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At Ease In El Nido-The Nest With Paul Vornhagen

Paul Vornhagen
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Saxophonist and flutist Paul Vornhagen

Saxophonist and flutist Paul Vornhagen is not a braggart by any stretch of the imagination.  However, he should be very proud of his accomplishments, travels, successful risks and life lessons.  These life stories are all reflected in his music, which is at once highly rhythmic, delightfully melodic, overtly romantic and extremely intelligent.  On Monday, Paul joined me to talk about “El Nido-The Nest”, the newest CD from his Latin jazz ensemble, Tumbao Bravo.  


In the course of conversation, Paul picked some of his favorite jazz albums and artists and explained what they mean to him.  He also explained some key concepts in understanding Latin jazz and rhythms.  You can hear those Latin jazz rhythms and Paul’s original tunes on Friday evening when Tumbao Bravo presents a CD release concert at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor.  Enjoy this relaxed conversation between two old friends learning more about each other and good music. 

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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!