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Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Tom ‘Terrific‘ Knific brings his Quartet to Crooked Tree

Rick Coates - February 1st, 2010
Tom ‘Terrific’ Knific brings his Quartet to Crooked Tree
By Rick Coates
One criticism college professors often receive is that they live within the protective walls of their respective institutions and don’t venture into the real world to gain practical experience in their subject matter. This is not the case with bassist and composer Tom Knific who is the professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies at Western Michigan University. Knific has built an international reputation for himself in the classroom and he is equally impressive on the performance stage. Jazz enthusiasts will certainly want to make their way to the Ross Stoakes Theatre within the Crooked Tree Arts Center this Saturday night for the Tom Knific Quartet.
Tom Knific may not be a household name; probably casual listeners of jazz are unfamiliar with him. But he is well respected among his academic and performing peers. “It gives me great pleasure to recommend Tom Knific, not only for his superb musicianship but equally important, in my estimation, for his fine personal qualities,” said musician David Brubeck. “I could not recommend anyone higher.”

RUNNING WITH THE GREATS
Powerful words from one of jazz music’s all-time greats. Knific’s musical accomplishments over a 30-year career of teaching and performing are impressive. He is president of the International Society of Bassists and is a member of the popular Western Quartet that he founded. Knific has recorded and toured with several jazz greats including Dave Brubeck, Art Farmer, John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Eric Marienthal, Kenny Werner, among others.
He is a founding member of Opus 21, the critically-acclaimed ensemble that crosses multiple genres. Knific, through Opus 21, is able to bring many of his musical interests together. The ensemble commissions a half dozen works every year for its series, with music ranging from jazz, pop, and world influences to contemporary classical. Annual NYC premieres, recording projects, and concerts at the Library of Congress and Carnegie Hall are part of the group’s schedule and the New York Times has labeled the concept as “brilliant.”
A native of Ohio, Knific is a classically-trained musician who grew up appreciating jazz. He has connections to Northern Michigan as he served as the Director of Jazz Studies at Interlochen Arts Academy from 1983-87.
The Tom Knific Quartet brings together a collection of his former students, including his son John on piano, Keith Hall on drums and Chris Beckstrom on sax. For the Petoskey show they will be joined by special guest percussionist Ryan Andrews.
The quartet will perform a collection of original compositions and a few covers, along with pieces from their 2008 “Lines of Influence.” The CD has received positive reviews as have the quartet’s live performances.

Bassist, composer, and educator, Tom Knific, presents his newest band on tour and on record. The Tom Knific Quartet marks a new approach for Knific who has assembled a younger band, whose vitality, energy, and musical perspective are nothing less than explosive. The Saturday February 6 performace takes place at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. For tickets and info see www.crookedtree.org or call 231-347-4337.

 
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