June 16, 2014Here are additional photos of last week-ends event of terrific jazz.Awesome bassist Harrison Bankhead came from Chicago.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Festival organizer Milt Cannon of Charles McPherson on sax was a definite highlight of the event, here with Harold Landon on piano, Harrison Bankhead on bass and on drums the amazing Buddy Banks.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Charles McPherson.Most recently Charles McPherson composed, arranged and produced the gorgeous musical extravaganza “Sweet Synergy Suite” – a Jazz Ballett, in coorporation with the San Diego Dance Co. under the direction of choreographer Javier Velasco.It was aired live on ‘jazz88’ on March 9. 2014 to a  minute standing ovation with overwhelming internet response.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Here is Charles McPherson with Harold Landon, Harrison Bankhead, Anthony Reed on trombone, Brian Messenger on guitar and Buddy Banks on drums.[photo by Sue Kirsch]Anthony Reed, in the background is Miles Dalto on piano.[photo by Steven Bochinski]One really cannot say enough about the level of excellence that this years performers brought to the Arcosanti stage. It was an absolute treat!
Categories: Bizon News 10May Rep. Bizon’s plan offering fresh start to Youth ChalleNGe grads signed into law Young people with troubled pasts who graduate from the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy have a new opportunity to gain a fresh start after a plan backed by state Rep. Dr. John Bizon was signed into law today.The Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, located at Fort Custer in Battle Creek, is a 22-week residential program operated by the National Guard that offers youth ages 16 to 18 the opportunity to change their lives in a military-style structured and disciplined environment.Bizon, of Battle Creek, said the new law simplifies the process graduates of the program use to have their juvenile court convictions set aside.“The Youth ChalleNGe Academy takes troubled teens who are most likely on a path to prison and changes their lives,” Bizon said. “These kids work incredibly hard to prove themselves. They deserve a chance to clear their records so their past mistakes don’t keep them from leading successful lives.”Under Bizon’s plan, graduates will receive a certificate to present to the court as evidence that their improved circumstances and behavior could warrant having certain juvenile convictions cleared from their records.Individuals with felony convictions are not eligible, and judges will continue to have discretion in determining whether setting aside a conviction is in the best interest of the public.The legislation, House Bill 4768, is now Public Act 142 of 2018.###