89.1 Jazz http://wemu.org en Stacey Kent's 'The Changing Lights' Will Light Up Your Valentine's Day http://wemu.org/post/stacey-kents-changing-lights-will-light-your-valentines-day <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Linda Yohn 41541 at http://wemu.org Stacey Kent's 'The Changing Lights' Will Light Up Your Valentine's Day 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 Robert Prester Dogtown: a Wednesday Delight http://wemu.org/post/robert-prester-dogtown-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 http://wemu.org Robert Prester Dogtown: a Wednesday Delight Karen Marguth's 'A Way with Words' inspires more wordsmiths http://wemu.org/post/karen-marguths-way-words-inspires-more-wordsmiths <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Planning a morning program starts the afternoon before the <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wemu/guide.guidemain?action=viewPlaylist&amp;playlistID=854584&amp;eventID=172921">show</a>. I review new music in the office while working on other tasks and research the next day's musical choices. As I listen to a disc, I immediately think of other music to go with it. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 19:50:11 +0000 Linda Yohn 26413 at http://wemu.org Karen Marguth's 'A Way with Words' inspires more wordsmiths Welcome to Jason Marsalis' World of Mallets http://wemu.org/post/welcome-jason-marsalis-world-mallets <p></p><p>Even though the official release of <em>In A World Of&nbsp;</em> <em>Mallet</em>s by Jason Marsalis is not until February 19<sup>th</sup>, we jumped on it immediately at WEMU.&nbsp; With the panoply of vibes, tubular bells, marimbas and other mallet instruments this recording is like a breath of light, spring air.&nbsp; Perhaps it’s the New Orleans vibe that percolates throughout the songs or the emergence of a new working group in jazz, but this is a welcome addition to the WEMU playlist.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:10:11 +0000 Linda Yohn 25622 at http://wemu.org Welcome to Jason Marsalis' World of Mallets Smokey Mary is Harry Connick, Jr.’s ode to The Krewe of Orpheus http://wemu.org/post/smokey-mary-harry-connick-jr-s-ode-krewe-orpheus <p></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:59:01 +0000 Linda Yohn 25473 at http://wemu.org Smokey Mary is Harry Connick, Jr.’s ode to The Krewe of Orpheus Anders Osborne "Three Free Amigos" rewarding listening http://wemu.org/post/anders-osborne-three-free-amigos-rewarding-listening <p></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:16:22 +0000 Linda Yohn 25414 at http://wemu.org Anders Osborne "Three Free Amigos" rewarding listening A call to loyal listeners: Volunteer! http://wemu.org/post/call-loyal-listeners-volunteer <p><strong>WEMU welcomes volunteers for the Spring Pledge&nbsp;</strong></p><p>April 4th-11th</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>WEMU's&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Spring Pledge Drive is scheduled to begin April &nbsp;4th, and we hope you'll help us take pledges in the studio. Volunteering &nbsp;your time during an on-air fundraiser is a wonderful opportunity to support WEMU, and the experience is always fun!</span></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:47:43 +0000 WEMU 19736 at http://wemu.org A call to loyal listeners: Volunteer! Aguabella Latin Jazz Band are flamekeepers http://wemu.org/post/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 http://wemu.org Aguabella Latin Jazz Band are flamekeepers Teeny Tucker: a tiny, but tremendous blues force http://wemu.org/post/teeny-tucker-tiny-tremendous-blues-force <p></p><p>This Tuesday was a perfect blues day on WEMU.&nbsp; The cold and the clouds called for down-home story-filled music.&nbsp; Our<a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wemu/guide.guidemain?action=viewPlaylist&amp;playlistID=846379&amp;eventID=172921" target="_blank"> playlist this morning </a>included local blues luminaries Johnnie Bassett and George Bedard along with Columbus Ohio’s blues emissary, Teeny Tucker.</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:22:12 +0000 Linda Yohn 25151 at http://wemu.org Teeny Tucker: a tiny, but tremendous blues force "Magic Beans" by Benny Green is a delicacy! http://wemu.org/post/magic-beans-benny-green-delicacy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The majority of the classic Blue Note recordings of the 1950s and 1960s were characterized by highly conversant horn exchanges and brilliant, supportive rhythm sections.&nbsp; For Benny Green to pay tribute to that era of jazz with the instrumentation of piano-bass-drums is quite a task.&nbsp; But, Benny pulls it off with inspiration, energy and attitude.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:24:38 +0000 Linda Yohn 25105 at http://wemu.org "Magic Beans" by Benny Green is a delicacy! Guitarist Nate Najar channels Charlie Byrd on new CD http://wemu.org/post/guitarist-nate-najar-channels-charlie-byrd-new-cd <p>The <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wemu/guide.guidemain?action=viewPlaylist&amp;playlistID=845357&amp;eventID=172921" target="_blank">WEMU playlist</a> this morning included many great guitarists.&nbsp; My initial inspiration was to promote guitarist Jake Reichbart and his quartet at this afternoon’s free “Sesi Motors 501 Jazz Show” at Rush Street.&nbsp; But, you can’t build a three and half hour program around one artist.&nbsp; So, I went to our “new stacks” and checked out a disc that we’d had for a few weeks, gave it try, gave it two thumbs up and got it on the air.&nbsp;&nbs Fri, 01 Feb 2013 20:06:18 +0000 Linda Yohn 25006 at http://wemu.org Guitarist Nate Najar channels Charlie Byrd on new CD "Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue" by Terri Lynn Carrington premiered today. http://wemu.org/post/money-jungle-provocative-blue-terri-lynn-carrington-premiered-today <p>In time for African American History month, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington pays tribute to three to icons of jazz and African American music:&nbsp; Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach on her newest release. &nbsp;In 1963, Ellington, Mingus and Roach made only one recording together: “Money Jungle” for Capitol Records.&nbsp; The trio to realize the 2013 approach to “Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue” are pianist Gerald Clayton and bassist Christian McBride along with Ms. Carrington.</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 19:49:46 +0000 Linda Yohn 24893 at http://wemu.org "Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue" by Terri Lynn Carrington premiered today. "3.2.1" by pianist Pamela Hines is a pleasant surprise! http://wemu.org/post/321-pianist-pamela-hines-pleasant-surprise <p></p><p>Often on first listen to a new CD, I’ll remark, “that’s nice…” and just file it away.&nbsp; I’m very glad that I gave “3.2.1” by pianist Pamela Hines a second chance.&nbsp; On the second pass, I heard the complexities that I missed in my first cursory review.&nbsp; We receive many piano-bass-drums CDs re-working standards at WEMU, so if your disc is to make it on the air it must have a “special something”.&nbsp; Pamela Hines has it.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 18:49:38 +0000 Linda Yohn 24838 at http://wemu.org "3.2.1" by pianist Pamela Hines is a pleasant surprise! "Alpenglühen" WEMU "New Music Monday" premiere http://wemu.org/post/alpengl-hen-wemu-new-music-monday-premiere <p>The jazz musician is fortunate to be able to hear new possibilities in old melodies and create new music from the gems of the past.&nbsp; That is what saxophonist Maximilian Geller has accomplished with “Alpenglühen”, his new CD released recently in the US.&nbsp; While all the songs on the disc are credited to Geller or band members such as pianist Walter Lang, it is clear that they have drawn inspiration from German, Swiss and French folk melodies to craft their elegant and sparkling repertoire.&nbsp; According the label, Ozella Music, “Alpenglühen” can take you home and to faraway places: Mon, 28 Jan 2013 20:50:24 +0000 Linda Yohn 24797 at http://wemu.org "Alpenglühen" WEMU "New Music Monday" premiere Hummingbird Parade provides musical escape for wintry weather http://wemu.org/post/hummingbird-parade-provides-musical-escape-wintry-weather <p>Our latest WEMU discovery is The Hummingbird Brigade, an 11 piece jazz ensemble from Vancouver, British Columbia led by saxophonist/clarinetist/flutist James Danderfer.&nbsp; Danderfer explains the tone of his music as “New Orleans brass band-inspired”.&nbsp; Building on the rich legacy of New Orleans street bands and the new approaches coming from the Crescent City by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Soul Rebels and The Hot 8 Brass Band, Danderfer and his band-mates are adding to the street beat repertoire with well-crafted, highly rhythmic original music.&nbsp; Mardi Gras day is coming up Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:34:02 +0000 Linda Yohn 24714 at http://wemu.org Hummingbird Parade provides musical escape for wintry weather Eric Burdon's blues manifesto "Til Your River Runs Dry" premiered on "89.1 Jazz". http://wemu.org/post/eric-burdons-blues-manifesto-til-your-river-runs-dry-premiered-891-jazz <p>"'Til Your River Runs Dry" by Eric Burdon is the most revealing, personal and blues-drenched recording the former lead singer of The Animals and War has ever released.&nbsp; Most of the songs deal with personal demons, release from self-destruction and potential salvation.&nbsp; However, Eric Burdon remains true to form with&nbsp; songs commenting on the ills of today's society such as "Water",&nbsp; "Memorial Day", "Invitation To The White House" and "In The Ground".&nbsp;&nbsp; Recorded in New Orleans and Los Angeles in 2010 and 2011, the disc was released in the U.K. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:33:46 +0000 Linda Yohn 24602 at http://wemu.org Eric Burdon's blues manifesto "Til Your River Runs Dry" premiered on "89.1 Jazz". 89.1 Jazz inspired by UMS Detroit jazz spectacular http://wemu.org/post/891-jazz-inspired-ums-detroit-jazz-spectacular <p>This morning's<a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wemu/guide.guidemain?action=viewPlaylist&amp;playlistID=842416&amp;eventID=172921"> 89.1 Jazz </a>&nbsp;program reflected the unique musical experience of Monday evening's landmark concert: "From The Cass Corridor To The World: A Celebration Of Detroit's Musical Golden Age".&nbsp;&nbsp; Perhaps we need an occasional reminder regarding the wealth, breadth and depth of our regional talent.&nbsp; The "reminder" collected by University Musical Society with assistance from pianist Geri Allen, bassist Robert Hurst and drummer Karriem Riggin Tue, 22 Jan 2013 20:20:35 +0000 Linda Yohn 24553 at http://wemu.org 89.1 Jazz inspired by UMS Detroit jazz spectacular 89.1 Jazz honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on Inaugural Day. http://wemu.org/post/891-jazz-honors-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-inaugural-day <p><span class="plTemplateTop-playlist-notes">Our short <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wemu/guide.guidemain?action=viewPlaylist&amp;playlistID=842072&amp;eventID=172921">program</a> was packed with music to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to get us ready for President Obama's second inaugural ceremony and tonight's special concert: "From Cass Corridor To The World: A Celebration Of Detroit's Golden Age Of Music". Thank you for choosing to listen to WEMU on this special day.</span></p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:25:01 +0000 Linda Yohn 24504 at http://wemu.org 89.1 Jazz honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on Inaugural Day.