Sunday Best: Several selections from Clark Terry today, playing with Ellington and as a leader in tribute to Duke and Louis Armstrong as well.
The Roots Music Project: Great music hand picked by Jeremy Baldwin
The In Crowd: A birthday tribute to Nina Simone, featuring some of her powerful songs, including a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We also paid tribute to the late Clark Terry, who passed away Saturday at the age of 94.
The Groove Yard: We feature the sounds of Frank Butler and Joe Wilder, both born this week. They may not be household names, but in the '50s and '60s this drummer and trumpeter, respectively, were in-demand sidemen. We'll hear them backing up artists like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Hampton Hawes -- plus songs from 1969 albums as WEMU's 50th anniversary celebrations continue.
From Memphis To Motown: The show today featured 26 new recordings and classic Motown sounds from 1969 and 1970 by The Temptations and Marvin Gaye.
Cuban Fantasy: This week's show featured the songs of Tite Curet Alonso as performed by Celia Cruz with Johnny Pacheco, Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez and Hector Lavoe. Ernesto Lecuona solo piano feature at about 7:55pm as (newly) usual. New releases in the middle of each hour including Ritmos Unidos, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Manuel Valera and Manuel Valera Sr.. Vaults sides from Orquesta Aragon, Pablo Aslan, Omar Sosa, Hilario Duran, and Jerry Gonzalez.
The Big City Blues Cruise: We braved the chill with hot new music from Billy Boy Arnold, Vance Kelly, Little Mike and the Tornadoes, Shaun Murphy, Rob Paparozzi & Ed Palermo Big Band's tribute to Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells from the vaults, and Magic Slim's posthumous latest.
We also featured a big stack of Blues Birthdays: Magic Sam (2/14/37), Maceo Parker (2/14/43), Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Kirk Joseph (2/16/61), Lou Ann Barton (2/17/54), Sam Myers (2/19/36), Ernie K-Doe (2/22/1906), and Johnny Winter (2/23/44).
The New Jazz Archive: We go in search of the storied and sordid roots of the famed Kansas City sound.
TED Radio Hour: The brain can seem as mysterious as a distant galaxy, but scientists are starting to map and manipulate its many regions. In this hour, TED speakers take us on a trip through the human brain.
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me:This week, we present an all-star edition of Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!