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 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.

During the second hour of Destination Out we featured 20th Century percussion music. Playing classic pieces from Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Edgar Varese, Karlheinz Stockhausen and others.

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We featured saxophonist Gary Bartz from various recordings that he made in the late 60's and early 70's. Including recordings with his NTU Troop, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner and Woody Shaw.




In memory of John Abercrombie who passed away last week at the age of 72. We featured some of his music playing tracks from his mid 70's Gateway band and also recording he made with Charles Lloyd and Colin Walcott.



This week a large focus of the program centers around a newly discovered recording of Theloniuos Monk's film score for the film  "Les Liaisons Dangereuses"  (1960). Also included in the program is music created for the film by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, along with film music from the era by Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. During the first hour of the program we played a newly released track on solo harp from Alice Coltrane recorded in concert in Poland in 1987.


This week Destination Out aired the final hour of the Faruq Z. Bey feature. This segment covers music from the latter part of his career including interview segments with band members and a closing discussion with Faruq on Detroit music that was conducted in 2010. During the last hour we cover a few other Detroit Jazz artists.



This week on Destination Out, part three of the four-part series on legendary Detroit saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey was featured.


During hour two of the program we aired part two of the four-hour feature on "The Music of Faruq Z. Bey" legendary Detroit saxophonist. During this section of the program my guest hosts Kim Heron (Detroit writer) and Mike Khoury (Detroit record label owner) played tracks of Faruq's music from the 1980's including music performed with his band Griot Galaxy and an extended composition written for strings and horns performed at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Destination Out aired the first of a four-part series on legendary Detroit saxophonist Faruq Z. Bey. The first hour of the feature focuses on Faruq's unique compositions and his early musical influences growing up in Detroit. The program is co-hosted by Mike Khoury and Kim Heron. The first hour also includes interview segments with Faruq and fellow musician Mike Carey.

Mike Johnston featured diverse music with artists such as Max Roach, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley.