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Join WEMU Music Director, Linda Yohn, for a very special evening with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on Sunday, February 15th 4 p-m, at Hill Auditorium.

For a gift of $250 to WEMU, you and your guest will enjoy the concert with Linda and other WEMU donors plus a post-concert dinner reception at the Campus Inn.

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An Afro Blue Christmas

Dec 16, 2014

A tambourine jingled merrily and spirits were high when Afro Blue visited NPR's Studio 1 to share a brilliant assortment of holiday music. The group delighted the audience with fresh, thoughtful arrangements of Christmas favorites, from a rollicking "Angels We Have Heard On High" to a sublime, weighty "Silent Night." Also on the bill were a few lesser-known holiday numbers, such as director Connaitre Miller's original piece "That Is Love," which offers a meditation on the meaning of the holiday season.

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Janiva Magness On Mountain Stage

Dec 12, 2014

Janiva Magness appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. One of blues music's most decorated vocalists, Magness drew her earliest musical inspirations from the sounds of her native Detroit and her father's record collection. After losing both her parents, Magness spent her teen years in foster homes, and eventually found her way to an Otis Rush concert in Minneapolis. Her job as a recording engineer in St. Paul led to session work as a background singer, and before long, she was leading her own band.

Listen to all of your favorite WEMU weekend programming from December 06, 2014 and December 07, 2014.  Includes "web only" content in From Memphis To Motown and Roots Music Project.

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Chuck Stewart / Courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

This week, we'll see the 50th anniversary of a sacred day for many music fans. On December 9, 1964, the John Coltrane quartet recorded the album "A Love Supreme." I call it a sacred day for music fans, not just jazz fans, because for people across musical boundaries and cultures, Santana, Bono, Joni Mitchell, Steve Rice, Bootsy Collins and Scott-Heron, hearing "A Love Supreme" was a revelation.

Vocalist Joan Belgrave returned to Ann Arbor about 9 years to care for an ailing family member.  Since her return she started a whole new musical family thanks to her marriage to Detroit jazz icon, trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. 

89.1 WEMU 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 celebration of music featuring Ann Arbor jazz legend and bassist Ron Brooks for his annual holiday 5:01 Jazz show at Rush Street.

Listen to all your favorite weekend programs any time you'd like.  Here are the shows from the weekend of November 29, 2014 and November 30, 2014.

Join WEMU in celebrating Thanksgiving in a few different ways this year. Unwind while you're cooking your holiday feast, and listen in to Linda Yohn for a heft serving of Stuffy Turkey, Grits and Gravy, Sweet Potato Pie, and all of your other musical food favorites! 

    Brad McNett / 89.1 WEMU

    Pianist Rick Roe drops in to the 89.1 WEMU studios to chat about Thelonious Monk and Thanksgiving.

    Listen to all of your favorite weekend programs from Saturday 11/22/2014 and Sunday 11/23/2014. This includes full versions of The Roots Music Project, The Groove Yard and The In Crowd with Jessica Webster that are only available online.

    Listen to Michael Jewett's interview with Mr. B on the last leg of the trip.

    On October 30th, The University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance gave pianist, composer and arranger Bob James their highest award.  He received The Distinguished Alumnus Award and was inducted in to the School Of Music, Theater and Dance Hall Of Fame.  The celebration will be complete when Bob James makes his debut appearance as a jazz quintet leader in Hill Auditorium presented by The University Musical Society.  

    WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 11-08-2014 & 11-09-2014

    Nov 10, 2014

    WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 11-01-2014 and 11-02-2014

    Nov 3, 2014

    The gang's all here - including a web only version of From Memphis To Motown and the full three hours of The Roots Music Project.  Enjoy!

    Get ready for trick-or-treat season with these spooky tunes.

    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.  

     

    WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 10-25-2014 and 10-26-2014

    Oct 27, 2014

    Listen at your leisure and support WEMU.

    It's Time To Support WEMU And Roots Music Project

    Oct 18, 2014

    Listen to all three hours of Roots Music Project with Jeremy Baldwin and click that DONATE button!

    Get Your From Memphis To Motown Fix Here

    Oct 18, 2014

    Listen to the special third hour of From Memphis To Motown and click that DONATE button.

    WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 10-11-2014 and 10-12-2014

    Oct 13, 2014

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