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University of Michigan Press / www.press.umich.edu

It is a borrowed philosophy but one that guided Ken Fischer's career and leadership vision.  For 30 years, Ken served as President of the University Musical Society.  "Everybody In, Nobody Out" is his new book.  That management ideology extended to the manner in which he guided expansion of UMS programming.  In the end, we find that performance arts not only entertain but help bridge divides in cultural, racial, economic, and educational divides.  WEMU's David Fair caught up with Ken to discuss the issues and today's release of his book. 


Take your community NPR station with you! The best jazz, news, and blues are even easier to use with the new WEMU app, available for download in the  App StoreGoogle Play, and Kindle! You can listen to our live streams and music programs on demand, browse the local news, share a story with a friend and more!

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

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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Michael Jewett spoke to Wendell Harrison about his show at the Blue LLama in Ann Arbor tonight, some new projects, and being named a Kresge Foundation Eminent Artist in 2018.


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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!

Adonis Rose, Jazz, Drummer
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

New Orleans Grammy Award winning drummer, Adonis Rose is bringing his quintet to the Blue LLama Jazz Club tonight and Saturday night.  He sat down with WEMU's Lisa Barry to talk about his music, career and personal story ahead of his weekend performances in Ann Arbor. 


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. 

Highlights From The 2018 Detroit Jazz Festival

Sep 4, 2018
Detroit Jazz Festival
Marilyn Gouin & Jessica Webster / 89.1 WEMU

The 39th annual Detroit Jazz Festival was marked by two overriding themes: a sense of musical discovery and a series of unfortunate weather events. 

Ellen Rowe: A Celebration Of Geri Allen

Apr 4, 2018

The University of Michgan's Ellen Rowe and Michael Jewett discuss a showcase of jazz performances ahead of a celebration and tribute to the late pianist and composer, Geri Allen, which will be held on Thursday evening at the Ark in Ann Arbor.

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Moved by music as young children, Peter and Will Anderson began playing music in the fourth grade.  They both attended Julliard and have been called “virtuosos” by the New York Times.  They talked with 89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry in advance of their Monday night performance at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor and talked about what it is like to be identical twin brothers and perform together and played a song in-studio.

Linda Yohn: A Final Word

Dec 18, 2017
Linda Yohn Retired
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Spending 30 years in one job is becoming more rare. 30-years at one place in the broadcasting industry is almost unheard of. Today, Linda Yohn wraps up her three decades at 89.1 WEMU and prepares to write the next chapter in an extraordinary life. Following an on-air tribute, WEMU's Lisa Barry sat down with Linda for a last interview, and a final word, as she moves into retirement. 


89.1 WEMU

Monday, December 18th, 2017. It's the final day Linda Yohn serves up the jazz to an appreciative audience. After 30-years as music director and jazz host, Linda Yohn is stepping away from the microphone and into retirement.  The goal of a broadcaster is to create moments. Moments that connect with the audience as a whole and, in a very real way, with each individual tuning in. As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, for decades now, Linda Yohn has done exactly that. 


 Bassist Paul Keller is beloved word-wide whether touring with John Pizzarelli, appearing at festivals in California, Canada or Monaco or recording in the finest studios.  

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.

Linda Yohn
Jessica Webster / 89.1 WEMU

It seems a little bit early to be fundraising but, here we are, right in the middle of the fall pledge drive.  By 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, we need to have raised $220,000 to keep WEMU healthy and sustainable.  You can help us by making your gift right now at 888-299-8910 or donate online.

Paul Vornhagen
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Saxophonist and flutist Paul Vornhagen is not a braggart by any stretch of the imagination.  However, he should be very proud of his accomplishments, travels, successful risks and life lessons.  These life stories are all reflected in his music, which is at once highly rhythmic, delightfully melodic, overtly romantic and extremely intelligent.  On Monday, Paul joined me to talk about “El Nido-The Nest”, the newest CD from his Latin jazz ensemble, Tumbao Bravo.  

Christopher Slat / Concentrate Media

Our friends at Concentrate Media put together a great video featuring our extensive music collection through a tour with WEMU's Micheal Jewett.

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.   


A quiet force for good.  A gifted and intuitive communicator.  A treasured member of Detroit’s creative community.  A jazz lover, enthusiast, scholar, and promoter.  All of these phrases describe W. Kim Heron, recipient of the 2017 Detroit Jazz Hero Award presented tonight at Cliff Bell’s Jazz Club by the Jazz Journalist’s Association (JJA).

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.

Web Kirksey
Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

EMU alumnus Webster “Web” Kirksey has been a frequent WEMU pledge drive guest.  He has been a donor and supporter for many years.  During Black History Month, we wanted to give him an opportunity to share more about his life and how he became an ardent jazz fan.  We were delighted that he could spend time in the studio with Linda Yohn sharing thoughtful, swinging and meaningful music choices ranging from Charlie Parker and Miles Davis to Jimmy Scott.

Joan Belgrave
Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

About 13 years ago, a prodigal daughter returned to Ann Arbor.  Singer Joan Bow grew up in Ann Arbor but decided to make her musical mark in Los Angeles.  She returned to our community and immediately impressed us with her vocal prowess and poise.  One of those most impressed was Detroit trumpet legend, Marcus Belgrave.  Today we know her as Joan Belgrave.  The two married about 11 years ago and were a dynamic musical presence in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and New York City.  

Marilyn Gouin / 89.1 WEMU

Earlier this Month vocalist Roberta Gambarini visited Detroit to be the judge for Detroit Jazz Festival Vocal Competition and appear at The Dirty Dog Jazz Café.  She also visited WEMU to share her Italian and international jazz life story as well as her admiration for jazz masters such as Hank Jones and Jimmy Heath.  She also brought her most recent CD “Connecting Spirits”.

Many factors have shaped jazz in Ann Arbor, but trumpeter and educator Louis Smith has to be at the top of the list for modern jazz and education.  Sean Dobbins, Rick Roe, Justin Walter and Ingrid Racine will testify to his grace, wisdom, strength and total honesty as a teacher.  He encouraged a professional attitude and exponential musical growth from middle school students.  His students could play rings around others years older!

Marion Hayden Jazz
Daryl Smith

Jazz Appreciation Month is supposed to end in April, but in the Detroit area we extended it by a week so that bassist Marion Hayden could receive her 2016 Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalist’s Association.   

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. 

Today is International Jazz Day, which you can celebrate with five great jazz performances at the Tiny Desk and a list from Christian McBride — plus a newly unearthed studio recording by a short-lived version of the Bill Evans Trio.

Fact:  Trumpeter Ingrid Racine has released her first CD of original tunes and arrangements as a leader – Concentric Circles.  Opinion:  This is modern jazz of the highest order placing Ingrid Racine in the company of fellow modern trumpet improvisers Eddie Henderson, Ingrid Jensen, Wallace Roney and Sean Jones.  

Fact:  WEMU is proud to present Ingrid and her quartet featuring guitarist Chuck Newsome, bassist Ben Rolston and drummer Rob Avsharian at our next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show at Rush Street Nightclub Friday April 1st at 5:01 PM sharp.  

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