New Music http://wemu.org en 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 '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 Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz - Rush Street with Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven http://wemu.org/post/sesi-motors-501-jazz-rush-street-dave-sharp-s-secret-seven <p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.davesharp.com/" target="_blank">Dave Sharp</a>’s Secret Seven&nbsp;plays @ Rush Street, Friday, November&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">1st -</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;5:01 pm to 7 pm.</span></strong></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:16:44 +0000 editor 26608 at http://wemu.org Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz - Rush Street with Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven Peter Case & Paul Burch Live In-Studio http://wemu.org/post/peter-case-paul-burch-live-studio <p>Before headlining this year's <a href="http://www.ypsilibrary.org/events-classes/songwriting-festival">Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival</a>, singer/songwriters Peter Case and Paul Burch visited The Roots Music Project for a live interview and performance.&nbsp;</p><p><em>&nbsp; </em></p><p><strong>Listen to the full performance and interview here:</strong></p><p></p><p><em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 19:27:40 +0000 Jeremy Baldwin 35690 at http://wemu.org Peter Case & Paul Burch Live In-Studio New Mix: Beck, Best Coast, Joanna Gruesome, More http://wemu.org/post/new-mix-beck-best-coast-joanna-gruesome-more On this edition of <em>All Songs Considered</em>, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15333650/beck">Beck</a>. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 15:11:27 +0000 Robin Hilton 35099 at http://wemu.org New Mix: Beck, Best Coast, Joanna Gruesome, More An Interview with Robert Hurst: Detroit Jazz Fest, BoB a Palindrome and More! http://wemu.org/post/interview-robert-hurst-detroit-jazz-fest-bob-palindrome-and-more <p>Linda Yohn sits down with Robert Hurst in the WEMU studio to talk about about&nbsp; his upcoming Detroit Jazz Festival performance, his new album <em>BoB a Palindrome, </em>life as a musician, and more on this morning's 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:59:31 +0000 Linda Yohn 34228 at http://wemu.org An Interview with Robert Hurst: Detroit Jazz Fest, BoB a Palindrome and More! Live In Studio: Rick Roe http://wemu.org/post/live-studio-rick-roe <p>As a pianist, Rick Roe says much with his terrific touch, his surprising song selections and understanding of the importance of the space between the notes.&nbsp;&nbsp;This morning was truly special as Rick Roe discusses his musical life and his new CD, “Swing Theory” plus, <a href="http://rickroe.com/">his upcoming CD release concert</a>.</p><p><strong>Listen to the full interview here:</strong></p><p></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:46:05 +0000 Linda Yohn 33664 at http://wemu.org Live In Studio: Rick Roe The Roots Music Project: Corndaddy Live in Studio http://wemu.org/post/roots-music-project-corndaddy-live-studio <p>Local favorites, Corndaddy&nbsp;appears on The Roots Music Project ahead of their performance at the Ark in Ann Arbor</p><p><strong>Listen to the full interview &amp; performance here:&nbsp;</strong></p><p></p><p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 20:44:22 +0000 Jeremy Baldwin 33414 at http://wemu.org The Roots Music Project: Corndaddy Live in Studio Weekend Watch: Bluescasters, DAYfest, McNett Trio, Dexter Daze and More! http://wemu.org/post/weekend-watch-bluescasters-dayfest-mcnett-trio-dexter-daze-and-more <p></p><p><em><strong>Upcoming Events for August 9-11</strong></em></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:12:19 +0000 Patrik Holubik & Anna K.B. Hinkley 33341 at http://wemu.org Weekend Watch: Bluescasters, DAYfest, McNett Trio, Dexter Daze and More! Live In Studio: Seth Walker http://wemu.org/post/live-studio-seth-walker <p>Before his performance at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Seth Walker stopped by the&nbsp; WEMU studios to perform a few acoustic blues songs from his new album, <em>Time Can Change</em>.</p><p>Seth also discusses&nbsp; his unique musical background which spans classical music to raucous rock-n-roll.</p><p><strong>Listen to the full interview here:</strong></p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:03:53 +0000 Linda Yohn, Patrik Holubik & Brad McNett 33339 at http://wemu.org Live In Studio: Seth Walker Take the Shuttle to the Detroit Jazz Festival This Weekend http://wemu.org/post/take-shuttle-detroit-jazz-festival-weekend <p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:19:02 +0000 Patrik Holubik 33283 at http://wemu.org Take the Shuttle to the Detroit Jazz Festival This Weekend Seth Walker and Corndaddy at the Ark http://wemu.org/post/seth-walker-and-corndaddy-ark <p>Two shows of great interest to WEMU listeners are coming up soon at The Ark: blues and roots singer-songwriter Seth Walker on Thursday, August 8<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and Ann Arbor’s beloved roots-rock quartet Corndaddy on Friday, August 16<sup>th</sup>.</p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:18:43 +0000 Linda Yohn 33237 at http://wemu.org Weekend Watch: DAYFest, Local Blues & Local Brews, and More! http://wemu.org/post/weekend-watch-dayfest-local-blues-local-brews-and-more <div class="sr-container sr-2"><div class="inner"><div class="sr-title"><p></p><p><em><strong>Upcoming Events for August 2-4</strong></em></p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:27:25 +0000 Patrik Holubik & Anna K.B. Hinkley 33015 at http://wemu.org Weekend Watch: DAYFest, Local Blues & Local Brews, and More! Special Feature: The Ann Arbor Summer Festival http://wemu.org/post/special-feature-ann-arbor-summer-festival <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129650575%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-mWL55&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Ann Arbor Summer Festival marks its&nbsp;</span>30th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Anniversary this year. The annual celebration of music and entertainment is now in its final week for 2013. As this year's event winds down, we thought it a good time to look at the past, present and future of the festival. As&nbsp;</span>WEMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Wendy Wright discovered, the common thread has been, and will continue to be, a sense of community.</span></p><div> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:53:08 +0000 Wendy Wright 31616 at http://wemu.org Special Feature: The Ann Arbor Summer Festival Freddy Cole Gets Better and Better http://wemu.org/post/freddy-cole-gets-better-and-better <p>Pianist and singer Freddy Cole gets better and better. If it’s possible, there is greater warmth and depth in his husky voice. His phrasing is even more subtle and sly. His sense of rhythm – just slightly behind the beat feels more suspenseful yet playful than before. His chemistry with the band seems to be more organic, tighter and empathetic.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/20131714" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 02:21:13 +0000 Linda Yohn 30709 at http://wemu.org Freddy Cole Gets Better and Better Corey Christianson Creates Contemporary Cowboy Tunes http://wemu.org/post/corey-christianson-creates-contemporary-cowboy-tunes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Is the guitar today’s universal instrument? Actually, the voice is our first and most universal instrument, but the guitar could follow shortly behind it. In permutations from the oud to the cittern, zither, bouzouki and many others, portable stringed instruments are easy to transport and play while singing. These instruments including today’s modern guitars are versatile in all styles of music.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:19:01 +0000 Linda Yohn 29839 at http://wemu.org Corey Christianson Creates Contemporary Cowboy Tunes Quartette Humaine Evokes Brubeck http://wemu.org/post/quartette-humaine-evokes-brubeck <p><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">In late April,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://http://www.bobedwardsradio.com/blog/2013/4/17/bob-james.html"><i style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">Bob Edwards Weekend</i></a><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;(Saturdays from 8 to </span>10AM<span style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;"> on </span>WEMU<span style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">) aired a revealing and insightful interview with pianist and producer Bob James. My curiosity about the new Bob James-David Sanborn collaboration,&nbsp;</span><i style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">Quartette Humaine</i><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">, was piqued. The four weeks of waiting are over and you and I can enjoy this new CD which is one of the finest examples of quartet interplay I’ve heard in a while. Legitimate comparisons will be made between&nbsp;</span><i style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">Quartette Humaine</i><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;and legendary Dave </span>Brubeck<span style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;"> Quartet featuring Paul Desmond.</span></p><p style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin-top: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.14in;">&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 00:31:02 +0000 Linda Yohn 29779 at http://wemu.org Quartette Humaine Evokes Brubeck Medeski Brings 'A Different Time' to Life http://wemu.org/post/medeski-brings-different-time-life <p style="font-family: Times; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">Artists reflect the unspoken needs of the viewers, readers and listeners. With&nbsp;</span><i style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">A Different Time</i><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;">, pianist John </span>Medeski<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 11pt;"> takes us to that quiet, meditative place that is often out of reach given our frantic lives. Wed, 22 May 2013 02:22:11 +0000 Linda Yohn 29726 at http://wemu.org Medeski Brings 'A Different Time' to Life David Arnay Goes from Concept to Accomplishment http://wemu.org/post/david-arnay-goes-concept-accomplishment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I admit it – I’m often skeptical regarding a </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">concept </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">CD from a new artist.&nbsp; I think to myself - oh they need a gimmick to get to me to listen. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 19:08:44 +0000 Linda Yohn 29644 at http://wemu.org David Arnay Goes from Concept to Accomplishment Emilio Teubal is a 'Constant Reinventor' http://wemu.org/post/emilio-teubal-constant-reinventor <p>One of the songs on Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido by pianist and composer Emilio Teubal is The Constant Reinventor.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 19:56:13 +0000 Linda Yohn 29378 at http://wemu.org Emilio Teubal is a 'Constant Reinventor' Latin Jazz has a 'New Beginning' with Michelle Pollace on the keys http://wemu.org/post/latin-jazz-has-new-beginning-michelle-pollace-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 http://wemu.org Latin Jazz has a 'New Beginning' with Michelle Pollace on the keys Cécile McLorin Salvant's 'Woman Child' http://wemu.org/post/c-cile-mclorin-salvants-woman-child <p><i>Jazz Appreciation Month</i>&nbsp;concludes with&nbsp;<i>International Jazz Day</i>&nbsp;on Tuesday, April 30<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and the global release of&nbsp;<i>Woman Child</i>&nbsp;by the trans-national singing sensation, Cécile McLorin Salvant on April 29<sup>th</sup>. “Woman Child” truly is a cause for celebration.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/x1CXt5agAP8" width="560"></iframe></p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:54:50 +0000 Linda Yohn & Linda 28541 at http://wemu.org Cécile McLorin Salvant's 'Woman Child' April is Jazz Appreciation Month http://wemu.org/post/april-jazz-appreciation-month <p><span style="font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(235, 235, 235); ">The April 22nd birthday of two legendary bassists: Charles Mingus and Paul Chambers is another reason that Congressman John Conyers submitted the legislation designating April as Jazz Appreciation Month in 2001.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:32:59 +0000 Linda Yohn 28375 at http://wemu.org April is Jazz Appreciation Month Aguankó's Latin Jazz http://wemu.org/post/aguank-s-latin-jazz-0 <p>While there was much more conversation than usual on 89.1 from the 8<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;through the 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;of April during the spring on-air pledge drive, we did play some good music. We are pleased to report that the most played new recording for the week ending April 14<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;was the excellent regional Latin jazz CD Elemental by Aguankó. We hold the leader of Aguankó, conga-player Alberto Nacif in the highest regard. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:03:23 +0000 Linda Yohn 28308 at http://wemu.org Aguankó's Latin Jazz Eldar Djangirov's Breakthrough Music http://wemu.org/post/eldar-djangirovs-breakthrough-music <p>A Jazz Appreciation Month celebration should honor both the originators of the music and the new, emerging original voices. Our 89.1 Jazz premiere this morning achieved that goal. <em>Breakthrough</em> is the new CD by pianist Eldar Djangirov and his trio for a new label: Motéma Music.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/sEY-l2bIGw8?feature=player_embedded" width="640"></iframe></p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 02:30:44 +0000 Linda Yohn 28201 at http://wemu.org Eldar Djangirov's Breakthrough Music