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Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Jazz meets Boogie

Kristi Kates - April 26th, 2010
Jazz meets Boogie: Matthew Ball wraps up Dennos concert season
By Kristi Kates
Called both “the Gen-X arrival to this uniquely American art form” and
“The Boogie-Woogie Kid,” pianist Matthew Ball specializes in the blues and
- yes, boogie-woogie piano - and will be performing at the Dennos Museum
Center as the wrap-up to the 2009-2010 Dennos concert season.
The Michigan native, who attended both Oakland University and the
University of Detroit Mercy Law School, may have succeeded in graduating;
but that feeling of accomplishment didn’t last long. Ball quickly became
disillusioned by the 9-to-5 office grind, and a visit to the 2001 Motor
City Boogie-Woogie and Blues Festival literally changed his life.
Ball, inspired by the performers at the event, quickly sought out
Boogie-Woogie Hall of Famer Bob Seeley, and managed to talk the busy
pianist into giving him lessons.
“It helped that I had classical training,” says Ball, “but boogie-woogie
and blues are very different.”
After a lot of hard work, Ball found himself headlining - a mere four
years later - with some of the same performers he’d seen live in 2001.
Ball proves that for some, with effort, life can definitely get a reboot.

JAZZ N’ BOOGIE
Ball today performs frequently as a jazz pianist, but more importantly is
working to advocate the boogie-woogie music form. “It’s a brand of jazz
you don’t hear on radio stations, that you don’t see in the major concert
halls... and that’s not right,” he explains.
The Dennos - at least in its case - would respectfully disagree.
“Actually, piano boogie has been somewhat of a staple over the years with
projects that have been led for us by Mr. B from Ann Arbor, another great
player,” Dennos Museum Director Gene Jenneman says, “I booked Matthew to
introduce a new talent in this musical genre to our audience members who
enjoy the music. Having Bob Seeley as a mentor means he’s quite likely to
offer a great show!”
Seeley himself has played at the Dennos, while Jenneman says that Ball, by
turn, brings “respect for the genre” as well.
“I am looking forward to hearing him in concert, and he will be with his
wife who plays drums - we have not had that combination in a boogie
concert before,” Jenneman explains, “he really stands out because of the
musical genre and his youth. Corky Siegel did some piano boogie in his
concert last November, but not as a full concert as Matthew will.”

Matthew Ball will perform in concert at the Dennos Museum Center, Traverse
City, on May 1. Tickets may be purchased online at www.dennosmuseum.org,
or by calling the box office at 231-995-1553; more info about Matthew can
be found online at www.boogiewoogiekid.com.
 
 
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