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LHI Live: The Sam Pilnick Project

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The Sam Pilnick Project, l to r: Steve Perry, Sam Pilnick, Andrew Saliba, and Mike Horrigan.

Saxophonist Sam Pilnick, guitarist Andrew Saliba, bassist Mike Horrigan and drummer Steve Perry, all Western Michigan University School of Music grads or soon-to-be grads, have enjoyed gigging together for over a year at various venues around Kalamazoo and west Michigan. WMUK contributor Craig Freeman asked them to come to WMUK's Takeda studio to play some of their current favorites.

In between their performances of two Pilnick originals, "Maple" and "Ball Pops Out," and a creative cover of "Pure Imagination" from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Pilnick, Saliba, Perry and Horrigan discuss their paths into playing jazz, and they address some of the current issues that affect their lives as jazz musicians.

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A shorter broadcast version, on Weekend Let's Hear It

The Sam Pilnick Project has recorded one EP, titled East Coast Transplant, available at Pilnick's website and at live shows.

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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)
Craig Freeman is a freelance musician and teacher in west Michigan who performs with multiple ensembles and projects. At Western Michigan University, he studied trombone with Steven Wolfinbarger, graduating in 2011. Craig is originally from the Cleveland area.
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