When I last talked with larger-than-life Chef Carl Davis, he was in no mood to swap stories about his most storied gig, at the Jambalaya’s on Round Lake in Laingsburg. It was 2006, Jambalaya’s had closed just two years earlier and Davis was busy with a new restaurant.
She’s a jazz singer with a lemony voice and feathersharp control. He’s a composer, pianist and professor of music theory at Michigan State University.
She struts to the sparkling sobriquet “Sunny”; he rolls with the rumpled rubric of “Ron.”
Montana composer David Maslanka, now a grey eminence in the music world at 70, was still searching for his musical voice in the 1970s when he came to Michigan State University. His life changed when he found a kindly but demanding teacher with a gentle Missouri accent, H. Owen Reed.
MLK ‘Women in Jazz’ concert was earthy, eminent and oh-so-stylish
It’s hard to believe that “Jazz: Spirituals, Prayers and Protest,” MSU’s annual Martin Luther King celebration, is in its 14th year. The mélange of gospel, soul and jazz, knit together with the spoken word, gets fresher and resonates deeper each year.