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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3:17 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Festive Swingadelic

The music festival season starts very soon in Southeastern Michigan. In anticipation, we featured a very festive CD: Toussaintville by Swingadelic on 89.1 Jazz this morning. Swingadelic is 13-piece ensemble from Hoboken, New Jersey led by bassist Dave Post. Swingadelic’s previous CD, The Other Duke in tribute to composer/arranger Duke Pearson was huge WEMU listener and staff favorite.

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New Music
10:54 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Cécile McLorin Salvant's 'Woman Child'

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Jazz Appreciation Month concludes with International Jazz Day on Tuesday, April 30th and the global release of Woman Child by the trans-national singing sensation, Cécile McLorin Salvant on April 29th. “Woman Child” truly is a cause for celebration.

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New Music
3:32 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

Performance for the U.S. Bicentennial, New York City, July 4, 1976.
Tom Marcello (creative commons)

The April 22nd birthday of two legendary bassists: Charles Mingus and Paul Chambers is another reason that Congressman John Conyers submitted the legislation designating April as Jazz Appreciation Month in 2001. 

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Sweet Sixteen
2:03 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Aguankó's Latin Jazz

While there was much more conversation than usual on 89.1 from the 8th through the 11th of April during the spring on-air pledge drive, we did play some good music. We are pleased to report that the most played new recording for the week ending April 14th was the excellent regional Latin jazz CD Elemental by Aguankó. We hold the leader of Aguankó, conga-player Alberto Nacif in the highest regard. As the original host of Cuban Fantasy, Alberto established WEMU’s Latin jazz credibility, now sustained by Marc Taras every Saturday evening from 7 to 9PM.

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New Music
10:30 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Eldar Djangirov's Breakthrough Music

Eldar Djangirov's Breakthrough is available now.

A Jazz Appreciation Month celebration should honor both the originators of the music and the new, emerging original voices. Our 89.1 Jazz premiere this morning achieved that goal. Breakthrough is the new CD by pianist Eldar Djangirov and his trio for a new label: Motéma Music. 

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New Music
6:33 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

A Little Music Therapy 'From Here On Out'

From Here on Out- Now available.

At a time of a national tragedy such as the Boston Marathon bombing, this music host’s first inclination is to present a program of supportive music to soothe you. But – life and new music goes on! Thus, I proceeded with my plan to premiere From Here On Out by the excellent Detroit quintet co-led by saxophonist James Hughes and trumpeter Jimmy Smith.

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New Music
3:13 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Thank You (with some new music)

New Music for Jazz April

Now that the spring pledge drive is over, I can start the daily premieres again. This morning's premiere: "Louie's Dream: For Our Jazz Heroes" was appropriate for April which is Jazz Appreciation Month.


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Jazz & Blues
1:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Keep WEMU Live and Local

Share your support for public radio music! 

Step 1: Download and print this image or the I heart WEMU image.
Step 2: Hold it up and strike a pose.
Step 3: Ask a friend to snap a photo.

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Support WEMU
3:59 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

VIDEO: Esperanza Spalding on the Importance of Supporting Public Radio Stations like WEMU

"Without Public Radio there is no music" -Esperanza Spalding

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Live Jazz
6:24 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Jazz is Alive at EMU

Renowned area drummer Sean Dobbins

Jazz   Is   Alive!  Benefit   Concert   &   Dance

7pm   Saturday,   April   6th   at   the   EMU   Student   Center   Ballroom


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New Music
6:13 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

James Hunter Tops WEMU's Sweet Sixteen

New / old school soul sensation James Hunter tops WEMU’s Sweet Sixteen with Minute By Minute from March 18th through the 24th. It’s been five years since Hunter released a new CD.


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New Music
7:18 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Two Premieres for 89.1 Jazz Today

WEMU’s focus for Women’s History Month 2013 has been a living history approach. Throughout March we have balanced classic recordings of blues jazz women with new offerings.

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New Music
7:01 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Boogie-Woogie with Fred Kaplan

Fred Kaplan's "Hold My Mule" is available now in limited pressings.

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Top Music
3:40 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Harry Connick, Jr. tops WEMU's Sweet Sixteen

Harry Connick, Jr.'s "Smokey Mary" is available now!

WEMU listener favorite Harry Connick, Jr. was staff favorite from March 11th through the 17th.

Each week we track how many times we play a new CD. Between March 11th and the 17th, pianist and singer Harry Connick, Jr. claimed the top spot of our Sweet 16. We first premiered the disc on Mardi Gras 2013 (February 12th). The disc’s presence at the top of the list a month later is a testament to the authenticity of Harry Connick, Jr’s joyful New Orleans funk grooves.

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New Music
4:22 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Sunday Wilde: A Musical Force

Sunday Wilde's "He gave me a blue nightgown" is available now
Credit Sunday Wilde

Sunday Wilde’s new CD, He Gave Me A Blue Nightgown was just perfect for a Friday premiere on WEMU when we play it a little loose and fun getting ready for the weekend

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New Music
5:30 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Asuka Kakitani 'Blooms' Expressive Orchestral Compositions

Asuka Kakitani's Bloom is now available

We welcome Asuka Kakitani to the realm of expressive composers and arrangers with Bloom. Chronologically, March 21st is the second day of spring for 2013, but the weather proved otherwise. So, we dreamed of spring and listened to new music evoking rebirth and the beauty of nature by Asuka Kakitani and her Jazz Orchestra this morning on 89.1 Jazz.

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89.1 Jazz
8:23 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

89.1 Jazz honors Marian McPartland, turns 95

Today we honored a woman who helped shape the history of jazz as a musician, band leader, composer, 

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New Music
4:13 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

'The Blue Room' by Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux's "Blue Room" is available now from Universal Music

Blue is more than a color – it is a basic musical form and blue is a mood. Madeleine Peyroux explores all aspects of blue with her new CD The Blue Room. However, this isn’t a blues CD.

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New Music
6:30 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Rondi Charleston shows some promising 'Signs of Life'

"Signs of Life" is out now on Motema Records

With Signs Of Life, singer Rondi Charleston breathes new life into jazz classics and shares highly personal yet universal reflections on life. During Women’s History Month we are focusing on women of jazz and blues past and present. Rondi Charleston’s Signs Of Life is one of the most powerful and personal discs to be premiered this March.

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Sweet Sixteen
2:56 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Ciudad De Los Reyes by Gabriel Alegría tops Sweet 16

One of the pleasures of working with the talented team of WEMU music hosts is discovering what the weekly consensus of the “most-played” recording will be. Each Sweet 16 list topper reveals another aspect of the WEMU variety. During the week of March 4th through the 10th, the most played recording was Ciudad De Los Reyes by Gabriel Alegría and his Afro-Peruvian Sextet. 

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New Music
10:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

'The Jazz Age' is Timeless

'THE JAZZ AGE' is available now from Vinyl Factory.

Bryan Ferry, leader of the 1980s musical art rock sensation, Roxy Music, is also a brilliant musical historian. With the new CD The Jazz Age he has merged his two passions. He took Roxy Music favorites such as "Love Is The Drug", "The Bogus Man" and "Slave To Love" and orchestrated them for a 1920s style acoustic big jazz band. 

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New Music
12:28 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Water and Earth Reviewed

Water and Earth out now on HighNote Records

With Water And Air, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt re-affirms his dedication to modern black music. Over the years he has absorbed the foundations of jazz: call-and-response, pacing, drama, interplay and tension and release.  It is especially that final principle that operates throughout Air and Water.

"This music isn't about a change in the direction as much as it's about strengthening my commitment to my art at present." - Jeremy Pelt.

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