The Lunar Glee Club rocked Ann Arbor’s musical world in the 1980s and early ‘90s with their jazz, Afrobeat, funk, calypso and Latin fusion. Sunday July 27th, all 9 original members of the band will present a 30th Reunion Concert at Kerrytown Concert House.
After several requests from station supporters to give The Roots Music Projectmore 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.
After several requests from station supporters to give The Roots Music Projectmore 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."
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.