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 trumpeter Idrees Sulieman (Leonard Graham) spinning recordings through out his career. Including a new release of material previously unissued from 1959 (4 American Jazz Musicans in Tangier), also recordings under his name from the Steeplechase label. And sessions that he played on with Coleman Hawkins, Randy Weston, Don Byas, Eric Dolphy and Max Roach. 

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Bassist John Lindberg is our guest host this week for the entire three hour program. We played several tracks from different recordings that he's been a part of through out his career. Including solo bass tracks, and recordings with his String Trio of New York,  The Jimmy Lyons Trio, Wadada Leo Smith, The Human Arts Ensemble, Frank Lowe and more. Also during the program we played and discussed several recordings that influenced and inspired him throughout his career by Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Air and others. 

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We featured the music of Muhal Richard Abrams who passed away this past week at the age of 87. We played from one of his earliest recordings with the MJT + 3 from 1957 and on up through the years to his highly regarded Hearninga Suite album from 1989. WE also covered music from Booker Ervin, Grachan Moncur III and Roscoe Mitchell.

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Music this week brought to you by jazz drummer Paul Motian!

We featured the music of 82 year old bassist Cecil McBee from recordings spanning his prolific career. Including recordings with Pharoah Sanders, Jackie Mclean, Roy Brooks,Yusef Lateef, Charles Lloyd and more.

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Music this week brought to you by our featured artist Rosco Mitchell.

In memory of friend Mari Potter who passed away at the age of 58 this past week we spun several of her favorite songs that were kindly put into sets by her husband Mike Gilmore for broadcast. Included in the sets were tracks from the African band Tinariwen, Hamza El-din and Abdullah Ibrahim. As well as a couple of tracks from Bob Marley's classic album Exodus. We rounded out the program with tracks from Miles Davis, Horace Tapscott and Gato Barbieri.

We featured the late experimental double bassist Fernando Grillo. Including tracks from his solo lp Fluvine as well as works that he perfomed with Rumanian composer Iancu Dumitrescu and a guest appearance with the King Ubu Orchestra. We also played more tracks this week from Old and New Dreams as well as Scandinavian pianist Bobo Stenson.

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We featured music from Freddie Hubbard from a couple of his Blue Note era recordings. Also tracks from from drummer Ed Blackwell in various band settings.We closed out the last hour of the program with tracks from Sun Ra's Omniverse album from 1979 as well as related cuts from former band members Tyrone Hill and Marshall Allen. 

This weeks program featured multi instrumentalist Sam Rivers recordings from the 1970. Also included in the program are recordings From Texas trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez and New York alto saxophonist John Zorn's Masada band.