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Ann Arbor’s guitar legend George Bedard had a lifetime experience this summer that few will ever be able to claim:  he traveled to Honduras and played in a U.S. State Department Tour.  

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 10-04-2014 and 10-05-2014

Oct 6, 2014
Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

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

Sep 29, 2014

Detroit Music Factor

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

Sep 22, 2014

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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. 

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

Sep 15, 2014

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.

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.

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. 

Gerald Wilson
Dr. Jazz

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.

  

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

Sep 8, 2014

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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!

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

Sep 2, 2014

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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.

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.

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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.

Walter White
Walter White

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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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.

 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.  

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

Aug 25, 2014

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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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Golden & WEMU Detroit Jazz Fest Shuttle is Back!

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

Aug 18, 2014

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