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2:58 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Expanded Roots Music Project With Jeremy Baldwin

After several requests from station supporters to give The Roots Music Project more time on the 89.1 WEMU airwaves, management has decided to move the program to a new time and expand it from two hours to three.  Starting this Saturday, July 19, the popular show and its host, Jeremy Baldwin, can be heard starting at 4:00pm.

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Music
9:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

WEMU Announces New Weekend Programming Lineup

After several requests from station supporters to give The Roots Music Project more time on the 89.1 WEMU airwaves, management has decided to move the program to a new time and expand it from two hours to three.  Starting Saturday, July 19, the popular show and its host, Jeremy Baldwin, can be heard starting at 4:00pm.

 "Jeremy has a great following in this community," said Patrick Campion, WEMU Program Director. "Moving the program to a little later time on Saturday opens it up to an even larger potential audience and lets us more easily expand it to an additional hour.  This also gives us a chance to move some other local programs around that pair up well with The Roots Music Project."

From Memphis To Motown and host Wendy Wright will move from 7:00pm Sunday to 1:00pm Saturday.

"Wendy's blues selections are a great lead in to the rest of our new Saturday lineup," Campion continues. "Again, this gives her an opportunity to be exposed to a new and wider audience with a program we believe has a lot of potential for growth."

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5:13 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

RIP, Charlie Haden

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Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness.
Very sad news: It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden and Petra Haden were all by his side.
Music
3:31 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

WEMU Announces Change To Evening Schedule

Jazz24 World Class Jazz
Credit jazz24.org

Public radio station 89.1, WEMU has added the syndicated program Jazz 24 to its week night programming from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Monday though Friday, replacing ‘Evening Sounds’ with Evelynn Hawkins which was canceled for budget reasons. Jazz 24 is also WEMU’s current overnight service.

 

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2:27 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Singer Jimmy Scott Dies At 88

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Jimmy Scott, whose distinctively high soprano voice—caused by a rare genetic condition called Kallmann’s syndrome—gave his music a purity and youthfulness even into old age, died June 12 in his sleep at his Las Vegas home. His death, the cause of which has not yet been revealed, was confirmed by a family friend. Scott was 88.
Born James Victor Scott in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 17, 1925, one of 10 children, “Little” Jimmy Scott, as he was known early in his career, was born with the aforementioned condition, which stunted his physical growth and made him unable to reach puberty. As a result, Scott’s singing voice was unusually high for an adult male, however he used it to his advantage onstage and in the recordings he made beginning in the late 1940s with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Charlie Parker and others.
Station Blog
1:09 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Chrysta Cherrie Takes The Helm Of The Groove Yard

After a storied, decades long career as host of the Groove Yard, George Klein has decided to step down as the show's host, effective immediately.

Over the last 25 years, George has been a rich contributor to the legacy of jazz and WEMU. All of us at WEMU thank George for the time, effort, energy and passion he put into the program over the years and wish him well in his future endeavors.

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First Listen
11:17 am
Mon June 2, 2014

First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'

Jose James' new album, While You Were Sleeping, comes out June 10.
Credit Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

  When the spirit of Nirvana surfaces in a song, the artist paying tribute almost always shares style points with that treasured band. The hair is shaggy, the clothes a little ragged; the lineage unfolds, relatively neatly, from punk to the present.

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Live Music
10:17 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Cécile McLorin Salvant At The Ann Arbor Summer Festival

With a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, a sublime feel for the blues, Cécile McLorin Salvant is jazz’s brightest rising star and the darling of Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records. Born in Miami to French and Haitian parents, and fluent in English, Spanish, and French, she confidently delivers jazz interpretations in a gorgeous, accessible program of standards and originals.

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The Two-Way
12:07 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

'Yooper' Blooper: Dictionary Misspells New Entry

If you need to know how to pronounce the term "yooper," this version of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary might not be the best guide.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 11:06 am

Yoopers were excited that they made the dictionary. It's too bad people won't learn the right way to pronounce their nickname.

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Music
12:48 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Listen to 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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Music
3:35 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Talking Blues With Hozier, A One-Man Irish Invasion

Hozier performs live in Studio 1 at NPR's Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Olivia Merrion NPR

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:00 pm

With a big, soulful voice rooted in American blues and gospel, Hozier has spent 2014 on a clear path to stardom. His breakthrough song, "Take Me to Church," has racked up millions of views online, and his U.S. tour is sold out. He's been favorably compared to Lorde and Adele. But to the 24-year-old from Ireland, big stages and big crowds are still a bit intimidating.

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2:55 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Cécile McLorin Salvant

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With a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, a sublime feel for the blues, Cécile McLorin Salvant is jazz’s brightest rising star and the darling of Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records. Born in Miami to French and Haitian parents, and fluent in English, Spanish, and French, she confidently delivers jazz interpretations in a gorgeous, accessible program of standards and originals. While she is still only in her mid-20’s, her new album, WomanChild, was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Touring festivals the world over, “Salvant has it all” (New York Times).
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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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Music
3:53 am
Fri May 9, 2014

When Lyrics Get Posted Online, Who Gets Paid?

Rap Genius

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 3:26 pm

Any time a song is popular, you'll find people debating it. And at some point during that debate, someone is going to Google the lyrics.

There are roughly 5 million searches for lyrics per day on Google, according to LyricFind. Those searches often lead to websites that post lyrics to lots of songs — and, in many cases, sites that post ads alongside those lyrics.

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12:16 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Tony Nominee Mary Bridget Davies Talks About Award Show Fashion, Second Chances And Why She Should Be On TV With Rachael Ray

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Blueswoman Mary Bridget Davies is a really special lady. Not only was she nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist for her debut recording "Wanna Feel Somethin'", the 38 year old is now is nominated for a Tony Award for portraying Janis Joplin on Broadway. Tune in to From Memphis to Motown this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and you'll find out why.
Mary Bridget Davies, born and raised in Cleveland, is in fine company. Also nominated for Tony for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical are Idina Menzel for "If/Then," Sutton Foster for "Violet," Jesse Mueller for "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical" and Kelli O'Hara for "The Bridges of Madison County."
10:19 am
Thu May 1, 2014

DSO Guest Jazz Pianist Cancels; Poncho Sanchez, Band To Play

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Because of a family emergency, Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri has canceled his Friday evening appearance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Taking his place will be Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, who will perform at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall.
Because of a family emergency, Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri has canceled his Friday evening appearance with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Taking his place will be Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, who will perform at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall. Ticket holders uninterested in the Sanchez concert should contact the DSO box office.
Entertainment
8:35 am
Thu May 1, 2014

2014 Ann Arbor Summer Festival: Top of the Park Season Announced

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced the line up for the admission-free Top of the Park series!

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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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Music
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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2:55 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.
12:49 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.
Music
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.

Arts
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: http://a2sf.org/desktop/

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