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The first few weeks of a new year are rough on hosts of free-form music programs.   The big year-end push is over, the holiday recordings are retired and fresh music is yet to arrive in the mail or come via download.  Thankfully at WEMU, we were able to snag some strong new music in late November and early December of 2012 to keep us jamming in to 2013.  One of of our most delightful discoveries was "The Crossing" by The Menahan Street Band".  I wrote a long article on their associations and genesis last week, so for more information check out the previous post. 

Winard Harper has the "Sweet 16" top spot

Dec 19, 2012

Between December 10th and the 16th, WEMU hosts played over 160 different new releases, so for one disc to rest atop that widely varied selection is indeed a rare honor.  We are pleased to reveal that the leader of that week's "Sweet 16" was drummer Winard Harper and his magnificent group, The Jeli Posse.

Bettye LaVette again claims "Sweet 16" top spot

Dec 4, 2012

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

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. 

Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell has defeated incumbent Republican state representative Mark Ouimet in the 52nd district.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

Whether recording with a group or going solo, guitarist Charlie Hunter has long been a favorite of both WEMU listeners and hosts.  His newest offering pairs the 7-string guitarist up with drummer Scott Amendola.  Their depth of musical sound makes it hard to believe that there are just two musicians, but these two are so adept and so complementary that they fill all the musical spaces.  They will also likely fill all the spaces when they appear at The Magic Bag Theater in Ferndale on Thursday, November 1st. 

Never let it be said that when a major artist comes to town, that WEMU doesn't get behind the show and share music with listeners to let them know about the music they'll hear.  We got behind last week's Joe Jackson concert at The Michigan Theater featuring violinist Regina Carter in a real big way. 

Perhaps it was because the lead track on Marcus Miller's new CD "Renaissance" was called "Detroit" that the disc resonated so soundly with WEMU listeners and staff.  Whatever the reason, it has become a fast favorite of listeners and staff alike. 

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. 

Nina Simone Simms-Bentley

Trumpeter Christian Scott delivered not only one of the most meaningful jazz CDs of 2012 with "Christian Atunde Adjuah", but he also delivered one of the most inspirational live performances of the year with his appearance in the "Tribute to Treme" at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival.   Scott's music is "as serious as your life", yet is imbued with energy and a celebration of life. 

Trumpeter Christian Scott immediately impressed WEMU and listeners with his first CD as a leader, "Rewind That" in 2006.  Since then we have anticipated each new release from this urbane, articulate and alternative trumpeter and composer.  His new CD "Christian Atunde Adjuah" demonstrates his "whisper technique" emphasizing breath control rather than mouthpiece technique.  His highly communicative approach recalls trumpet masters Clark Terry and Clifford Brown with a wholly modern approach.  This modernity also applies to his compositions - stretching the instrumentation and arrangements to

Once again, WEMU hosts and listeners realized the depth and mastery of our regional musicians by awarding the Latin jazz band, Tumbao Bravo, the coveted number one spot on the "Sweet 16".  This marks the fourth week in a row for that theirs was the most played CD on 89.1.  This disc deserves the distinction not just because it is music from local performers, but because it is totally original, beautifully produced and recorded with the highest audio quality.  "Casa Versailles" by Tumbao Bravo deserved national accolades and WEMU is leading the way.

Congratulations are in order once again for conga player Alberto Nacif, saxophonist/flutist Paul Vornhagen,  trumpeter Bob Mojica, pianist Brian DiBlassio, percussionist Javier Barrios and bassist Patrick Prouty with special guest percussionist Pepe Espinosa for gaining the coveted top spot on WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen" for the new CD "Casa Versailles" two weeks in a row.  The members of Tumbao Bravo are based in communities all over Southeastern Michigan and record for bassist Paul Keller's PKO Records label, now operating in Saline, Michigan.  Featuring their music dovetails perfectly with WE

Once again, the WEMU staff and listener favorite, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band top our "Sweet Sixteen".

 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 25 to July 1, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

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

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

3.    BÉLA FLECK AND THE MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO   “Across The Imaginary Divide”  (Rounder)

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

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)

When bassist, composer, vocalist and musical visionary Esperanza Spalding's CD, "Radio Music Society" first came out it was an immediate favorite of WEMU listeners and hosts.  With her appearance at The Power Center on Thursday, June 21st for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, the disc once again rose to the top. 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 11 to June 17, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

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)

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)

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)

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)

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY April 23 to April 29, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

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

2.    GALACTIC  “Carnivale Electricos”  (Anti-)

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

4.    CURTIS SALGADO   “Soul Shot”  (Alligator Records)

5.    JON CLEARY   “Occapella!”   (FHQ Records)

6.    KENNY GARRETT “Seeds From The Underground” (Mack Avenue)

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

International Jazz Day

Apr 30, 2012

 

International Jazz Day to be Celebrated with All-Star Concerts in New Orleans and New YorkThe inaugural International Jazz Day will be celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30.Read MoreSee All News ItemsJazzDay.com will be presenting Live Video Broadcasts of these performances:April 30 - United Nations, New York: 7:30pm(EDT) 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY April 16 to April 22, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

1.    DANIEL FREEDMAN   “Bamako By Bus”  (Anzic Records)

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

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

4.    EDDIE C. CAMPBELL  “Spider Eating Preacher”  (Delmark Records)

5.    JOE LOCKE/GEOFFREY KEEZER GROUP   “Signing”   (Motema Music)

6.    LURRIE BELL “The Devil Ain’t Got No Music” (Aria B.G. Records)

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY April 9 to April 15, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

1.    JANIVA MAGNESS “Stronger For It” (Alligator Records)

2.    RICKY NYE   “Ricky Nye And The Paris Blues Band”  (1-2-3 Records)

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

4.    GREGORY PORTER  “Be Good”   (Motema Music)

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

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

2012 JJA Jazz Awards Nominations

Apr 12, 2012

 

2012 JJA Jazz Awards Nominations

 

THE WILLIS CONOVER-MARIAN MCPARTLAND AWARD FOR BROADCASTING Nominations

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