January 2022

The Young Lions Collective at Kerrytown Concert House

The Divine Feminine Muse featuring vocalist Emma Aboukasm

Originally Broadcast January 22, 2022 at 8:00 PM

The Young Lions Collective at Kerrytown Concert House represents the best and brightest of Michigan’s next generation of jazz musicians. In this performance, the YLC will feature award-winning, Detroit-based recording artist, vocalist, pianist, and composer, Emma Aboukasm, who appears regularly at regional jazz venues and is on the vanguard of contemporary music in the heart of metro Detroit.

In Times Like These

An Evening of Song with baritone Dorian Payton Hall & pianist Tyler Driskill

Originally Broadcast January 21, 2022 at 8:00 PM

Presenting Art Songs by Ravel, Fauré, and Brahms, as well as Early Italian and African American compositions, baritone Dorian Payton Hall and pianist Tyler Driskill explore thematic complexities that range from love to sorrow and joy to inequality – all leading to the overarching message of HOPE!

December 2021

New Year's Eve with Pete Siers

featuring Dave Bennett, ClARINET & CLIFF MONEAR, PIANO

Originally Broadcast December 31, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Kerrytown Concert House invites you back inside for the annual New Year’s Eve jazz party featuring drummer Pete Siers, clarinetist Dave Bennett and pianist Cliff Monear! You can expect to see and hear a snow globe of jazz highlights with this powerhouse trio, from sheer virtuosity, to sweetness of soul, with everything but the kitchen sink in between.

Ellen Rowe's All About The Trio

RING DEM BELLS featuring vibraphonist Cary KOcher

Originally Broadcast December 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Ann Arbor’s favorite jazz trio is back in the House for the holidays (Ellen Rowe, piano; Paul Keller, bass; and Pete Siers, drums) This time, they’re bringing along vibist Cary Kocher to perform a concert of holiday classics reimagined in the style of some of the great jazz vibists, including Cal Tjader, Milt Jackson, Bobby Hutcherson and Gary Burton.

The LOUNGE LIZARD BINGO HOLIDAY HOUR

A MISTLE-TOAST TO THE SEASON!

Originally Broadcast December 18, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Co-hosted by pianist R. MacKenzie Lewis and vocalist Curt Waugh, this special edition of LLB – A Mistle-Toast to the Season – features a wide variety of holiday Fa-la-la-la favorites, along with general mischievousness, nostalgia, bingo, and trivia (all while trying to be more nice than naughty)! Special bonus – for the first time, the LLB masterminds team up with some of KCH’s “Young Lions” for an epic KCH crossover!

KCH's PAssing the Torch

featuring renowned tenor george shirley & rising Mezzo-soprano OLIVIA JOHNSON

Originally Broadcast December 12, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Kerrytown Concert House concludes the Fall/Winter edition of Passing the Torch with a presentation that pairs world-renowned tenor and National Medal of Arts recipient, George Shirley, with rising mezzo-soprano, Olivia Johnson. Shirley and Johnson will perform classic and new works for voice, shed light on their respective careers, and discuss the deep significance of intergenerational relationships in music.

The Randy Napoleon Trio Featuring vocalist Melissa Morgan

Singing Sassy, Lady Day, & Queen: Standards of Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, & Dinah Washington

Originally Broadcast December 5, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Kerrytown Concert House is delighted to welcome back to the House West Coast jazz singer, Melissa Morgan! She brings with her an impressive trio led by guitarist Randy Napoleon with bassist Jeff Pedraz and drummer, David Alvarez III. Brought up in the jazz clubs of New York City, Melissa Morgan has a voice that is unexpected. From the exterior you would assume a sultry lounge singer, which does make an appearance once and awhile, but from inside she contains a powerful instrument.

November 2021

ARA TOPOUZIAN TRIO

An EVENING OF TRADITIONAL ARMENIAN MUSIC

Originally Broadcast November 20, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Kerrytown Concert House brings the world to the House with this special cultural presentation. Ara Topouzian takes the audience on a musical historical journey, leading his ensemble on kanun (ancient Middle Eastern Zither harp) and joined by Mark Gavoor (oud) and Jerry Gerjekian (dumbegs). Together, the group performs traditional Armenian songs as well as other Middle Eastern favorites while also sharing personal stories and memories.

Ellen Rowe's All About The Trio

A Tribute to chick corea

Originally Broadcast November 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Kerrytown Concert House is happy to welcome back jazz pianist Ellen Rowe’s All About the Trio, with Ellen at the piano, Paul Keller playing bass, and Pete Siers on drums! This time, the trio pays tribute to the late legendary jazz pianist, Chick Corea by celebrating his career, compositions, and unique style. Violinist Grant Flick and University of Michigan Jazz Studies masters program student, pianist Brendon Davis will sit in with the trio.

KCH's PAssing the Torch

featuring master cellist Anthony Elliott & Up-and-comding violinist Camille Jones

Originally Broadcast November 7, 2021 at 7:30 PM

In this edition of Passing the Torch, legendary cellist, and U-M professor emeritus, Anthony Elliott will perform with the fantastic, young violinist, Camille Jones.  Elliott and Jones will perform a diverse program of classic and new works for cello and violin, shed light on their respective careers, and discuss the deep significance of intergenerational relationships in music.

October 2021

Accidentally Hip

Tales from the Accidental crypt

Originally Broadcast October 22, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Led by award-winning arranger and composer, R. MacKenzie Lewis, this versatile and flexible ensemble employs their unique stylings and distinct twists to provide a spooktacular evening of music and fun! From the spine-tingling sounds of vocalists, Christopher Joseph & Courtney Riddle, to the hair-raising harangue of MacKenzie Lewis’s usual sinister suspects, bandmates Mike Harrington (guitar), Steve Knurek (bass) and Billy Harrington (drums), you’ll hear such scary favorites as ThrillerSpookyGhostbustersSuperstitionBeetlejuiceCreep, In the Hall of the Mountain King and more!

KCH's PAssing the Torch

featuring master saxophonist Wendell Harrison & Up-and-comding trumpeter Trunino Lowe

Originally Broadcast October 17, 2021 at 7:30 PM

The inaugural Passing the Torch series concert pairs legendary saxophonist/clarinetist and Kresge Eminent Artist, Wendell Harrison, with outstanding, young trumpeter, Trunino Lowe. In addition to being a founder of Tribe Records and playing alongside musicians like Marvin Gaye, Sun Ra, and Aretha Franklin, Harrison is a passionate advocate of community mentorship, education, and engagement. He and Lowe will perform their own original compositions, shed light on their respective careers, and discuss the deep significance of intergenerational relationships in music.

The Young Lions COllective at Kerrytown Concert House

Fascinating Rhythm featuring drummer David Alvarez

Originally Broadcast October 3, 2021 at 2:00 PM

In this performance, the YLC features the pulse of jazz – the drums! Led by acclaimed Detroit drummer, David Alvarez III, this collaboration of wildly talented young musicians (Stephen Grady, Jr., tenor sax; Allen Dennard, trumpet; Brandon Rose, bass; Eli Bucheit, piano) takes audiences on a journey through an extensive history of jazz rhythmists. Alvarez’s encyclopedic knowledge of jazz drumming and deep dedication to the artform is second to none.

September 2021

The Mack Sisters - Duo Pianists

Rhapsody

Originally Broadcast September 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM

After winning strong recognition as soloists, these Japanese-born pianists and Steinway Artists Yuki and Tomoko Mack partnered to form the award-winning piano duo, The Mack Sisters. From Bach to Piazzolla, their diverse repertoire includes a broad range of four-hands piano music and orchestral works presented with their unique sense of interpretation and flawless technique.  This concert will include works by de Falla (Spanish Dances No. 1&2), Piazzolla (OblivionLibertango), Ravel (Rhapsody Español), Barber (Souvenirs – Op. 28), and Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue).

Falling in Love: An Aww-tumn celebration

Cabaret duo R. MacKenzie Lewis & David Moan, featuring guest Aurora Penepacker

Originally Broadcast September 24, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Award-winning arranger/composer R. MacKenzie Lewis and award-winning actor and singer David Moan team up again with a cabaret show guaranteed to put the “aww” in Autumn! Pumpkin spice up your night with songs from Bo Burnham, Cole Porter, John Mulaney, Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Mercer, Robert Lopez, Flight of the Concords, Irving Berlin, and more. Don’t miss your chance to experience great singing, clever arrangements and general hilarity which will also include special guest Aurora Penepacker!

The Libby York Quartet

Something Cool: Singing & Swinging Great American Songbook & Bossa Nova Classics

Originally Broadcast September 19, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Kerrytown Concert House welcomes Chicago vocalist Libby York for her KCH debut! York has garnered praise for her subtle, relaxed and swinging song stylings featuring some of the most loved, and most obscure, of the Great American Songbook classics. A storyteller who swings, she brings with her a high-powered rhythm section: Randy Napoleon (guitar), Rodney Whitaker (bass), and Keith Hall (drums).  This performance anticipates the quartet’s next stop – the recording studio – and will include some of the tunes they intend to lay down!

GRUPO ESCOBAR

Cuban Salsa & Timba

Originally Broadcast September 17, 2021 at 8:00 PM

This quartet — featuring Steve Jarosz (guitar and tres), Brian DiBlassio (piano), Eddie Caraballo (bass), and Owl DiBlassio (congas) — specializes in Cuban salsa and timba, seizing the spirit and energy of those forms, but allowing them to evolve by fusing them with cumbia, jazz, Arabic traditional and modern tropical rhythms. With  musicians of diverse nationalities and backgrounds from Detroit and Ann Arbor, the members of Grupo Escobar deliver rich, high-energy music that brings all of these influences to bear.

Alex Belhaj's Crescent City Quintet

Boodle-Am Shake

Originally Broadcast September 10, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Kerrytown Concert House kicks off its Fall season with music inspired by the great New Orleans tradition! Led by guitarist and vocalist, Alex Belhaj, an outstanding interpreter of vintage jazz guitar styles, the group celebrates the release of its latest CD: Boodle-Am Shake! Joining Belhaj is an impressive line-up with Ray Heitger (clarinet/vocals), Dave Kosmyna (cornet/vocals), Jordan Schug (string bass), and Pete Siers (drums).

August 2021

Valveless Versatility: The Trombone & Its Many Styles

Levi Boylan, trombone & Liz Ames, piano

Originally Broadcast August 1, 2021 at 4:15 PM

Skilled, young trombonist Levi Boylan brings the slide trombone out of the brass section and into the spotlight with a short program of works from various composers (including Bizet, Handel, Calvache, & Elgar), eras, and styles (classical, jazz, and even operatic aria). Joining him is area collaborative pianist, Liz Ames, known for her partnership with saxophonist Timothy McAllister.

July 2021

Unbewegte laue Left: Songs of Love, Romance, and Seduction

Christine Amon, mezzo-soprano & Kevin Bylsma, pianist

Originally Broadcast July 18, 2021 at 4:15 PM

Ann Arbor Festival of Song regulars Christine Amon and Kevin Bylsma return to KCH for a virtual, miniature “Song Fest” filled with touching French and German art song selections, along with a few of their cabaret and musical theatre favorites. Tune in for a program featuring works from Brahms, Clara Schumann, Debussy, Poulenc, and Strauss; as well as 20th and 21st century cabaret and musical theatre pieces from Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and Jeff Blumenkrantz. This recital, consisting of songs from Brahms to Berlin, captures the various aspects of summer love.

Brazilian Composer & Pianist Heloísa Fernandes

Dança do Renascimento (Renaissance Dance)

Originally Broadcast July 11, 2021 at 4:15 PM

Brazilian pianist and composer Heloísa Fernandes paints her musical pictures with contrasts – driving rhythm and delicacy, joyous dance and quiet introspection, playfulness and elegance – and in doing so has been compared to the legendary Egberto Gismonti. To acknowledge and honor the need for humanity to heal and move forward during this pandemic, she has named this performance Dança do Renascimento (Renaissance Dance). This performance is given from her new home in São Luiz do Paraitinga, a city in the eastern part of the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

June 2021

Ellen Rowe’s All About the Trio

Celebrating Oscar Peterson!

Originally Broadcast June 6, 2021 at 4:15 PM

KCH is happy to welcome back jazz pianist Ellen Rowe’s All About the Trio, with Ellen at the piano, Paul Keller playing bass, and Pete Siers on drums! Presenting a program of selections from his We Get Requests album, as well as other favorite Peterson arrangements (“Stella by Starlight”, “Let’s Fall in Love”), Ellen, Paul, and Pete will take us through the unique musical life of iconic pianist, arranger, and composer.
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