One Man’s Paradise Valley: Marsha Music On Joe Von Battle

October 23, 2009
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One Man’s Paradise Valley: Marsha Music On Joe Von Battle

From for MT blogs In this week’s MT, arts editor Travis Wright writes about the Arts League of Michigan and the move to put Paradise Valley back on the map of Detroit — and the current vocabulary of Detroiters. And it reminded me that I’ve wanted for some time to pull a few coattails...
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Techno Meets Jazz In Paris (with Carl Craig And Tribe)

October 19, 2009
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Fusions, like politics, make strange … no, let’s just say interesting bedfellows. And as lots of jazz and techno fans know, Carl Craig is at the fused intersection of their genres.One of his projects of the last couple of years has been reuniting the surviving members of the cutting-edge Detroit jazz collective Tribe from...
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The Sights: New Lineup, New Album In The Can, An Email And A Free Show Today.

October 13, 2009
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The Sights: New Lineup, New Album In The Can, An Email And A Free Show Today.

We just got this email from the lovably impish Eddie Baranek. We couldn’t put it better ourselves: Hello, as part of United Way’s Blocktoberfest, The Sights will be kicking it on the back of a flat bed truck from 5pm til 6:30pm today. Where the hell is that?– Lafayette between First and Third Streets....
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Marcus Belgrave Receives $50,000 Kresge Arts Award

October 8, 2009
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Former Ray Charles trumpet player Marcus Belgrave relocated to Detroit in the days of the Motown assembly line. And since then he has, arguably, become the face of serious, deeply rooted jazz in Detroit. Belgrave — whom one bandleader dubbed “Serious Bell” — is known as a bandleader, performer and mentor to myriad younger...
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Smoothed Out: Zonjic On The Demise Of V98.7

October 6, 2009
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“I’ve been around long enough to know that every format seems to have a shelf life,” longtime morning DJ Alexander Zonjic mused philosophically the other day. And with the smooth jazz format hitting its expiration date nationally, the demise of WVMV-FM, V98.7, was no surprise. Friday afternoon, the station signaled the shift by following...
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Majestic Cancels Show By Jamaican “homophobe”

September 29, 2009
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Majestic Cancels Show By Jamaican “homophobe”

Mucho controversy this month over the American tour of Jamaican reggae vocalist Buju Banton, who is rightfully hated in the gay and lesbian community for his homophobic views and music.. One of the performer’s song, “Boom Bye Bye,” actually calls for the gruesome murder and maiming (pouring acid on them is one suggestion) of...
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The Trash Brats In …too Much Too Late

September 25, 2009
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The Trash Brats In …too Much Too Late

Or, you can put your arms around a memory … Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers made a cottage industry of rent party (“reunion”) gigs at Max’s Kansas City, those events that happened long after the band had officially fizzled. Many, many Heartbreakers fans were grateful for such, even if Johnny was often tumblin’ from...
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The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Sucks. Again…

September 23, 2009
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Oh, yeah. And I’ve said it before, but fuck the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here are the nominations (note: not the inductees, the nominations) KISS, LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Darlene Love, ABBA, the Chantels and the Stooges. I’m totally...
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Local Venue Notes

September 23, 2009
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Local Venue Notes

*Kudos to the Royal Oak Music Theatre, which becomes a smoke-free venue for all shows, beginning this Saturday, September 26th. The new policy begins the night of a charity event from which all proceeds will go towards the American Cancer Society. Hopefully more places will follow suit. Many people think it’s their constitutional right...
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Something Exciting: Joan Belgrave At Kerrytown This Weekend

September 18, 2009
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Back in June our frequent jazz correspondent Charles L. Latimer wrote about the life and revived career of vocalist Joan Belgrave, who can “belt pop, R&B, classic rock, the blues and jazz,” but whose forte in any genre is delivering love songs in a voice “so soothing and sexy, she could give a pit...
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