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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Etienne Charles: Blue Note ' with bare feet

by Lawrence Cosentino
If there’s one character Charles identifies with, it’s Papa Bois, the serene protector of the woods. “He’s known to have a bullhorn,” Charles said. “That image of him goin’ up and blowing on the horn is what I imagined when I wrote it.”.
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Wednesday, August 4,2010

Derrick Gardner: Honoring an idol

by Lawrence Cosentino
The file of jazz goodies in Gardner’s head isn’t slim, but two of jazz’s most rhythm-a-licious hits are on top: pianist Ahmad Jamal’s deep bumpgroove on “Poinciana” and the sizzling swingon-bossa sandwich Art Blakey pressed together for “Pensativa.”.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Now they’re cooking with gas

How BWL’s proposed plant changes the game

by Lawrence Cosentino
The proposed $182 million plant would burn natural gas to turn a turbine, generating electricity ' about 100 megawatts for the proposed BWL plant, making up most of the 120 megawatts lost when the oldest Eckert units shut down in four to eight years.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Is that the train, ma?

Grand Trunk depot’s longest wait may be over

by Lawrence Cosentino
The crenellated Jacobean Revival confection will be restored as part of a $182 million project centering on a new natural gas-powered cogeneration plant. The depot will be used for BWL meetings and events, but will also be opened up to the surrounding community.
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Wednesday, July 21,2010

Boilers and business

How a power plant became an urban development

by Lawrence Cosentino
REO Town, the historic district south of Lansing’s hub, is home to several new businesses, loft apartment projects and a new art gallery, but the area’s renaissance has slowed in recent years. The bustle of 1,000 to 1,200 construction jobs is expected to jump-start a new wave of activity.
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Wednesday, July 14,2010

'It isn't such a nasty river anymore'

2010 Grand River Expedition pushes currents of change

by Lawrence Cosentino
Say you want to canoe down the Au Sable River in northern Michigan for a few days and hang with the deer, eagles and smallmouth bass. The local Chamber of Commerce will stuff your rucksack with dozens of brochures for campgrounds where you can stab a wienie and sleep under the stars.
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Wednesday, July 14,2010

Taken by Gypsies

Virtuoso guitarist digs a Django groove

by Lawrence Cosentino
Jorgenson, 54, has backed a lot of heavyweight artists, from Sting and Streisand to Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. He scored critically and commercially in the country-jazz Desert Rose Band and the three-guitar supergroup The Hellecasters.
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Wednesday, July 7,2010

Man of two worlds

Broad Museum adviser Carl Koivuniemi is equally at home in Michigan or Manhattan

by Lawrence Cosentino
This month, he’ll join about 100 farflung relatives for a reunion on the Lake Michigan dunes, following a 56-year tradition. He grew up in tiny St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge, where many of his fellow Finns still dwell among the pines and pasties.
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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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