2:55 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival Lineup

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Once again, musicians from around the world and right here in Metro Detroit will come together to weave deep, meaningful stories through their music that are at the very root of what makes jazz an art form that imitates, creates and expands our collective musical and life experiences. Click through for full details.
In his third year as the Detroit Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Chris Collins has cultivated another amazing lineup for this year's Labor Day weekend performances. The vision for 2014 is to continue to create musical experiences and collaborations that articulate "Jazz Speaks for Life," the important words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
12:13 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

89.1 WEMU's The Roots Music Project and the Sunday Best On-Demand

Listen to the Roots Music Project or the Sunday Best anytime, anywhere from your computer or mobile device.

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12:49 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Clarinet Marmalade: The Jazz Clarinet Revival

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Join WEMU's Nik Thompson for a pretty interesting course on the history of the clarinet at Cleary University.
The clarinet has been a preeminent and pioneering instrument in American jazz. The instrument has been integral from New Orleans to Chicago, and from the sounds of Dixieland to that of the Big Bands. Its rise to prominence likely peaked in the 1960s. After a “short” hiatus (relative to the history of the genre), the clarinet is experiencing a wide-ranging resurgence in today’s popular modern jazz scene. Join us in this class for a journey across 100 years of jazz musical history.
12:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ramsey Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Clarke To Headline Detroit Jazz Festival

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The Detroit Jazz Festival announced a slew of headliners Tuesday, including jazz icons Ramsey Lewis, Pharoah Sanders, Stanley Clarke and Ron Carter, for the 35th annual festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit.
The four-day explosion of jazz, the largest free jazz festival in the world, will be presented on four stages from the Detroit riverfront up to Campus Martius from Aug. 29-Sept. 1. Saxophonist Joshua Redman, who’s toured with Jack DeJohnette and Pat Metheny, will be the 2014 Artist in Residence.
12:18 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Stephen Colbert To Replace David Letterman On Late Show

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Stephen Colbert has been chosen by CBS to take David Letterman's spot hosting the Late Show.
Stephen Colbert has been chosen by CBS to take David Letterman's spot hosting the Late Show. Here's the official announcement from CBS on Stephen Colbert taking over as Late Show host.
4:25 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

89.1 WEMU Presents: Mr. B Live In-Studio

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.

3:15 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Announces 2014 Mainstage Lineup

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced its 2014 Mainstage lineup.

Executive Director Amy Nesbitt sat down with WEMU's Michael Jewett Monday afternoon to talk about the schedule and hear some music from some of the acts scheduled to appear.

See the complete schedule here:

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A Blog Supreme
1:50 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos

John Coltrane during the recording of A Love Supreme in December 1964.
Chuck Stewart Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Originally published on Fri March 28, 2014 11:34 am

Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes, playback and downtime. The company would take what it needed, the remainder likely never to be developed, much less published. After decades in the photography business, and thousands of album covers to his name, he's amassed a lot of negatives.

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12:52 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The full 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest schedule reveals tough choices, cheeky pairings

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If you're thinking about heading to the Jazz Fest in New Orleans, check out this article from
  • Source: Nola
  • | Via: Keith Spera
Allen Toussaint showed up for Tuesday's unveiling of the full 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest schedule. So did the late Ernie K-Doe. Toussaint, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame pianist, songwriter and producer, rocked leather sandals and an impeccable taupe suit with ivory pinstripes.
Live Music
11:02 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz: Tumbao Bravo At Rush Street Tonight

89.1 WEMU’s free Sesi Motors – Jan Winkelman 5:01 Jazz series springs to life Friday, April 4th with one of your best-loved Latin jazz bands – Tumbao Bravo

Dance and enjoy the afternoon with your friends!

89.1 WEMU-FM and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.

Join us for a  5:01 PM celebration music and more on Friday, April 4th

 The show is at the newly renovated  Rush Street,  314 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor.  Admission is free.

2:03 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Celebrating The Beatles on Public Radio

Fifty years after The Beatles took America by storm, we examine why the group was so innovative.

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1:59 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Trumpet stolen from jazz master Marcus Belgrave

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The trumpet, made of copper, helps Belgrave create his signature sound. He says he won't press charges and may even give a reward if his trumpet is returned.
Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest for the murder of Roderick Bridges. Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest for the murder of Roderick Bridges.
3:33 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Ann Arbor District Library Now Offering Local Label Music

Credit Andrew Cluley

A new partnership between the Ann Arbor District Library and a local music label is making over 250 albums available to library patrons.  

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a new partnership between the Ann Arbor District Library and a local music label to make their songs available to download for free.

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The Roots Music Project
2:51 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

89.1 WEMU Presents: The Defibulators on The Roots Music Project

The Defibulators with the Roots Music Project's Jeremy Baldwin
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The Defibulators  swing by during the Roots Music Project with Jeremy Baldwin to perform tracks from "Debt'll Get'em" live in the 89.1 WEMU studios (2014).

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6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Stacey Kent's 'The Changing Lights' Will Light Up Your Valentine's Day

Stacey Kent - The Changing Lights
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This Valentine’s Day, WEMU will premiere the romantic music of singer-guitarist Stacey Kent and the new CD, The Changing Lights released on  Warner Brothers/Parlophone Reacords.  Each of her previous recordings have been a marvel of delicacy, swing, precision, subtle passion and just-barely disguised emotional frailty.  It is hard to believe that she and her band could top Breakfast On The Morning Tram or Dreamer In Concert  but The Changing Lights further explores Ms.

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3:13 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Remembering J Dilla: Hip hop artist’s legacy inspires hope in troubling times

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WEMU's Adrienne Ayers contributed this report for the MotorCity Muckracker. It’s been 8 years since the passing of native Detroiter, hip hop artist, producer, and innovator, James Yancey, who was better known to the public and hip hop world as J Dilla.
Dilla Day started three years ago and is celebrated throughout the city of Detroit every year on Feb. 7, the date of Dilla’s birth. It gains success every year.
2:07 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Jazz artists unite to play Brubeck's 'Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore

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Jason Moran and his trio will play Dave Brubeck's 'The Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore Detroit on Sunday.
  • Source: Freep
  • | Via: Mark Stryker
Chris Collins has organized an ambitious Brubeck revival, 'The Gates of Justice' (1969), an hour-long oratorio for choir, brass-and-percussion orchestra, jazz trio and vocal soloists from both the African-American and Jewish traditions. Pianist Jason Moran, a leading-edge voice in contemporary jazz, will anchor the ensemble with his trio, Bandwagon, but also offer a set of civil rights-themed music with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.
2:16 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

How A Stressful Night For Miles Davis Spawned Two Classic Albums

Detail from the cover of Miles Davis' Four & More. The album was one of two gleaned from a 1964 concert at Philharmonic Hall in New York.
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Originally published on Sun February 9, 2014 11:44 am

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 12, 1964, Miles Davis led a band through one of the most exciting gigs to ever take place at New York's Philharmonic Hall. The show was a cultural event: a benefit for voter registration in Louisiana and Mississippi at the high point of the the civil rights movement, and an unofficial homage to John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated a few months before.

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1:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Win Tickets to The Ark's 27th Annual Storytelling Festival

Enter here to win a pair of tickets to see The Ark's 27th Annual Storytelling Festival on Saturday February 15.

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4:23 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Weekend Watch: Heather Black Project, Moving Pictures, Jimmy Heath and More!

Upcoming Events for this weekend, February 7 - 9

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5:31 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Sam Cooke And The Song That 'Almost Scared Him'

Sam Cooke in 1964, performing on the ABC variety show Shindig! just a few months before his death that December.
ABC Photo Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 6:45 pm

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Live In-Studio
1:39 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

89.1 WEMU Presents: Seth Walker on The Roots Music Project

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The Ark's Marketing Director,  Barb Chaffer Authier joined The Roots Music Project's Jeremy Baldwin to talk about the success and a brief history of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival.

Barb also brought a very special guest, this year's Folk Festival MC and musician, Seth Walker.

Seth Walker tops off the conversation with a live performance in the WEMU studios ahead of his solo performance in the spring at The Ark in Ann Arbor.

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The New Jazz Archive
2:56 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Jazz's Great Songwriting Teams


 Tin Pan Alley greats Richard Rodgers and Lorenz HartEdit | Remove

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3:08 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Jazz Speaks for Life

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The music of the Jason Moran Trio and vocals of Alberto Mizrahi and other soloists combine to bring to life Dave Brubeck’s musical exploration of civil rights, the “Gates of Justice” composition. Woven throughout this historic piece, are vocal performances of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and biblical scripture, against the backdrop of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. This unique evening will also feature the Jason Moran Trio performing their own music.
Date: Sunday, Feb 16, 2014Location: The Fillmore DetroitTime: 2:30p doors open- 3:30p concert beginsTickets: $25
The Two-Way
6:54 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger, Folk Music Icon And Activist, Dies At 94

Pete Seeger closes out the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.
Anna Webber WireImage

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 11:00 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': A look back at Pete Seeger's life, from former NPR newscaster Paul Brown

Pete Seeger, "a tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness," died Monday at the age of 94.

As former NPR broadcaster Paul Brown adds in an appreciation he prepared for Morning Edition, Seeger's tools "were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments."

The songs he'll be long remembered for include "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone."

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