The WEMU playlist this morning included many great guitarists. 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. But, you can’t build a three and half hour program around one artist. 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. It is “Blues For Night
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. We will always support great regional talent along with international music figures, but Alberto Nacif means more to WEMU than just great regional talent: he is family. Today's "Cuban Fantasy" program on Saturdays at 7PM grew out of an interview that Alberto did with evening jazz host Michael G.
in the Ann Arbor Holiday Inn (Plymouth Rd. and US 23) Also see Marc Taras Interview with Dr. Alberto Nacif below.
WEMU and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.
Dr. Alberto Nacif & Friends (CD Release Party) As an interpreter of Latin jazz, percussion master Nacif fronts his own ensemble that is more horn driven, adapting post-bop standards while adding a few originals.
WEMU (89.1 FM), the Eastern Michigan University public radio station, has dedicated its First Friday 5:01 Jazz Series at Ann Arbor's Raven's Club to the memory of Jan Winkelman, a devoted jazz fan and listener, who died 8 March 2007. A fund has been established in his honor at WEMU to finance the series and other special performances.