Sunday Best: Bright sounds for a beautiful morning. Lots of hard hitting, big band swing, a bit of blues, and Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks made an appearance to accompany a pair of ticket giveaways.
The Roots Music Project: You'll hear a track from the new star-studded tribute to Bob Wills by Asleep at the Wheel. Also planning on playing new music from the collaboration between The North Mississippi Allstars & Anders Osborne and The Pine Hill Project. Plus we'll continue our 50th Anniversary of WEMU Celebration with a set of music released in 1972!
The In Crowd: Jazz vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross are featured, and new releases from Albert Tootie Heath and Russell Malone are highlighted. We also heard previously unreleased music from singer Ernestine Anderson
The Groove Yard: The Groove Yard offers another installment paying tribute to Orrin Keepnews' staggering production credits, featuring beloved artists like Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane, Art Blakey - Blue Note Records, and Charlie Byrd, plus underrated (guitarist René Thomas) and obscure gems (trumpeter Don Sleet).
From Memphis To Motown: Blues that are a little less electric and a little more eclectic!
Cuban Fantasy: This week's show featured a pair of songs each from the new CDs for pianist Manuel Valera and his saxcat father Manuel Valera Sr.. Plus sides from legendary singer Benny More - an ongoing feature through the end of April! Ernesto Lecuona solo piano feature around 7:55pm as usual. New sounds from Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa and trombonist Papo Vazquez. Also, beauties from the WEMU vaults including Ruben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochoa, Miguel Zenon, Tito Puente with Eddie Palmieri, Hilton Ruiz and Ray Barretto!
The Big City Blues Cruise: This week on the Big City Blues Cruise we soaked up the sunshine with new releases by Linsey Alexander and the Linsey Alexander Blues Band, Altered Five, The Blues Disciples, Bruce Katz Band, Earl Thomas, and Rob Paparozzi & Ed Palermo Big Band's tribute to Paul Butterfield. On the Blues Birthday calendar, we celebrated Wilson Pickett (3/18/41), Big Daddy Kinsey (3/18/27), Sam Myers (3/19/36), Clarence "Frogman" Henry (3/19/37), Jimmie Vaughan (3/20/51), and Eddie Shaw (3/20/57).
The New Jazz Archive: In this hour, it's the life and music of John Coltrane. We’ll talk with our jazz historian and renowned Coltrane scholar Lewis Porter about Trane’s early roots growing up in rural North Carolina, and get to know the softer side of John Coltrane the balladeer. And we’ll explore John Coltrane’s redemption story and his transformation from heroin addict to spiritual icon, and sit down for a conversation with Ravi Coltrane about how his father’s music unexpectedly inspired him to carry on the family legacy.
TED Radio Hour: Blues that are a little less electric and a little more eclectic!
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me: Recorded in New Orleans with Not My Job guest Trombone Shorty and panelists Amy Dickinson, Roy Blount, Jr., and Paula Poundstone.
Mountain Stage: Solas, Michael Martin Murphey, Mark Mulcahy, Sean Keane, Logan Brill
Global Village: Each month, the Global Village New Month/New Music show features the best of new world music releases. Highlights this time include: new African titles and reissues from Highlife King E.T. Mensah, Mali’s BKO Quintet and the Rough Guide to African Rare Groove compilation; Brazilian sounds from the acclaimed singer Joyce Moreno, rising star Ceumar and bassist Nilson Matta; the return of the veteran Irish band Altan, and a new Celtic Café compilation; and the first new album in five years from Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem - an exquisite new project with his quartet and orchestra called Souvenance.