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5:01 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

TRUMPETER CHRISTIAN SCOTT ONCE AGAIN LEADS WEMU'S "SWEET SIXTEEN"!

Christian Scott at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival.
Nina Simone Simms-Bentley

Trumpeter Christian Scott delivered not only one of the most meaningful jazz CDs of 2012 with "Christian Atunde Adjuah", but he also delivered one of the most inspirational live performances of the year with his appearance in the "Tribute to Treme" at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival.   Scott's music is "as serious as your life", yet is imbued with energy and a celebration of life. 

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Breaking: FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR
3:52 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

89.1, WEMU’S MUSIC DIRECTOR, LINDA YOHN, WINS NATIONAL JAZZ PROGRAMMER OF THE YEAR

89.1, WEMU’S MUSIC DIRECTOR, LINDA YOHN, WINS NATIONAL JAZZ PROGRAMMER OF THE YEAR FOR THE FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR

 

YPSILANTI, MI: - 89.1, WEMU’s Music Director, Linda Yohn, was named ‘Jazz Programmer of the Year,’ in a major market, for the fourth straight year Thursday, August 30, at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards dinner in Detroit. The summit precedes the Detroit Jazz Festival, in downtown Detroit over Labor Day weekend.

 

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Music
3:01 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Trumpeter Christian Scott takes the top spot on WEMU's "Sweet 16".

Christian Scott at The Bohemian Caverns.

Trumpeter Christian Scott immediately impressed WEMU and listeners with his first CD as a leader, "Rewind That" in 2006.  Since then we have anticipated each new release from this urbane, articulate and alternative trumpeter and composer.  His new CD "Christian Atunde Adjuah" demonstrates his "whisper technique" emphasizing breath control rather than mouthpiece technique.  His highly communicative approach recalls trumpet masters Clark Terry and Clifford Brown with a wholly modern approach.  This modernity also applies to his compositions - stretching the instrumentation and arrangements to

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Sweet Sixteeen for August 13 to August 19, 2012
1:10 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Detroit bluesman Johnnie Bassett, tops WEMU's Sweet 16 with "I Can Make That Happen"

Johnnie Bassett's new CD "I Can Make That Happen" once again topped WEMU's "Sweet 16" of most-played CDs for the week.  Just after the disc was released nationally, Johnnie passed away on August 4th due to a battle with cancer. 

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Pure Michigan
8:57 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Ypsilanti in the "Pure Michigan" Spotlight

The city of Ypsilanti  will be in the spotlight in a new Pure Michigan ad, and city residents can get in on the fun this Wednesday.

Music
3:14 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Beloved Detroit blues great Johnnie Bassett tops WEMU's Sweet 16 with "I Can Make That Happen"

Johnnie Bassett at The Detroit Jazz Festival.

It was a bittersweet occasion when Detroit blues great Johnnie Bassett's new CD "I Can Make That Happen" once again topped WEMU's "Sweet 16" of most-played CDs for the week.  Just after the disc was released nationally, Johnnie passed away on August 4th due to cancer. 

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Music
4:19 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Reggae Legend Jimmy Cliff Tops WEMU's Sweet 16 July 30th to August 5th

Colorful, captivating Jimmy Cliff in concert

"Rebirth" by living reggae legend, Jimmy Cliff is a fully rewarding listening experience.  He has lost none of his supple vocal quality and range.  Time has deepened his lower range imbuing his words with deeper meaning and insight.  His Jamaican message remains consistent - that love, peace and truth will conquer all.  The production of this date is immaculate, but the music is free flowing and relaxed.  You can see why WEMU hosts collectively wanted to share this excellent new music with you. 

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Music
3:59 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

TUMBAO BRAVO MAKES WEMU "SWEET 16" HISTORY WITH FOUR WEEKS IN A ROW!

Tumbao Bravo in concert.

Once again, WEMU hosts and listeners realized the depth and mastery of our regional musicians by awarding the Latin jazz band, Tumbao Bravo, the coveted number one spot on the "Sweet 16".  This marks the fourth week in a row for that theirs was the most played CD on 89.1.  This disc deserves the distinction not just because it is music from local performers, but because it is totally original, beautifully produced and recorded with the highest audio quality.  "Casa Versailles" by Tumbao Bravo deserved national accolades and WEMU is leading the way.

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Music
2:05 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Tumbao Bravo Three for Three with WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen"!

The outstanding local jazz collective "Tumbao Bravo"

For the third week in a row, the local all-star Latin jazz band, Tumbao Bravo has topped WEMU's airplay list with "Casa Versailles".  Their CD release concert will be this Saturday at Kerrytown Concert House.  We have details about the show in the "events" and "datebook" section of this website.  This group is just one example of the outstanding musicians who live and work in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and the Detroit area.  It is an honor to play their music on WEMU and support our fantastic music community.

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Music
2:57 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Tumbao Bravo Tops WEMU's "Sweet 16" Two Weeks In A Row!

Congratulations are in order once again for conga player Alberto Nacif, saxophonist/flutist Paul Vornhagen,  trumpeter Bob Mojica, pianist Brian DiBlassio, percussionist Javier Barrios and bassist Patrick Prouty with special guest percussionist Pepe Espinosa for gaining the coveted top spot on WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen" for the new CD "Casa Versailles" two weeks in a row.  The members of Tumbao Bravo are based in communities all over Southeastern Michigan and record for bassist Paul Keller's PKO Records label, now operating in Saline, Michigan.  Featuring their music dovetails perfectly with WE

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Music
4:58 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Tumbao Bravo tops "Sweet 16" July 2nd through the 8th.

Cover for Tumbao Bravo's latest CD with one Jack Kenny's iconic Cuban photos.

Perhaps their "Top Of The Park" show for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival on July 4th helped propel them to the number one spot in WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen", but they likely would have achieved the spot without the show.

We at WEMU love highlighting local artists, and this ensemble of musicians from Ann Arbor, Brighton and Detroit is simply one of the best. Every member is a leader in his own right.

We are especially proud of their conga player, Dr. Alberto Nacif, former host of "Cuban Fantasy" until Marc Taras took over for him.

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Music
2:05 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

Dirty Dozen Brass Band continue marching out in front of all others in WEMU's "Sweet 16".

Colorful cover reflects the equally colorful music inside the new Dirty Dozen Brass Band CD "Twenty Dozen".

Once again, the WEMU staff and listener favorite, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band top our "Sweet Sixteen".

 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 25 to July 1, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND  "Twenty Dozen"  (Savoy Jazz)

2.    JOHNNIE BASSETT  “I Can Make That Happen”   (Sly Dog Records)

3.    BÉLA FLECK AND THE MARCUS ROBERTS TRIO   “Across The Imaginary Divide”  (Rounder)

4.    ESPERANZA SPALDING   “Radio Music Society”  (Heads Up/Montuno)

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Music
3:51 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Dirty Dozen Brass Band march to the top of WEMU's "Sweet 16"

Ever festive - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

A WEMU listener favorite since 1984 - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band claims the top spot on this week's "Sweet 16".  This is encouraging news as "Twenty Dozen" is their first release on a brand new record label.  WEMU is proud to support this band which started the international trend of contemporary music arranged for traditional brass band instrumentation. 

 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 18 to June 24, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND  "Twenty Dozen"  (Savoy Jazz)

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Esperanza Spalding YouTube Video
7:32 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Esperanza Spalding YouTube Video Thanking WEMU Listeners

Esperanza Spalding receiving her "Best New Artist" Grammy Award in 2011.

When bassist, composer, vocalist and musical visionary Esperanza Spalding's CD, "Radio Music Society" first came out it was an immediate favorite of WEMU listeners and hosts.  With her appearance at The Power Center on Thursday, June 21st for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, the disc once again rose to the top. 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 11 to June 17, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

Music
2:05 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

In first week of release, Johnnie Bassett's "I Can Make That Happen" tops WEMU's "Sweet 16".

Detroit's king of the blues, Johnnie Bassett

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY June 4 to June 10, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

1.    JOHNNIE BASSETT  “I Can Make That Happen”   (Sly Dog Records)

2.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

3.    JOAN OSBORNE “Bring It On Home” (Saguaro Road)

4.    ESPERANZA SPALDING   “Radio Music Society”  (Heads Up/Montuno)

5.    LIL’ ED AND THE BLUES IMPERIALS   “Jump Start”  (Alligator Records)

6.    CITIZEN RHYTHM   “Of The People, By The People, For The People”  (Strong Brew Music)

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Sweet 16 May 28th - June 3rd
4:09 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Jazz Soul Seven back on top of WEMU's "Sweet 16"

Russell Ferrante, Terry Lynn Carrington, Master Henry Gibson, Phil Upchurch, Wallace Roney and Robert Hurst are the "Jazz Soul Seven"

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY May 28 to June 3, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

2.    THIRD COAST KINGS   “Third Coast Kings”   (Record Kicks)

3.    CITIZEN RHYTHM   “Of The People, By The People, For The People”  (Strong Brew Music)

4.    JOHNNIE BASSETT  “I Can Make That Happen”   (Sly Dog Records)

5.    DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

6.    ESPERANZA SPALDING   “Radio Music Society”  (Heads Up/Montuno)

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Sweet 16 May 21st-27th
3:22 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Bonnie Raitt Tops WEMU "Sweet Sixteen" May 21st through the 27th

Bonnie Raitt in performance last Friday at Hill Auditorium.

WEMU got behind the Bonnie Raitt concert to benefit the Ann Arbor Summer festival in a big way.  Her disc, "Slipstream" topped our "Sweet 16".  Ms. Raitt and her band were sweet, sexy, soulful, rocking and totally touching in concert at Hill Auditorium. 

 

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY May 21 to May 27, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    BONNIE RAITT  "Slipstream"  (Redwing Records)

2.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

3.    DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

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Music
4:28 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Jazz Soul Seven top WEMU's "Sweet Sixteen" May 7th through 13th.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY May 7 to May 13, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

JON CLEARY   “Occapella!”   (FHQ Records)

GALACTIC  “Carnivale Electricos”  (Anti-)

DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

JOAN OSBORNE “Bring It On Home” (Saguaro Road)

GREGORY PORTER  “Be Good”   (Motema Music)

THIRD COAST KINGS   “Third Coast Kings”   (Record Kicks)

DON BYRON NEW GOSPEL QUINTET "Love, Peace, And Soul" (Savoy Jazz)

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Music
4:28 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Dr. John is the "sweetest" of the sixteen April 30th to May 6th.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY April 30 to May 6, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

2.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

3.    THE SUGARMAN THREE   “What The World Needs Now”   (Daptone)

4.    JON CLEARY   “Occapella!”   (FHQ Records)

5.    GREGORY PORTER  “Be Good”   (Motema Music)

6.    ERIC BIBB   “Deeper In The Well”   (Stony Plain Records)

7.    GALACTIC  “Carnivale Electricos”  (Anti-)

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Top Of The Park
12:17 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Top of the Park Dinosaur Petting Zoo

Music
3:09 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Esperanza Spalding tops "Sweet 16" April 23rd through 29th.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY April 23 to April 29, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

 

1.    ESPERANZA SPALDING   “Radio Music Society”  (Heads Up/Montuno)

2.    GALACTIC  “Carnivale Electricos”  (Anti-)

3.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

4.    CURTIS SALGADO   “Soul Shot”  (Alligator Records)

5.    JON CLEARY   “Occapella!”   (FHQ Records)

6.    KENNY GARRETT “Seeds From The Underground” (Mack Avenue)

7.    DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

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Breaking: All-Star Concerts
9:44 am
Mon April 30, 2012

International Jazz Day

 

International Jazz Day to be Celebrated with All-Star Concerts in New Orleans and New YorkThe inaugural International Jazz Day will be celebrated by millions worldwide on Monday, April 30.Read MoreSee All News ItemsJazzDay.com will be presenting Live Video Broadcasts of these performances:April 30 - United Nations, New York: 7:30pm(EDT) 

Developing: Last 5:01 of the Season
3:00 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Final Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Series of Season - May 4TH

 

 May 4th - Planet D Nonet

Live at the Raven's Club, 207 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor
Sesi Motors 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman.

May 4th - Planet D Nonet

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WEMU Sweet 16
7:15 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Drummer Daniel Freedman tops "Sweet Sixteen" April 16th to 22nd.

WEMU “SWEET SIXTEEN” AIRPLAY April 16 to April 22, 2012: 

LINDA YOHN, MUSIC DIRECTOR 

1.    DANIEL FREEDMAN   “Bamako By Bus”  (Anzic Records)

2.    JAZZ SOUL SEVEN “Impressions Of Curtis Mayfield” (BFM)

3.    DR. JOHN   “Locked Down”  (Nonesuch Records)

4.    EDDIE C. CAMPBELL  “Spider Eating Preacher”  (Delmark Records)

5.    JOE LOCKE/GEOFFREY KEEZER GROUP   “Signing”   (Motema Music)

6.    LURRIE BELL “The Devil Ain’t Got No Music” (Aria B.G. Records)

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