Music

Music
3:24 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

WEMU Music Director, Linda Yohn on Fred Hersch [Video]

Credit W. Streety

Ahead of Fred Hersch's performance at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 89.1 WEMU's Linda Yohn shares her praise for pianist Fred Hersch. Presented by University Musical Society, Thursday January, 30 (7:30pm and 9:30pm)

Video produced by UMS Video Production Specialist, Jess Meria

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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.
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 By R.J. King Photograph
Book Reviews
4:42 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

New Mavis Staples Biography Will 'Take You There'

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 9:33 pm

There are vocalists, there are singers and then there are voices — the first aims for the ear, the second for the brain, the third for the heart. A voice turns a composition into an emotional experience. And each time we have that experience, it's the depth of the connection that we remember. Frank Sinatra was a voice. So too were Marvin Gaye, George Jones and Billie Holiday. Aretha Franklin is a voice. So is Bob Dylan. And so is the Staple Singers' Mavis Staples.

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Music
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Angelique Kidjo's Eve: Exceptional Example Of International Collaboration And Women's Culture

Cover of Eve by Angelique Kidjo to be released January 28th on 429 Records
Credit www.npr.org

Those who experienced Angelique Kidjo, Lizz Wright and Dianne Reeves appearing as Sing The Truth! at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival know that Ms.

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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.
  • 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.
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2:37 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Fred Hersch Trio 1/30 (9:30)

Lead in text: 
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.
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Events
5:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Weekend Watch: Seth Glier, Kronos Quartet, MLK Events and more

Soul singer, Laura Rain and The Caesars perfom at Local Blues, Local Brews at Guy Hollerins this Saturday
Credit Ingo Rautenberg/ Courtesy of the Artist

Upcoming Events for  this weekend, January 17 - 20

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Music
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

With The Wind And The Rain - Pure Pleasure from Guitarist Joshua Breakstone

Guitarist Joshua Breaksotne, at ease with his new repertoire on the CD With The Wind And The Rain
Credit www.caprirecords.com

I decided to look at guitarist Joshua Breakstone’s Facebook Page as I listened to his new CD, With The Wind And The Rain.  His lead photo from his practice room was the atmospheric view over the Hudson River with the New York City skyline in a velvet fog.  That must be a beautiful space because it has helped veteran jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone further refine and define his tone, approach and construction of brilliant solo passages.  Joshua Breakstone has been recognized as a major force in jazz guitar since the late 1970s.  His first recording as a leader, Wonderful!

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Music
11:11 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra holds flashmob at Canton Ikea

The Detroit Symphony pays a surprise visit to the Canton Ikea to promote its upcoming Neighborhood Concert Series.

Music
8:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Robert Prester Dogtown: a Wednesday Delight

The cover for Robert Prester's new CD Dogtown is as enjoyable as the music inside
Credit www.robertprester.com

WEMU listeners are discerning judges of good talent.  You have heard gifted pianists such as McCoy Tyner, Bebo Valdes, Chucho Valdes, Danilo Perez and Michel Camilo on 89.1 Jazz shows.  We think you will welcome pianist Robert Prester and his new CD Dogtown with open ears.  Not unlike Chucho Valdes and Danilo Perez, Robert Prester followed classical piano studies.  It is evident in his brilliant 32nd note runs and precise technique.  But like the aforementioned, Prester also plays with emotion, feeling, joy and improvisational bliss.  His partners on the disc revel

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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
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Pamela Young
Eastern Michigan University Education First
Music
8:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

WEMU says Yes! to Agachiko

Garbrielle Agachiko makes her debut on Accurate Records
Credit www.accuraterecords.com

Agachiko is the group led by Boston-based vocalist, lyricist and composer Gabrielle Agachiko. 

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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.
11:29 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Ann Arbor's Main St. Named as one of America's Best

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A quintessential college town, Ann Arbor, and its South Main Street reflect a vibrant culture. The city offers something for visitors of all ages, from hands-on museums with interactive exhibits, to colorful bars and restaurants. Enjoy acoustic music at The Ark, a nonprofit venue that features performances from renowned folk performers. Choosing just one of South Main Street’s restaurants might seem like a herculean task, but a good option is The Ravens Club. The kitchen and bar offers seasonal farm-to-table cuisine and a cocktail menu with an impressive collection of whiskey.
Friendly neighbors, family-run businesses, and quaint restaurants serving comforting diner fare--these are the images conjured up by the phrase "Main Street USA." Even in this fast-paced era, many small towns have held onto their historic roots and preserved their central thoroughfares.
Music
8:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Sixteen Sunsets by Jane Ira Bloom is good morning music!

Newest offering for soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom: Sixteen Sunsets.
Credit Outline Records

89.1 Jazz hits a high note this morning with a new CD from soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom – Sixteen Sunsets – and a beloved classic – My Favorite Things – from  John Coltrane.  Linda Yohn is in with 89.1 Jazz at 9 streaming on WEMU.org and on 89.1 WEMU.

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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.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Linda Hass
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.
Music
1:24 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Paul Keller Orchestra celebrates 25 years of Jazz in Michigan

Credit Courtesy photo

This evening marks an Ann Arbor music milestone. Bassist Paul Keller celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Paul Keller Orchestra. 

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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.
The Two-Way
4:37 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Don't Just Shiver, Here Are 3 Cold-Weather Experiments To Try

A bubble freezes in very cold weather.
SimonSaysBaka via YouTube

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 6:37 pm

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First Listen
11:49 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

First Listen: Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, 'Give The People What They Want'

Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones' new album with The Dap-Kings, comes out Jan. 14.
Paul McGeiver Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 10:33 am

For veteran soul singer Sharon Jones, 2013 was a year of frustration, fear and false starts: She'd just announced the summer release of her fifth album, Give the People What They Want, when she was diagnosed with cancer and had to put her career on hold. Tours were canceled, while the finished record had to be shelved until she'd recovered to where she was in a position to promote it. Anyone who's seen Jones live knows how much she pours into performing, so fans appeared to be in for a long wait.

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First Listen
11:48 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'

Rosanne Cash's The River & The Thread comes out Jan. 14.
Clay Patrick McBride Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 10:34 am

It's tempting — and, really, accurate — to describe Rosanne Cash's new album as a literary effort. The singer-songwriter is also a published author, and her last album, 2009's The List, was a writer's game: Its 12 tracks abridged her famous father Johnny's 100-song lexicon of essentials, which he gave to his then-teenaged daughter as a legacy and a challenge.

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The Two-Way
2:34 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

Chris Thomas King plays on the House of Blues stage with his father, Tabby Thomas, in 2001, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Douglas Mason AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 8:33 am

Legendary bluesman Tabby Thomas died Wednesday at the age of 84.

He would have celebrated his 85 birthday on Sunday.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. He opened the club in the late 1970s, giving Louisiana blues musicians, who had lost opportunities because of the disco craze, a place to play.

Blues-lovers from around the globe flocked to Tabby's.

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Remembrance
2:54 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Remembering Musical Passings of 2013

The Groove Yard remembers some of the musicians who passed this year, including Yusef Lateef, one of George's all-time favorites.

Before turning the page on 2013, The Groove Yard's George Klein gave tribute to many artists that left the music community in 2013. 

George compiled a list, below. However, it is not intended to be complete. It is a list of passings in music (mostly jazz and blues) and in music and creative culture that George learned about during the year and verified through various networks.

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