Bohemian Home’s Future…

September 8, 2008
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Bohemian Home’s Future…

Some troubling fireworks going on over at the Bohemian National Home, Detroit’s favorite venue for genuinely alternative and just plain “out there” music. We can’t say more right now but will as soon as we can. Suffice it to say that the venue is closed for now — but most of the scheduled shows...
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The Wonder Twins At The Silent Years’ Party…

September 8, 2008
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The Wonder Twins At The Silent Years’ Party…

The Wonder Twins, aka D’Anne and Laura Witkowski, spent their Saturday evening at the Magic Bag in Ferndale, reveling in the enchantment that was the Silent Years’ CD release party. And what a party it was, with Mann and Quail, These United States and Deastro rounding out the bill! L: I hadn’t been to...
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Have A Wonderful Weekend…

September 5, 2008
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Have A Wonderful Weekend…

Just coming up for air again — hey, it’s been a busy week, what with McCain’s scary soccer mom dominatrix (thanks, Tommy Chong!) and I think someone resigned the other day (it was hard to tell from that speech; man, the arrogance just boggles the mind…) — to alert you to some of the...
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The Wonder Twins On The Silver Jews!

September 2, 2008
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The Wonder Twins On The Silver Jews!

Just to prove that there was actually more going on this weekend than just the International Jazzfest, and the Hamtramck festival, and Arts Beats & Eats, and the Belle Isle Grand Prix, and a Tigers game, and the appearance in Hart Plaza of (hopefully) the next Prez of the United States (whew! ), we...
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Take Five

September 2, 2008
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Take Five

Before I delve into my final commentary on the 29th Detroit International Jazz Festival, I want to acknowledge some of the improvement the fest organizers made in 2008. Last year, the security staff treated the journalists and photojournalist assigned to cover the festival like crap. We had to fight to get backstage, and when...
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Jammin’ For Donald

September 1, 2008
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Jammin’ For Donald

Sunday, at the Carhartt Amphitheatre Stage, alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett‘s highly anticipated performance sucked. At the very least, it didn’t measure up to his stellar performance from 2007. Last year, the Detroit native damn near blew up the Absopure Waterfront Stage. Garrett had me so hyped up, in fact, that after his set ended,...
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The Show Stoppers

August 31, 2008
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The Show Stoppers

Saturday was offiicialy the first full day of music at the 29th Detroit International Jazz Festival. It was also the day I realized it was impossible for anyone to hear all the music the festival organizers had scheduled. I bet other journalists assigned to cover the four-day event felt the same way. But, hey,...
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How Sweet It Is

August 30, 2008
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How Sweet It Is

You should never attend any jazz performance –especially one headlined by multi-Grammy winner vocalist Dianne Reeves and native Philadelphian bassist Christian McBride — on an empty stomach. You’ll need the fuel because chances are you’ll be dancing non-stop during both sets. With that in mind, Friday evening, after I picked up my media credentials...
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Jazz Blahging…

August 29, 2008
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Jazz Blahging…

Oh, and before I forget, MT jazz critic Charles L. Latimer will be posting reviews and commentary about the Detroit International Jazz Festival throughout the long Labor Day Weekend. Look for reports here beginning, I imagine, this coming Sunday. And have a save holiday…
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He’s So Glad…

August 29, 2008
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He’s So Glad…

Speaking of Motor City legends, former SRC lead guitarist Gary Quackenbush will be playing every Thursday night in September at PJ’s Lager House in Corktown, with the series kicking off this coming Thursday, September 4th at 10 p.m. Quackenbush was a founding member of SRC, which was signed to Capitol Records during the flurry...
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