Latin jazz en Robert Prester Dogtown: a Wednesday Delight <p>WEMU listeners are discerning judges of good talent.&nbsp; You have heard gifted pianists such as McCoy Tyner, Bebo Valdes, Chucho Valdes, Danilo Perez and Michel Camilo on <strong>89.1 Jazz</strong> shows.&nbsp; We think you will welcome pianist Robert Prester and his new CD <em>Dogtown</em> with open ears.&nbsp; Not unlike Chucho Valdes and Danilo Perez, Robert Prester followed classical piano studies.&nbsp; It is evident in his brilliant 32<sup>nd</sup> note runs and precise technique.&nbsp; But like the aforementioned, Prester also plays with emotion, feeling, joy and improvisational bl Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Linda Yohn 40211 at Robert Prester Dogtown: a Wednesday Delight Musical friendships make great listening <p>This morning we salute friends…those people who understand us, help us through rough times, cheer us up and tell us the truth even when we don’t want to hear it.&nbsp; The important power of friendship this morning on <strong>89.1 Jazz</strong> with Linda Yohn streaming on and on 89.1, WEMU.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:43:18 +0000 Linda Yohn 38795 at Latin Jazz has a 'New Beginning' with Michelle Pollace on the keys <p>As we search for the best new music on&nbsp;&nbsp;WEMU, we will often feature someone you’ve never heard before but think is worth your time.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Linda Yohn 29126 at Latin Jazz has a 'New Beginning' with Michelle Pollace on the keys Ciudad De Los Reyes by Gabriel Alegría tops Sweet 16 <p><font style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt; ">One of the pleasures of working with the talented team of WEMU music hosts is discovering what the weekly consensus of the “most-played” recording will be. Each <em>Sweet 16</em>&nbsp;list topper reveals another aspect of the WEMU variety.&nbsp;</font>During the week of March 4<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;through the 10<sup>th</sup>, the most played recording was&nbsp;<i>Ciudad De Los Reyes</i>&nbsp;by Gabriel Alegría and his Afro-Peruvian Sextet.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 18:56:22 +0000 Linda Yohn 26829 at Ciudad De Los Reyes by Gabriel Alegría tops Sweet 16 Aguabella Latin Jazz Band are flamekeepers <p></p><p>While we love to feature the all-time greats of music on WEMU, we also look for deserving unknown ensembles, such as The Aguabella Latin Jazz Band which received their CD premiere for “Baker: Gateway To Death Valley” &nbsp;this morning.&nbsp; We had actually played many of these musicians before when they were in the band led by the late, great conga player, Francisco Aguabella.&nbsp; Today they keep Aguabella’s legacy alive.&nbsp; Now you know how they found their beautiful name.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 19:22:06 +0000 Linda Yohn 25207 at Aguabella Latin Jazz Band are flamekeepers "Cuban Crosshatching" receives 89.1 Jazz premiere. <p>If you are searching for <a href=";playlistID=843046&amp;eventID=172921" target="_blank">fresh new music</a> for 2013, WEMU recommends the new CD “Cuban Crosshatching” by percussionist Arturo Stable.&nbsp; His 2012 duo disc “Dos Y Mas” with pianist Elio Villafranca was one of the finest recordings of 2012.&nbsp; Stable continues the path he has forged in his notable career with music of integrity, artistic credibility and exploratory creativity.&nbsp; We premiered “Cuban Crosshatching” this morning and found that Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:43:12 +0000 Linda Yohn 24657 at "Cuban Crosshatching" receives 89.1 Jazz premiere. Menahan Street Band back on top of "Sweet 16" <p> With their snaky rhythms, spooky harmonies and catchy licks, Brooklyn’s Menahan Street Band once again takes the top spot on WEMU’s “Sweet 16” for “The Crossing”.&nbsp; All of the time spent backing up R&amp;B and soul sensation Charles Bradley has sparked a giant leap of creativity and risk-taking in this leading soul/jazz/funk band.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:54:01 +0000 Linda Yohn 24617 at Menahan Street Band back on top of "Sweet 16" Aguanko's "Elemental" Tops "Sweet Sixteen" <p>It is no surprise that "Elemental" the new CD by conguero/composer Alberto Nacif and his magnificent ensemble "Aguanko" topped WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen" from January 7th through the 13th.&nbsp;&nbsp; We will always support great regional talent along with international music figures, but Alberto Nacif means more to WEMU than just great regional talent:&nbsp; he is family.&nbsp; Today's "Cuban Fantasy" program on Saturdays at 7PM grew out of an interview that Alberto did with evening jazz host Michael G. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 20:26:51 +0000 Linda Yohn 24385 at Aguanko's "Elemental" Tops "Sweet Sixteen" Menahan Street Band Tops "Sweet 16" Two Weeks In A Row. <p>The first few weeks of a new year are rough on hosts of free-form music programs.&nbsp;&nbsp; The big year-end push is over, the holiday recordings are retired and fresh music is yet to arrive in the mail or come via download.&nbsp; Thankfully at WEMU, we were able to snag some strong new music in late November and early December of 2012 to keep us jamming in to 2013.&nbsp; One of of our most delightful discoveries was "The Crossing" by The Menahan Street Band".&nbsp; I wrote a long article on their associations and genesis last week, so for more information check out the previous post.&nbs Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:01:57 +0000 Linda Yohn 24153 at Menahan Street Band Tops "Sweet 16" Two Weeks In A Row. Organist Chester "CT" Thompson Tops Sweet 16 <p>While many media outlets are putting 2012 "to bed" for the next month, WEMU hosts continue to discover exciting new music to keep you grooving in 2013.&nbsp; One of our recent discoveries is "Mixology" by veteran jazz organist Chester "CT" Thompson. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:14:58 +0000 Linda Yohn 23058 at Organist Chester "CT" Thompson Tops Sweet 16 Reggae Legend Jimmy Cliff Tops WEMU's Sweet 16 July 30th to August 5th <p>&quot;Rebirth&quot; by living reggae legend, Jimmy Cliff is a fully rewarding listening experience.&nbsp; He has lost none of his supple vocal quality and range.&nbsp; Time has deepened his lower range imbuing his words with deeper meaning and insight.&nbsp; His Jamaican message remains consistent - that love, peace and truth will conquer all.&nbsp; The production of this date is immaculate, but the music is free flowing and relaxed.&nbsp; You can see why WEMU hosts collectively wanted to share this excellent new music with you.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:19:00 +0000 Linda Yohn 17661 at Reggae Legend Jimmy Cliff Tops WEMU's Sweet 16 July 30th to August 5th TUMBAO BRAVO MAKES WEMU "SWEET 16" HISTORY WITH FOUR WEEKS IN A ROW! <p>Once again, WEMU hosts and listeners realized the depth and mastery of our regional musicians by awarding the Latin jazz band, Tumbao Bravo, the coveted number one spot on the &quot;Sweet 16&quot;.&nbsp; This marks the fourth week in a row for that theirs was the most played CD on 89.1.&nbsp; This disc deserves the distinction not just because it is music from local performers, but because it is totally original, beautifully produced and recorded with the highest audio quality.&nbsp; &quot;Casa Versailles&quot; by Tumbao Bravo deserved national accolades and WEMU is leading the way.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 19:59:25 +0000 Linda Yohn 17345 at TUMBAO BRAVO MAKES WEMU "SWEET 16" HISTORY WITH FOUR WEEKS IN A ROW! Tumbao Bravo Three for Three with WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen"! <p>For the third week in a row, the local all-star Latin jazz band, Tumbao Bravo has topped WEMU&#39;s airplay list with &quot;Casa Versailles&quot;.&nbsp; Their CD release concert will be this Saturday at Kerrytown Concert House.&nbsp; We have details about the show in the &quot;events&quot; and &quot;datebook&quot; section of this website.&nbsp; This group is just one example of the outstanding musicians who live and work in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and the Detroit area.&nbsp; It is an honor to play their music on WEMU and support our fantastic music community.</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:05:34 +0000 Linda Yohn 17033 at Tumbao Bravo Three for Three with WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen"! Tumbao Bravo Tops WEMU's "Sweet 16" Two Weeks In A Row! <p>Congratulations are in order once again for conga player Alberto Nacif, saxophonist/flutist Paul Vornhagen,&nbsp; trumpeter Bob Mojica, pianist Brian DiBlassio, percussionist Javier Barrios and bassist Patrick Prouty with special guest percussionist Pepe Espinosa for gaining the coveted top spot on WEMU&#39;s &quot;Sweet Sixteen&quot; for the new CD &quot;Casa Versailles&quot; two weeks in a row.&nbsp; The members of Tumbao Bravo are based in communities all over Southeastern Michigan and record for bassist Paul Keller&#39;s PKO Records label, now operating in Saline, Michigan.&nbsp; Featur Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:57:55 +0000 Linda Yohn 16777 at Tumbao Bravo Tops WEMU's "Sweet 16" Two Weeks In A Row! Tumbao Bravo tops "Sweet 16" July 2nd through the 8th. Perhaps their "Top Of The Park" show for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival on July 4th helped propel them to the number one spot in WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen", but they likely would have achieved the spot without the show. We at WEMU love highlighting local artists, and this ensemble of musicians from Ann Arbor, Brighton and Detroit is simply one of the best. Every member is a leader in his own right. We are especially proud of their conga player, Dr. Alberto Nacif, former host of "Cuban Fantasy" until Marc Taras took over for him. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 20:58:15 +0000 Linda Yohn 16308 at Tumbao Bravo tops "Sweet 16" July 2nd through the 8th.