Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, presented by Citizens Bank was founded to celebrate the quality of life in Oakland County by offering a culturally unique presentation of artists, musicians and food exhibits, from the Metro Detroit area, and throughout the United States. In November of 2009, Arts, Beats & Eats announced it would be moving from its former location in the City of Pontiac to Downtown Royal Oak. There is a $3 admission ch...arge.Musique Noire is among the lineup of artists,…See More
"The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges"~Martin Luther King, JrIt goes without saying that this year has been a tough one for many of us; Musique Noire is no exception. Within the group we've had marriages, welcomed babies, lost loved ones dear to us and worked through financial difficulties.But one thing has stayed constant. . .the support we've received from you. We can't thank you enough…See More
Musique Noire was formed in 2005. The group's members, who reside in Detroit, Chicago and Washington, D.C., are veteran players nationally and internationally. Led by violinist Michelle May, the group produces a sophisticated sound showcasing jazz and world fusion. Current instrumentation: violin, viola, electric and acoustic bass, electric and acoustic guitar, two percussionists. Their debut CD features original songs (and three cover tunes) that reflect their musical influences in funk, latin, world music and jazz.
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John Henry of "Audiophile Audition" gives a thumbs-up to Musique Noire's CD, "Good Hair".
Excerpt: "The instrumentation may seem a bit unusual, but the clever arrangements bring it all together in an exciting and tuneful fashion. Some of the string quartet/crossover albums have not quite gotten it in the groove, but Musique Noir (sic) i…
Historic Fisk University is playing our music on their college radio station, WFSK. Musique Noire will be featured as their Artist of the Week, with an hour devoted to our music
on June 24 and an interview with Michelle May! A BIG "thank you" goes out to Ms. Sharon Kay,…
Yes, of course! You are highlighted/spotlighted!! (as you should be...Jaijai ain't no joke...she KNOWS/LISTENS.../HEARS!) Anyhoo, of course I love all y'all, but whoever is playing that VIOLIN....well, let's just say - I SHALL NEVER BREATHE AGAIN!! Wow...my God. That violin (redundant, I know)...wow. God bless.
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
Grady Tate began his jazz career as a much-celebrated drummer, backing such icons as Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. Tate has since traded in his skins for a microphone at center stage, where he delivers smooth and soulful baritone vocals. With pianist John di Martino, Tate sings "Everybody Loves My Baby" and "Where Do You Start."
He was a soulful reedman, an amazing talent scout for decades and a bandleader of one of the country's most popular acts. Born in 1913, Herman led "Thundering Herds" that were both big draws and well-respected by the likes of Igor Stravinsky. Here are five recordings which still sound fresh today.
Hear passionate improvisation across borders on Colombian harp, Argentinian bandoneón, Venezuelan cuatro and vibes from the U.S. In a set with Castañeda, his trio and special guests perform at the Americas Society in New York.
Ever since he started becoming one of the best alto saxophone players in the world, Zenón has drawn from his upbringing in Puerto Rico. But, like many Puerto Ricans, Zenón lives in New York — where his quartet of 10 years has finally been invited to play the Vanguard. It presents new music in concert.