Music News from WEMU

Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

Mr. B (Mark Braun) visits the 89.1 WEMU studios to perform with special guests, Lila Ammons & Axel Zwingenberger ahead of their Blues and Boogie Celebration at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan this weekend.

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has announced its 2014 Mainstage lineup.

Executive Director Amy Nesbitt sat down with WEMU's Michael Jewett Monday afternoon to talk about the schedule and hear some music from some of the acts scheduled to appear.

See the complete schedule here:

'A Love Supreme' Comes Alive In Unearthed Photos

Mar 28, 2014

Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes, playback and downtime. The company would take what it needed, the remainder likely never to be developed, much less published. After decades in the photography business, and thousands of album covers to his name, he's amassed a lot of negatives.

If you're thinking about heading to the Jazz Fest in New Orleans, check out this article from

89.1 WEMU’s free Sesi Motors – Jan Winkelman 5:01 Jazz series springs to life Friday, April 4th with one of your best-loved Latin jazz bands – Tumbao Bravo

Dance and enjoy the afternoon with your friends!

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 PM celebration music and more on Friday, April 4th

 The show is at the newly renovated  Rush Street,  314 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor.  Admission is free.

Fifty years after The Beatles took America by storm, we examine why the group was so innovative.

The trumpet, made of copper, helps Belgrave create his signature sound. He says he won't press charges and may even give a reward if his trumpet is returned.

Andrew Cluley

A new partnership between the Ann Arbor District Library and a local music label is making over 250 albums available to library patrons.  

patrik holubik / WEMU

The Defibulators  swing by during the Roots Music Project with Jeremy Baldwin to perform tracks from "Debt'll Get'em" live in the 89.1 WEMU studios (2014).

Courtesy photo

This Valentine’s Day, WEMU will premiere the romantic music of singer-guitarist Stacey Kent and the new CD, The Changing Lights released on  Warner Brothers/Parlophone Reacords.  Each of her previous recordings have been a marvel of delicacy, swing, precision, subtle passion and just-barely disguised emotional frailty.  It is hard to believe that she and her band could top Breakfast On The Morning Tram or Dreamer In Concert  but The Changing Lights further explores Ms.

WEMU's Adrienne Ayers contributed this report for the MotorCity Muckracker. It’s been 8 years since the passing of native Detroiter, hip hop artist, producer, and innovator, James Yancey, who was better known to the public and hip hop world as J Dilla.

Jason Moran and his trio will play Dave Brubeck's 'The Gates of Justice' at the Fillmore Detroit on Sunday.

Fifty years ago, on Feb. 12, 1964, Miles Davis led a band through one of the most exciting gigs to ever take place at New York's Philharmonic Hall. The show was a cultural event: a benefit for voter registration in Louisiana and Mississippi at the high point of the the civil rights movement, and an unofficial homage to John F. Kennedy, who had been assassinated a few months before.

Upcoming Events for this weekend, February 7 - 9

Fifty years ago this week, Sam Cooke strolled into a recording studio, put on a pair of headphones, and laid down the tracks for one of the most important songs of the civil rights era.

Seth Walker and Jeremy Baldwin
Robbie Bolog


The Ark's Marketing Director,  Barb Chaffer Authier joined The Roots Music Project's Jeremy Baldwin to talk about the success and a brief history of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival.

Barb also brought a very special guest, this year's Folk Festival MC and musician, Seth Walker.

Seth Walker tops off the conversation with a live performance in the WEMU studios ahead of his solo performance in the spring at The Ark in Ann Arbor.

Jazz's Great Songwriting Teams

Jan 30, 2014


 Tin Pan Alley greats Richard Rodgers and Lorenz HartEdit | Remove

Jazz Speaks for Life

Jan 29, 2014

The music of the Jason Moran Trio and vocals of Alberto Mizrahi and other soloists combine to bring to life Dave Brubeck’s musical exploration of civil rights, the “Gates of Justice” composition. Woven throughout this historic piece, are vocal performances of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and biblical scripture, against the backdrop of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Bill. This unique evening will also feature the Jason Moran Trio performing their own music.

Pete Seeger, "a tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness," died Monday at the age of 94.

As former NPR broadcaster Paul Brown adds in an appreciation he prepared for Morning Edition, Seeger's tools "were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments."

The songs he'll be long remembered for include "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone."

The Revelers

The Revelers appeared live on the Roots Music Project with Jeremy Baldwin ahead of their shows at Centeral Michigan University and The Ark in Ann Arbor this weekend.

Linda Yohn
W. Streety

Ahead of Fred Hersch's performance at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 89.1 WEMU's Linda Yohn shares her praise for pianist Fred Hersch. Presented by University Musical Society, Thursday January, 30 (7:30pm and 9:30pm)

Video produced by UMS Video Production Specialist, Jess Meria

Marking its 80th anniversary, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge is opening a second location this fall, and is working with Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services to find space in downtown Detroit’s lower Woodward corridor or in Capitol Park near the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The original Baker’s Keyboard Lounge opened as a sandwich shop in 1933, and began booking jazz pianists the following year.

New Mavis Staples Biography Will 'Take You There'

Jan 22, 2014

There are vocalists, there are singers and then there are voices — the first aims for the ear, the second for the brain, the third for the heart. A voice turns a composition into an emotional experience. And each time we have that experience, it's the depth of the connection that we remember. Frank Sinatra was a voice. So too were Marvin Gaye, George Jones and Billie Holiday. Aretha Franklin is a voice. So is Bob Dylan. And so is the Staple Singers' Mavis Staples.

Those who experienced Angelique Kidjo, Lizz Wright and Dianne Reeves appearing as Sing The Truth! at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival know that Ms.