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MSU’s generous King tribute mixes old and new
Jan. 24 2019
There was a mighty wedding feast. The food was ambrosial, but everyone sat on the floor. People were welcomed off the street. The cake, a frosted castle 20 feet high, came apart into little boxes that...
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Jan. 17 2019
It was the last time they saw each other. In April 1968, five days after King was shot, Franklin sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” to mourners at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Nearly...
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Jan. 10 2019
Harps are materializing in music well outside the classical world, including tracks by Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Björk and Yoko Ono
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Guitarist Mark Whitfield livens up MSU for week-long residency
Dec. 6 2018
Mark Whitfield puts jazz guitar in its rightful place —total, cosmic ubiquity. At a late afternoon gig Monday with the Michigan State University Professors of Jazz, Whitfield teleported in any direction...
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Nov. 8 2018
Rising country songster Lindsay Ell has scored some recent Billboard success, thanks to her poppy singles “Criminal” and “Waiting On You
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Unsung jazz warrior Jeff Shoup gets JAMM tribute
Nov. 8 2018
The weekly ritual draws a panoply of local and national artists, including the stellar professors and students at MSU Jazz Studies program, with Shoup himself usually at the drum kit. Last Tuesday, Whitaker...
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Melissa Aldana pushes MSU jazz chemistry into the purple zone
Oct. 4 2018
The music swirled with Monkish eddies and whirlpools, giving Aldana lots of room for one of her favorite ploys — sauntering behind the beat, daring you to think she’s lagging behind, only to...