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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.
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."
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.
12:37 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.
12:52 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The full 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest schedule reveals tough choices, cheeky pairings

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If you're thinking about heading to the Jazz Fest in New Orleans, check out this article from NOLA.com
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Allen Toussaint showed up for Tuesday's unveiling of the full 2014 New Orleans Jazz Fest schedule. So did the late Ernie K-Doe. Toussaint, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame pianist, songwriter and producer, rocked leather sandals and an impeccable taupe suit with ivory pinstripes.
1:59 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Trumpet stolen from jazz master Marcus Belgrave

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The trumpet, made of copper, helps Belgrave create his signature sound. He says he won't press charges and may even give a reward if his trumpet is returned.
Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest for the murder of Roderick Bridges. Crime Stoppers of Michigan is offering a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to an arrest for the murder of Roderick Bridges.
3:13 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Remembering J Dilla: Hip hop artist’s legacy inspires hope in troubling times

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WEMU's Adrienne Ayers contributed this report for the MotorCity Muckracker. It’s been 8 years since the passing of native Detroiter, hip hop artist, producer, and innovator, James Yancey, who was better known to the public and hip hop world as J Dilla.
Dilla Day started three years ago and is celebrated throughout the city of Detroit every year on Feb. 7, the date of Dilla’s birth. It gains success every year.
2:07 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Jazz artists unite to play Brubeck's 'Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore

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Jason Moran and his trio will play Dave Brubeck's 'The Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore Detroit on Sunday.
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Chris Collins has organized an ambitious Brubeck revival, 'The Gates of Justice' (1969), an hour-long oratorio for choir, brass-and-percussion orchestra, jazz trio and vocal soloists from both the African-American and Jewish traditions. Pianist Jason Moran, a leading-edge voice in contemporary jazz, will anchor the ensemble with his trio, Bandwagon, but also offer a set of civil rights-themed music with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits.
3:08 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Jazz Speaks for Life

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The music of the Jason Moran Trio and vocals of Alberto Mizrahi and other soloists combine to bring to life Dave Brubeck’s musical exploration of civil rights, the “Gates of Justice” composition. Woven throughout this historic piece, are vocal performances of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and biblical scripture, against the backdrop of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. This unique evening will also feature the Jason Moran Trio performing their own music.
Date: Sunday, Feb 16, 2014Location: The Fillmore DetroitTime: 2:30p doors open- 3:30p concert beginsTickets: $25
11:47 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge to Open in Downtown Detroit

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Marking its 80th anniversary, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is opening a second location this fall, and is working with Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services to find space in downtown Detroit’s lower Woodward corridor or in Capitol Park near the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The original Baker’s Keyboard Lounge opened as a sandwich shop in 1933, and began booking jazz pianists the following year.
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5:49 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

A Continent on Her Musical Map: Angélique Kidjo Has Never Left Africa Behind

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Angélique Kidjo, the songwriter and singer from Benin, was in Kenya being a do-gooder when the concept of her new album, “Eve,” came to her, she said, “like a light bulb blowing up in your head.”
Angélique Kidjo, the songwriter and singer from Benin, was in Kenya being a do-gooder when the concept of her new album, "Eve," came to her, she said, "like a light bulb blowing up in your head."
2:39 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Fred Hersch Trio 1/30 (7:30)

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Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and improvisational skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist. A 2014 Grammy Nominee, Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of The New York Times, which praised him as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz — a jazz for the 21st century.” Two different sets.
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Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as "the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade," Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and improvisational skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist.
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2:37 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Fred Hersch Trio 1/30 (9:30)

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Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and improvisational skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist. A 2014 Grammy Nominee, Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of The New York Times, which praised him as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz — a jazz for the 21st century.” Two different sets.
  • Source: Ums
  • | Via: University Musical Society
Proclaimed by Vanity Fair as "the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade," Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental and improvisational skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist.
Read More: http://ums.org
4:36 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Eastern Michigan's Visions Concert

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Contemporary and classical ballet, modern dance, jazz and hip-hop will set the stage for “Visions: The 62nd Annual Faculty & Guest Artist Concert,” January 17 – 18, at 8 p.m. and January 19 at 2 p.m. at Eastern Michigan’s Quirk Theatre
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2:57 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Al Porcino, First Trumpeter With Leading Jazz Bands, Dies at 88

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From the Basie, Kenton and Buddy Rich bands to Mel Torme and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Al Porcino's trumpet sound brightened any band.
Al Porcino, whose powerful sound and ability to hit the highest of high notes with ease brought him work as the lead trumpeter in some of the most celebrated big bands in jazz, died on Dec. 31 in Munich. He was 88. The cause was a fall, said his wife, Erna Tom.
9:13 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Graduate student earns a spot on the EMU delegation to Wuhan University, China

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Off stage, Alejandra Escobar is calm and reserved, but when the Eastern Michigan University graduate student performs behind the piano, she displays the kind of passion and intensity that not only won the 2013 Graduate Student Music Competition, it earned her a spot on the EMU delegation to Wuhan University, China.
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Passion and Intensity Graduate student earns a spot on the EMU delegation to Wuhan University, China by Linda Hass, Published January 08, 2014 Off stage, Alejandra Escobar is calm and reserved, but when the Eastern Michigan University graduate student performs behind the piano, she displays the kind of passion and intensity that not only won the 2013 Graduate Student Music Competition, it earned her a spot on the EMU delegation to Wuhan University, China.
12:47 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Herbie Hancock Appointed 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard

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Congratulations to Herbie Hancock on this new honor. He'll be giving a series of lectures on "The Ethics of Jazz". Herbie Hancock has been named the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. “Hancock will give his six Norton Lectures, ‘The Ethics Of Jazz,’ in February and March.” The series follows Hancock’s receipt of a Kennedy Center Honor in December.
Herbie Hancock has been named the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. According to a press release, "Hancock will give his six Norton Lectures, 'The Ethics Of Jazz,' in February and March." The series follows Hancock's receipt of a Kennedy Center Honor in December.
7:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Jazz icon Yusef Lateef dies at 93

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Legendary Detroit jazz musician and composer Yusef Abdul Lateef, who came of age in the 1940s and ’50s, moved to New York and helped shape modern jazz, died Monday in his home in Massachusetts.
He considered Detroit his home an incubator for wonderful musicians, his wife, Ayesha Lateef, said.
12:03 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

RIP, Jimmy Amadie, Philadelphia jazz pianist and educator

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Linda Yohn played tribute to Jimmie last Friday. Playlist found here: http://n.pr/18v8Flh
Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013, 2:17 PM Jimmy Amadie, the Philadelphia jazz pianist and teacher who battled through severe tendinitis to return to the stage after a 44 year absence in 2011, died on Tuesday. There will be a full obit for Amadie, who grew up in the Tioga section of North Philadelphia and lived in Bala Cynwyd, in Saturday's Inquirer.
1:02 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Jazz in 1959: One Year for All Time presented by Nik Thompson

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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.
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1:11 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival Lineup

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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.
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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
1:49 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Oscar Castro-Neves dies at 73; bossa nova guitarist and orchestrator

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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.
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3:09 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

2-man jam band Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola top "Sweet 16" 2 weeks in a row!

A week after their Magic Bag Theater show, WEMU hosts continued to feature the timely and topical CD "Not Getting Behind Is The New Getting Ahead" by 7-string guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Scott Amendola.  Both musicians are based in San Francisco and have been improvising partners for over 20 years.  Neither has permitted their long association to allow them to slip in to cliches, reliable patterns or tawdry tricks.  Rather, the two are stretching the definition of the jazz - jam band sound to include their duets and creative compositions.   In WEMU's quest to identify the best new

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