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Hannah Baiardi: Aspiring Jazz Pianist, Composer And Guest DJ

Hannah Baiardi
Linda Yohn
Hannah Baiardi

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 WonderIlluminate 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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Linda Yohn simply cannot remember a day in her life that was not filled with music. Her early life was full of changes as the daughter of a well-respected cancer research scientist who moved his family about, but one thing was constant: the love of music instilled by her mother. So, when it seemed life was too hard to bear, young Linda would listen to her radio, play her guitar, dance her heart out and sing at the top of her lungs. So, it isn’t so strange that “older” Linda still does all those things!