First Fridays Jazz With Pappas, Racine, Kaminski
Mark Pappas – Keyboards
Ingrid Racine – Voice & Trumpet
Keith Kaminski – Woodwinds
Keyboardist Mark Pappas is the former coordinator of the Eastern Michigan University Jazz Combo Program, both teaching the ensembles and setting up performance opportunities. He was also the assistant jazz ensemble director, running one rehearsal per week. His EMU appointment as Part-time Lecturer Faculty began in the fall of 2003 until he left in December of 2018 to pursue other opportunities. A regular performer at the Tower Inn until last year, he has been gigging locally since 2000.
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, trumpeter and composer Ingrid Racine embraces everything from early jazz to bop, fusion to folk and hip hop. Her strong bebop sensibility shines, even as she explores music across decades and geographical boundaries. She is also a member of the Ann Arbor Afrobeat collective NOMO.
Keith Kaminski received his bachelors’ degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Music from Detroit’s Wayne State University. While at WSU, he studied saxophone and jazz performance privately with Detroit jazz great Larry Nozero, woodwinds with Detroit multi-reed instrumentalist Earl DeForest, and arranging techniques with pianist/writer/arranger Matt Michaels. After graduating, Keith did two stints with Carnival Cruise Lines, where he met fellow Motor City Horn bandmate Mark Byerly.
Keith is in great demand as a saxophonist in the Detroit area, evidenced by his prolific recording with artists including Alberta Adams, Bettye LaVette, The Four Tops, Joe Weaver, Bill Heid, The Motor City Blues Pioneers, Motor City Josh, The Paul Keller Orchestra, The Paul Keller Sextet, The Chenille Sisters, The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, and Tangerine Moon Productions. He has also recorded for multiple television commercial spots.