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Detroit musician Karriem Riggins interview at Okayplayer.com

Karriem Riggins is synonymous to jazz. Karriem Riggins is also synonymous to hip-hop. Karriem Riggins makes beats using MPCs, drum sets, samples and anything he can get his hands on. Karriem Riggins rhymes. Karriem Riggins is a musician, a teacher, and a father, but most importantly he is Karriem Riggins. The only thing he prescribes in is what he hears and that’s why you should get to know him. Check out the interview and experience some new tracks from his upcoming Stonesthrow debut entitled "Alone Together." http://revivalist.okayplayer.com/2012/09/10/karriem-riggins-the-teacher-the-musician/

New Owners for Baker's Keyboard Lounge

Baker's Keyboard Lounge sold in a bankruptcy auction Monday for $395,000, and it will remain a jazz club for the foreseeable future. Although there were fears someone could tear it down and put up a dollar store, the new owners, Hugh W. Smith III and Eric Whitaker, say they intend to keep the historic jazz venue up and running. Smith and Whitaker plan to give the club a much-needed cleaning and freshening. As the manager of Baker's for the last two years, Smith says he knows exactly what needs to be done. "She's 77 years old, she needs a new dress, we need to spruce up the old girl," Smith said. The venerable club, located on Livernois just south of Eight Mile, was graced by such jazz icons as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

Baker's Keyboard Lounge faces bankruptcy sale

Baker's Keyboard Lounge — which boasts it is the oldest running jazz club in the nation dating back to the 1930s — is in danger of closing in a bankruptcy sale at the end of the month. John Colbert, owner of the lounge, told The Detroit News that Baker's could be auctioned off in a sale set for Jan. 31 and that the venerable jazz landmark that has featured the genre's best musicians could fall into the hands of a non-jazz enthusiast. "It is my intent to sell Baker's to a buyer who is interested in keeping the legacy of the jazz tradition here," said Colbert, who purchased the club on Detroit's northwest side from original club owner Chris Baker in 1996. In recent years, Colbert said he struggled to find financial backers to help restructure debt and remodel the lounge, which has changed little since 1957. "It might be the end of Baker's," Colbert said.
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