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It was a 240-mile, 29 1/2 hour, people-powered tricycle ride from Flint to Mackinaw City. Then, it was a swim from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island, with a 50-foot barge in tow. It concluded with Mr. B and His Band performing at the Grand Hotel as part of the annual Labor Day Jazz Weekend. Renowned Ann Arbor boogie-woogie pianist Mr. B, Mark Braun, stopped by the WEMU studio's early labor day morning to share the experience and discuss what the charitable 'Joybox Express-Sprint 4 Flint' will mean for the YouthQuest program in his embattled hometown of Flint, Michigan. 

A charitable 240-mile trike ride, swim across the Straits of Mackinac, and a performance at the Grand Hotel. "Ride, Swim, Play, Give." Boogie-Woogie piano legend Mr. B (Mark Braun), and a Joybox Express team of dozens launch the "Sprint 4 Flint" on Friday morning in a fundraising effort to benefit the Youthquest program in the city of Flint.  WEMU will be following the progress all along the way! 

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Good food is great all on its own.  Good music is, too.  Put them together and sometimes you'll find yourself with a unique experience and a night to remember. And it's happening at a popular, local destination.

R.I.P. Kenny Drew, Jr.

Aug 6, 2014

While the late pianist Kenny Drew Jr. may have been under-appreciated bu the wider music community, jazz musicians are well aware of his genius. This appreciation by fellow pianist George Colligan is a fitting tribute.


Pianist Jimmy Amadie helped shape the piano sound of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and modern jazz through his students.  He passed away on December 10th. 

We remembered him Friday on 89.1 Jazz with selections from his final recording: Live! At The Philadelphia Museum of Art.  

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In late April, Bob Edwards Weekend (Saturdays from 8 to 10AM on WEMU) aired a revealing and insightful interview with pianist and producer Bob James. My curiosity about the new Bob James-David Sanborn collaboration, Quartette Humaine, was piqued. The four weeks of waiting are over and you and I can enjoy this new CD which is one of the finest examples of quartet interplay I’ve heard in a while. Legitimate comparisons will be made between Quartette Humaine and legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond.



Artists reflect the unspoken needs of the viewers, readers and listeners. With A Different Time, pianist John Medeski takes us to that quiet, meditative place that is often out of reach given our frantic lives. Perhaps the age of the piano on which Medeski recorded the pieces has something to do with the classic, contemplative sound of A Different Time. The piano was built by the Gaveau piano manufacturers in central France in 1924. It was constructed in a style that predates the modern piano.

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

When I opened the package containing "Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right" by pianist, singer and guitarist Julian Fauth, I knew that WEMU hosts would be happy to find this in the library.  His 2005 CD, "Songs Of Vice And Sorrow" was a host and listener favorite even though Julian was then a relatively young and unknown performer.  When I put the 2012  sound of Julian Fauth into the player, I was fully convinced.  This disc is tailor-made for WEMU.