Kalamazoo Superintendent Michael Rice will soon be Michigan’s state Superintendent of Public Instruction. Western Michigan University Professor of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology Brett Geier, says Rice is taking the job at a time when the position of state superintendent “has increased in terms of visibility and power over the last decade or so.”
Saxophonist Joe Lovano says he, drummer Jack DeJohnette , pianist Leo Genovese , and bassist Esperanza Spalding , all of whom are innovative bandleaders, decided to go on a 35-date world tour in the spring of 2014. This is the first time they've been able to resume as a group. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Lovano discusses his fellow members of the group, and talks about the projects that occupied him in the meantime, including a new release on ECM Records with Trio Tapestry. The Spring Quartet will perform on the Fontana series on Saturday, May 4 at 7;30 pm, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.