Sunday Best: Wide variety of sounds, new and old today, including long clarinet pieces from Dr. Michael White and Dave Bennett, and the classic American songbook interpreted by Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
The Roots Music Project: New music from The Punch Brothers, a set of music from 1967 and a set of John Prine compositions.
The In Crowd: We pay tribute to the great Shirley Horn, the beautiful singer and pianist. Rare recordings from boogie woogie pianists and singers Julia Lee and Nelie Lutcher, too, and love songs and other tunes for your Valentines Day listening.
The Groove Yard: Get ready for Valentine's Day in this week's edition of the Groove Yard, 1-3 EST at WEMU 89.1 / online at WEMU.org, with music by, about, and featuring married jazz duos -- like John Coltrane & Alice Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine & Shirley Scott, and a song featuring Abbey Lincoln from this Max Roach album.
From Memphis To Motown: On this week's From Memphis to Motown you were treated to a Grammy Preview (including Keb Mo, Ruthie Foster, Sharon Jones and others) as well as some fun tracks like Issac Hayes singing Bob Dylan.
Cuban Fantasy: This week was the beginning of a month long feature of the expansive songbook of Tite Curet Alonso from classic Fania sides. New releases in the middle of each hour. The beginning of a new weekly feature of short solo piano recordings of Ernesto Lecuona - the great Cuban composer from the first half of the last century - playing his own compositions. Slotted at the end of the first hour. Also played vaults sides from Orquesta Aragon, Chico O'Farrill, Frank Emilio Flynn, and Andrea Brachfeld.
The Big City Blues Cruise: This week on the Big City Blues Cruise, we thawed out to hot new releases from Linsey Alexander, Billy Boy Arnold, Bruce Katz, JD McPherson, plus Rob Paparozzi & Ed Palermo Big Band's tribute to Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells from the vaults, and Magic Slim's posthumous latest. On the Blues Birthday calendar, we celebrated Eddie "Guitar" Burns (2/8/28), Floyd Dixon (2/8/29), and T.V. Slim (2/10/16).
Global Village: Each month, the Global Village New Month/New Music show features the best of new world music releases. Highlights this time include: Malian stars Boubacar Traore, Kasse Mady Diabate, and Samba Toure; the Rough Guide to Psychedelic India and the Indian-inspired brass and drum group Red Baraat; from Europe, it's Slovakian world-folk group Banda, a Balkan Clarinet Summit, and music of the Mediterranean from Spain’s Jaume Compte & Nafas Ensemble; and a wild romp through Medieval and Renaissance music with Kirk Elliott & the Orchestra of Unmitigated Gaul
The New Jazz Archive: In this hour, guitarist Bill Frisell joins us to talk about his search for the next great American sound.
TED Radio Hour:7 Deadly Sins - Sinful behavior is human, and nearly impossible to avoid. In this hour, TED speakers talk about the guilty pleasure of behaving badly and the challenge of confronting sin — and avoiding it.
Wait Wait Don't Tell Me:This week, we welcome author, scholar, and professional soulful stare-giver Reza Aslan to our panel. He'll be joined by fellow Iranian Maz Jobrani and fellow Three Stooges fan Paula Poundstone.