Sweet Bishop Krahnke
A Jazz trio where artistry and adventure mix.
The door’s open wide but a $5 – 10 donation is suggested.
Andrew Bishop is a versatile saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, composer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in many musical idioms. Dave Lynch of All Media Guide wrote, “A composer of contemporary orchestral and chamber music, Bishop combines a jazzman’s fire and flow with a rigorous compositional sensibility, resulting in a potent and highly satisfying blend.” He maintains an active national and international career and serves as an associate professor and chair of University of Michigan Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation in Ann Arbor where he teaches applied jazz saxophone, composition, and improvisation. He is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren artist.
Kurt Krahnke has been one of the most in-demand bassists in the State of Michigan–-and beyond-–for decades. After getting a solid foundation at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, he toured the east coast with Ron Levy for two years and then went on play with Wendell Harrison, Phil Lasley, Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Pinetop Perkins, Russell Green, and Leon Thomas. He is, for very good reason, one of the busiest bassists around.
Bob Sweet has been on the Detroit and Southeast Michigan scene since the seventies, playing in a variety of soul, pop, blues, and jazz ensembles. He was part of Roy Brooks’ Aboriginal Percussion Choir and played for a number of years with Detroit favorites the Sun Messengers, as did Kurt Kranke. His connections with the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York, have placed him in performance and workshop situations with Karl Berger, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Jack DeJohnette, Kirk Knufke, Ed Blackwell, and many other leading improvisers from around the world.