If you want to know where jazz is going today, you must check in with the next generation of musicians who are taking it in new directions. One such musician is pianist, vocalist, lyricist, and composer Hannah Baiardi. Hannah is in her fifth year of studying jazz and improvisational music at The University of Michigan with the esteemed professional music faculty including Ellen Rowe, Benny Green and Dennis Wilson. Hannah has taken full advantage of the opportunities at UM. That means she was able to record in the outstanding studios of The Duderstadt Center.
Hannah reached out to WEMU with three original recordings for potential airplay. We welcomed her in the studio not only to premiere her novel songs and arrangements: Still I Wonder, Illuminate and El Amor A Traves De Las Tienas, but also to share music that inspired her as an up-and-coming jazz musician. It was pure pleasure to get to know Hannah and to enjoy her choices as WEMU’s most recent Guest DJ in our continuing 40 Years of Jazz Celebration.
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