Julie O'Connor

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One may not think of Torino, Italy, and Detroit as having much in common. But according to Chris Collins, director of Wayne State’s Jazz Studies in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, they have enormous connections and he is at the forefront of creating a new one. “Torino is often called the Detroit of Europe,” said Collins. “It’s an industrial city much like Detroit. It blends a very diverse culture of residents, industries, large and small businesses, clubs and entertainment – all molded with many people living in one area.” Chris Collins and Emanuele Cisi are converging American and European Jazz and Art to bring together two cultures musically, visually and educationally.