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LHI Live: Singer Jenna Mammina And Guitarist Rolf Sturm

Elizabeth Kirian

Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm have stories to tell and songs to sing, and they bring a fine selection of both to Let's Hear It, in a Takeda studio session with Jazz Currents host Keith Hall.

Mammina is a Michigan native whose vocal talent and songwriting skills served to take the well-traveled artist to live in San Francisco and New York, and to tour overseas. She came to appreciate the advanced guitar work of Rolf Sturm in 1995, when they were both employed by "Illuminati," a rock orchestra specializing in the music of the Grateful Dead. 

Sturm and Mammina offer live takes of standards and originals, and even improvise a song based on a series of words suggested by host Keith Hall. Their new album, Spark, was released by Water Street Music last year and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

Cara Lieurance is the local host of NPR's All Things Considered on 1021 WMUK and covers local arts & culture on Let's Hear It on 89.9 Classical WMUK weekday mornings at 10 - 11 am.
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)
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