jazz

Phil Denny photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Lansing saxophonist/recording artist Phil Denny will host his inaugural Smooth Jazz Fete on Saturday, August 11. He talked with WKAR's Kevin Lavery about the lineup, venue and music on "Morning Edition."


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East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is this weekend. The festival begins today in downtown East Lansing and runs through Saturday night. Entry is free. The Zach Adleman Quartet stopped by the studio to give WKAR's Karel Vega a sneak preview of what to expect at their performance on Saturday.

 


There’s nothing new about cover versions of Beatles songs, but the local band Organissimo has decided to create jazzy renditions of some of your favorite Beatles tunes. It's called "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four."


Jimmy Katz

All this week, the MSU College of Music has welcomed an Israeli jazz musician to jam with their students and do a tour around Michigan schools. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley has more with Anat Cohen.


Phil Denny photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Live Music Friday this week, we’ve invited jazz saxophone star Phil Denny back to Current State for a touch of Christmas as the holiday approaches.


Michael Dease photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Michael Dease, a world-class trombone player who teaches in the MSU College of Music’s Jazz Studies program. His most recent album is “Father Figure.”

The Grand Concert Series, FREE | The Lansing City Market and WKAR are excited to announce the return of the summer concerts on the riverfront! 

Bria Skonberg
Courtesy of Bria Skonberg

We’ll speak with jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg who is coming to the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater on Wednesday night. We’ll speak about her Dixieland & Hot Jazz upbringing as well as find out how you pick a killer concert opener.

Ron Newman photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

MSU Jazz professor Ron Newman showcases the keyboard in an upcoming Fairchild Theatre concert.


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Jon Whiting

Jazz legend Kenny Barron takes up a week-long residency at MSU, performing and teaching throughout Mid-Michigan. Wel hear him perform and speak with Current State's Scott Pohl.


Veteran EL producer shares in Grammy nomination

Feb 10, 2016
Glenn Brown photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

East Lansing music producer and engineer Glenn Brown talks about his involvement with a project up for a Grammy award, bassist Marcus Miller’s album “Afrodeezia.”

2015 brought music lovers the 50th anniversary of the classic John Coltrane album "A Love Supreme." WKAR documents the achievement in a radio special Saturday night.


Brian Lynch photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Brian Lynch. He’s at MSU this week working with the College of Music’s MSUFCU Jazz Artist in Residence program.

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Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave died just over a week ago. Early in his career he backed many Motown musicians, and was in Ray Charles’ band. He later worked with many jazz greats including Max Roach and Charles Mingus. He also was a mentor to many of today’s best jazz musicians, including bassist Rodney Whitaker, who is the director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University.

NYC jazz guitarist teaches, performs at MSU

Mar 4, 2015
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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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