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).



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  


Ann Arbor Community Foundation NOW Accepting Applications For 2016 College Scholarships

Most AAACF Scholarship Funds use the common online application.     

Some funds have their own paper applications. For a  list of scholarships that use a paper application.

Please note that each scholarship has its own selection criteria and requirements.

To help students investigate what scholarships for which they might be eligible:  

If you have questions, please contact AAACF Community Investment Officer Maryellen Ferro.


The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation works to enrich the quality of life in our region.

  • We award more than $3 million in grants and scholarships each year.  Since 1963, AAACF has awarded nearly $40 million in grants and scholarships that have made a meaningful difference in the arts, education, the environment, health and human services, seniors, and youth programs.”

Kathie Dones-Carson, Esq. makes her transition after her long battle with Sarcoidosis

Mrs. Kathie Dones-Carson

Mrs. Kathie Dones-Carson

Kathie Dones-Carson has made her transition after a long battle with Sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease that frequently affects African American women. Mrs. Dones-Carson was very active in her University of Michigan, Detroit and Flint communities. She was a well respected public servant who kept the concerns of African Americans close to her heart. She was also a life-long learner who enjoyed taking extension classes at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and wherever her curiosity and thirst for knowledge led her. Our condolences go out to the host of family and friends who love her, with sincere sympathy to her husband Kenneth and a sister, Jenni Dones, formerly of the NEW Center in Ann Arbor. Here is her obituary which from the Flint Journal.

Mrs. Kathie Dones-Carson, Age 64, passed away on January 3, 2016 at Hurley Medical Center. A Celebration service and dinner will take place from 5:30 p.m. 11 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2016 at St. George Banquet Center, G-5191 Lennon Rd. Kathie was born May 28, 1951 and grew up in Flint, Michigan. She earned baccalaureate and law degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Mrs. Dones-Carson worked for nearly two decades in municipal government. She served as Deputy Ombudsman for the City of Flint, the Director of Research and Analysis-Chief Legal Counsel for Detroit City Council, as President and CEO at Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce and was founder and Managing Member at Executive Services Group, LLC. Kathie served on boards of directors for numerous community organizations. Mrs. Dones-Carson was preceded in death by her mother, Edwyna Anderson; father, Kenneth Dones; step-father, Andy Anderson; mother-in-law, Alberta Carson; and many beloved relatives. Left to mourn her are her husband, Russell; daughter Kori; son, Russell, Jr.; sister, Jenni; brother-in-law, Robert (Verniece) Williams; nieces, Gene, Lorinda and Micah; nephews, Marc, Dandr, Robert Jr. and, Jovan; grandchildren, Kai, Zaji, Paris, Kamille, Tyler, Kansas, and Charleston; “sister of the heart” Sheila Wilson; also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends, neighborhood family, and associates throughout the country mourn her passing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kathie’s name to: Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, 1820 W. Webster Ave Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60614 or at: For more information about Kathie and/or her Celebration, please visit  Obituary published in the Flint Journal.



Veterans Of Color Symposium and Reception

Veterans of color reception at UM

Shapeshifters: Featured Book, Center for the Education of Women’s Book Talk

Featured CEW Book Talk Book by Wolverine Alumna Aimee

Featured CEW Book Talk

Author Aimee Cox

Author & Wolverine Alumna Aimee Meredith Cox

“Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship” - A Book Talk with Aimee Meredith Cox

Date: November 5, 2015 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Munger Graduate Residences, 8th Floor, Rm 8110, 540 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2414

“Join us for a book talk and signing with U-M graduate, Aimee Meredith Cox, Ph.D. In her book, Shapeshifters,
Dr. Cox explores how young Black women in a Detroit homeless shelter contest stereotypes, critique their status as partial citizens, and negotiate poverty, racism, and gender violence to create and imagine lives for themselves.
Based on eight years of fieldwork at the Fresh Start shelter, Cox shows how the shelter’s residents—who range in age from fifteen to twenty-two—employ strategic methods she characterizes as choreography to disrupt the social hierarchies and prescriptive narratives that work to marginalize them. Among these are dance and poetry, which residents learn in shelter workshops. These outlets for performance and self-expression, Cox shows, are key to the residents exercising their agency, while their creation of alternative family structures demands a rethinking of notions of care, protection, and love. Cox also uses these young women’s experiences to tell larger stories: of Detroit’s history, the Great Migration, deindustrialization, the politics of respectability, and the construction of Black girls and women as social problems. With Shapeshifters, Cox gives a voice to young Black women who find creative and non-normative solutions to the problems that come with being young, Black, and female in America.

Aimee Meredith Cox, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist and tenured professor of African and African AmericanStudies at Fordham University. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan where she also held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for the Education of Women. Her book Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke University Press, 2015) is available on Amazon. Dr. Cox is on the editorial board of The Feminist Wire and on the founding editorial board of Public: A Journal of Imagining America. She is also an executive board member of the Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA) and former co-editor of Transforming Anthropology, the peer-reviewed journal of the ABA. In addition, she trained on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and toured extensively as a professional dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble/Ailey II. Aimee was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and 2013-2014 Visiting Professor in New York University’s Anthropology Department.” -Center For The Education Of Women

This event is co-sponsored by U-M Women’s Studies, the Munger Graduate Residences, Women of Color in the Academy Project, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies (DAAS), the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Women’s Studies Department, and the Center for the Education of Women.

Additional funding is provided by CEW’s Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders fund.

This program is free, and open to the public. Register here to attend!

Bright Nights-Support for Caregivers: Managing Behavioral Symptoms of Individuals with Dementia

Please join us for this Bright Nights community forum in Ann Arbor:

Tuesday, November 17, from 7:00-8:30 pm at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library

Support for Caregivers: Managing Behavioral Symptoms of Individuals with Dementia

Speaker: Helen C. Kales, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program for Positive Aging at the University of Michigan and Research Investigator at the VA Center for Clinical Management Research

Panelists: Mary Blazek, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School;

Cathleen Connell, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health;

Laura M. Struble, PhD, GNP-BC, Clinical Associate Professor and Program Lead, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs, Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences, University of Michigan School of Nursing

These events are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Depression Center website.

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

See more at:”

Youssou N’Dour website

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