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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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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
7:01 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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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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New Music
7:52 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Robert Hurst with 'BoB a Palindrone' debuts on WEMU

BoB: A Palindrome Available March 12, 2013

In 2001 bassist Robert Hurst assembled some of his best musical friends for a recording session that is no longer hiding on a hard drive. 

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New Music
5:02 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Caswell Sisters Alive in the Singing Air on WEMU

It is undeniable: siblings sound great together making music whether sisters, brothers or both.  Some legendary examples are The Carter Family, The Haden Family, Phil & Buddy Guy, The Avett Brothers, The Isley Brothers, The Andrews Sisters, The Jackson 5, The Everly Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Katia & Marielle Labèque, The Allman Brothers, The Clayton Brothers and The Pointer Sisters. 

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New Music
9:13 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

Long Tall Deb debut on WEMU

Long Tall Deb's "Raise Your Hands" available now.

Long Tall Marcia Ball is beloved in the blues world and by WEMU listeners, so when we received a new disc by newcomer Long Tall Deb, we had to see if she could live up the name like Ms. Ball.  Long Tall Deb Landolt is worthy of the name and our attention.


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Sweet 16
3:28 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Kevin Eubanks Six Strings Top Sweet Sixteen

Kevin Eubanks at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
Credit Detroit Jazz Festival

WEMU wrapped up February and kicked off March with sixteen excellent choices for “our most played” category.  “The Messenger” by guitarist Kevin Eubanks for Detroit’s Mack Avenue Records was at the top of the list where it deserves to be.  Kevin came from a great jazz family in Philadelphia.  From this essential foundation, Kevin Eubanks became one of Los Angeles’ in demand recording artists and the leader of The Tonight Show Band.  After cooking in the cauldron of these experiences, Kevin Eubanks emerged with a strong individualistic sound on jazz guitar, borrowing liberally from the blues

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New Music
3:10 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

'December's Moon' Will Brighten Your Day (or Night)

This morning WEMU premiered "December's Moon" the CD by organist/pianist/accordionist Ron Oswanski. 

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New Music
2:50 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Karen Marguth's 'A Way with Words' inspires more wordsmiths

  Planning a morning program starts the afternoon before the show. I review new music in the office while working on other tasks and research the next day's musical choices. As I listen to a disc, I immediately think of other music to go with it.

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New Music
2:15 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Vibraphone, Marimbas and More on 89.1 Jazz

We played various approaches of vibraphone and marimbas with some piano, bass and drums. The initial inspiration for the feature came from "The Bespoke Man's Narrative", the new CD by pianist/composer Aaron Diehl featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf. Diehl's debut CD has been highly anticipated for over two years!

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