of Music

 This summer, MSU assistant professor Etienne Charles debuted his fourth album, called "Creole Soul." It’s received favorable reviews from The New York Times and NPR, and spent some time high up on the jazz charts. Charles, who is also one of the MSU Professors of Jazz, will be playing some of his music at the Broad Art Museum on Thursday night.


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Radio Made in Michigan
2:46 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart riffs on music

Carolyn has been preforming regularly with her jazz group for the last 13 years in addition to starting the Sunday Vocalists Series at Smoke Jazz Club in New York City.
Credit Courtesy of Carolyn Leonhart's website

  Jazz singer Carolyn Leonhart  will turn Wharton Center’s Jackson Lounge into a jazz club next Wednesday. She’ll be putting on two performances that night to benefit East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. WKAR’S Melissa Benmark caught up with her this week to ask what kinds of material she’ll be performing at her Wharton gig.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:37 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Current State #32 | February 26, 2013

The MSU Surplus store offers extensive recycling resources and dedication to environmental sustainability.
Credit Gabby Saldivia

Today on Current State: Climate change in Michigan, a tour of the MSU Surplus and Recycling Center; Michigan and the Civil War; Civil Rights era jazz; Spartan basketball in 1979 and now; and the creative process of magazine information graphics.

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1:31 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

MSU jazz professor Rodney Whitaker plays milestone concert Friday

MSU Director of Jazz Studies Rodney Whitaker and the Professors of Jazz play at Cook Recital Hall in the MSU Music Building on Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. The concert happens to coincide with Prof. Whitaker's birthday.

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with the musician about the milestone performance.

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TV Made in Michigan
1:28 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

WATCH: John Douglas Quintet on BackStage Pass

John Douglas
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Seasoned bebop with an edge from Detroit's John Douglas | Watch it online now

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