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Mingus Speaks

Oct 14, 2013

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.

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!

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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.

Pianos ‘Round Town

Sep 30, 2013
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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.

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:

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.

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.

Last week, Sony Corporation announced a new line of high-end audio components that promise to deliver a better online audio experience. The announcement comes amid growing evidence that music fans are tired of the crappy sound they hear on their portable music players. Case in point is the success of Cookie Marenco's business of selling super high-definition music downloads.

Stay tuned for more photos and updates from the Detroit Jazz Festival from WEMU.

 

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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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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


Are There Mistakes In Jazz?

Aug 23, 2013

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

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.

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. 

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Live In Studio: Rick Roe

Aug 15, 2013

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:


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: 

Upcoming Events for August 9-11

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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:


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.  

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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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 ***

Upcoming Events for August 2-4

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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.

  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. 

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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