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 Every year at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Detroit musicians and singers return to perform and are greeted with enthusiastic applause and deep Detroit appreciation.  Among the many returning in 2014 is singer Barbara Morrison.   She was born in Ypsilanti, grew up in Romulus, graduated from Eastern Michigan University and left for Los Angeles when she was 23 to carve her own musical path.  Barbara Morrison and her very close friend Joan Belgrave joined Linda Yohn in the studio to talk about their parallel lives starting in Southeastern Michigan and ending up in Los Angeles.  

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 08-23-14 and 08-24-14

Aug 25, 2014

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After the Bad Plus tackled an interpretation of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” on their last album, the avant-jazz trio was happy not to have any specific direction in mind for their latest, “Inevitable Western.” The Minneapolis group premieres the album today on Speakeasy.

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 08-16-14 and 08-17-14

Aug 18, 2014

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Detroiter and bassist Rodney Whitaker’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive. It includes a discography of 7 CDs as a leader including his newest “When We Find Ourselves Alone” on Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records label and over 80 sessions as a sideman.

His sideman associations are stellar. Leading luminaries of jazz including Roy Hargrove, Terence Blanchard, Dianne Reeves, Johnny Griffin, Kevin Mahogany, Eric Reed and Wynton Marsalis have relied on Rodney’s impeccable timing, tone, strength and grace.

"Reliable" is great word to describe Rodney Whitaker. He is father to a family of 7, leads the internationally recognized jazz studies program at Michigan State University and performs and records world-wide. Rodney joined WEMU’s Linda Yohn to discuss his life in music and his new CD as well as the Mack Avenue Superband recording from the 2013 Detroit Jazz Festival.

Rodney directed the Superband and will lead the 2014 version of the star-studded assembly at the upcoming Detroit Jazz Festival over Labor Day Weekend. He will also lead the MSU Big Band and his Soul-R Energy Quartet in celebration of “When We Find Ourselves Alone”. Linda Yohn found herself in great company with Rodney Whitaker.

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A man in a movie once said, "no matter where you go, there you are." Since you'll most likely have your phone with you, you'll also have WEMU available via iTunes Radio. We're happy to announce that WEMU's radio stream has been added to iTunes Radio.

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89.1, WEMU’s Music Director, Linda Yohn, Wins National Jazz Programmer Of The Year For The Fifth Time

   89.1 WEMU’s Music Director, Linda Yohn, was named ‘Jazz Programmer of the Year,’ in a major market Friday, August 8, at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards dinner in San Jose, CA.   This is the fifth programmer of the year award for Yohn who was nominated  in 2006 and 2008 and won four years  in a row; 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.  She was nominated again in 2013 and won again in 2014

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 08-09-14 and 08-10-14

Aug 11, 2014

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Paul Mawhinney, a former music-store owner in Pittsburgh, spent more than 40 years amassing a collection of some three million LPs and 45s, many of them bargain-bin rejects that had been thoroughly forgotten. The world’s indifference, he believed, made even the most neglected records precious: music that hadn’t been transferred to digital files would vanish forever unless someone bought his collection and preserved it.

R.I.P. Kenny Drew, Jr.

Aug 6, 2014

While the late pianist Kenny Drew Jr. may have been under-appreciated bu the wider music community, jazz musicians are well aware of his genius. This appreciation by fellow pianist George Colligan is a fitting tribute.

Trombone Shorty, Ann Arbor musical favorite is a generous supporter of young musicians through his foundation based in New Orleans.

WEMU's Weekend Rewind: 8-2-14 and 8-3-14

Aug 4, 2014

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  The Lunar Glee Club rocked Ann Arbor’s musical world in the 1980s and early ‘90s with their jazz, Afrobeat, funk, calypso and Latin fusion.  Sunday July 27th, all 9 original members of the band will present a 30th Reunion Concert at Kerrytown Concert House.  

After several requests from station supporters to give The Roots Music Project more time on the 89.1 WEMU airwaves, management has decided to move the program to a new time and expand it from two hours to three.  Starting this Saturday, July 19, the popular show and its host, Jeremy Baldwin, can be heard starting at 4:00pm.

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Iconic Rock and Blues guitar slinger Johnny Winter has passed away while touring in Europe. 

Johnny Dawson Winter III has passed away. He was 70. ”Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16th, 2014, in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland,” read an official email from Winter’s PR company, Kid Logic Media. “His Wife, family and band-mates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world’s finest guitarists.”

The email promised an official statement at the appropriate time.

After several requests from station supporters to give The Roots Music Project more time on the 89.1 WEMU airwaves, management has decided to move the program to a new time and expand it from two hours to three.  Starting Saturday, July 19, the popular show and its host, Jeremy Baldwin, can be heard starting at 4:00pm.

 "Jeremy has a great following in this community," said Patrick Campion, WEMU Program Director. "Moving the program to a little later time on Saturday opens it up to an even larger potential audience and lets us more easily expand it to an additional hour.  This also gives us a chance to move some other local programs around that pair up well with The Roots Music Project."

From Memphis To Motown and host Wendy Wright will move from 7:00pm Sunday to 1:00pm Saturday.

"Wendy's blues selections are a great lead in to the rest of our new Saturday lineup," Campion continues. "Again, this gives her an opportunity to be exposed to a new and wider audience with a program we believe has a lot of potential for growth."

RIP, Charlie Haden

Jul 11, 2014

Charlie Haden, born August 6, 1937 in Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away today at 10:11 Pacific time in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness.

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Public radio station 89.1, WEMU has added the syndicated program Jazz 24 to its week night programming from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Monday though Friday, replacing ‘Evening Sounds’ with Evelynn Hawkins which was canceled for budget reasons. Jazz 24 is also WEMU’s current overnight service.

 

Jimmy Scott, whose distinctively high soprano voice—caused by a rare genetic condition called Kallmann’s syndrome—gave his music a purity and youthfulness even into old age, died June 12 in his sleep at his Las Vegas home. His death, the cause of which has not yet been revealed, was confirmed by a family friend. Scott was 88.

After a storied, decades long career as host of the Groove Yard, George Klein has decided to step down as the show's host, effective immediately.

Over the last 25 years, George has been a rich contributor to the legacy of jazz and WEMU. All of us at WEMU thank George for the time, effort, energy and passion he put into the program over the years and wish him well in his future endeavors.

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  When the spirit of Nirvana surfaces in a song, the artist paying tribute almost always shares style points with that treasured band. The hair is shaggy, the clothes a little ragged; the lineage unfolds, relatively neatly, from punk to the present.

With a deep, velvety voice, rhythmic poise, a sublime feel for the blues, Cécile McLorin Salvant is jazz’s brightest rising star and the darling of Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records. Born in Miami to French and Haitian parents, and fluent in English, Spanish, and French, she confidently delivers jazz interpretations in a gorgeous, accessible program of standards and originals.

'Yooper' Blooper: Dictionary Misspells New Entry

May 20, 2014

Yoopers were excited that they made the dictionary. It's too bad people won't learn the right way to pronounce their nickname.

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