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Chaz RussellMUSICAL JAZZ HISTORY
Chaz & Friends
For this program, Chaz & Friends will showcase jazz evolution around the world. You’ll travel to Dizzy Gillespie’s "Night in Tunisia" and Blue Hawaii, hear Dave Bruebeck's "Take Five", as well as hear originals by the Band, My Favorite Things and more. Jazz hits will be brought to life with solos on various instruments. The band will perform music from geographic locations in different countries and explain the timeline of events that led to them. Janiela Russell plays bass, Dajhumbay Russell is on guitar, and Chaz Russel plays flute and vibes.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, February 6, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


EtceteraVINTAGE AMERICAN POP
Etcetera

Etcetera is a lively octet that sings and swings the standards. The group’s four-part vocals and stylized choreography of favorite American numbers are delivered with a dash of humor and a lot of pizzazz. Etcetera brings close harmonies, a mix of original and classic songs and a unique blend of song and choreography to audiences throughout southeastern Michigan and beyond. The singers in the group are Anne Bauman, Dick Bauman, Jan Carpman, Bob Collins, Pam Gibb, Steve Mandell, Mary Ellen Weakley and Bill Weakley. Joyce Reese is the accompanist.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Mady KouyateWEST AFRICAN KORA MUSIC
Djely Mady Kouyate

Mady Kouyate was born in Senegal into a highly respected centuries-old line of musicians and praise singers known as Djelys, or Griots. In West Africa, Griots (traditional historians, genealogists and storytellers) keep history alive in their story and song. One of the Griots' traditional instruments, the kora, is a lute-like instrument made from a large calabash with 21 strings. The Kouyate family, including both of Mady Kouyate's parents, his uncle, and his brother, were his first and best teachers of the artistry of music and verse. He also studied with the famous Toumani Diabate while attending L'institute Nationale Des Arts. Kouyate now lives in the US, and he wishes to share with you the wisdom of his fathers.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Dave SharpINTERNATIONAL JAZZ
Dave Sharp World Jazz Trio

Band leader and bassist Dave Sharp leads the World Jazz Trio featuring original compositions from his new CD release Worlds and exciting arrangements of jazz standards. Sharp was born and raised in Detroit where he was exposed to and inspired by the city’s rich music heritage. After receiving a degree from U-M, Sharp moved to San Francisco and studied jazz and music theory with legendary bassist Herbie Lewis at the New College of California. Sharp now resides in Ann Arbor, where he continues to compose, record, teach and perform. His warm tone and driving rhythms make him a stand-out talent in the metro Detroit jazz music scene. Sharp will be joined by Elden Kelly on guitar, glissentar and cumbus, and Carolyn Koebel on percussion.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

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UPCOMING MARCH PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

Pete Siers TrioPIANO JAZZ TRIO
Pete Siers Trio
Jazz percussionist Pete Siers has an international reputation for his intensely physical yet dynamically sensitive drumming, attention to detail, and mastery of many different styles. He recently played Carnegie Hall, has toured Europe several times, and is a long-time favorite at many jazz festivals across the US. In addition to his performance and recording career, Siers has taught percussion and jazz drumming for over 25 years at U-M, Emory University and Interlochen School of the Arts, among others. For his piano jazz trio, he is joined by Tad Weed on piano and Dave Bennett on clarinet. The jazz arrangements are unique yet reminiscent of the 1950s Gene Krupa Trio.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


PRE-COLLEGE STRING STUDENTS
U-M String Preparatory Academy

The String Preparatory Academy at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance provides the highest quality of string training to pre-college musicians in elementary through high school. Cello and violin students receive private lessons with faculty, guest, and graduate student instructors. All String Preparatory Academy students participate in monthly masterclasses presented by renown U-M string faculty. Students also receive instruction in the preparation and presentation of concerts within the community.
Gifts of Art Free Concert

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Tracy Kash ThomasIRISH MUSIC & MORE
Tracy Kash Thomas & Pat Shanley

Armed with a bachelor’s degree from University of North Texas and a master’s degree from the Boston Conservatory, Tracy Kash Thomas is an accomplished classical and jazz flutist who is now actively songwriting, arranging and performing on flute, vocals and piano. She won the 2009 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist and has been nominated for many others in recent years, including Jazz Composer, Jazz Instrumentalist and R&B Artist. Guitarist Pat Shanley is best known for his tenure with the award-winning Detroit band Tangerine Trousers and has performed with a wide variety of blues and rock ensembles.
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109


Royal Garden TrioVINTAGE SWING
Royal Garden Trio

The Royal Garden Trio plays swing music reminiscent of the 1930’s, but with an ear toward the future of improvisational jazz. The partnership of Brian Delaney on guitar, Tom Bogardus on tenor guitar and clarinet, and Mike Karoub on cello is synergetic. Blending a sound of the Parisian café with the American nightclub, they manage to be fresh, original and sophisticated without being exotic. The group covers an exciting repertoire including traditional jazz, classic show tunes and gypsy-style swing. You might have heard the Royal Garden Trio's original music as the soundtrack for the DIA's TV commercials, "Let Yourself Go".
Gifts of Art Free Concert
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 12:10-1:00 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48109

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