89.1 WEMU

Michael Jewett

Operations Manager & Host

 Michael Jewett is the long-time host of 89.1 Jazz every weekday afternoon.  Besides his on-air work; Michael is WEMU’s Operations Manager. Mr. Jewett started working for WEMU in 1983. He’s been on the air longer than any other current WEMU music host. 

As you might imagine; Michael has a pretty large personal music collection. Most of those titles are jazz & blues, but there is also a fair amount of rock, soul, & reggae plus some hip-hop and the odd classical title. “I’ve no idea how many discs I own….thousands of records…I have my own filling system; but occasionally I have trouble locating a title. ”

A happy & devoted family guy; Michael shares a home with a marvelous wife, dynamic step-daughter, a pair of Shih tzu’s and three cats that don’t quite get along. Michael likes to cook but not clean. Taking the dogs for morning, evening and late-night walks is a routine highlight of Michael’s day.

Michael is a board game player/enthusiast. In the past few years he’s reawakened an interest in comic books and graphic novels. He also enjoys film and quality television dramas.

Ways to Connect

"The Feeling of Jazz" is a beautiful Duke Ellington piece the composer debuted on his classic collaboration with saxophone giant John Coltrane. That track and more than a few others come to mind as I ponder the retirement of WEMU Music Director Linda Yohn. This is not so much because I know Linda digs the tune; but rather that the sentiment captures what motivates and defines her.

Season 10 of NBC's "The Voice" brought Ann Arbor bluesman, singer, and guitarist, Laith Al-Saadi into the national spotlight over the past few weeks. True to his 2013 record "Real," Laith brought a welcome change to the program as part of Adam Levine's team with his gritty, raw vocals, and guitar that landed him a top spot as a finalist on the show. While he took 4th place in the contest,  he'll still bring home the bragging rights as a top-notch blues artist and instrumentalist.

Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

Mr. B (Mark Braun) visits the 89.1 WEMU studios to perform with special guests, Lila Ammons & Axel Zwingenberger ahead of their Blues and Boogie Celebration at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend.