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Michigan Music Project: Interview with Michael G. Nastos, Music Historian

Interview by All-Music Guide founder Michael Erlewine with jazz Music Historian Michael G. Nastos, a well known radio announcer and musician. These video-podcasts are part of a series of interviews for the Michigan Music Project, a documentary on Michigan musicians, artists, venues, and music supporters. The interviews in this series represent basic archival footage (roughly edited) from which excerpts will be taken for eventual documentary.

This video originally appeared here.

Inscape: The Beauty of Brenton Wood


I can't imagine raising kids without some Brenton Wood's tunes. My kids all loved them and asked to hear them again and again. I feel the same way. My family was all about the Oogum-Boogum Song. My own favorite is "Gimme Little Sign."

Groove and Blues in Jazz

Pioneer High Teacher Robert Elliott Drums With A Jazz Quartet At A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, January 1977 Photographer: Jack Stubbs

Pioneer High Teacher Robert Elliott Drums With A Jazz Quartet At A Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, January 1977 image
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Ann Arbor News, January 15, 1977
Today is the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's birth, but the Ann Arbor Public Schools commemorated the event yesterday, with an in-service afternoon program for teachers and administrators at Pioneer High. Following presentations by Supt. Harry Howard, Asst. Supt. Robert Potts, and Prof. James Standifer of the U-M Music School there was a program by a jazz quartet of local musicians, which included Pioneer High teacher Robert Elliott on drums. The remainder of the program was furnished by artists of the New Black Repertory Company, including dancers, shown above in "African Welcome Dance." Other company members presented poetry and song to honor Dr. King. The company has also scheduled public appearances Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights next week at Mack Elementary School. (Staff photos by Jack Stubbs)

Jazz: The Life Mandala

John Coltrane (A Brief Introduction)

My Pick: “My Favorite Things”/Atlantic

Coltrane, like a number of major jazz figures, had several distinct music periods in his career. Very early Coltrane, recordings from bootleg radio broadcasts, finds him playing bop somewhat in the style of Dexter Gordon and Lester Young. 

The Albums of Miles Davis

Miles Davis reinvented himself on a regular basis and thus has many distinct periods, each of which he excelled in. Here are some highlights of his more traditional and easy-to-listen-to albums:

Searching for Roots: Discovering Electric Blues in White America

The legend of SUN RA

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