Jazz Currents

Jazz at The Gilmore

Apr 8, 2016

The Gilmore International Keyboard Festival presents its 13th Festival this spring with nearly 100 concerts, and 200 artists, including 37 pianists. The festival takes place every two years in Kalamazoo, and showcases the talents of the world's top pianists in classical, jazz and beyond!  

We’ve been exploring the careers of the Jones Brothers from Pontiac, Michigan.  We heard from pianist Hank Jones and trumpeter Thad Jones, so our final episode, focuses on the youngest brother - drummer Elvin Jones.

Jazz Currents Thad Jones

Mar 23, 2016

In our second “Jones Brothers” episode, we hear from trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, Thad Jones.   

It is rare that a family would have three brothers that would go on to make such a significant impact on jazz music.  We are referring to the Jones Brothers from Pontiac, Michigan.

Chicago's Von Freeman

Feb 27, 2016

Von Freeman was a major force on the Chicago jazz scene for over 70 years and is responsible for mentoring a number of musicians that went on to achieve notoriety on an international level.