The irony is multi-layered, considering the object of Jaffe’s efforts was the New Orleans landmark of traditional jazz, Preservation Hall. And in order to preserve it, Jaffe felt he had to inject the somewhat staid bastion of traditional, Crescent City jazz with a shot of modernity.
And, as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band rolls into its second half-century of existence—including a June 19 performance at the Power Center as part of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival—Jaffe’s vision looks more and more like a stroke of genius.
“I never wanted to do anything that was disrespectful to our musical tradition,” Jaffe said. “That’s always first and foremost, is what we are creating right now respectful of the tradition that we’ve inherited and the people whose shoes or whose shoulders we’re standing on?
“That’s always front and foremost for me.”
After mostly continuous decreases in drunken driving arrests from 2006 until 2011 — something police attributed to decreased staffing and more reactive policing — Saline, Pittsfield Township, Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office all increased their arrest numbers last year. The biggest increase came from the sheriff’s office, which went from 100 arrests in 2011 to 169 in 2012.
ForeSeeAnn Arbor City Council Member Sally Hart Petersen, D-2nd Ward, has released the results of a new citizen satisfaction survey and she says she's concerned about some of the low scores.
The survey shows Ann Arbor residents want the city do a better job providing basic services such as paving streets in the summer and plowing streets in the winter.
A 74-year-old building at Eastern Michigan University is undergoing a $3.6 million renovation so it can house the school's new physician's assistant program, which will launch in spring 2014.
Blight beat: Nearly one year after fire, Ypsilanti Township apartment building demolition moves forward
An Ypsilanti Township apartment building damaged in a Molotov cocktail attack nearly a year ago will soon be demolished.
Each June we set aside a day to honor the father figure in our lives. However you recognize dad today, take time to recall those memories you'll never forget.
Last week, AnnArbor.com asked it our readers to take the time to share those memories, and we have featured them below.
Ben Freed | AnnArbor.comSometimes, a by-product of the scientific process can turn out to be more important — or more valuable — than the intended result.
Algal Scientific began in 2008 as an attempt to harness the power of algae to clean wastewater. Geoff Horst, a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University at the time, teamed up with two University of Michigan business school master's students and one U-M Ph.D. student to enter the idea into the DTE Clean Energy Prize competition.
Courtney Sacco | AnnArbor.comAlthough the ultimate decision will rest with the Board of Regents, the exact form the search will take has yet to be announced. Focus groups are likely; an advisory committee, which was used when Coleman was hired in 2002, may be used again. Last month, the university's faculty members publicly (and understandably) stated they want a voice in the process.
Whatever form the search takes, it's clear that certain qualities will be important to find in the person the university eventually hires. Among them:
Amy Biolchini | AnnArbor.comOne of the most dangerous intersections in Washtenaw County at Carpenter and Packard roads will get a $65,000 safety upgrade.
Work will begin Monday at the Pittsfield Township crossing, where there were 114 crashes reported in 2011.
Here's the schedule for tonight's Top of the Park, the free (donations welcome), outdoor component of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Descriptions provided by the festival. Top of the Park takes place in the area around East Washington Street at Ingalls Mall, except as noted.
2 p.m.; Kids Music Workshop with Ice Cream Vendors - Ann Arbor District Main Library
ICV's Jon Kostal and Greg Barnett let you in on their unique approach to songwriting; includes an interactive demonstration.
Substantial accomplishments can be achieved in the year ahead, provided you are able to stay well-organized and keep your priorities straight. Don't put the cart before the horse.