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8:39 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Vanessa Rubin and Don Braden swing soulfully

Singer Vanessa Rubin and saxophonist Don Braden have been friends since the early 1980s.  Nearly 30 years later they released their first CD together: Full Circle.  This is a very soulful, blues-influenced session due in no small part guitarist Dave Stryker, organist Kyle Koehler and drummer Cecil Brooks III completing the ace band.  Full Circle by Vanessa Rubin and Don Braden premieres this morning on 89.1 Jazz

A Blog Supreme
5:07 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Remembering Jim Hall, A Different Sort Of Guitar God

Jim Hall performs with his trio and fellow guitarist Julian Lage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 10:10 am

Jim Hall was a guitar god, but not in the sense that he could blaze through a zillion notes a minute. He was worshipped by guitarists around the world, but you'd never know it from talking to him.

"I don't really have all that much technique anyway, so I try to the best with what I have you know," he said to me earlier this year.

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Music
8:43 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Musical friendships make great listening

This morning we salute friends…those people who understand us, help us through rough times, cheer us up and tell us the truth even when we don’t want to hear it.  The important power of friendship this morning on 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn streaming on wemu.org and on 89.1, WEMU.

Music
1:38 pm
Sat December 7, 2013

Orpheum Bell Live in Studio

Jeremy with Orpheum Bell
Credit Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Before their December 15th performance at The Ark, Orpheum Bell stopped by the 89.1 WEMU studios to talk to us on the The Roots Music Project for a live interview and performance.

Listen to the full performance and interview here:

Orpheum Bell Live in the 89.1 WEMU Studios--12/7/13

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From the Staff
3:49 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Happy Holidays from WEMU-FM!

Happy Holidays from the staff of 89.1 WEMU and wishing you and yours a wonderful new year.

Jazz
8:37 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Bobby Watson honors MLK in Jazz

Bobby Watson
Credit http://bobbywatson.com/

 Alto saxophonist Bobby Watson believes that music is a tool for greater good.  His new CD, Check Cashing Day is a stirring jazz tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech and to the greater good it inspires.  Linda Yohn will feature

 This morning on 89.1 Jazz.  Music starts at 9am streaming at on wemu.org and on 89.1, WEMU.

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Music
11:56 am
Thu November 28, 2013

2013 Thanksgiving Food Song Festival!

Thanksgiving is one of America’s greatest days of celebration - and great food! WEMU gets you in the mood with our annual Food Song Festival! Today we're celebrating the cooks, the diners and the delicacies from soup, salad and savory main courses to dessert and drinks. And – we have fun!

Enter to Win
10:53 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Harrison Kennedy and Harmonica Shah - Real Detroit Blues Through and Through

Harrison Kennedy
Credit Courtesy photo / Electro-Fi

While Chicago may be America’s blues mecca, Detroiters are making a significant international impact in blues today, especially Seward Shah, better known as "Harmonica Shah”.  Now on the illustrious Electro-Fi label from Toronto, Detroiter Harmonica Shah has not changed his gritty, earthy, raw and rocking urban blues style one iota.  His songs reflect the deep heartbreak of living in present day Detroit while his classic harmonica licks reflects the birth of urban blues by Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Jr. Lockwood and Otis Spann.  If you were ever tempted to think that real blues is a thing of the past, Havin’ Nothin Don’t Bother Me by Harmonica Shah will banish that thought.

MORE: Enter to Win this Electro-Fi CD set from WEMU-FM

Harrison Kennedy’s new Electro-Fi CD, Soulscape is another masterpiece of basic blues with Detroit connections.  Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Harrison Kennedy gained national fame as a member of the Detroit R&B group, The Chairmen Of The Board. They recorded for the Holland-Dozier-Holland Invictus label with hits such as Give Me Just A Little More Time and Skin I’m In. Edward Holland gave Kennedy 75 dollars to buy a guitar which he used to write many hits for the group.  

Harrison Kennedy is still a prolific songwriter but has added a variety of acoustic instruments to his blues arsenal.  On Soulscape you will hear his proficiency on banjo, mandolin, harmonica, spoons, fife, percussion and bread pan!  But, what will really touch you is his pliant voice and the poetry of his heartfelt lyrics.  His songs examine the eternal human condition and our modern miseries.  As with Havin’ Nothin Don’t Bother Me, by Harmonica Shah, Soulscape by Harrison Kennedy will satisfy your soul’s craving for serious blues and roots music.

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Live Music
4:48 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz - Ron Brooks Trio at Rush Street

Ron Brooks plays @ Rush Street, Friday, December 7th - 5:01 pm to 7 pm.

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

 Join us for a 5:01 celebration of music with Sunny Wilkinson, Sven Anderson on keys, and George Davidson on the drums, and Ron Brooks on bass.

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Music
4:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

'Endless Mysteries' by George Colligan: lasting contribution to jazz piano trio repertoire

George Colligan's “The Endless Mysteries” is now available
Credit Courtesy photo

Piano-bass-drums.  How often have you heard a WEMU host repeat that instrumental combination?  More than you can count.  Yet, this trio format remains a source of endless variation and fascination.  A prime example of the possibilities is the new CD The Endless Mysteries by pianist George Colligan. 

 You have heard WEMU hosts repeat Colligan’s name for twenty years.   We discovered him in 1993 as the pianist for saxophonist Ron Holloway.  His debut recording as a leader, Activism followed in 1996 on Steeplechase Records.  Since then Colligan has created a body of work for solo piano and ensemble that deserves consideration for his compositions and technique.  

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Music
12:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

An Interview with Jeff Haas: The New Jazz Archive, Building Bridges with Music, and more!

Jeff Haas of the New Jazz Archive stops by the WEMU studios ahead of the 100th anniversary of  his father, broadcasting legend,  Karl Haas' birth.  And to talk about a few new programs spearheaded by Jeff to advance the legacy of jazz to new generations. 

Listen to the full interview here: 

Linda Yohn interviews Jeff Haas 11/11/13

  

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All Songs Considered
12:47 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

The Five Best Things About This Year's Mountain Oasis Festival

A crush of fans dance together at a Bassnectar performance, from the 2013 Mountain Oasis festival.
Adam Kissick NPR Music

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 1:07 pm

Late last month I witnessed the most creative music festival I know, and I'm back with some astonishing new music discoveries. The first annual Mountain Oasis festival took place in a number of venues in Asheville, N.C. the weekend before Halloween. Asheville's a city that, much like Austin, Texas or Portland, Ore., lives up to that often-used slogan "Keep (insert city name here) Weird." As music pours into the streets, you'll see people dressed up as gnomes in illuminated hats, traveling in packs along with jellyfish, various monsters or even giant butterflies.

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1:02 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

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

Lead in text: 
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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Music
5:20 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

An Interview with Dave Sharp: Worlds, 5:01 Jazz and More!

Ahead of his new CD release, Dave Sharp sits down with Linda Yohn in the WEMU studio to talk about about  his upcoming 5:01 Jazz performance, the release of his new album Worldslife as a musician, and more on this Halloween morning. 

Listen to the full-length interview from 89.1 WEMU:

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Music
8:19 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

A Preview of the 37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival

The 37th Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Credit The Ark

One of the biggest music weekends in Ann Arbor is just around the corners. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the 37th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival is just three months away. 

Click here to hear Bob's report.

See below for a selection of musicians from the festival lineup:

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
Live Music
12:16 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz - Rush Street with Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven

David Sharp
Credit http://www.davesharp.com/

Dave Sharp’s Secret Seven plays @ Rush Street, Friday, November 1st - 5:01 pm to 7 pm.

89.1 WEMU-FM and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.
 Join us for a  5:01 celebration of Dave’s new cd, Worlds

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10:39 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Humans 1, Robots 0

Lead in text: 
Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous. But if you want some reason for optimism, visit your local supermarket. See that self-checkout machine? It doesn't hold a candle to the humans—and its deficiencies neatly illustrate the limits of computers' abilities to mimic human skills.
Computers seem to be replacing humans across many industries, and we're all getting very nervous. But if you want some reason for optimism, visit your local supermarket. See that self-checkout machine? It doesn't hold a candle to the humans-and its deficiencies neatly illustrate the limits of computers' abilities to mimic human skills.
Fall Premiums
3:06 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Mingus Speaks

Charles Mingus did not do small.

He was a big man, with big appetites, big ambitions, big grievances, big passions, big skills, and above all, a big vision.

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Fall Premiums
2:31 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Otis Redding: The Complete Stax/Volt Label Singles Box Set!

We've got a triple shot of classic soul to say thanks for your support: “Otis Redding: The Complete Stax/Volt Label Singles” can be yours for a contribution of $400 dollars.

From “Pain in my Heart” to “Try a little tenderness,” “Respect” to “I can’t turn you loose,” they’re all here. Some of the greatest soul music ever made!

You can make your gift online or call us to make a pledge at 888-299-8910

Thank you!

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1:49 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

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

Lead in text: 
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.
3:31 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Pianos ‘Round Town

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Pianos will be out in full force on the sidewalks of Ypsilanti starting September 20 thru October 8 in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town, downtown area on Michigan Avenue, and Tower Inn Cafe at 701 W. Cross Street. The pianos will be placed on the sidewalks at various locations and be available for all to play during business hours.
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  • | Via: Ypsilanti Convention and Visitors Bureau
When: September 20 - Oct 8 2013 Where: Ypsilanti's Depot Town, Downtown, and West Cross Pianos will be out in full force on the sidewalks of Ypsilanti starting September 20 thru October 8 in Ypsilanti's Depot Town, downtown area on Michigan Avenue, and Tower Inn Cafe at 701 W. Cross Street.
Music
3:27 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Peter Case & Paul Burch Live In-Studio

Before headlining this year's Ypsilanti Songwriting Festival, singer/songwriters Peter Case and Paul Burch visited The Roots Music Project for a live interview and performance. 

 

Listen to the full performance and interview here:

Interview with Peter Case and Paul Burch

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Music
11:11 am
Tue September 17, 2013

New Mix: Beck, Best Coast, Joanna Gruesome, More

Clockwise from upper left: Beck, Cate Le Bon, Arp's Alexis Georgopoulos, Best Coast
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 7:05 pm

On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from Beck. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. None of the songs will be on the new full-length record Beck hopes to release before the end of the year.

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First Listen
12:10 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

First Listen: Gregory Porter, 'Liquid Spirit'

Gregory Porter's new album, Liquid Spirit, comes out Sept. 17.
Shawn Peters Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 2:16 pm

There's an element of Gregory Porter's singing that feels like a welcome throwback, though he doesn't spell it out precisely. It's in the way he leans heavily into and erupts "Hey!" without fear of coming up short. It's in his coat-and-tie handling of an audience, well-mannered but without quaint mannerisms. It's in one of his better-known songs, where he asks "1960 what? 1960 who?" without a distinct answer — just a suggestion of the decade's historic events, alert black community and cathartic swing.

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