music http://wemu.org en The First African-American Piano Manufacturer http://wemu.org/post/first-african-american-piano-manufacturer <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-right: 87.484375px; margin-bottom: 1.3em; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px 15px; border: 0px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 1.6rem; line-height: 1.5; vertical-align: baseline; float: none; position: static; min-height: 1px; width: 690px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); max-width: 690px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-right: 87.484375px; margin-bottom: 1.3em; margin-left: auto; padding: 0px 15px; border: 0px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 1.6rem; line-height: 1.5; vertical-align: baseline; float: none; position: static; min-height: 1px; width: 690px; color: rgb(17, 17, 17); max-width: 690px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in February, one couldn't help but notice the striking new grand piano on the main stage, emblazoned with the name SHADD. When the many accomplished pianists that wee­­kend sat down to strike those keys, it was equally easy to spot their delight in the instrument.&nbsp;</p><h5 class="uiStreamMessage userContentWrapper" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:1,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" style="font-size: 11px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 5px; padding: 0px; word-break: break-word; word-wrap: break-word; font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; line-height: 14.079999923706055px;"><span class="messageBody" data-ft="{&quot;type&quot;:3,&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.38;">The piano heard on American Idol the other night? Designed by this guy.</span></h5><div> Fri, 09 May 2014 14:19:06 +0000 Willard Jenkins 45599 at http://wemu.org The First African-American Piano Manufacturer Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz: Sean Dobbins At Rush Street Tonight! http://wemu.org/post/sesi-motors-501-jazz-sean-dobbins-rush-street-tonight <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">89.1 WEMU’s free Sesi Motors – Jan Winkelman&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">5:01 Jazz&nbsp;</strong></em>series springs to life Friday, May 2nd with Drummer <strong><a href="https://myspace.com/seandobbins">Sean Dobbins</a>.</strong></p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:40:50 +0000 Patrik Holubik 45043 at http://wemu.org Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz: Sean Dobbins At Rush Street Tonight! Celebrate International Jazz Day With 89.1 WEMU http://wemu.org/post/celebrate-international-jazz-day-891-wemu <p style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin-top: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.14in;"><font style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">Jazz Appreciation Month wraps up on Wednesday, April 30<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;with <a href="http://jazzday.com/"><strong>International Jazz Day</strong></a>.</font></p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:09:04 +0000 Linda Yohn 44942 at http://wemu.org Celebrate International Jazz Day With 89.1 WEMU 89.1 WEMU Presents: Mr. B Live In-Studio http://wemu.org/post/891-wemu-presents-mr-b-live-studio <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143751672&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Mr. B (Mark Braun) visits the 89.1 WEMU&nbsp;studios to perform with special guests, Lila Ammons &amp; Axel Zwingenberger ahead of their&nbsp;<a href="http://theark.org/3766.html"><strong>Blues and Boogie Celebration&nbsp;</strong></a>at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:25:30 +0000 Patrik Holubik & Michael Jewett & Marilyn Gouin 44074 at http://wemu.org 89.1 WEMU Presents: Mr. B Live In-Studio Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz: Tumbao Bravo At Rush Street Tonight http://wemu.org/post/sesi-motors-501-jazz-tumbao-bravo-rush-street-tonight <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">89.1 WEMU’s free Sesi Motors – Jan Winkelman <em><strong>5:01 Jazz </strong></em>series springs to life Friday, April </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">4</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with one of your best-loved Latin jazz bands – <a href="http://www.tumbaobravo.com/music/"><strong>Tumbao Bravo</strong></a>!&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dance and enjoy the afternoon with your friends!</span></p><div><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">89.1 WEMU-FM and Sesi Motors present the&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">5:01 First Friday Series</strong>&nbsp;dedicated to the memory of the late&nbsp;<a href="http://wemu.org/dr-jan-winkelman" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">Dr. Jan Winkelman.</a></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/b-KkieDMibQ?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Join us for a&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;5:01 PM</strong>&nbsp;celebration music and more on Friday, April 4th</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;The show is at the&nbsp;<a href="http://wemu.org/post/rush-street-renovated" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">newly renovated &nbsp;Rush Street</a>,&nbsp;<font color="#0c4ca2">&nbsp;314 S</font><font color="#0c4ca2">. Main</font>&nbsp;Street in Ann Arbor. &nbsp;Admission is free.</p></div></div><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:02:52 +0000 Linda Yohn 40891 at http://wemu.org Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz: Tumbao Bravo At Rush Street Tonight This Is It http://wemu.org/post/it <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" id="frame-template6" style="width: 600px; font-size: 12px; font-family: Arial; border-style: solid; border-color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><tbody><tr><td class="col1cell1-template6" style="padding: 10px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" valign="top"><div>Dear WEMU Friends:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 0.857em; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This is it. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:05:12 +0000 Molly Motherwell 43175 at http://wemu.org This Is It Weekend Watch: Heather Black Project, Moving Pictures, Jimmy Heath and More! http://wemu.org/post/weekend-watch-heather-black-project-moving-pictures-jimmy-heath-and-more <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Upcoming Events for this weekend, February 7 - 9</strong></em></p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:23:43 +0000 Patrik Holubik 41190 at http://wemu.org 89.1 WEMU Presents: Seth Walker on The Roots Music Project http://wemu.org/post/891-wemu-presents-seth-walker-roots-music-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Ark's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Marketing Director,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; Barb Chaffer </span>Authier<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;joined&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Roots Music Project's Jeremy Baldwin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to talk </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">about</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the&nbsp;success and a brief history of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barb also brought a very special guest, this year's&nbsp;Folk</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Festival MC and musician, Seth Walker.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seth Walker tops off the conversation with a live </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">performance in the WEMU studios ahead of his solo&nbsp;<a href="http://theark.org/May_2014.html">performance in the spring</a> at The&nbsp;Ark in Ann Arbor.</span></p><p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 18:39:54 +0000 Jeremy Baldwin 40975 at http://wemu.org 89.1 WEMU Presents: Seth Walker on The Roots Music Project Jazz's Great Songwriting Teams http://wemu.org/post/jazzs-great-songwriting-teams <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden " style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 16px;"><div class="field-items" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 22px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:56:46 +0000 Jeff Haas 40890 at http://wemu.org 89.1 WEMU Presents: The Revelers In-Studio http://wemu.org/post/891-wemu-presents-revelers-studio <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Revelers </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">appeared live on the </span><a href="http://wemu.org/programs/roots-music-project" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Roots Music Project with Jeremy Baldwin </strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ahead of their shows at </span>Centeral<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michigan University and The Ark in Ann Arbor this weekend.</span></p><p></p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:33:53 +0000 Patrik Holubik 40657 at http://wemu.org 89.1 WEMU Presents: The Revelers In-Studio Weekend Watch: The Revelers LIVE on Roots Music Project, Fred Hersch Trio, and more! http://wemu.org/post/weekend-watch-revelers-live-roots-music-project-fred-hersch-trio-and-more <p></p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 02:53:55 +0000 Patrik Holubik 40583 at http://wemu.org Weekend Watch: The Revelers LIVE on Roots Music Project, Fred Hersch Trio, and more! Angelique Kidjo's Eve: Exceptional Example Of International Collaboration And Women's Culture http://wemu.org/post/angelique-kidjos-eve-exceptional-example-international-collaboration-and-womens-culture <p>Those who experienced Angelique Kidjo, Lizz Wright and Dianne Reeves appearing as Sing The Truth! at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival know that Ms. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Linda Yohn 40441 at http://wemu.org Angelique Kidjo's Eve: Exceptional Example Of International Collaboration And Women's Culture With The Wind And The Rain - Pure Pleasure from Guitarist Joshua Breakstone http://wemu.org/post/wind-and-rain-pure-pleasure-guitarist-joshua-breakstone <p>I decided to look at guitarist Joshua Breakstone’s Facebook Page as I listened to his new CD, With <em>The Wind And The Rain</em>.&nbsp; His lead photo from his practice room was the atmospheric view over the Hudson River with the New York City skyline in a velvet fog.&nbsp; That must be a beautiful space because it has helped veteran jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone further refine and define his tone, approach and construction of brilliant solo passages.&nbsp; Joshua Breakstone has been recognized as a major force in jazz guitar since the late 1970s.&nbsp; His first recording as a leader, Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Linda Yohn 40257 at http://wemu.org With The Wind And The Rain - Pure Pleasure from Guitarist Joshua Breakstone WEMU says Yes! to Agachiko http://wemu.org/post/wemu-says-yes-agachiko <p><em>Agachiko</em> is the group led by Boston-based vocalist, lyricist and composer Gabrielle Agachiko.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Linda Yohn 40162 at http://wemu.org WEMU says Yes! to Agachiko Sixteen Sunsets by Jane Ira Bloom is good morning music! http://wemu.org/post/sixteen-sunsets-jane-ira-bloom-good-morning-music <p><strong>89.1 Jazz</strong> hits a high note this morning with a new CD from soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom – <em>Sixteen</em> <em>Sunsets</em> – and a beloved classic – <em>My Favorite Things</em> – from &nbsp;John Coltrane.&nbsp; <strong>Linda Yohn</strong> is in with <strong>89.1 Jazz</strong> at 9 streaming on WEMU.org and on 89.1&nbsp;WEMU.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Linda Yohn 40126 at http://wemu.org Sixteen Sunsets by Jane Ira Bloom is good morning music! Paul Keller Orchestra celebrates 25 years of Jazz in Michigan http://wemu.org/post/paul-keller-orchestra-celebrates-25-years-jazz-michigan <p><font style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">This evening marks an Ann Arbor music milestone. Bassist Paul Keller celebrates the 25<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;anniversary of the Paul Keller Orchestra.&nbsp;</font></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 06:24:43 +0000 Linda Yohn 40038 at http://wemu.org Paul Keller Orchestra celebrates 25 years of Jazz in Michigan First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread' http://wemu.org/post/first-listen-rosanne-cash-river-thread It's tempting — and, really, accurate — to describe <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15009017/rosanne-cash">Rosanne Cash</a>'s new album as a literary effort. The singer-songwriter is also a published author, and her last album, 2009's <em>The List</em>, was a writer's game: Its 12 tracks abridged her famous father <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15165794/johnny-cash">Johnny</a>'s 100-song lexicon of essentials, which he gave to his then-teenaged daughter as a legacy and a challenge. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 04:48:36 +0000 editor 39845 at http://wemu.org First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread' Remembering Musical Passings of 2013 http://wemu.org/post/remembering-musical-passings-2013 <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Before turning the page on 2013, <a href="http://wemu.org/programs/groove-yard"><strong>The Groove Yard's</strong></a> George Klein gave <a href="http://n.pr/19xp0qF">tribute</a> to many artists that left the music community in 2013.&nbsp;</em></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:54:49 +0000 Patrik Holubik & George Klein 39614 at http://wemu.org Remembering Musical Passings of 2013 Yuletide Hideaway by Karrin Allyson discovered and shared on WEMU http://wemu.org/post/yuletide-hideaway-karrin-allyson-discovered-and-shared-wemu <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Yuletide Hideaway&nbsp;</em> by Karrin Allyson should not be hidden in the corner of the WEMU stacks.&nbsp; This is one of the finest Christmas jazz recordings released in a great while.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Linda Yohn 39199 at http://wemu.org Yuletide Hideaway by Karrin Allyson discovered and shared on WEMU Nine Months In Nigeria, One Brilliant, Difficult Funk Musician http://wemu.org/post/nine-months-nigeria-one-brilliant-difficult-funk-musician <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoUY_0-w9hQ</p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 23:07:00 +0000 NPR Staff 39044 at http://wemu.org Nine Months In Nigeria, One Brilliant, Difficult Funk Musician Orpheum Bell Live in Studio http://wemu.org/post/orpheum-bell-live-studio <p>Before their December 15th performance at The Ark, <strong><a href="http://www.orpheumbell.com">Orpheum Bell </a></strong>stopped by the 89.1 WEMU studios to talk to us on the <em>The Roots Music Project</em> for a live interview and performance.</p><p><strong>Listen to the full performance and interview here:</strong></p><p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 18:38:38 +0000 Jeremy Baldwin 38695 at http://wemu.org Orpheum Bell Live in Studio 2013 Thanksgiving Food Song Festival! http://wemu.org/post/2013-thanksgiving-food-song-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thanksgiving is one of America’s greatest days of celebration - and great food! </span>WEMU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> gets you in the mood with our annual Food Song Festival! Today we're celebrating the cooks, the diners and the delicacies from soup, salad and savory main courses to dessert and drinks. And – we have fun! </span><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" seamless="" src="http://composer.nprstations.org/widgets/iframe/songgrid.html?station=5187f12ae1c8fae1350fa49f&amp;prog_id=5187f130e1c8fae1350fa4a3" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 16:56:15 +0000 Linda Yohn 38327 at http://wemu.org Harrison Kennedy and Harmonica Shah - Real Detroit Blues Through and Through http://wemu.org/post/harrison-kennedy-and-harmonica-shah-real-detroit-blues-through-and-through <p>While Chicago may be America’s blues mecca, Detroiters are making a significant international impact in blues&nbsp;<span id="OBJ_PREFIX_DWT43_com_zimbra_date">today</span>, especially Seward Shah, better known as "Harmonica Shah”. &nbsp;Now on the illustrious&nbsp;<strong>Electro-Fi</strong>&nbsp;label from Toronto, Detroiter Harmonica Shah has not changed his gritty, earthy, raw and rocking urban blues style one iota.&nbsp;&nbsp;His songs reflect the deep heartbreak of living in present day Detroit while his classic harmonica licks reflects the birth of urban blues by Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Jr. Lockwood and Otis Spann.&nbsp;&nbsp;If you were ever tempted to think that real blues is a thing of the past,&nbsp;<em>Havin’ Nothin Don’t Bother Me</em>&nbsp;by Harmonica Shah will banish that thought.</p><p><strong>MORE: <a href="http://www.wemu.org/contest-form">Enter to Win this&nbsp;Electro-Fi CD set from WEMU-FM</a></strong></p><p>Harrison Kennedy’s new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.electrofi.com/"><strong>Electro-Fi</strong></a>&nbsp;CD,&nbsp;<em>Soulscape</em>&nbsp;is another masterpiece of basic blues with Detroit connections.&nbsp;&nbsp;Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Harrison Kennedy gained national fame as a member of the Detroit R&amp;B group,&nbsp;<strong>The Chairmen Of The Board</strong>.&nbsp;They recorded for the Holland-Dozier-Holland Invictus label with hits such as&nbsp;<em>Give Me Just A Little More Time</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Skin I’m In.&nbsp;</em>Edward Holland gave Kennedy 75 dollars to buy a guitar which he used to write many hits for the group.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Harrison Kennedy is still a prolific songwriter but has added a variety of acoustic instruments to his blues arsenal.&nbsp;&nbsp;On<em>&nbsp;Soulscape</em>&nbsp;you will hear his proficiency on banjo, mandolin, harmonica, spoons, fife, percussion and bread pan!&nbsp;&nbsp;But, what will really touch you is his pliant voice and the poetry of his heartfelt lyrics.&nbsp;&nbsp;His songs examine the eternal human condition and our modern miseries.&nbsp;&nbsp;As with&nbsp;<em>Havin’ Nothin Don’t Bother Me</em>, by Harmonica Shah,&nbsp;<em>Soulscape</em>&nbsp;by <a href="http://www.harrisonkennedy.ca">Harrison Kennedy</a> will satisfy your soul’s craving for serious blues and roots music.</p><p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:53:16 +0000 Linda Yohn 38147 at http://wemu.org Harrison Kennedy and Harmonica Shah - Real Detroit Blues Through and Through Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz - Ron Brooks Trio at Rush Street http://wemu.org/post/sesi-motors-501-jazz-ron-brooks-trio-rush-street <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ron Brooks plays @ Rush Street, Friday, December&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">7th -</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;5:01 pm to 7 pm.</span></strong></p><p>89.1 WEMU-FM and Sesi Motors present the <strong>5:01 First Friday Series</strong> dedicated to the memory of the late <a href="http://wemu.org/dr-jan-winkelman" target="_blank">Dr. Jan Winkelman.</a></p><p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:48:49 +0000 Patrik Holubik 38010 at http://wemu.org Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz - Ron Brooks Trio at Rush Street 'Endless Mysteries' by George Colligan: lasting contribution to jazz piano trio repertoire http://wemu.org/post/endless-mysteries-george-colligan-lasting-contribution-jazz-piano-trio-repertoire <div><em><strong>Piano-bass-drums. &nbsp;</strong></em>How often have you heard a WEMU host repeat that instrumental combination? &nbsp;More than you can count. &nbsp;Yet, this trio format remains a source of endless variation and fascination. &nbsp;A prime example of the possibilities is the new CD <em>The Endless Mysteries</em>&nbsp;by pianist George Colligan.&nbsp;</div><p></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You have heard WEMU hosts repeat Colligan’s name for twenty years. &nbsp; We discovered him in 1993 as the pianist for saxophonist Ron Holloway. &nbsp;His debut recording as a leader, <strong><em>Activism</em></strong>&nbsp;followed in 1996 on <strong>Steeplechase Records</strong>. &nbsp;Since then Colligan has created a body of work for solo piano and ensemble that deserves consideration for his compositions and technique. &nbsp;</div><div> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:45:05 +0000 Linda Yohn 37905 at http://wemu.org 'Endless Mysteries' by George Colligan: lasting contribution to jazz piano trio repertoire