Events

Let the good times roll, the Jazzistry Rent Party 2020 is almost upon us, and you can win tickets to go this Saturday! Join WEMU hosts and our community friends from Vincent York's Jazzistry for their annual fundraiser.

Geoffrey Keezer
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Geofrey Keezer performs at the Blue LLama tonight. He's fronting a trio and featuring vocalist Gillan Margot. Keezer previously appeared at the venue as a member of Ralph Peterson's tribute to Art Blakey.

 

He spoke with WEMU's Michael Jewett by phone earlier today about what he's been working on.


Giving Tuesday Open House & Live Jazz Jam!

Dec 2, 2019
Roots Music Project
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday. Avoid the lines and give the gift that lasts all year this holiday season. You’ve been a huge part of our success in the past year…. Now’s your chance to make that impact even bigger and celebrate with #teamWEMU

Ron Brooks
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Join us for our free 5:01 First Friday celebration of music featuring bassist Ron Brooks at Babs' in Ann Arbor on  December 6th at 5:01 pm sharp. It's a WEMU holiday tradition not to miss!! 

Adonis Rose sat down with Michael Jewett to talk about bringing his new project, a scaled down version of his New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, to play one of his favorite venues.  He also responded to hearing the sad news of the recent passing of producer and Criss Cross Jazz label founder Gerry Teekens.


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Join us for a 5:01 celebration of music featuring Alexis Lombre at Babs' Underground in Ann Arbor on October 4th, 5:01 pm sharp. With the trio of Alexis Lombre on keys, Brian Juarez on bass, Everett Reid on the drums - you won't want to miss this first 5:01 Jazz Show of the season!

Detroit Jazz Festival
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89.1 WEMU and Golden Limo have partnered once again to provide shuttles to and from the Detroit Jazz Festival during Labor Day Weekend. 

Ralph Peterson
Patrik Holubik / WEMU-FM

Drummer Ralph Peterson brings his Art Blakey tribute to the Blue LLama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor this weekend.  He joins 89.1 WEMU's Michael Jewett for music and conversation.


Marilyn Gouin / WEMU-Fm

Mr. B. is holding his 22nd Annual Blues and Boogie Celebration at the Ark on Saturday night.  He joined Michael Jewett to talk about the event, its history and this weekend's line-up.


Live Jazz is back in a big way in Downtown Ann Arbor. The Blue LLama Jazz Club celebrates with a grand opening weekend engagement with organist Joey DeFrancesco. The club's Artistic Director, Dave Sharp spoke with  WEMU's Michael Jewett  about what it took to get the project off the ground, and all the exciting music and dining experiences you can take in starting this weekend.


Join us for a 5:01 celebration of music featuring the Brad McNett & Friends at Bab's Underground in Ann Arbor on April 5th, 5:01 pm sharp. You won't want to miss this! 

5:01 Jazz: The Doug Horn Quartet

Feb 21, 2019

Join us for a 5:01 celebration of music featuring the Doug Horn Quartet at Bab's Underground in Ann Arbor on March 1st at 5:01 pm sharp. 

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber / a2ychamber.org

It's said music has healing powers, and, later this month, the Ypsilanti Community Schools is having a special event intended to both entertain and improve the health of the community.  

We spoke with YCS superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson and Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, CEO and Medical Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America/Michigan Chapter, about the upcoming "Jazz in the Parking Lot" event.   


One of the joys of presenting 5:01 Jazz Shows is featuring beloved favorites such as Ron Brooks, Ramona Collins and Paul Finkbeiner.   Another pleasure is to introduce new names deserving attention.  In bassist Rob Crozier and his 5tet, we offer a band of veterans and fresh faces with a novel approach to improvisation.  Bassist Rob Crozier (who also doubles on didgeridoo!), saxophonist Pete Kahn,  guitarist Rodney Rich, pianist Brian Brill and drummer Sam Genson will celebrate Rob’s new CD Tall Trees at WEMU’s next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show on Friday, April 7th.  Rush Street Nightclub, 314 South Main Street in Ann Arbor throws the doors open early for our pop-up jazz club starting at 5:01 PM sharp.

Organissimo
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5:01 Jazz on Friday, March 3rd will be a spectacular jazz, blues, and pop music party when Organissimo presents their Ann Arbor CD release party for “B3tles – A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four.” Get to the usual location, Rush Street Nightclub – 314 South Main Street – by 5 PM to grab a great seat for the free show. 

Marilyn Gouin

You know fall is well under way when WEMU’s free 5:01 Jazz shows start back up.  We are honored to kick off the series with the Andy Adamson Quartet on Friday, October 7th at Rush Street Nightclub, in Ann Arbor. 

Ypsilanti Heritage Festival

The Ypsilanti Heritage Festival is happening this coming Friday through Sunday in Riverside Park and includes a wide range of activities from historic building tours to the annual duck drop.

Former Ypsilanti Mayor and festival committee member Cheryl Farmer explains the festival began in the late 70's...


89.1 WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station won the 2015 Station of the Year award for Public Radio Group 1 at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ (MAB) annual Broadcast Excellence Awards ceremony Tuesday, May 4, 2016, at the Lansing Center.

WEMU also won three Best Awards for Mini Documentary or Series for the regular Wednesday feature, Issues of the Environment; Best Newscast, and for the narrative that accompanied the entry for Station of the Year consideration. 

89.1 WEMU and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman. Join us for a 5:01 celebration of music featuring the Los Gatos at Rush Street in Ann Arbor on May 6th at 5:01 pm sharp.

 

Mlive's life and culture writer and host of WEMU's "In Crowd," Jessica Webster shares details of the lineup of the 37th Detroit Jazz Festival. The festival takes place Labor Day Weekend, and is spread between stages at Detroit's Hart Plaza and Campus Martius from September 2 - 5.

WEMU and the Ark have been cultural partners for many years and now we are teaming up to celebrate our 51st year together with a special grab bag exclusive to WEMU listeners for a pair of tickets* of your choosing to the one of the following shows at the Ark. For a gift of $200 to WEMU, you and your guest can join us at the Ark for:

Ypsilanti's First Comic Con Held This Weekend

Mar 18, 2016
Comic Con

 Ypsilanti will be filled with superheroes this Saturday thanks to the its first Comic Con convention.

Enjoy three outstanding jazz combos from the Eastern Michigan University Jazz Studies program. Director Mark Pappas will bring two quartets and a trio for WEMU's next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show at Rush Street Nightclub

Friday, February 5th 89.1 WEMU is proud to present The Sheila Landis Quartet at The Rush Street Nightclub for our next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz show.  Although it has been  a while since Sheila performed at one of our shows, she has a long and rich history with WEMU.  Sheila discovered her passion for jazz singing in 1973 and has been a stalwart of Detroit jazz since the 1970s.  

Terence Blanchard
Henry-Adebonojo/ Courtesy of the artist

Terence Blanchard is no stranger to Detroit as the 2015-16 Jazz Creative Director for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and was the 2012 Artist in Residence for the Detroit Jazz Festival. This Sunday, January 24th trumpeter, composer, arranger Terence Blanchard returns to Detroit for two performances at Cliff Bell’s Nightclub.

The Harlem Globetrotters will perform tonight at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center.  That's less than a month since long time player Meadowlark Lemon passed away.  


Ann Arbor Art Center

Art and Soul is a monthly review of visual arts activities around Washtenaw County with Lisa Barry and Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Included in the discussion is an upcoming event called, "GIG The Art of Michigan Music," an event featuring concert photography, GIG posters and shirt designs at the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Glenn Tucker Determination
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89.1 WEMU and Sesi Motors present the 5:01 First Friday Series dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Jan Winkelman. Join us for a 5:01 celebration of music featuring the Glenn Tucker Trio + 1 at Rush Street in Ann Arbor on January 8th.

 

We are halfway through our yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.  Thanks to everyone who has attended one of our events, pledged for our commemorative 50th anniversary tile, and otherwise helped us to mark this historic year. We are delighted to partner with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival for one of the signature events of WEMU’s 50th anniversary celebration: the return of NPR’s wacky and irreverent news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! to Ann Arbor on October 1 in Hill Auditorium.  Tickets for the show have been sold out for months. But, because you are a friend of WEMU, we an option available just for you. This event has sold out and there are no tickets available!

Art and Soul
89.1 WEMU

Today we begin a new monthly feature on WEMU's All Things Considered called Art and Soul. 

It's a look at the visual arts experience in our community. We're going to focus on the rich and vibrant arts scene available locally because of our area's firm embrace of the arts and culture.  Omari Rush, Curator of Public Programs at Ann Arbor Art Center will guide us through some of the great new and wonderful artistic opportunities to be found around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.

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