Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus Jazz Concert

bad plus trio and joshua redman


UMS Jazz Series

Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus

Reid Anderson, bass
Ethan Iverson, piano
Dave King, drums
Joshua Redman, tenor saxophone

Saturday, April 23, 2016,

8:00 pm

Michigan Theater

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“On paper, the partnership of Joshua Redman and the Bad Plus seems unlikely. The saxophonist was embraced by the jazz mainstream on the release of 1994’s Moodswing, and he’s been both a critical and commercial favorite ever since. The Bad Plus, by contrast, have courted controversy since the release of their 2003 major label debut, These Are the Vistas. But when Joshua Redman joined the idiosyncratic trio as a special guest a few years back, a brilliant collaboration was born. Redman’s melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the “avant-garde populism” of The Bad Plus, pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination. Metroland describes this new all-star quartet best: “It’s as though Redman is the long-lost fourth member of the group, just waiting to be snapped snugly into place. Imagine if the Beatles had spent the first decade of their career as a trio before adding Paul. It’s like that.”

Also see
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman website


Shirley Verrett Award Ceremony & Concert to honor UM Professor George Shirley


Please Join Us for the Shirley Verrett
Award Ceremony, February 4, 2016
The Women of Color in the Academy Project is proud to announce that the 5th Annual Shirley Verrett Award will be presented to George Shirley on February 4 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Stamps Auditorium, North Campus. This award recognizes a U-M faculty member whose work – teaching, performance, scholarship, or service – supports the success of female students or faculty in the arts who come from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.

This event will feature a performance by acclaimed opera singer, Marcia Porter (cousin and former student of Shirley Verrett). A reception honoring Mr. Shirley will take place in the lobby immediately following the program from 6:00 pm until 6:30pm.    

George Shirley is the U-M Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice. With a career that spans over 56 years, Mr. Shirley is in demand nationally and internationally as performer, teacher and lecturer. He has won international acclaim for his performances in the world’s greatest opera houses and has performed more than 80 operatic roles with many of the world’s most renowned conductors. Shirley received a Grammy Award in 1968 for his role (Ferrando) in the RCA recording of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. In 2015, he received the nation’s highest public artistic honor, the National Medal of Arts, awarded annually by the President of the United States at the White House to those who have “demonstrated a lifetime of creative excellence”.
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Free Shuttle Service: To avoid the problem of finding parking on North Campus, a Golden Limousine shuttle will leave Central Campus at 4:30 pm from the front of Hill Auditorium. The shuttle will return at 6:30 pm following the reception.

The Shirley Verrett Award 

The Shirley Verrett Award was established in honor of the late University of Michigan James Earl Jones Distinguished University Professor of Voice, Shirley Verrett, a teacher who “would have walked the world over for her students.” An internationally acclaimed opera singer who performed over 40 roles all over the world during the course of her illustrious four-decade career, Ms. Verrett was one of the pioneering leaders in the generation of black singers after Marian Anderson’s historical Metropolitan Opera debut in 1955.

The Shirley Verrett Award was established in 2011 by the University of Michigan Office of the Senior Vice Provost and is administered by the Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) at the Center for the Education of Women (CEW).



Eastern Michigan University ‘Skate Night’

Mon Feb 15, 2016

Campus Life Roller Rink

From 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Eastern Michigan University

Student Center – Ballroom

345 Student Center, 900 Oakwood Dr.,

Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Cost: Free

Open to the public

Have a skate date on our very own roller rink at the Student Center! This event is free. Skates are provided.

“The Bear Truth” starring Djuana Morton

The Bear Truth-Agape Family Entertainment

Tickets are available at the door

Tanya Tagaq, Inuit Throat Singer to Appear in Ann Arbor

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7:30 pm

With Tanya Tagaq, ancient meets modern in provocative, powerful ways. This spellbinding performance features the Inuit throat singer accompanying a screening of “Nanook of the North” (1922) with a live score. Her mixed-media performance reclaims the controversial classic — considered the first feature-length documentary — capturing the sense of the sound of the Arctic spaces shown in the film and adding tremendous feeling and depth to the complex mix of beautiful representations and racially charged clichés. An Inuit throat singer from Nunavut, Canada, Tanya Tagaq has a voice capable of full-bodied and animalistic low  s, and breathtaking grunts and growls. She is an outspoken advocate of aboriginal rights and equality, weaving her musical and political tones into emotive, sensual, and complex compositions and improvisations that raise a fist of protest with no words at all.  University Musical Society


Tagaq’s music is unnerving and exquisite, rooted in Inuit throat singing, but also influenced by electronica, industrial, and metal. It is a style that she has perfected through collaborations with Björk and that invokes Meredith Monk’s vocal innovations. Winner of the 2014 Polaris Prize for “Album of the Year” (she beat out Drake and Arcade Fire), Tanya Tagaq makes her UMS debut in this one-night only event after acclaimed appearances at the Bonnaroo and SXSW festivals.  “Nobody, anywhere, sounds like she does.” (Globe and Mail)

                       Tanya Tagaq website

Tune In with UMS for a brief pre-performance talk. Just 15 minutes long, this Tune In will offer interesting information and provocative questions for thinking about, listening to, and watching the performance. Tuesday, February 2, 7 pm at Michigan League Henderson Room (3rd floor).




Lisa Fischer “Twenty Feet From Stardom” Breakout Star Coming to UMS


Lisa Fischer & Baton

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton


Lisa Fischer is best known for her Grammy award-winning, number 1 hit single, “How Can I Ease The Pain.” She also won the Grammy for “Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female,” an honor she shared with Patti LaBelle. She’s a legendary background singer, who’s been mentored by Luther Vandross and is cherished by Mick Jagger. Her career is captured in the 2013, Oscar-winning documentary, “2o Feet From Stardom.”

Grand Baton describes their genre as: Caribbean Beats & Heavy Rock / Dubstep / Noises / Bit-crushed Guitars

- “By any measure of talent and accomplishment, Lisa Fischer is a superstar. Yet, if you do not know her name, it’s likely because she has spent the vast majority of her professional career as a backup singer for Luther Vandross, the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti, and countless others. As one of the top session and backup singers, she’s featured in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and also celebrated for her live concert duets of “Gimme Shelter” with Mick Jagger, which have received millions of hits on YouTube. Her astonishing range, spot-on intonation, mastery of the stage, and infectious sweet smile make her the go-to singer for the likes of Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Bobby McFerrin, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, and Aretha Franklin. After winning Grammy Awards for “Best Female R&B Performance” (1992) and “Best Music Film,” she is putting together her own band and claiming her well-deserved place center stage.”

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 7:30 pm
Michigan Theater  


Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz At The Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra 

Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis

Jazz in the Key of Life

“The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis performs jazz in the Key of Life, a concert featuring the most skillfully crafted and sophisticated songs in popular music from the 1960′s to today, revisiting the hits of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, among others. “ 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis

January 20, 2016


Hill Auditorium

John E. Lawrence presents the “Magic of Christmas” Holiday Concert

image.jpg“Magic of Christmas” is a holiday concert presented by master guitarist, John E Lawrence, and featuring the Power Band, with special guests. Tickets are $25.00. The show runs from 7-9pm in the Towsley Auditorium, at the Morris Lawrence Building, of Washtenaw Community College. All proceeds benefit the children’s programming of *All Things Artistic Ministries, Inc.     
This Saturday’s concert will be a homecoming of sorts for Lawrence, who retired last year as the former Director of Music Performance, at Washtenaw Community College. Come out and catch up with John E. Lawrence and his Power Band!

*ATAMI produces “Standing On The Shoulders of Giants,” a yearly, children’s theatrical production, based on the lives of different, local, African American leaders. 

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Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers to debut at the University Musical Society

Chucho Valdes

Chucho Valdes-Photo Courtesy of Francis Vernhet

Courtesy: Francis Vernhet

Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers-Photos Courtesy of: Francis Vernhet

“For the last five decades, Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban music, performing on the hottest stages in Cuba and developing his own distinct sound. During his career, he has won five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards. We are thrilled to welcome Chucho Valdés for his UMS debut.

Valdés along with his band, the Afro-Cuban Messengers, will be celebrating his historically innovative ensemble Irakere, which was founded 40 years ago and included Cuban greats such as Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’Rivera. This performance will celebrate Irakere while introducing audiences to a blazing new generation of Cuban talent.”

University Musical Society

Chucho Valdés website

November 8th

4:00 p.m.

Michigan Theater



Senegalese Singer Youssou N’Dour and Super Étoile de Dakar in concert at Hill Auditorium

youssou ndour

Photo credits: Youssou N’Dour


November 14, 2015

Hill Auditorium

8:00 pm

“When “You” gives a concert, everything jumps: he brings entire stadiums to their feet. Fusing traditional Senegalese percussion and griot singing with Afro-Cuban and indigenous dance/pop flavors that fluidly cross borders and genres, Youssou N’Dour is a passionate singer and composer who leads one of Africa’s greatest bands.

A true voice of his generation, Youssou is known as much for his musical talents as for his strong political advocacy. After running for Senegal’s presidential seat in 2012, Youssou earned a spot on TIME magazine’s annual list of “the hundred men and women whose power, talent, or moral examples are transforming the world.” – University Musical Society

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Youssou N’Dour website

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