89.1 WEMU

Jessica Webster

Host, WEMU's "The In Crowd"

Jessica Webster is a writer, radio host and dedicated jazz aficionado. As a 25-year veteran of 89.1 FM, WEMU, Jessica got her start as an overnight DJ in college. She hosted a popular program dedicated to jazz vocalists in the 1990s, and most recently can be found on Sunday afternoons at 3, presenting The In Crowd.

As a writer, Jessica has written for DownBeat and JazzTimes magazines, and was a reporter for AnnArbor.com, The Ann Arbor News and MLive, covering food, restaurants, business and life and culture.

A jazz fan since childhood, Jessica has relished the opportunities to work closely with jazz musicians for most of her adult life. As the longtime national jazz buyer for Borders Books & Music, she partnered with musicians and record labels to promote the music, often advising on album art and song selection, co-producing recordings, and coaching up-and-coming artists on building public relations campaigns. 

During her tenure at Borders, she was ranked as one of the top ten most powerful people in the jazz industry. 

These days you can find Jessica applying her writing and PR background on the communications team for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Jessica serves or has served on the boards of The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, the Pioneer Orchestra Parents Society, The Jazz Alliance, The Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association, and the Ark.

A few of the music experiences that changed her life:

  • Carmen McRae at the North Sea Jazz Festival 1988
  • Art Blakey at the PSV Zaal 1988
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock at the Power Center - early 1990s
  • Peter Paul & Mary at the  Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center 1984
  • The Staple Singers at the Frog Island Music Festival 1995
  • The Manhattan Transfer at the O'Keefe Centre 1985

Ways to Connect

Hi WEMU friends.

Here we are at day five of the fall pledge drive, and with your help we're working hard to make sure your community NPR station is healthy and strong and able to continue to deliver on our promise of keeping you informed and entertained. We need to raise $220,000 during this drive, and you can make that happen with your gift of support at WEMU.org or 888-299-8910.

Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding
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 Despite a last minute cancellation of some of the final performances, the free 38th Annual Detroit Jazz festival provided a ray of light shining down on the festival goers experiencing new and familar regional and national acts all Labor Day weekend in downtown Detroit.  

Marilyn Gouin
89.1 WEMU

Couldn't make it to this year's Detroit Jazz Festival? You can catch all the highlights from WEMU hosts and staff from the 2016 Detroit Jazz Festival right here!

Joybox Express
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Earlier this week, drummer Pete Siers and boogie-woogie piano hero Mr. B joined Linda in the WEMU studios to talk about Pete's new record, Flea Circus ahead of their CD release concert Saturday at The Ark, their special friendship and life in general. 

Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Couldn't make it to the festival? Got a massive case of FOMO? You can catch all the highlights from WEMU hosts and staff from the 2015 Detroit Jazz Festival right here:

"Without Public Radio there is no music" -Esperanza Spalding

Jessica Webster / 89.1 WEMU

More of Jessica Webster's photos from the 2014 Detroit Jazz Festival, including shots of Esperanza Spalding, Cyrille Aimée, Ellen Rowe, Marcus Belgrave, John Pizzarelli, Tom Harrell, Ramsey Lewis, The Bad Plus, Randy Weston African Rhythms, Talib Kibwe Ingrid Jensen, Joshua Redman, and more!

Stay tuned for more photos and updates from the Detroit Jazz Festival from WEMU.


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