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LHI Live: Jazz pianist Edward Simon with Keith Hall

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Venezuelan jazz pianist Edward Simon, who got his start with bandleaders Paquito D'Rivera, Herbie Mann and others, recently signed on with the all-star lineup of the SFJAZZ Collective. A bandleader and composer himself, he also just released a newly-commissioned work, Venezuelan Suite, which is inspired by the dance music of his home culture. 

At WMUK in the Takeda studio with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall, Edward Simon shares stories about his development as an artist, and plays a generous selection of his own arrangements and original works.

Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
As Chief Engineer for WMUK, Martin Klemm is kept busy by tending to a variety of issues - from computers to tower lights - he will never run out of things to fix. Before coming to WMUK in 2003, Martin worked in Los Angeles making records with some outstanding producers, but preferred to be close to his family here in west Michigan. He enjoys keeping a busy schedule balancing WMUK, loving on his friends' doggos, and remodeling his home in the Edison neighborhood (which never seems to end)
Keith Hall is the host of "Jazz Currents" on WMUK. He is the professor of jazz drum set at Western Michigan University's School of Music.
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