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. 

This week, Mike Johnston, along with guest host Donovan Boxey, featured the music of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), based out of Chicago.

They looked at the music and history of the AACM that begain in the early 60's, also including recent recordings.

Featuring: Art Ensemble of Chicago (Roscoe Mitchell), Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Anderson, Air (Henry Threadgill), Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins.

This week on "Destination Out", we featured the music of Julian Priester, who has played with everyone from Duke Ellington to Sun Ra. Also, music from Craig Harris, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and more.

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This week on "Destination Out" our featured artist was German multi-instrumentalist Gunter Hampel, solo and with others, such as his Galaxie Dream Band.


This week on Destination Out, we featured the music of Henry Threadgill, as well as music from Sonny Rollins, Wadada Leo Smith, and more.

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This week on "Destination Out", we featured some new, recently discovered and released John Coltrane recordings off the new album "Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album".