WEMU Playlists

89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn Linda Yohn Mar 21, 2013
9:00AM - 12:30PM
WEMU welcomes Asuka Kakitani to the realm of expressive composers and arrangers with Bloom. Chronologically, March 21st is the second day of spring for 2013, but our weather proved otherwise. So, we dreamed of spring and listened to new music evoking rebirth and the beauty of nature by Asuka Kakitani and her Jazz Orchestra this morning on 89.1 Jazz. Asuka Kakitani is originally from Osaka, Japan but she has always been fascinated by American jazz music. Following studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ms. Kakitani moved to New York and plunged in to the city’s community of composers and arrangers. She quickly rose to the top of the list after garnering the BMI Foundation’s Charlie Parker Jazz Competition Prize. With Bloom she joins composers who work in an “orchestral” setting rather than a traditional call-and-response big band. Colors, texture and sensations weave in and out of her pieces with endless variety – reflective of our natural world. Ms. Kakitani joins the ranks of composers such as Duke Ellington, Bob Brookmeyer, Gil Evans, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Maria Schneider who are skilled at writing music which suits the soloist and fosters individual expression while remaining part of the cohesive orchestra. Of special note are soloists trombonist Matt McDonald on “Bumblebee Garden” and bass clarinetist Kenny Berger on ‘Opened Opened”. Singer Sara Serpa brings a sense of breathless, youthful wonder with her wordless vocals throughout Bloom. For spring and the ages, Bloom by Asuka Kakitani and her Jazz Orchestra is a welcome innovation in orchestral jazz.

NameSong TitleName of CDTrack LabelOn-Air Time
Eric AlexanderTouchingTouchingHigh Note8:59:00AM
NPR NEWS9:01:00AM
John ColtraneMoment's NoticeBlue TrainBlue Note Records9:07:00AM
Doug MacDonald's ReOrganized QuartetG Jazz BluesDoug MacDonald's ReOrganized QuartetBlujazz9:16:00AM
Benny GreenKenny DrewMagic BeansSunnyside Communications9:23:00AM
Karen MarguthG Is One Sharp KeyA Way With WordsWayFae Music9:31:00AM
Dobbins, Krahnke & WeedJohnny Come LatelyThe Music Of Ellington And StrayhornDobbins Krahnke Weed9:35:00AM
Johnnie BassettCha'mon!I Can Make That HappenSly Dog Records9:41:00AM
Jesse DeeStay StrongOn My Mind/In My HeartAlligator Records9:45:00AM
Killer Ray AppletonFatbackNaptown LegacyHollistic Music Works9:49:00AM
Rondi CharlestonThe Wind SpeaksSigns Of LifeMotéma Music9:56:00AM
NPR NEWS10:01:00AM
Bobby Matos & His Afro Latin Jazz EnsembleHuevos RancherosMambo Jazz DanceLifeforce Jazz10:07:00AM
McCoy TynerLa BuscaLa Leyenda De La Hora (The legend Of The Hour)Koch Jazz10:11:00AM
Asuka Kakitani Jazz OrchestraBumblebee GardenBloom19/810:20:00AM
Kurt EllingAnd We Will FlyNightmovesConcord Jazz10:29:00AM
Nilson MattaSamba De OrfeuNilson Matta's Black OrpheusMotema10:34:00AM
Robert HurstTigers On VenusBoB A PalindromeBeBob Music10:40:00AM
Dee Dee BridgewaterLa Vie En RoseJ'ai Deux AmoursSovereign Artists10:46:00AM
Cyrille AiméeAs Long As You're LivingCyrille Aimée And The Surreal Bandwww.cyrillemusic.com10:52:00AM
4 JacksPainkillerDeal With ItEller Soul Records10:58:00AM
NPR NEWS11:01:00AM
Doug MacLeodEast Carolina WomanThere's A TimeReference Recordings11:07:00AM
John Lee HookerIt's My Own FaultThe Best Of John Lee Hooker: The Millennium CollectionMCA11:10:00AM
Charles BradleyConfusionVictim Of LoveDaptone11:13:00AM
Madeleine PeyrouxTake These Chains From My HeartThe Blue RoomDecca Records11:16:00AM
Lee MorganCity LightsCity LightsBlue Note Records11:21:00AM
Jason Marsalis Vibes QuartetLouisiana GoldIn A World Of MalletsBasin Street Records11:27:00AM
Aaron DiehlStop And GoThe Bespoke Man's NarrativeMack Avenue Records11:31:00AM
Asuka Kakitani Jazz OrchestraOpened OpenedBloom19/811:39:00AM
James DanderferFunny FacesThe Hummingbird BrigadeReigning Parade11:46:00AM
Gerald Wilson OrchestraThe Golden SwordThe Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings Of Gerald Wilson And His Orchestra (Disc Three)Mosaic11:52:00AM
Ben Jansson TrioLookout!Your Soulwww.benjansson.com11:56:00AM
NPR NEWS12:01:00PM
Donald ByrdSudwest FunkOff To The RacesBlue Note Records12:06:00PM
Michigan State University Professors Of JazzBroadwayBetter Than Alright (Disc One)Michigan State University College Of Music12:13:00PM
Oliver NelsonThe Critic's ChoiceMore Blues And Abstract TruthImpulse!12:20:00PM
Monty AlexanderSt. ThomasUplift 2Jazz Legacy Productions12:24:00PM

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