Category Archives: jazz

Hot Winter Music

(Berrien Springs, Michigan) We were privileged to attend two amazing winter concerts at the Howard Performing Arts Center this weekend:  first a Winter Concert on Saturday night featuring guest alto sax soloist Phil Barham with both the Southwestern Michigan College … Continue reading

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The Sax Man Playeth

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A “Haunting” Experience in the Red Barn

(Harbert, Michigan) I made a play date recently with Ellen Elrick to perform some pieces from a book of duets for flute and clarinet.  Ellen, of course, is a master flautist and teacher, and I am but a humble student … Continue reading

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Stop! Look! Listen!


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All That Jazz!!!

(Elkhart, Indiana) Having attended the second Elkhart Jazz Festival in 1988 and many since, I was open to Natalie’s suggestion yesterday morning that we clear the calendar and head on over for the 29th Annual Elkhart Jazz Festival.  We had … Continue reading

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Tony Bennett for my Birthday

(Kalamazoo, Michigan) Natalie asked: “What do you want to do for your birthday (on May 7th)?” We had just received a glossy brochure from the 2016 Gilmore Keyboard Festival, so I flipped through it, saying: “Maybe there’s something on my … Continue reading

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Poster Children

I suppose you should head to the recording studio before you publish the album cover, but the Four Promises are doing it in reverse order.  So far, we have a so-so clarinet player and a guy who used to play sax … Continue reading

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