Community Music School of Ann Arbor: For Namesake

    Hello Lovely Readers, Let me say off the bat that this is me personally asking each and every one of you to help my student in the music program, COMP. Yes, it’s also another crowd-funding initiative, and yes, like many: it’s moving slowly. Also similar to many other crowd-funding campaigns, it is meaningful. […]

10 Fingers: Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles is a business savvy, multi-talented musician who recently released a very successful album, Creole Soul. I caught up with him in Ann Arbor before his hit at Kerrytown Concert House, the intimate venue that’s a re-purposed Victorian home close to the almost-famous Zingerman’s Deli. We spoke about the usual “10 Fingers” questions, and […]

Transcription: Slam Stewart “I Got Rhythm”

by Hannah Dexter, bass Slam Stewart is often forgotten when we think of virtuosic bass players. Although he came to prominence at the same time, Jimmy Blanton is credited with changing the way bass players solo, maybe due to how difficult Stewart’s classically trained style is to emulate. Although he spent one year at Boston […]

Messages From Masters: Byron Stripling

by Ella Campbell While I’ve been moving and rearranging my things, I came across a notebook with snippets of notes from different masterclasses I attended at Michigan State. Here are a few notes I took during a masterclass with Byron Stripling in April, 2010. Knowledge is not power, action is power. Develop action-oriented habits. When […]

Messages From Masters: Tim Warfield

by Ella Campbell After a Terell Stafford Quintet concert, the musicians all re-entered the stage and opened up the house for questions. A member of the audience asked a question about how to keep her sons involved in music. She has a son who is taking piano lessons and she can’t convince him to keep […]

10 Fingers: Antonio Hart

by Ella Campbell After we talked to Marcus Strickland at the Dave Holland Big Band concert in Ann Arbor, we talked to Antonio Hart. 1. What was the first record you bought that you couldn’t stop listening to? I don’t remember the name of it, it was a Johnny Griffin record. And then I bought […]

10 Fingers: Marcus Strickland

by Ella Campbell Yesterday, after a fun and exciting Dave Holland Big Band concert, a friend and I cruised backstage to find some musicians to pester. Marcus Strickland was kind enough to let us ask him what he’s listening to. The concert was so much fun to listen to, the band was very fun to […]