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An Amazing Weekend:

On Friday I attended the Robert Busby Memorial Benefit at the Creole Gallery. Even though I’ve been in the Creole for several other events over the past two years, it was great to hear MSU’s Jazz Orchestra I under the direction of Rodney Whitaker, great to see Meegan Holland introducing the music, great to see John and Mary taking tickets and Cathie Blumer serving coffee. The show was oversold and the place was packed with new and old fans. And the music was sublime! Rodney claimed that this was his best band yet and I’m thinking we’ll be hearing from a bunch of these folks in the future. I’ll get some names and share them in the future but there are some hot players in this group: baritone and tenor players, the pianist and drummer, trumpet and the singer… you know who you are!!! I hope to have a recording of the show and maybe feature some of the students in a future Vinyl Side of Midnight.

Then the Spartans beat UConn to make the NCAA basketball finals. This team has peaked at exactly the right time. The whole state is abuzz over this amazing team. Good job, Tom Izzo. Good job, Michigan State!

This week on the Vinyl Side I’ll play some music by local musicians: I’ll post the playlist below. There maybe a chance that I can begin some podcasting in the near future! Keep your fingers crossed and your ears open, all of you that can’t stay up that late….

Vinyl Side of Midnight 2009

This is the playlist for this week’s Vinyl Side of Midnight, which can be heard on 89.7 FM WLNZ in the Greater Lansing area, or you can tune in internationally on the web on – hosted by Mike Stratton, Sunday nights, 9- midnight, Eastern Standard Time
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Miles Davis – Mystery; DOO BOP; Warner Brothers
Various (Red Hawk) – Now’s the Time; BIRD UP (CHARLIE PARKER REMIX PROJECT) Savoy
Charlie Parker – Now’s the Time; CONFIRMATION: BEST OF… Verve

Joe Kap Organ Trio – Myrtle Avenue Steet Crawl; STREET NOISE; Severn
organissimo – Bleeker; GROOVADELPHIA; Big O Records

Sean Jones – The Ambitious Violet; THE SEARCH WITHIN; Mack Avenue
Derrick Gardner and The Jazz Prophets – Mac Daddy Grip; A RIDE TO THE OTHER SIDE…Of Infinity; Owl Studios

Ray Levier – Ray’s Way; RAY’S WAY; Origin Records
Jimmy Greene – Trials; MISSION STATEMENT; RazDaz Records
Esperanza Spalding – I Know You Know; ESPERANZA; Heads Up

Tierney Sutton – Get Happy; ON THE OTHER SIDE; Telarc
Rick Roe – Minor Shuffle; MINOR SHUFFLE; Unknown Records
Arlene McDaniel – Monk-Like; TIMELESS;

Bob Sneider/Joe Locke – Theme From Blow Up; NOCTURNE FOR AVA; Origin
The Diego Rivera Quartet – Hercules; HERCULES; Rivera Records

Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson – Warm It Up Warmdaddy; SPACE; Warmdaddy Music
Carol Fredette – Without Rhyme or Reason; EVERYTHING IN TIME; Soundbrush
Fat Cat Big Band – I Do Know What Love Is; ANGELS PRAYING FOR FREEDOM; Smalls Records

Bill Wimmer – I Thought About You; PROJECT OMAHA; WimJazz
Rodney Whitaker Quintet – The Way They Always Said It Should Be; BALLADS & BLUES; Criss Cross
Kendra Shank Quartet – So Far Away; MOSAIC; Challenge Recordings

The Omar Sosa Sextet – Gabriel’s Trumpet; ACROSS THE DIVIDE; Half Note
Charles Tolliver Big Band – On The Nile; EMPEROR MARCH;

Sunny Wilkinson/Tom Gavin – O Cantador; A GENTLE TIME; CMG
Miles Davis – Bye Bye Blackbird; ROUND ABOUT MIDNIGHT; Columbia

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