Detroit JazzStage Welcomes Poet M.L. Liebler and Guitarist/Poet Ron English

November 18th, 2007

The Kurl Of The Butterfly's Tongue CD coverThis month on Detroit JazzStage, we welcome poet M.L. Liebler and jazz guitarist/poet Ron English. M.L. fronts the group, M. L. Liebler & The Magic Poetry Band. By day, he is a Wayne State University professor (and St. Clair Shores, Michigan’s first Poet Laureate). Over the last twenty plus years, M.L. has combined his insightful, urban poetry with the funky tones of modern jazz, resulting in a perfect elision of sound and vision. Ron has enjoyed a long and varied music career, with roots wide and deep in blues, Broadway, bebop, avant-garde, funk, Motown, and gospel. M.L. and Ron share their views of how poetry and jazz are intertwined, plus discuss their 2007 CD The Kurl Of The Butterfly’s Tongue. Their Detroit experience is peppered with some of the people and places they have encountered through the years such as the Detroit Artists Workshop, the Detroit Contemporary 5, Cobb’s Corner, Jack Kerouac’s first wife Edie Parker and many more.


Ron also discusses his latest CD by his group Psalm 150 Ensemble. His CD, titled Devotions, features a stellar Detroit lineup. The Psalm 150 Ensemble perform Ron’s arrangements of negro spirituals and traditional sacred music.

Information on where to purchase both CD’s can be found at http://detroitradiocompany.com

Poems
The Twilight Blues
Rock ‘N’ Roll

Music
Magic Poetry Band – The Kurl Of The Butterfly’s Tongue
The Jazz/Foster’s – M.L.
A Work in Progress/Dragons – Faruq Z. Bey
The Blower – Ron English
The Kurl of the Butterfly’s Tongue/Spectrum – Faruq Z. Bey

Musicians
Faruq Z. Bey – Tenor Sax
Ron English – Guitar
Jef Reynolds – Bass
Bill Hulet – Drums

Psalm 150 Ensemble – Devotions
I  Know It Was The Blood – Traditional Spiritual – Ron English solo Guitar
Jacob’s Ladder – Traditional Spiritual

Musicians
Ron English
– Guitar
Dean Moore II
– Alto Saxophone
John Dana – Bass
Gerald Cleaver – Drums

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music
– Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Go to bopculture.com for more information

This episode is sponsored by the folks at www.allaboutjazz.com

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Detroit JazzStage Featuring Trumpeter Bill Lucas

September 3rd, 2007

The Max bannerDetroit JazzStage is pleased to announce it’s continued partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Max M Fisher Music Center. “The Max” is a state of the art performing arts complex built in 2003. They are home to the world famous Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as to jazz, pops, family concerts and more. This episode is the second of three live Detroit JazzStage podcasts from their Jazz Club @ The Max series recorded by JazzStage Productions Sound Engineer/Producer Mark Byerly. To learn more about The Max M. Fisher Music Center surf to http://jazzstage.us or http://detroitsymphony.com

For this episode we feature Trumpeter Bill Lucas. Not only is Bill the fourth trumpet for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he’s also an active member of the freelance, jazz and chamber music communities in metropolitan Detroit. Bill has appeared as a jazz soloist in many popular jazz clubs and nightspots of Vail, CO, as well as the Detroit International Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival. A prolific arranger for small ensembles, he is frequently called upon to compose trumpet fanfares for local commemorations. Lucas’ arrangements for brass have been performed by the Celli Jam, comprised of members of the DSO cello section.

Music
No Left Turn
Pallister Avenue
Notes for Norris
Bill’s Blues
Waltz for Valentina
All the above are Bill Lucas compositions
Trumpet Duet, 1st Mvt. –
E. Dean Sahutske. Both parts performed by Bill Lucas

Musicians
Bill Lucas – Trumpet
Ellen Rowe – Piano
Paul Keller – Bass
Pete Siers – Drums

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music
– Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Go to bopculture.com for more information

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Detroit Jazz Fest Executive/Artistic Director Terri Pontremoli visits Detroit JazzStage

June 3rd, 2007

Terri PontremoliThis month on Detroit JazzStage, we interview Terri Pontremoli, Executive/Artistic Director of the the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Pontremoli joined the Detroit Jazz Fest in 2005 as managing director. In 2007, she is thrilled to serve as artistic and executive director for “one of the best jazz festivals in the world in a city with an incredibly rich jazz legacy.” She cites the urban landscape and the informed audience in Detroit as unique and exciting attributes. Her ambition for the festival is to develop it into a year around organization, with a focus on partnerships and educational initiatives.

Listen in as Terri discusses the upcoming festival with your hosts Jim Gallert, and Rodney Reeves.

For more information on the 2007 Detroit International Jazz Festival, go to http://www.detroitjazzfest.com

Music heard on this show

Sonic TonicRon Blake – Recorded live at the 2005 Detroit International Jazz Festival

Basement Vibes Movement 1. Imp Of The Perverse – Scott Gwinnell Jazz OrchestraBasement Vibes
Keith Kaminski Soprano Saxophone
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet

Blues For Manhattan Gerald Wilson – Recorded live at the 2005 Detroit International Jazz Festival

Marionette Charles McPherson – Recorded live at the 2005 Detroit International Jazz Festival

Salt River Blues – Rick RoeSphere
Rick – Piano
Rodney Whitaker – Bass

Go to www.jazzstage.us for links to these and the other great artists featured on Detroit JazzStage

Acknowledgements –
Opening Music – Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Go to bopculture.com for more information.

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Detroit JazzStage Welcomes Clarinetist and Saxophonist Wendell Harrison

February 16th, 2007

Wendell HarrisonClarinetist, tenor saxophonist, and educator, Wendell Harrison, has been a creative powerhouse in Detroit for several decades now.  Artists he has worked with include Jack McDuff, Elvin Jones, Sonny Stitt, Grant Green, Sun Ra, Eddie Harris and Hank Crawford. Along with the Wenha and Rebirth labels, Wendell is also the creator of Tribe records.  Recordings from the Tribe label are highly sought after by both jazz and electronic collectors.  In his highly acclaimed and successful teaching methods, the Be Boppers Method Book, Wendell presents “the Gospel of Barry Harris” as translated through his own experiences.

Join Jim Gallert and Rodney Reeves as Wendell reminisces about his musical upbringing in 1950’s Detroit up to his current projects.  He introduces us to the people that influenced him along the way such as Barry Harris, Harold McKinney, Sun Ra and John Coltrane.

Music heard on this edition will feature Wendell along with inspiring performances by Harold McKinney, Cecil McBee, Kirk  Lightsey, Juma Santos, Doug Hammond, Jerry Gonzalez, James Carter and others.

For more information on Wendell, go to http://wenhajazz.swiftsite.com

Music heard on this show

Boomerang – from Forever Duke – A Tribute To Duke Ellington

Wendell – Clarinet, Tenor saxophone
Charles Tolliver – Trumpet
Jaribu Shahid – Bass
Danny Spencer – Drums
Rick Roe – Piano

Ring Man – from Live In Concert

Armstrong Park – from Something For Pops

Wendell Harrison – Clarinet
Harold McKinney – Piano

Rush & Hustle – from Wendell Harrison & Mama’s Licking Stick Ensemble

Wendell – B-flat clarinet
James Carter – Double B-flat contra bass clarinet
Ernie Rogers – E-flat contra bass clarineHarold Orr – Bass clarinet
Greg Koltyck – B-flat clarinet
Paul Onachuck – B-flat clarinet
Ken Hobenstreet – B-flat clarinet
Harold McKinney/Pamela Wise – piano
Marion Hayden – Bass
Alex Brooks/Enix Buchanan – Drums
Jerry Gonzalez – Timbales
Mahindi Masai – Congas, percussion

Jazz On The Run – from Eighth House: Riding With Pluto
Wendell – Tenor Saxophone
Juma Santos – Percussion

Changing The Scene – from Fly By Night

Wendell – Tenor Saxophone
Cecil McBee/Jaribu Shahid – Bass
Kirk Lightsey/Pamela Wise – Piano
Doug Hammond – Drums

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music
– Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Go to bopculture.com for more information

A special thanks goes out to Mack Avenue Records recording artist Rodney Whitaker for supplying us with our introduction. Go to http://www.mackavenue.com for more information on Rodney and their many other great artists.

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Detroit JazzStage Features the Paul Keller Ensemble recorded Live at The Max

December 17th, 2006

The Max bannerDetroit JazzStage is pleased to announce a partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Max M Fisher Music Center. “The Max” is a state of the art performing arts complex built in 2003. They are home to the world famous Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as to jazz, pops, family concerts and more. This episode is the first of three live Detroit JazzStage podcasts from their Jazz Club @ The Max series. To learn more about The Max M. Fisher Music Center surf to http://jazzstage.us or http://detroitsymphony.com.

This month’s guest, the Paul Keller Ensemble, is one of Michigan’s best combos. They perform classic, obscure and original material covering the entire history of jazz. The performance was recorded on November 17th by Detroit JazzStage Sound Engineer/Producer Mark Byerly and was emceed by your host Jim Gallert.

For more information on the Paul Keller Ensemble, go to http://pkorecords.com.

Music
NTK – Paul Keller
The Word On The Street– Paul Keller
Ya Know – Paul Finkbeiner
PK’s Tempo – Paul Keller

Paul Keller Ensemble Members
Paul Keller – Bass
Ellen Rowe – Piano
Sean Dobbins – Drums
Paul Finkbeiner – Trumpet
Keith Kaminski – Alto/Tenor Saxophones
Terry Kamura – Trombone
Susan Chastain – Vocals

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music
– Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Go to bopculture.com for more information

A special thanks goes out to Mack Avenue Records recording artist Sean Jones for supplying us with our introduction. Go to http://www.mackavenue.com for more information on Sean and their many other great artists.

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DJS Jazz Spotlite Featuring Vocalist Jesse Palter

November 27th, 2006

Jesse PalterFor this DJS Jazz Spotlight we’re showcasing 21 year old vocal sensation Jesse Palter who, through both training and pure instinct, has grown into one of the most recently accomplished and dynamic singers (and songwriters) in the Detroit jazz scene.. Her voice is a flexible, facile instrument wielded by an ambitious and visionary player; it can be sweet or salty, polished or raw, wide in range and broad in stylistic scope, channeling and combining influences such as Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Kurt Elling. It’s the voice of someone who has a voracious appetite for growth and is fearless in that pursuit — the perfect equation for a promising future. The musicians in Jesse’s group include Mike Jellick on piano/Rhodes, Ben Williams on bass, and Nate Winn on Drums. Special guests include Dean Moore on Saxophone and Vincent Chandler on Trombone, both of Urban Transport, plus John Douglas of Jazzhead on Trumpet.  Listen as Jesse discusses her music, followed by her original tune, Lovesick from her debut CD Beginning To See The Light available at CD Baby http://cdbaby.com/cd/palter

More information on Jesse can be found at http://www.myspace.com/jessepalter

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music
Riff3 – Dave Luther,
Motor City Horns (motorcityhorns.com)
Trumpet – Ben Toman
Trumpet – Mark Byerly
Alto Saxophone – Dave Luther
Tenor Saxophone – Keith Kaminski
Trombone – John Rutherford

Background Music – Mark Byerly’s Ressurection available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Closing Music
– Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.

Go to bopculture.com for more information

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Detroit JazzStage Welcomes Legendary Saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey

October 19th, 2006

Faruq Z. BeyIn the right hands, they say the pen is mightier than the sword. But the saxophone?  Now that is mighty! How mighty you ask?  Just check out the words and music of the legendary counterculture icon, saxophonist, composer, poet and philosopher Faruq Z. Bey on the October edition of Detroit JazzStage. Faruq joins Jim Gallert and Rodney Reeves to discuss his music and how it relates to his life, philosophy, linguistics and art. Bey, a founding member of Griot Galaxy, a band referred to as “the best band that never left Detroit”, has been active on the Detroit music scene since the early 1970s.

Your featured music includes a selection from a beautifully recorded 1983 concert performance of Griot Galaxy at their peak .  The recording from the Detroit Institute of Arts featured the classic group with Faruq Z. Bey, Tani Tabbal, Jaribu Shahid, Tony Holland and David McMurray.  The remainder of the selections were taken off the recent recordings 19 Moons, Ashirai Pattern and his latest release Auzar.

For a complete catalog of music by Faruq Z. Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers, go to http://www.entropystereo.com, or http://www.northwoodsimprovisers.com.

Music heard on this show:

Penumbra (poetry)


Zinj Lebarb
from Griot Galaxy Live at the D.I.A – Griot Galaxy

Faruq Z. Bey – tenor, alto, soprano
Anthony Holland – alto, soprano
David McMurray – tenor, alto, soprano
Jaribu Shahid – bass
Tani Tabbal – drums

Mamaka II from 19 Moons – Faruq Z. Bey w/ Northwoods Improvisers

Faruq Z. Bey – tenor, alto
Mike Glmore – vibes, bone guitar
Mike Johnston – bass
Nick Ashton – drums
Len Bukowski – contra alto clarinet

Dragons from Ashirai Pattern – Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwoods Improvisers

Faruq Z. Bey – tenor, alto, soprano saxophone, flute
Mike Cary – tenor, flute
Mike Gilmore – vibes, marimba, cheng
Mike Johnston – bass, sho, percussion
Nick Ashton – drums, percussion
Len Bukowski – contra alto clarinet
Mike Khoury – violin

Ayler from 19 Moons – Faruq Z. Bey w/ Northwoods Improvisers

Faruq Z. Bey – tenor, alto
Mike Glmore – vibes, bone guitar
Mike Johnston – bass
Nick Ashton – drums

Gemini from Auzar – Faruq Z. Bey w/ Northwoods Improvisers

Faruq Z. Bey – tenor, alto
Mike Cary – tenor, bass clarinet
Skeeter Shelton – tenor
Mike Gilmore – vibes, marimba
Mike Johnston – bass
Nick Ashton – drums

Acknowledgements:
Opening Music
– Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.

Go to bopculture.com for more information

Our gratitude goes to W. Kim Heron, Editor of The Metro Times, for supplying us with our introduction and for an excellent article on Faruq that was published in Detroit’s Metro Times.

http://www.metrotimes.com/
http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=5001

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Detroit JazzStage October Promo with Faruq Z. Bey

October 2nd, 2006

KinsGreetings Detroit JazzStage listeners. We are putting the finishing touches on the October show featuring Faruq Z. Bey. In the meantime, please enjoy this short promo where Faruq discusses the relationships between spoken inflections and musical expressions.

For a complete catalog of music by Faruq Z. Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers, go to
http://www.entropystereo.com

Music

Dragons from Ashirai Pattern – Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwoods Improvisers

Faruq Z. Bey – tenor, alto, soprano saxophone, flute
Mike Cary – tenor, flute
Mike Gilmore – vibes, marimba, cheng
Mike Johnston – bass, sho, percussion
Nick Ashton – drums, percussion
Len Bukowski – contra alto clarinet
Mike Khoury – violin

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Detroit JazzStage celebrates the 2006 Detroit International Jazz Festival

September 5th, 2006

Jazz Detroit! -  Howard WeingardenAs you probably know by now, Detroit JazzStage had the pleasure of working with the Detroit International Jazz Festival . We are thrilled that each of our featured artists appeared at the festival.

Celebrating Detroit’s rich Jazz heritage with host Rodney Reeves is Executive Producer and former co-host Dean Sahutske and Mark Byerly Besides being our Sound Engineer, composing and perfoming our theme song, Mark was also our first guest and our Sound Engineer. Jim Gallert is preparing for his role as presenter and interviewer for the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

For your September edition of Detroit JazzStage you will hear musical selections from many of our past guests as well as some artists that haven’t appeared on Detroit JazzStage. Listeners of DJS have come to expect material that can’t be heard anywhere else and this show is no exception.  Your hosts will share their thoughts and incite on the featured music from past guests such as Paul Keller, Rick Roe, Urban Transport , and Bop Culture featuring Mark Byerly.  You will also hear selections from Drummer/composer Gayelynn McKinney of Detroit’s legendary jazz family,  veteran Saxophonist Steve Wood and Guitarist Paul Abler .

Music heard on this show:

Rick Roe
Five Twenty Two from The Late Late Show http://cdbaby.com/cd/rkc

Piano –
Rick Roe
Bass – Paul Keller
Drums – Gerald Cleaver

Urban Transport
Seldom Blues
from Live http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/urbantransport

Alto Saxophone – Dean Moore
Trombone – Vincent Chandler
Bass – Josef Deas
Piano – Scott Gwinnell
Drums – Sean Dobbins

Bop Culture
Marks Mood from Bop Culture http://cdbaby.com/cd/bopculture

Trumpet – Mark Byerly
Piano – Rick Roe
Bass – Paul Keller
Drums – Bill Higgins

Steve Wood Quartet
ODRP Blues from Deep Woods

Saxophone – Steve Wood
Piano – Phil Kelly
Bass – Paul Keller
Drums – Ron Jackson

Gayelynn McKinney
It’s About Time from It’s About Time http://cdbaby.com/cd/gayelynn

Saxophone -Chris Kearcher
Trumpet – John Douglas
Bass – Marion Hayden
Drums – Gaylynne McKinney

Paul Abler
The Days & Nights of Marion Hayden from Fearless http://cdbaby.com/cd/paulabler3

Guitar – Paul Abler
Piano – Carlton Holmes
Bass – Marion Hayden
Drums – Cindy Blackman

Paul Keller and The Bird of Paradise Orchestra
Jazz Lady After Dark from BINGO! http://pkorecords.com/cds/bingo/bingo.htm

Rick Roe
The Changeover from The Changeover http://cdbaby.com/cd/rickroe2

Piano – Rick Roe
Bass – Rodney Whitaker
Drums – Karriem Riggins

Acknowledgements

Artwork – Jazz Detroit! – Howard Weingarden

Opening Music – Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Jazz Festival Spot music – Mark Byerly’s Blues For The Morning Rush Hour available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Go to bopculture.com for more information.

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Detroit JazzStage Presents Tumbao Bravo

August 7th, 2006

Tumbao BravoAlthough Detroiters have the recent record setting heat wave behind them, things are about to heat up again.

This month, Detroit JazzStage presents the Latin Jazz group Tumbao Bravo, co-led by percussionist Alberto Nacif and Saxophonist/Flautist Paul
Vornhagen,
both of whom we interviewed for this month’s show. In addition to learning about the band we also gained a unique perspective on Latin Music. Alberto Nacif shares his insight on Latino music gleaned from his upbringing in Mexico and his many years in the Detroit area. Nacif has done research into Latino music, and shared that knowledge as a program host on WEMU-FM and through performances here and abroad.

Vornhagen, an established performer on the Detroit scene, has for many years felt an affinity with Latin music and this group benefits from his compositions, solos and organizational skills.

Our featured musical selections come from the group’s first recording Montuno Salad, (2005 Detroit Music Award winner for Best Jazz Album) and Amigos – From our Hands, their most recent release. Our featured music showcases several Latin styles as heard in compositions by Alberto Nacif, Paul Vornhagen and the wonderful but underexposed pianist/jazz educator Sven Anderson. Judging by the critical acclaim received thus far, Amigos is destined for even more success.

Other band members are multi-talented educator, composer, guitarist and bassist John Barron, veteran Detroit player Bob Mojica on Trumpet/Flugelhorn. Javier Barrios, who’s appeared with Latino luminaries such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and Benny Cruz brings his authentic timbale sound to the fold. Filling in for John Barron on some tracks is fellow bassist Jacob Chumura. Although new to the Detroit scene, Jacob has lived in Miami, Florida where he absorbed the Cuban sound. Trumpet ace Paul Finkbeiner, a mainstay of Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings, is heard as well.

For more information on Tumbao Bravo, go to http://www.tumbaobravo.com

Music

1. Excerpt from Sol Y Son – Vorhagen/Anderson from Amigos
2. Cumbia Del Cura* – Nacif from Amigos
3. Montuno Salad** – Vornhagen from Montuno Salad
4. E.P*. – Anderson from Amigos
5. Groove Chick** – Anderson from Montuno Salad
6. Clavier And The Doctor – Anderson from Amigos

Musicians
Paul Vornhagen – Saxes, Flute, Piccolo
Alberto Nacif – Congas, Bongos, Percussion
Sven Anderson – Keys
Bob Mohica – Trumpet
Paul Finkbeiner – Trumpet**
Javier Barrios – Timbales, Percussion
John Barron – Bass
Jacob Chmara – Bass*

Acknowledgements

This episode is dedicated to memory of Latin Jazz great, Hilton Ruiz.

Opening Music – Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
Jazz Festival Spot music – Mark Byerly’s Blues For The Morning Rush Hour available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Go to bopculture.com for more information.

This episode is sponsored by the Detroit International Jazz Festival http://ww.detroitjazzfest.com

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