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Steve Wilson & Wilsonian's Grain To Showcase New Album

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Live In New York: The Vanguard Sessions is Steve Wilson's first solo album since 2003, but that's not to say the famed saxophonist hasn't been busy in the meantime. He's one of the foremost go-to players in the jazz world, appearing as a guest performer on nearly 100 albums in the last twenty-five years. 

Wilson previews the new album and his live performance at Western Michigan University with Wilsonian's Grain (pianist George Colligan, filling in for Orrin Evans, bassist Ugonna Okegwo, and drummer Bill Stewart) in a conversation with Cara Lieurance and Jazz Currents host Keith Hall. 

Topics ranged from discussing the Village Vanguard venue where the new album was recorded, to the unique musicianship of each member of the quartet, and Wilson's approach to teaching younger players about jazz history. 

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.
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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