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Wednesday, June 30,2010

Fresh wind

Gary Sullivan sets sail with Lansing Concert Band

by Lawrence Cosentino
The Lansing Concert Band got an unexpected bonanza when Sullivan, band director at Charlotte High School since 1983, decided to take advantage of Michigan’s earlyretirement incentive for veteran school workers and step down July 1. Sullivan had planned to stay five more years, but Charlotte’s loss is Lansing’s gain.
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Wednesday, June 23,2010

Hothouse sounds

Series delivers jazz to east side

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last month, when the Allen Neighborhood Center’s young volunteers put the JAM grant together, Whitaker was a supporter and behindthe-scenes adviser. The Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs agreed to fund the project through its New Leaders Arts Council program.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

The vandal at home

Mark Twain invents Mark Twain

by Lawrence Cosentino
Lansing never saw the Mark Twain bleached by myth ' the white-haired, white-suited icon in the postage stamp and the Disneyland riverboat ride. Instead, Michigan’s 24-year-old capital got a 35-year-old vagabond, a red-haired rough boy, a shotgun satirist setting out for big game.
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Wednesday, June 16,2010

Jamming in the key of Joe

Lovano’s Us Five caps Summer Solstice Jazz Festival

by Lawrence Cosentino
By filling a rare hole in multi-reedman Joe Lovano’s crusher schedule, the Wharton Center popped one of the world’s greatest jazz players on top of East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, like a great, big, goateed cherry. They also added another festival to the festival.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

License to thrill

Globe-hopping Verdehr Trio fills domestic assignment

by Lawrence Cosentino
One of the most well-received new works of the year, Pamela Madsen’s “Sea Change,” is on the docket for next week’s concert. “It’s beautiful,” Verdehr said. “It has spoken poetry in it and it sounds like sea waves.” The Verdehrs premiered it in Washington and Houston last year.
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Wednesday, June 9,2010

Pluck but sustain

Guitarist Neil Gordon’s trio fights friction

by Lawrence Cosentino
At first peep, everything seems settled in Lansing jazzman Neil Gordon’s world. His percolating chamber-style trio (with bassist Ed Fedewa and drummer Larry Ochiltree) has fully jelled, and is celebrating the release of "It Takes Three," its first CD on Thursday, June 10, at Moriarty’s Pub.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

Transom zaps redux

Ottawa Plant doors restored to 1939 pizzazz, and the mystery of their maker may be solved

by Lawrence Cosentino
Brass bolts of electricity converge on your head as you walk under the transom ' a support beam above a door or window ' over the north entrance to the Ottawa Power Station. Each door has an elegant stainless steel silhouette of the power plant’s ziggurat design, studded with dozens of bright brass bosses.
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Wednesday, May 26,2010

Calipers for clouds

New online database will quantify arts

by Lawrence Cosentino
Absurd stories ' unless you run them in reverse. Several times a year, understaffed arts groups have to lay down their trumpets, chisels and scripts to work on spreadsheets, cost-revenue charts and other hoops their major funders put in front of them..
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Party politics

Nadir keeps funk grounded in reality

by Lawrence Cosentino
8 p.m. Saturday, May 22 MI.Funk Grand River Avenue Turner Street, Lansing Also performing Saturday: Sun Messengers 2 p.m.; Global Village 4 p,m.; Valerie Barrymore Foundation of Funk 6 p.m.; Soul Xpress 10 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 at gate www.MiFunk.com.
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Wednesday, May 19,2010

Then came funk

Mi.Funk fest brings old-school to Old Town

by Lawrence Cosentino
Last summer, OTBADA director Sharen Lange was sitting in the audience at East Lansing’s Summer Solstice Jazz Festival when local funkmaster Jim Alfredson of organissimo opened up a greasy groove on his Hammond B-3 organ..
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