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11:55 am
Tue June 3, 2014

The 2014 WEMU Blues Barbecue w/ Bobby Murray: Friday, June 6th

If you gave $120 or more to WEMU this spring, your admission for two is a bonus premium and your name is on the guest list for the Blues Barbecue Friday, June 6th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. outside at the EMU Convocation Center (In the atrium in case of rain). 

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Music
8:43 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Musical friendships make great listening

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.  The important power of friendship this morning on 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn streaming on wemu.org and on 89.1, WEMU.

New Music
4:22 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Sunday Wilde: A Musical Force

Sunday Wilde's "He gave me a blue nightgown" is available now
Credit Sunday Wilde

Sunday Wilde’s new CD, He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown was just perfect for a Friday premiere on WEMU when we play it a little loose and fun getting ready for the weekend

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New Music
4:13 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

'The Blue Room' by Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux's "Blue Room" is available now from Universal Music

Blue is more than a color – it is a basic musical form and blue is a mood. Madeleine Peyroux explores all aspects of blue with her new CD The Blue Room. However, this isn’t a blues CD.

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Jazz, Blues, and More...
10:39 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Jose James Tops the Charts - WEMU's Sweet Sixteen

Jose James' new studio album is titled No Beginning No End

José James is simply beyond category. No Beginning No End is a culmination of his career and life weaving threads of jazz, balladry, R&B, classic and neo-soul plus hip-hop into a sensual stream of consciousness.

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89.1 Jazz
3:16 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Anders Osborne "Three Free Amigos" rewarding listening

Anders Osborne - embodiment of musical passion
Credit whiskeyjacques.com

Although “Three Free Amigos” is only six songs long, this E.P.

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89.1 Jazz
2:22 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Teeny Tucker: a tiny, but tremendous blues force

Teeny Tucker at the Blues Blast Awards
Credit teenytucker.com

This Tuesday was a perfect blues day on WEMU.  The cold and the clouds called for down-home story-filled music.  Our playlist this morning included local blues luminaries Johnnie Bassett and George Bedard along with Columbus Ohio’s blues emissary, Teeny Tucker.

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Music
5:54 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Menahan Street Band back on top of "Sweet 16"

Dunham Recording artists, The Menahan Street Band
Credit www.brooklynvegan.com

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”.  All of the time spent backing up R&B and soul sensation Charles Bradley has sparked a giant leap of creativity and risk-taking in this leading soul/jazz/funk band. 

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89.1 Jazz
2:33 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Eric Burdon's blues manifesto "Til Your River Runs Dry" premiered on "89.1 Jazz".

Eric Burdon in studio 2012
Credit Dragon Lady via www.ericburdon.com

"'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.  Most of the songs deal with personal demons, release from self-destruction and potential salvation.  However, Eric Burdon remains true to form with  songs commenting on the ills of today's society such as "Water",  "Memorial Day", "Invitation To The White House" and "In The Ground".   Recorded in New Orleans and Los Angeles in 2010 and 2011, the disc was released in the U.K. in 2012.  It is officially released in the U.S.

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Music
5:14 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Organist Chester "CT" Thompson Tops Sweet 16

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.  One of our recent discoveries is "Mixology" by veteran jazz organist Chester "CT" Thompson.   

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Music
4:49 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Bettye LaVette again claims "Sweet 16" top spot

As we WEMU hosts continue to be grateful to you, our listeners for your generous support, the new CD "Thankful 'N Thoughtful" by former Detroiter Bettye LaVette resonates with us.  Her new disc was the most-played recording on WEMU from November 26th through December 1st.  This week's "Sweet 16" is a fine cross-section of WEMU offerings from the modern-day boogie-woogie and roots music of pianist and singer Julian Fauth to the supremely soulful organ jazz sessions from home town hero, saxophonist Ben Jansson and the first-time appearance of west-coast jazz organ legend Chester "CT" Thompson

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Music
5:20 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Pianist Julian Fouth tops "Sweet 16" third week in November

When I opened the package containing "Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right" by pianist, singer and guitarist Julian Fauth, I knew that WEMU hosts would be happy to find this in the library.  His 2005 CD, "Songs Of Vice And Sorrow" was a host and listener favorite even though Julian was then a relatively young and unknown performer.  When I put the 2012  sound of Julian Fauth into the player, I was fully convinced.  This disc is tailor-made for WEMU. 

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Top Music
3:01 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Bettye LaVette back on top of WEMU "Sweet 16"

Former Detroiter Bettye LaVette has always defied description and categorization.  While many of her contemporaries followed the dictates of their record label or management, Bettye forged her own identity.  There was always a dark edge to Bettye's voice - even in her early R&B sessions such as "My Man - He's A Lovin' Man", recorded when she was 16 years old. 

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Music
3:17 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Detroiter Bettye LaVette Tops "Sweet 16" From October 15th to 21st.

Supporting regional musicians with airplay remains a highest priority at WEMU.  As you peruse the "Sweet 16" for October 15th through the 21st, take note of the many recordings on the list with regional connections including the topper, "Thankful 'N Thoughtful" by Detroiter, soul siren Bettye LaVette.

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Music
3:00 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

ROBERT CRAY'S "NOTHIN' BUT LOVE" WAS THE MOST-PLAYED CD FROM OCTOBER 8TH TO 14TH!

Buoyed by being selected as WEMU's blues fundraising premium, Robert Cray's newest CD, "Nothin' But Love" was the most played disc this past week on 89.1.   Even if Cray's recording hadn't been chosen as a WEMU "thank-you gift", it would likely have risen to the top of our "Sweet Sixteen" by virtue of it's excellence.

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Music
3:58 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

SHEMEKIA COPELAND ROCKS HER WAY BACK UP TO THE TOP OF WEMU'S "SWEET 16"!

Shemekia Copeland sounds just as good as she looks on the cover of her new CD "33 1/3"!

In anticipation of her appearance at The Ark on October 11th, WEMU hosts featured the outstanding new CD "33 1/3" by the new "Queen of the Blues", Shemekia Copeland.   Ms. Copeland actually comes from blues royalty  --  her father is the legendary blues guitarist and composer, Johnny Clyde Copeland.  

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Music
2:50 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

SHEMEKIA COPELAND TOPS WEMU'S MOST RECENT "SWEET 16"

Shemekia Copeland at the 2012 Ottawa Bluesfest.

We knew it was just a matter of time, but the WEMU staff knew that "33 1/3" by Shemekia Copeland would eventually claim the top spot on our "Sweet 16".  If any CD validates her standing as the successor to Koko Taylor as "Queen Of The Blues", this one surely does.  She has emerged on a new label with new repertoire, but her commitment to true, deep blues is as strong as ever. 

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Music
3:42 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Dirty Dozen Brass Band reclaims top spot on WEMU's "Sweet 16".

When The Dirty Dozen Brass Band returned to Southeastern Michigan for a show at The Magic Bag Theater, WEMU hosts seized the opportunity to play selections from one of their favorite bands of all times.  We doubt that WEMU listeners minded hearing the ensemble again, as the band was beloved at venues such as The Ark, The Frog Island Music Festival, The Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival and Sully's in Dearborn. 

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Music
3:14 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Beloved Detroit blues great Johnnie Bassett tops WEMU's Sweet 16 with "I Can Make That Happen"

Johnnie Bassett at The Detroit Jazz Festival.

It was a bittersweet occasion when Detroit blues great Johnnie Bassett's new CD "I Can Make That Happen" once again topped WEMU's "Sweet 16" of most-played CDs for the week.  Just after the disc was released nationally, Johnnie passed away on August 4th due to cancer. 

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Music
4:19 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Reggae Legend Jimmy Cliff Tops WEMU's Sweet 16 July 30th to August 5th

Colorful, captivating Jimmy Cliff in concert

"Rebirth" by living reggae legend, Jimmy Cliff is a fully rewarding listening experience.  He has lost none of his supple vocal quality and range.  Time has deepened his lower range imbuing his words with deeper meaning and insight.  His Jamaican message remains consistent - that love, peace and truth will conquer all.  The production of this date is immaculate, but the music is free flowing and relaxed.  You can see why WEMU hosts collectively wanted to share this excellent new music with you. 

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Music
3:51 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Dirty Dozen Brass Band march to the top of WEMU's "Sweet 16"

Ever festive - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

A WEMU listener favorite since 1984 - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band claims the top spot on this week's "Sweet 16".  This is encouraging news as "Twenty Dozen" is their first release on a brand new record label.  WEMU is proud to support this band which started the international trend of contemporary music arranged for traditional brass band instrumentation. 

 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 18 to June 24, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND  "Twenty Dozen"  (Savoy Jazz)

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2:05 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

In first week of release, Johnnie Bassett's "I Can Make That Happen" tops WEMU's "Sweet 16".

Detroit's king of the blues, Johnnie Bassett

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 4 to June 10, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

1.    JOHNNIE BASSETT  “I Can Make That Happen”   (Sly Dog Records)

2.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

3.    JOAN OSBORNE “Bring It On Home” (Saguaro Road)

4.    ESPERANZA SPALDING   “Radio Music Society”  (Heads Up/Montuno)

5.    LIL’ ED AND THE BLUES IMPERIALS   “Jump Start”  (Alligator Records)

6.    CITIZEN RHYTHM   “Of The People, By The People, For The People”  (Strong Brew Music)

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Sweet 16 May 28th - June 3rd
4:09 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Jazz Soul Seven back on top of WEMU's "Sweet 16"

Russell Ferrante, Terry Lynn Carrington, Master Henry Gibson, Phil Upchurch, Wallace Roney and Robert Hurst are the "Jazz Soul Seven"

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY May 28 to June 3, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

2.    THIRD COAST KINGS   “Third Coast Kings”   (Record Kicks)

3.    CITIZEN RHYTHM   “Of The People, By The People, For The People”  (Strong Brew Music)

4.    JOHNNIE BASSETT  “I Can Make That Happen”   (Sly Dog Records)

5.    DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

6.    ESPERANZA SPALDING   “Radio Music Society”  (Heads Up/Montuno)

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Sweet 16 May 21st-27th
3:22 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Bonnie Raitt Tops WEMU "Sweet Sixteen" May 21st through the 27th

Bonnie Raitt in performance last Friday at Hill Auditorium.

WEMU got behind the Bonnie Raitt concert to benefit the Ann Arbor Summer festival in a big way.  Her disc, "Slipstream" topped our "Sweet 16".  Ms. Raitt and her band were sweet, sexy, soulful, rocking and totally touching in concert at Hill Auditorium. 

 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY May 21 to May 27, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    BONNIE RAITT  "Slipstream"  (Redwing Records)

2.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

3.    DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

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4:28 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Jazz Soul Seven top WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen" May 7th through 13th.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY May 7 to May 13, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

JON CLEARY   “Occapella!”   (FHQ Records)

GALACTIC  “Carnivale Electricos”  (Anti-)

DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

JOAN OSBORNE “Bring It On Home” (Saguaro Road)

GREGORY PORTER  “Be Good”   (Motema Music)

THIRD COAST KINGS   “Third Coast Kings”   (Record Kicks)

DON BYRON NEW GOSPEL QUINTET "Love, Peace, And Soul" (Savoy Jazz)

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