The jazz world has lost a great one recently. I was lucky enough to know about Marcus from my friend Leni Sinclair who has photographed him for years. I got to take this photo of him at the Detroit Jazz festival and after the photo was taken his trumpet was stolen. After a large TV and radio campaign and sweep of local pawn shops, the trumpet was returned to him. RIP and may no one ever steal anything you love- from you again!!
Just had a great opportunity to hear Avishai Cohen play here locally. Based in NYC and France this trumpeter graced the stage at Detroit's Cliff Bell's recently. It was great to see him in this venue and the crowd was the consumate jazz crowd. Avishai is touring promoting his new CD called Dark Nights which was done in a studio using a 2 takes and that's it, method- pretty brave, but leads to some stunning compositions. " Dark Nights is the soul-deep third album from rising-s
Enjoyed seeing one of my favorite bands here in my hometown- Great Lake Swimmers. Last year I got to see them close out the first year of the Pelee island Unplugged festival which was a treat. This year they played at the Majestic Cafe. You can read a concert review by co-intern at the Metro Times HERE. The opening band was Woven Tangles from Ferndale who lived through the great basement flood of 2014 and mentioned that their music equipment got flooded but survived. As an en
Taking photos at concerts is pretty challenging but with my new photo internship with the Detroit Metro Times magazine I am honing my skills by putting in the hours and the miles on the lens. It is already helping me improve and it's a ton of work. I love meeting all the new artists, managers, producers, reps, venue owners and fans. Thank you to the Metro Times for the opportunity in my own home town- that has not happened in a long long long long long long long (trains chugg
Canada's Six Shooter Records band Whitehorse graced the ARK with their presence on a Monday night. The audience filled the room and you could hear a pin drop - it was that intensely good. This married couple has mastered the art of telepathy and their songs just are composed so intricately that you have to be married to know the melodies and unexpected reverberating telephone speaker recordings that come next. Playing about 10 different guitars, a keyboard, drums and more the
Lindy Vopnfjörd played at the ARK on May 2 as opening for Six Shooter Record's group Whitehorse. The two are good friends in life and Whitehorse asked Lindy to tour with them. Being able to cover both of these groups which I hear frequently on my CBC radio stream on my laptop at work is a double treat. Lindy told some good jokes and a few stories from his travels to Iceland. He also sang an epic prison themed song and pulled out the harp for a few. Great CD The Waverer is av
Thanks to Arkells for such a full hearted show at the Detroit Metro Times Blowout- it's always so cool when the crowd sings along to the songs and finishes the lines for you. No lack of enthusiasm with the crowd and the talent of the Arkells paid it back in full. Well done, please come back soon...love from the photo & band mom (LOL).