3:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Special Feature: Lunar Glee Club (Lunar Octet) 30th Anniversary Concert This Weekend

  The Lunar Glee Club rocked Ann Arbor’s musical world in the 1980s and early ‘90s with their jazz, Afrobeat, funk, calypso and Latin fusion.  Sunday July 27th, all 9 original members of the band will present a 30th Reunion Concert at Kerrytown Concert House.  

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A Blog Supreme
10:19 am
Fri May 9, 2014

The First African-American Piano Manufacturer

The high-end Setai Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, now called Langham Place, took in one of Warren Shadd's pianos
Credit Courtesty of Warren Shadd
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Live Music
11:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz: Sean Dobbins At Rush Street Tonight!

89.1 WEMU’s free Sesi Motors – Jan Winkelman 5:01 Jazz series springs to life Friday, May 2nd with Drummer Sean Dobbins.

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1:09 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Celebrate International Jazz Day With 89.1 WEMU

Jazz Appreciation Month wraps up on Wednesday, April 30th with International Jazz Day.

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2:29 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Trumpet Stolen From Jazz Great Marcus Belgrave Recovered

Jazz Great and WEMU Favorite Marcus Belgrave reunited with stolen, custom trumpet
Credit marcusbelgrave.net

Authorities say a trumpet stolen from Detroit jazz star Marcus Belgrave is back in his hands, while the suspected thief is in theirs. 

The Detroit Free Press says the horn was stolen Friday out of Belgrave's car in Detroit and arrived at a pawn shop. Police say an employee contacted officers to say the store had Belgrave's instrument. 

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8:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Robert Prester Dogtown: a Wednesday Delight

The cover for Robert Prester's new CD Dogtown is as enjoyable as the music inside
Credit www.robertprester.com

WEMU listeners are discerning judges of good talent.  You have heard gifted pianists such as McCoy Tyner, Bebo Valdes, Chucho Valdes, Danilo Perez and Michel Camilo on 89.1 Jazz shows.  We think you will welcome pianist Robert Prester and his new CD Dogtown with open ears.  Not unlike Chucho Valdes and Danilo Perez, Robert Prester followed classical piano studies.  It is evident in his brilliant 32nd note runs and precise technique.  But like the aforementioned, Prester also plays with emotion, feeling, joy and improvisational bliss.  His partners on the disc revel

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8:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

WEMU says Yes! to Agachiko

Garbrielle Agachiko makes her debut on Accurate Records
Credit www.accuraterecords.com

Agachiko is the group led by Boston-based vocalist, lyricist and composer Gabrielle Agachiko. 

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8:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Sixteen Sunsets by Jane Ira Bloom is good morning music!

Newest offering for soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets.
Credit Outline Records

89.1 Jazz hits a high note this morning with a new CD from soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom – Sixteen Sunsets – and a beloved classic – My Favorite Things – from  John Coltrane.  Linda Yohn is in with 89.1 Jazz at 9 streaming on WEMU.org and on 89.1 WEMU.

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2:54 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Remembering Musical Passings of 2013

The Groove Yard remembers some of the musicians who passed this year, including Yusef Lateef, one of George's all-time favorites.

Before turning the page on 2013, The Groove Yard's George Klein gave tribute to many artists that left the music community in 2013. 

George compiled a list, below. However, it is not intended to be complete. It is a list of passings in music (mostly jazz and blues) and in music and creative culture that George learned about during the year and verified through various networks.

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8:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Yuletide Hideaway by Karrin Allyson discovered and shared on WEMU

The inviting cover begs you to come in, relax, listen and enjoy!
Credit www.karrin.com


Yuletide Hideaway  by Karrin Allyson should not be hidden in the corner of the WEMU stacks.  This is one of the finest Christmas jazz recordings released in a great while.  

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8:39 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Vanessa Rubin and Don Braden swing soulfully

Singer Vanessa Rubin and saxophonist Don Braden have been friends since the early 1980s.  Nearly 30 years later they released their first CD together: Full Circle.  This is a very soulful, blues-influenced session due in no small part guitarist Dave Stryker, organist Kyle Koehler and drummer Cecil Brooks III completing the ace band.  Full Circle by Vanessa Rubin and Don Braden premieres this morning on 89.1 Jazz

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.

4:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

'Endless Mysteries' by George Colligan: lasting contribution to jazz piano trio repertoire

George Colligan's “The Endless Mysteries” is now available
Credit Courtesy photo

Piano-bass-drums.  How often have you heard a WEMU host repeat that instrumental combination?  More than you can count.  Yet, this trio format remains a source of endless variation and fascination.  A prime example of the possibilities is the new CD The Endless Mysteries by pianist George Colligan. 

 You have heard WEMU hosts repeat Colligan’s name for twenty years.   We discovered him in 1993 as the pianist for saxophonist Ron Holloway.  His debut recording as a leader, Activism followed in 1996 on Steeplechase Records.  Since then Colligan has created a body of work for solo piano and ensemble that deserves consideration for his compositions and technique.  

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5:20 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

An Interview with Dave Sharp: Worlds, 5:01 Jazz and More!

Ahead of his new CD release, Dave Sharp sits down with Linda Yohn in the WEMU studio to talk about about  his upcoming 5:01 Jazz performance, the release of his new album Worldslife as a musician, and more on this Halloween morning. 

Listen to the full-length interview from 89.1 WEMU:

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2:59 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

An Interview with Robert Hurst: Detroit Jazz Fest, BoB a Palindrome and More!

Robert and Linda in the WEMU studios
Brad McNett

Linda Yohn sits down with Robert Hurst in the WEMU studio to talk about about  his upcoming Detroit Jazz Festival performance, his new album BoB a Palindrome, life as a musician, and more on this morning's 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn

Linda Yohn interviews Robert Hurst ahead of his Detroit Jazz Festival.

8:03 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Remembering Mulgrew Miller

Mulgrew Miller at the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Credit David Tallacksen

The whole keyboard was Miller's canvas. His left hand could stride and swing with great authority, and when the two hands got together, he sent the train down the tracks. Hear music from WBGO's 25th-anniversary party, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.


JazzSet celebrates the art of the late piano great Mulgrew Miller.


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New Music
10:21 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Freddy Cole Gets Better and Better

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.

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New Music
6:19 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Corey Christianson Creates Contemporary Cowboy Tunes

  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. 

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New Music
8:31 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Quartette Humaine Evokes Brubeck

In late April, Bob Edwards Weekend (Saturdays from 8 to 10AM on WEMU) aired a revealing and insightful interview with pianist and producer Bob James. My curiosity about the new Bob James-David Sanborn collaboration, Quartette Humaine, 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 Quartette Humaine and legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond.


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New Music
10:22 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Medeski Brings 'A Different Time' to Life

A Different Time is a more introspective, meditative collection than fans of MMW’s lively, groove-driven music might expect. Consisting mostly of Medeski’s own compositions and improvisations, with a familiar spiritual and a Willie Nelson song added into the mix, the album presents a different side of Medeski’s prodigious artistry.
Credit johnmedeski.com

Artists reflect the unspoken needs of the viewers, readers and listeners. With A Different Time, pianist John Medeski takes us to that quiet, meditative place that is often out of reach given our frantic lives. Perhaps the age of the piano on which Medeski recorded the pieces has something to do with the classic, contemplative sound of A Different Time. The piano was built by the Gaveau piano manufacturers in central France in 1924. It was constructed in a style that predates the modern piano.

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New Music
3:08 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

David Arnay Goes from Concept to Accomplishment

Pianist David Arnay
Credit davidarnay.com

I admit it – I’m often skeptical regarding a concept CD from a new artist.  I think to myself - oh they need a gimmick to get to me to listen.  

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New Music
3:56 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Emilio Teubal is a 'Constant Reinventor'

One of the songs on Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido by pianist and composer Emilio Teubal is The Constant Reinventor. 

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New Music
8:00 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Latin Jazz has a 'New Beginning' with Michelle Pollace on the keys

New Beginning by Michelle Pollace is now available

As we search for the best new music on  WEMU, we will often feature someone you’ve never heard before but think is worth your time. 

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New Music
10:54 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Cécile McLorin Salvant's 'Woman Child'

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz Appreciation Month concludes with International Jazz Day on Tuesday, April 30th and the global release of Woman Child by the trans-national singing sensation, Cécile McLorin Salvant on April 29th. “Woman Child” truly is a cause for celebration.

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New Music
3:32 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

Performance for the U.S. Bicentennial, New York City, July 4, 1976.
Tom Marcello (creative commons)

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. 

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