Mike Johnston

Host, Destination Out

Mike Johnston is the host of 'Destination Out,' which airs each Sunday evening at 11pm. Mike also teaches music history courses at Delta College and Mid Michigan Community College. 

Mike is a community volunteer who first started at WCMU in August, 1987. He is also the bassist with Faruq Z. Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers, a role he has held since 1976. He was raised in Traverse City and holds an MFA degree in Art / Photography. Mike also wrote for the Jazz Magazine from 1981 to 1999. 

We featured Canadian pianist Paul Plimley in different group settings with bassist Lisle Ellis and saxophonist Joe Mcphee. We also spun some tracks from alto saxophonist Marion Brown from a couple of 60's recordings.

Destination Out features Japanese percussionist Stomu YaMashta. Some recordings that he made early in his career from around 1970. Featuring some improvised works as well as compositions by Toru Takemitsu and Mashiko Satoh. We also played a few things from bassist Dave Holland and during the last hour some music from Don Cherry.

This week on Destination Out, Mike Johnston featured music from trumpeter Hugh Ragin.

This week, we featured music from Don Moye, along with Hartmut Geerken, John Tchicai, and others.

This week on Destination Out, Mike Johnston featured some new reissues from Sun Ra, along with new releases from Roscoe Mitchell and the Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra, Sons of Kemet, and more.