World Cafe
2:48 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Frank Turner On World Cafe

Frank Turner.
Tara Novak Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 5:12 pm

Singer-songwriter Frank Turner has a fanatically large following in the U.K. Though he might not be filling large halls in the States quite yet, his American fans are just as dedicated and engaged.

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2:59 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

An Interview with Robert Hurst: Detroit Jazz Fest, BoB a Palindrome and More!

Robert and Linda in the WEMU studios
Brad McNett

Linda Yohn sits down with Robert Hurst in the WEMU studio to talk about about  his upcoming Detroit Jazz Festival performance, his new album BoB a Palindrome, life as a musician, and more on this morning's 89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn

Linda Yohn interviews Robert Hurst ahead of his Detroit Jazz Festival.

12:09 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

"It's about being here in the moment, accepting one another and allowing creativity to flow." - Stefon Harris
Alan Klein TED

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 9:36 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Making Mistakes.

About Stefon Harris' TEDTalk

What is a mistake? By going through examples with his improvisational jazz quartet, Stefon Harris gets to a profound truth: many actions are perceived as mistakes only because we don't react to them appropriately.

About Stefon Harris

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The Record
7:35 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 4:23 pm

Marian McPartland, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.

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The Two Way
1:44 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Jazz Pianist Cedar Walton Dies

Cedar Walton, a National Endowment for the Arts "jazz master" known as "one of the great hard bop pianists," died early Monday at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y.,. He was 79. 

His NEA bio page says that:

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2:46 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Live In Studio: Rick Roe

As a pianist, Rick Roe says much with his terrific touch, his surprising song selections and understanding of the importance of the space between the notes.  This morning was truly special as Rick Roe discusses his musical life and his new CD, “Swing Theory” plus, his upcoming CD release concert.

Listen to the full interview here:

Rick Roe in the WEMU Studios 8/15/13

4:44 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

The Roots Music Project: Corndaddy Live in Studio

Corndaddy live in the WEMU studios

Local favorites, Corndaddy appears on The Roots Music Project ahead of their performance at the Ark in Ann Arbor

Listen to the full interview & performance here: 

Corndaddy visits the WEMU studios ahead of their show at the Ark 8/10/13

2:12 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Weekend Watch: Bluescasters, DAYfest, McNett Trio, Dexter Daze and More!

Upcoming Events for August 9-11

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Liner Notes
1:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Live In Studio: Seth Walker

Seth Walker in the WEMU Studio
Credit Brad McNett / WEMU

Before his performance at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Seth Walker stopped by the  WEMU studios to perform a few acoustic blues songs from his new album, Time Can Change.

Seth also discusses  his unique musical background which spans classical music to raucous rock-n-roll.

Listen to the full interview here:

Seth Walker Joins us in the WEMU studios 8/8/13

Community Events
3:19 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Take the Shuttle to the Detroit Jazz Festival This Weekend

Saturday, August 31st thru Monday, September 2nd


The 34th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, a Labor Day tradition in Southeastern Michigan, will once again be filled with many different styles of our beloved....Jazz!  Enjoying the weekend in Motown, listening to music by the the Detroit river, is a simple decision as it only gets this good once a year.


Golden Shuttle Service:

Round Trip Shuttles available for all three days.  $15.00 per person.  

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Liner Notes
8:18 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Seth Walker and Corndaddy at the Ark

Two shows of great interest to WEMU listeners are coming up soon at The Ark: blues and roots singer-songwriter Seth Walker on Thursday, August 8th and Ann Arbor’s beloved roots-rock quartet Corndaddy on Friday, August 16th.

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1:46 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Shuttle to the Detroit Jazz Festival

Lead in text: 
Round Trip Shuttles available for all three days. $15.00 per person. Save 5 Dollars if you register on or before August 25. *** Register here ***
The 34th annual Detroit Jazz Festival, a Labor Day tradition in Southeastern Michigan, will once again be filled with many different styles of our beloved....Jazz! Enjoying the weekend in Motown, listening to music by the the Detroit river, is a simple decision as it only gets this good once a year.
Events Downtown & Around Town
4:27 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Weekend Watch: DAYFest, Local Blues & Local Brews, and More!

Upcoming Events for August 2-4

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2:18 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

2013 Detroit Jazz Festival Lineup

Lead in text: 
World-renowned musicians will come together to give Festival attendees performances they’ve never experienced before. This year’s artistic vision focuses on the language of jazz and the generations of musicians who have dedicated their lives to propagating its many dialects. Celebrate history and revel in the creative spirit of artists who expand boundaries to create truly unique, engaging and meaningful music.
10:29 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

The Capitol Steps: Politics Takes a Holiday!

Fourth of July 2013 Edition: Politics Takes A Holiday! Recorded live in Washington.

  Statistics show that many people who have not listened to past specials have been audited by the IRS. Coincidence? Probably! So relax and celebrate your country by helping the Capitol Steps make fun of it. It's not like there isn't a lot of material to work with...

Not for the faint of heart or for those considering running for office. 

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Pledge to Win Tickets!
1:01 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival at the Grand Hotel - Pledge to Win Tickets!

Images from 2012 Labor Day Jazz Fest
Grand Hotel

Every contribution of $150 or more to WEMU received  between June 18 and June 25 (on-air, through the mail, or online) goes into a drawing for a trip for two to the Grand Hotel  Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival (held August 30-September 2) on Mackinac Island. 

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12:44 am
Thu June 13, 2013

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Lead in text: 
Summer is finally here, and the Top of the Park and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival are right around the corner. There’s truly something for everyone this summer at the A2SF and WEMU is happy to be a media partner of the annual summertime celebration. Live Music with international and local favorites, movies under the stars, open-air spectacles, and there’s always great food and drinks. All The festival fun starts this Friday, June 14th!
  • Source: A2sf
  • | Via: The Ann Arbor Summer Festival
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is an international arts gathering connecting people, exceptional performance, sunshine, and a little something for everyone.
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8:03 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Remembering Mulgrew Miller

Mulgrew Miller at the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Credit David Tallacksen

The whole keyboard was Miller's canvas. His left hand could stride and swing with great authority, and when the two hands got together, he sent the train down the tracks. Hear music from WBGO's 25th-anniversary party, the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center Jazz Club.


JazzSet celebrates the art of the late piano great Mulgrew Miller.


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New Music
10:21 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Freddy Cole Gets Better and Better

Pianist and singer Freddy Cole gets better and better. If it’s possible, there is greater warmth and depth in his husky voice. His phrasing is even more subtle and sly. His sense of rhythm – just slightly behind the beat feels more suspenseful yet playful than before. His chemistry with the band seems to be more organic, tighter and empathetic.

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New Music
6:19 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Corey Christianson Creates Contemporary Cowboy Tunes

  Is the guitar today’s universal instrument? Actually, the voice is our first and most universal instrument, but the guitar could follow shortly behind it. In permutations from the oud to the cittern, zither, bouzouki and many others, portable stringed instruments are easy to transport and play while singing. These instruments including today’s modern guitars are versatile in all styles of music. 

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New Music
8:31 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Quartette Humaine Evokes Brubeck

In late April, Bob Edwards Weekend (Saturdays from 8 to 10AM on WEMU) aired a revealing and insightful interview with pianist and producer Bob James. My curiosity about the new Bob James-David Sanborn collaboration, Quartette Humaine, was piqued. The four weeks of waiting are over and you and I can enjoy this new CD which is one of the finest examples of quartet interplay I’ve heard in a while. Legitimate comparisons will be made between Quartette Humaine and legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond.


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New Music
10:22 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Medeski Brings 'A Different Time' to Life

A Different Time is a more introspective, meditative collection than fans of MMW’s lively, groove-driven music might expect. Consisting mostly of Medeski’s own compositions and improvisations, with a familiar spiritual and a Willie Nelson song added into the mix, the album presents a different side of Medeski’s prodigious artistry.

Artists reflect the unspoken needs of the viewers, readers and listeners. With A Different Time, pianist John Medeski takes us to that quiet, meditative place that is often out of reach given our frantic lives. Perhaps the age of the piano on which Medeski recorded the pieces has something to do with the classic, contemplative sound of A Different Time. The piano was built by the Gaveau piano manufacturers in central France in 1924. It was constructed in a style that predates the modern piano.

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New Music
3:08 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

David Arnay Goes from Concept to Accomplishment

Pianist David Arnay

I admit it – I’m often skeptical regarding a concept CD from a new artist.  I think to myself - oh they need a gimmick to get to me to listen.  

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New Music
3:56 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Emilio Teubal is a 'Constant Reinventor'

One of the songs on Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido by pianist and composer Emilio Teubal is The Constant Reinventor. 

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New Music
8:00 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Latin Jazz has a 'New Beginning' with Michelle Pollace on the keys

New Beginning by Michelle Pollace is now available

As we search for the best new music on  WEMU, we will often feature someone you’ve never heard before but think is worth your time. 

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