6:13 am
Mon September 29, 2014

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 09-27-2014 and 09-28-2014

Live Music
2:47 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Is Back: Mike Jellick Trio At Rush Street

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Mike Jellick Trio plays @ Rush Street, Friday, October 3rd - 5:01 pm to 7 pm.

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

Join us for a 5:01 pm celebration of music and fun at Rush Street.  We will return to Rush Street, 314 South Main between Liberty and William Streets in Ann Arbor.  This show also marks the return of pianist Mike Jellick to Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

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10:34 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Gary Schunk, A Jazz Survivor's New Lease On Life

Jazz pianist, Gary Schunk
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8:50 am
Mon September 22, 2014

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 09-20-2014 and 09-21-2014

Take a listen to all of last weekend's great programs here:

11:24 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Drummer Leonard King - Living The Give Back Life

Leonard King professional drummer/vocalist, composer/arranger

Listen to our interview earlier this week with drummer and singer Leonard King. King visited the WEMU studio to discuss his major project:  The Lyman Woodard Organization For the Arts.  In the 1970s Leonard joined the group led by Detroit organist Lyman Woodard and became a major player in Detroit jazz, soul, blues and dance music.  Leonard reminisced  warmly about Lyman Woodard's important and inspirational position in Detroit musical history as well as his own. 

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9:18 am
Mon September 15, 2014

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 09-13-2014 and 09-14-2014

My Big Break
5:42 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break.
A&M Records

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:29 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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Roots Music Project
9:44 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Live In-Studio: John Doe Performs

John Doe sat down with Jeremy Baldwin for a live performance and interview on the Roots Music Project ahead of his performance at the Ypsilanti Song Festival.

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9:51 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Pianist Benny Green Brings Impressive Jazz Legacy To University Of Michigan

Benny Green and Linda Yohn in the 89.1 WEMU studios

Benny Green sat down with Linda Yohn to talk about his new position as an instructor in the University of Michigan's Department of Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation studies. 

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1:51 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Listen: Dennis Wilson Pays Homage To Late Gerald Wilson

Composer and arranger, Gerald Wilson seen conducting at the 2008 Detroit Jazz Festival
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Bandleader, composer and arranger Gerald Wilson died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. Wilson's career stretched from the swing era of the 1930s into the 21st century.


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8:30 am
Mon September 8, 2014

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 09-06-2014 and 09-07-2014

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1:36 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

GALLERY: The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival In Photos

Credit Jessica Webster / 89.1 WEMU

More of Jessica Webster's photos from the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival, including shots of Esperanza Spalding, Cyrille Aimée, Ellen Rowe, Marcus Belgrave, John Pizzarelli, Tom Harrell, Ramsey Lewis, The Bad Plus, Randy Weston African Rhythms, Talib Kibwe Ingrid Jensen, Joshua Redman, and more!

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9:12 am
Tue September 2, 2014

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 08-30-14 and 08-31-14

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6:58 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

PHOTOS: Highlights From The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival

The 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival wrapped up in Hart Plaza and a few blocks of Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit this Labor Day Weekend,  marking the 35th annual Jazz Festival for Detroit, the largest free jazz festival in North America, with a top notch lineup.

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12:45 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Detroit Jazz Festival Music: Linda Yohn's Interview With Artistic Director Chris Collins

Music and conversation from 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn. Our guest is  jazz saxophonist Chris Collins - artistic director of the Detroit Jazz Festival which starts tonight (Friday) featuring artist-in-residence Joshua Redman.

12:46 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

John Blake Jr., Versatile Jazz Violinist, Dies At 67

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John Blake Jr., a jazz violinist who combined strong classical technique with the expressive power of African-American spirituals, folk music and blues, died on Friday in Philadelphia. He was 67.
  • Source: Nytimes
  • | Via: NATE CHINEN
The cause was complications of multiple myeloma, said Charlotte Blake Alston, his sister.Mr. Blake was highly regarded for the energy and clarity of his playing, and for carving out a space for the violin in the realms of post-bop and jazz-funk.
12:27 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Detroit Jazz Festival Music: Walter White's 'Most Triumphant'

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Labor Day weekend is not generally considered an optimum time to release a new record, but for Detroit jazz musicians; there is no better time to showcase your new music than at The Detroit Jazz Festival which starts this Friday, August 29th.  Trumpeter Walter White has taken advantage of this auspicious time to release and celebrate his latest offering Most Triumphant on Summit Records.  His CD release concert will be Sunday, August 31st at 2PM on the Waterfront Stage.

Walter White is held in highest regard worldwide for his early work with Bob James, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, The White-Margitza Quintet and The Mingus Big Band. After making significant musical marks in New York City and Miami, Walter White returned to his home state of Michigan where he remains incredibly musically active.  He performs in shows at The Fisher Theater, leads international clinics and master classes, teaches at Oakland University and now records for Summit Records.  


Walter joined Linda Yohn at WEMU to talk about Most Triumphant which boasts a trio Detroit jazz luminaries:  pianist Gary Schunk, bassist Miles Brown and drummer Sean Dobbins.  Walter shared insight about his early musical life in Ferndale Michigan, his love of Maynard Ferguson, his formative years at The Julliard School Of Music, his philosophy of musical practice and his early association with The Detroit Jazz Festival 35 years ago.  

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11:36 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Detroit Jazz Festival Schedule With Descriptions Of The Acts

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The 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, which runs Friday through Monday on four downtown stages stretching from Hart Plaza to Cadillac Square, promises to illustrate Parker’s truism at every turn. Among the roughly 65 groups on the bill of the largest free jazz festival in the world are some of the great individualists in jazz — musicians of vast experience who effectively tell their life stories every time they step on the bandstand.
JP Morgan Chase Main Stage 7 p.m. The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman Redman, the festival's artist-in-residence and a fluent contemporary tenor saxophonist who makes it all look easy, makes the first of his three weekend appearances by teaming with the Bad Plus, an acoustic power trio whose eclectic mind-set and taste for adventure promise to push the saxophonist down paths he doesn't often travel - and vice versa.
8:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Barbara Morrison & Joan Belgrave: The Detroit Jazz Festival's L.A. Connection

 Every year at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Detroit musicians and singers return to perform and are greeted with enthusiastic applause and deep Detroit appreciation.  Among the many returning in 2014 is singer Barbara Morrison.   She was born in Ypsilanti, grew up in Romulus, graduated from Eastern Michigan University and left for Los Angeles when she was 23 to carve her own musical path.  Barbara Morrison and her very close friend Joan Belgrave joined Linda Yohn in the studio to talk about their parallel lives starting in Southeastern Michigan and ending up in Los Angeles.  

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8:33 am
Mon August 25, 2014

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 08-23-14 and 08-24-14

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11:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

The Bad Plus Call Their Own Tune on ‘Inevitable Western’ (Album Premiere)

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After the Bad Plus tackled an interpretation of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” on their last album, the avant-jazz trio was happy not to have any specific direction in mind for their latest, “Inevitable Western.” The Minneapolis group premieres the album today on Speakeasy.
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  • | Via: Eric R. Danton
There’s still plenty of math on “Inevitable Western.” It’s a nine-song instrumental album that showcases the composition and performance chops of Anderson and his bandmates, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King.
1:47 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Shuttle To The Detroit Jazz Festival

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Golden & WEMU Detroit Jazz Fest Shuttle is Back!
Golden & WEMU Detroit Jazz Fest Shuttle is Back! Saturday, August 30th thru Monday, September 1st The 35th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, a Labor Day tradition in Southeastern Michigan, will once again be filled with many different styles of our beloved....Jazz!
10:20 am
Mon August 18, 2014

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 08-16-14 and 08-17-14

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2:40 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Detroit Jazz Festival Music: Rodney Whitaker Celebrates Life, Jazz ‘When We Find Ourselves Alone'

Credit Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU


Detroiter and bassist Rodney Whitaker’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive. It includes a discography of 7 CDs as a leader including his newest “When We Find Ourselves Alone” on Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records label and over 80 sessions as a sideman.

His sideman associations are stellar. Leading luminaries of jazz including Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Dianne Reeves, Johnny Griffin, Kevin Mahogany, Eric Reed and Wynton Marsalis have relied on Rodney’s impeccable timing, tone, strength and grace.

"Reliable" is great word to describe Rodney Whitaker. He is father to a family of 7, leads the internationally recognized jazz studies program at Michigan State University and performs and records world-wide. Rodney joined WEMU’s Linda Yohn to discuss his life in music and his new CD as well as the Mack Avenue Superband recording from the 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival.

Rodney directed the Superband and will lead the 2014 version of the star-studded assembly at the upcoming Detroit Jazz Festival over Labor Day Weekend. He will also lead the MSU Big Band and his Soul-R Energy Quartet in celebration of “When We Find Ourselves Alone”. Linda Yohn found herself in great company with Rodney Whitaker.

*Listen to the audio above and you are bound to agree.

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11:28 am
Wed August 13, 2014

3 Easy Steps To Reach WEMU Nirvana On iTunes Radio

A man in a movie once said, "no matter where you go, there you are." Since you'll most likely have your phone with you, you'll also have WEMU available via iTunes Radio. We're happy to announce that WEMU's radio stream has been added to iTunes Radio.

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