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In anticipation of her appearance at The Ark on October 11th, WEMU hosts featured the outstanding new CD "33 1/3" by the new "Queen of the Blues", Shemekia Copeland.   Ms. Copeland actually comes from blues royalty  --  her father is the legendary blues guitarist and composer, Johnny Clyde Copeland.  

Never let it be said that when a major artist comes to town, that WEMU doesn't get behind the show and share music with listeners to let them know about the music they'll hear.  We got behind last week's Joe Jackson concert at The Michigan Theater featuring violinist Regina Carter in a real big way. 

Catching Up With Alberto Nacif

By Marc S. Taras

 

Perhaps it was because the lead track on Marcus Miller's new CD "Renaissance" was called "Detroit" that the disc resonated so soundly with WEMU listeners and staff.  Whatever the reason, it has become a fast favorite of listeners and staff alike. 

Nacif & Espinosa
http://www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com/index.php/events/event/alberto_nacif/

in the Ann Arbor Holiday Inn (Plymouth Rd. and US 23) Also see Marc Taras Interview with Dr. Alberto Nacif below.

WEMU and Sesi Motors  present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.

 Dr. Alberto Nacif & Friends (CD Release Party)
   As an interpreter of Latin jazz, percussion master Nacif fronts his own ensemble that is more horn driven, adapting post-bop standards while adding a few originals.

We knew it was just a matter of time, but the WEMU staff knew that "33 1/3" by Shemekia Copeland would eventually claim the top spot on our "Sweet 16".  If any CD validates her standing as the successor to Koko Taylor as "Queen Of The Blues", this one surely does.  She has emerged on a new label with new repertoire, but her commitment to true, deep blues is as strong as ever. 

When The Dirty Dozen Brass Band returned to Southeastern Michigan for a show at The Magic Bag Theater, WEMU hosts seized the opportunity to play selections from one of their favorite bands of all times.  We doubt that WEMU listeners minded hearing the ensemble again, as the band was beloved at venues such as The Ark, The Frog Island Music Festival, The Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival and Sully's in Dearborn. 

Nina Simone Simms-Bentley

Trumpeter Christian Scott delivered not only one of the most meaningful jazz CDs of 2012 with "Christian Atunde Adjuah", but he also delivered one of the most inspirational live performances of the year with his appearance in the "Tribute to Treme" at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival.   Scott's music is "as serious as your life", yet is imbued with energy and a celebration of life. 

89.1, WEMU’S MUSIC DIRECTOR, LINDA YOHN, WINS NATIONAL JAZZ PROGRAMMER OF THE YEAR FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR

 

YPSILANTI, MI: - 89.1, WEMU’s Music Director, Linda Yohn, was named ‘Jazz Programmer of the Year,’ in a major market, for the fourth straight year Thursday, August 30, at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards dinner in Detroit. The summit precedes the Detroit Jazz Festival, in downtown Detroit over Labor Day weekend.

 

Trumpeter Christian Scott immediately impressed WEMU and listeners with his first CD as a leader, "Rewind That" in 2006.  Since then we have anticipated each new release from this urbane, articulate and alternative trumpeter and composer.  His new CD "Christian Atunde Adjuah" demonstrates his "whisper technique" emphasizing breath control rather than mouthpiece technique.  His highly communicative approach recalls trumpet masters Clark Terry and Clifford Brown with a wholly modern approach.  This modernity also applies to his compositions - stretching the instrumentation and arrangements to

Johnnie Bassett's new CD "I Can Make That Happen" once again topped WEMU's "Sweet 16" of most-played CDs for the week.  Just after the disc was released nationally, Johnnie passed away on August 4th due to a battle with cancer. 

Ypsilanti in the "Pure Michigan" Spotlight

Aug 20, 2012

The city of Ypsilanti  will be in the spotlight in a new Pure Michigan ad, and city residents can get in on the fun this Wednesday.

It was a bittersweet occasion when Detroit blues great Johnnie Bassett's new CD "I Can Make That Happen" once again topped WEMU's "Sweet 16" of most-played CDs for the week.  Just after the disc was released nationally, Johnnie passed away on August 4th due to cancer. 

"Rebirth" by living reggae legend, Jimmy Cliff is a fully rewarding listening experience.  He has lost none of his supple vocal quality and range.  Time has deepened his lower range imbuing his words with deeper meaning and insight.  His Jamaican message remains consistent - that love, peace and truth will conquer all.  The production of this date is immaculate, but the music is free flowing and relaxed.  You can see why WEMU hosts collectively wanted to share this excellent new music with you. 

Once again, WEMU hosts and listeners realized the depth and mastery of our regional musicians by awarding the Latin jazz band, Tumbao Bravo, the coveted number one spot on the "Sweet 16".  This marks the fourth week in a row for that theirs was the most played CD on 89.1.  This disc deserves the distinction not just because it is music from local performers, but because it is totally original, beautifully produced and recorded with the highest audio quality.  "Casa Versailles" by Tumbao Bravo deserved national accolades and WEMU is leading the way.

For the third week in a row, the local all-star Latin jazz band, Tumbao Bravo has topped WEMU's airplay list with "Casa Versailles".  Their CD release concert will be this Saturday at Kerrytown Concert House.  We have details about the show in the "events" and "datebook" section of this website.  This group is just one example of the outstanding musicians who live and work in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and the Detroit area.  It is an honor to play their music on WEMU and support our fantastic music community.

Congratulations are in order once again for conga player Alberto Nacif, saxophonist/flutist Paul Vornhagen,  trumpeter Bob Mojica, pianist Brian DiBlassio, percussionist Javier Barrios and bassist Patrick Prouty with special guest percussionist Pepe Espinosa for gaining the coveted top spot on WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen" for the new CD "Casa Versailles" two weeks in a row.  The members of Tumbao Bravo are based in communities all over Southeastern Michigan and record for bassist Paul Keller's PKO Records label, now operating in Saline, Michigan.  Featuring their music dovetails perfectly with WE

Perhaps their "Top Of The Park" show for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival on July 4th helped propel them to the number one spot in WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen", but they likely would have achieved the spot without the show.

We at WEMU love highlighting local artists, and this ensemble of musicians from Ann Arbor, Brighton and Detroit is simply one of the best. Every member is a leader in his own right.

We are especially proud of their conga player, Dr. Alberto Nacif, former host of "Cuban Fantasy" until Marc Taras took over for him.

Once again, the WEMU staff and listener favorite, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band top our "Sweet Sixteen".

 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 25 to July 1, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND  "Twenty Dozen"  (Savoy Jazz)

2.    JOHNNIE BASSETT  “I Can Make That Happen”   (Sly Dog Records)

3.    BÉLA FLECK AND THE MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO   “Across The Imaginary Divide”  (Rounder)

4.    ESPERANZA SPALDING   “Radio Music Society”  (Heads Up/Montuno)

A WEMU listener favorite since 1984 - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band claims the top spot on this week's "Sweet 16".  This is encouraging news as "Twenty Dozen" is their first release on a brand new record label.  WEMU is proud to support this band which started the international trend of contemporary music arranged for traditional brass band instrumentation. 

 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 18 to June 24, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND  "Twenty Dozen"  (Savoy Jazz)

When bassist, composer, vocalist and musical visionary Esperanza Spalding's CD, "Radio Music Society" first came out it was an immediate favorite of WEMU listeners and hosts.  With her appearance at The Power Center on Thursday, June 21st for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, the disc once again rose to the top. 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 11 to June 17, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 4 to June 10, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

1.    JOHNNIE BASSETT  “I Can Make That Happen”   (Sly Dog Records)

2.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

3.    JOAN OSBORNE “Bring It On Home” (Saguaro Road)

4.    ESPERANZA SPALDING   “Radio Music Society”  (Heads Up/Montuno)

5.    LIL’ ED AND THE BLUES IMPERIALS   “Jump Start”  (Alligator Records)

6.    CITIZEN RHYTHM   “Of The People, By The People, For The People”  (Strong Brew Music)

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY May 28 to June 3, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

2.    THIRD COAST KINGS   “Third Coast Kings”   (Record Kicks)

3.    CITIZEN RHYTHM   “Of The People, By The People, For The People”  (Strong Brew Music)

4.    JOHNNIE BASSETT  “I Can Make That Happen”   (Sly Dog Records)

5.    DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

6.    ESPERANZA SPALDING   “Radio Music Society”  (Heads Up/Montuno)

WEMU got behind the Bonnie Raitt concert to benefit the Ann Arbor Summer festival in a big way.  Her disc, "Slipstream" topped our "Sweet 16".  Ms. Raitt and her band were sweet, sexy, soulful, rocking and totally touching in concert at Hill Auditorium. 

 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY May 21 to May 27, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    BONNIE RAITT  "Slipstream"  (Redwing Records)

2.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

3.    DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY May 7 to May 13, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

JON CLEARY   “Occapella!”   (FHQ Records)

GALACTIC  “Carnivale Electricos”  (Anti-)

DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

JOAN OSBORNE “Bring It On Home” (Saguaro Road)

GREGORY PORTER  “Be Good”   (Motema Music)

THIRD COAST KINGS   “Third Coast Kings”   (Record Kicks)

DON BYRON NEW GOSPEL QUINTET "Love, Peace, And Soul" (Savoy Jazz)

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