Destination Out

Sundays 11pm-2am

Every week, 'Destination Out' features creative improvised music, traditional world music, and jazz. Host Mike Johnston also presents a feature each week, focusing on a particular artist, or a unique style of music.

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

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July 18th celebrates Nelson Mandela's 99th birthday. This episode of Destination Out features several songs dedicated to Nelson and Winnie Mandela. Including several that were recorded during his imprisonment years. Artists featured include; Bill Dixon, Special A.K..A., Abdullah Ibrahim, Johnny Dyani, District 6 and more.

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Destination Out featured saxophonist Joe lovano this week including a new release of John Coltrane music that he recorded in 2007 with Dave Liebman. We also sadly payed tribute to Detroit pianist Geri Allen that passed away this past week at the age of 60 and to Chicago,  A.A.C.M. founding musician trumpeter Phil Cohran that passed away at the age of 90.



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Destination Out featured an entire evening of diverse flute focused music. Artists include, Eric Dolphy, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Don Cherry, Carlos Nakai and various music styles ranging from contemporary classical to traditional world music's. John litrenta guest hosted for his twelfth time since 1994.

Following along with the Juke Joint's music of 1967 theme. Destination Out featured landmark Jazz and World Music recordings that were also made in 1967. Featured artists on the program included Charles Lloyd who played at the first Montreux Jazz festival that year. John Coltrane form "Expressions" one of his last albums before he passed away later that year. Miles Davis was in transition into his new fusion music phase in '67 and Ravi Shankar closed the Monterey Pop Festival with one of the most stellar performances of his long career.

Destination Out tooks a close look at 4 obscure pianists that came out of the late 40's Be-bop era. German born Utta Hipp, Valdo Williams, hassan Ibn Ali and Richard Twardzik. Each pianist recorded output was extremely limited. Also featured are a few tracks from different eras and bands of legendary Detroit saxophonist Yusef lateef.

This week on Destination Out, Mike spun a few world music Jazz recordings.  Mike also featured music from the late David Lewiston and tracks from Indonesian Gamelan recordings.

Destination Out this week featured the music of front line Detroit musicians Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone) and Donald Byrd (trumpet) in various versions of their band between 1958 and 1961. Including a host of other Detroit area giants including pianist Tommy Flannigan and drummer Elvin Jones. They also were the first non-Chicago band to hire Herbie Hancock away from his home area. Included in the program is a short tribute to Greg Allman who passed away over the weekend.

This week on Destination Out, Mike Johnston featured flutist Nicole Mitchell, who is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians out of Chicago. Her new album is “Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds” on the FPE label. We also heard tracks from her band “Indigo Trio,” and works from saxophonist David Boykin. And we featured three versions of Charlie Parker’s “Steeplechase,” including recorded versions by Bird, Jackie McLean, and Dexter Gordon.  

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This week's show features Alice Coltrane including her work with late husband, John Coltrane.  Artists like Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt also featured.