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.
Alto saxophonist Bobby Watson believes that music is a tool for greater good. His new CD, CheckCashing Day is a stirring jazz tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech and to the greater good it inspires. Linda Yohn will feature
This morning on 89.1 Jazz. Music starts at 9am streaming at on wemu.org and on 89.1, WEMU.
Thanksgiving is one of America’s greatest days of celebration - and great food! WEMU gets you in the mood with our annual Food Song Festival! Today we're celebrating the cooks, the diners and the delicacies from soup, salad and savory main courses to dessert and drinks. And – we have fun!
While Chicago may be America’s blues mecca, Detroiters are making a significant international impact in blues today, especially Seward Shah, better known as "Harmonica Shah”. Now on the illustrious Electro-Fi label from Toronto, Detroiter Harmonica Shah has not changed his gritty, earthy, raw and rocking urban blues style one iota. His songs reflect the deep heartbreak of living in present day Detroit while his classic harmonica licks reflects the birth of urban blues by Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Jr. Lockwood and Otis Spann. If you were ever tempted to think that real blues is a thing of the past, Havin’ Nothin Don’t Bother Me by Harmonica Shah will banish that thought.
Harrison Kennedy’s new Electro-Fi CD, Soulscape is another masterpiece of basic blues with Detroit connections. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Harrison Kennedy gained national fame as a member of the Detroit R&B group, The Chairmen Of The Board. They recorded for the Holland-Dozier-Holland Invictus label with hits such as Give Me Just A Little More Time and Skin I’m In. Edward Holland gave Kennedy 75 dollars to buy a guitar which he used to write many hits for the group.
Harrison Kennedy is still a prolific songwriter but has added a variety of acoustic instruments to his blues arsenal. On Soulscape you will hear his proficiency on banjo, mandolin, harmonica, spoons, fife, percussion and bread pan! But, what will really touch you is his pliant voice and the poetry of his heartfelt lyrics. His songs examine the eternal human condition and our modern miseries. As with Havin’ Nothin Don’t Bother Me, by Harmonica Shah, Soulscape by Harrison Kennedy will satisfy your soul’s craving for serious blues and roots music.
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.
Jeff Haas of the New Jazz Archive stops by the WEMU studios ahead of the 100th anniversary of his father, broadcasting legend, Karl Haas' birth. And to talk about a few new programs spearheaded by Jeff to advance the legacy of jazz to new generations.
Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 1:07 pm
Late last month I witnessed the most creative music festival I know, and I'm back with some astonishing new music discoveries. The first annual Mountain Oasis festival took place in a number of venues in Asheville, N.C. the weekend before Halloween. Asheville's a city that, much like Austin, Texas or Portland, Ore., lives up to that often-used slogan "Keep (insert city name here) Weird." As music pours into the streets, you'll see people dressed up as gnomes in illuminated hats, traveling in packs along with jellyfish, various monsters or even giant butterflies.
With over a century of rich and colorful history (so far!), American jazz has no shortage of marquee and impactful eras worthy of study. It is possible, however, that preceding and formative jazz evolutions expressed their culmination during the final year of the decade of the 1950s. The special sound of 1959 brought us genre-defining recordings from some of the most important artists of jazz history. Even more remarkable is the fact that these standout recordings came from both the new faces in modern jazz (Dave Brubeck, Omette Coleman)
and the veterans of early jazz (Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald). Join us here to enjoy the unique musical experience of 1959 – the transcendent year that bridged the post-bop, modern, and avant-garde jazz movements, and set a lofty standard for the second half of the 20th century.
Elderwise is a nonprofit, independent, lifelong learning organization dedicated to offering continuing education to older adults in Southeast Michigan. We operate on the campus of Cleary University in Ann Arbor.
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 Worlds, life as a musician, and more on this Halloween morning.
Listen to the full-length interview from 89.1 WEMU:
2014 marks the 37th year of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a two-night celebration of roots music, a fundraiser for The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music. The 37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival is presented by Ford Motor Company Fund.
Friday, January 31, 2014 Iron and Wine Willie Nile Pearl and the Beard The Appleseed Collective Seth Walker, MC ...and more to come! Saturday, February 1, 2014 Patty Griffin Ingrid Michaelson Jeff Daniels Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Johnnyswim PigPen Theatre Co. The Crane Wives **program subject to change
Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous.
But if you want some reason for optimism, visit your local supermarket. See that self-checkout machine? It doesn't hold a candle to the humans—and its deficiencies neatly illustrate the limits of computers' abilities to mimic human skills.
Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous. But if you want some reason for optimism, visit your local supermarket. See that self-checkout machine? It doesn't hold a candle to the humans-and its deficiencies neatly illustrate the limits of computers' abilities to mimic human skills.
Oscar Castro-Neves, a Brazil-born guitarist who helped to create the cool, sensuous rhythms of bossa nova and orchestrated music for movies including “L.A. Story" and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," has died. He was 73.
Famous from age 16, Oscar Castro-Neves toured with Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz and orchestrated music for films and TV. Oscar Castro-Neves, a Brazil-born guitarist who helped to create the cool, sensuous rhythms of bossa nova and orchestrated music for movies including "L.A. Story" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," has died.
Pianos will be out in full force on the sidewalks of Ypsilanti starting September 20 thru October 8 in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town, downtown area on Michigan Avenue, and Tower Inn Cafe at 701 W. Cross Street. The pianos will be placed on the sidewalks at various locations and be available for all to play during business hours.
When: September 20 - Oct 8 2013 Where: Ypsilanti's Depot Town, Downtown, and West Cross Pianos will be out in full force on the sidewalks of Ypsilanti starting September 20 thru October 8 in Ypsilanti's Depot Town, downtown area on Michigan Avenue, and Tower Inn Cafe at 701 W. Cross Street.
Monday, March 10 at 8 PM. Co-presented by The Ark and the Michigan Theater.
Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny is on tour with the Unity Group featuring Chris Potter (woodwinds), Antonio Sanchez (drums), Ben Williams (bass), and Giulio Carmassi (multiple instruments).
Monday, March 10 at 8 PM. Co-presented by The Ark and the Michigan Theater. Grammy Award-winning jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny is on tour with the Unity Group featuring Chris Potter (woodwinds), Antonio Sanchez (drums), Ben Williams (bass), and Giulio Carmassi (multiple instruments).
On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from Beck. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. None of the songs will be on the new full-length record Beck hopes to release before the end of the year.
Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 11:03 am
There's an element of Gregory Porter's singing that feels like a welcome throwback, though he doesn't spell it out precisely. It's in the way he leans heavily into and erupts "Hey!" without fear of coming up short. It's in his coat-and-tie handling of an audience, well-mannered but without quaint mannerisms. It's in one of his better-known songs, where he asks "1960 what? 1960 who?" without a distinct answer — just a suggestion of the decade's historic events, alert black community and cathartic swing.