Music News from WEMU

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

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

Take a listen to all of last weekend's great programs here:

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

Listen to last weekend's programs here: 

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.

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.