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 on "Destination Out", we featured the music of Ted Curson, some solo recordings as well as recordings he made with Mingus, Cecil Taylor, Bill Barron, and more.

This week on "Destination Out", we featured the music of pianist and composer Randy Weston, who passed away September 1st at the age of 92.

This week on "Destination Out", we featured the music of Ornette Coleman played by other artists that were influenced by his music in the early 60's, including some of the first pioneers that played his compositions; John Coltrane, Modern Jazz Quartet, Art pepper, Bill Dixon, Archie Shepp and Marzette Watts.

This week on "Destination Out", we featured new release from; Nicole Mitchell, Dennis Gonzalez, karun Trio, and Johnny Dyani.

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.