Wednesday MidDay Medley
Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
WMM Celebrates Black History with 15 of our Favorite Black Artists & Bands
+ Hermon Mehari + Marion Merritt + Betse Ellis
WMM Celebrates Black History with tracks from 15 of our favorite Black Artists from Kansas City and beyond: The Wild Women of Kansas City, Julia Haile, Krystle Warren, Calvin Arsenia, The Black Creatures, Hermon Mehari, Stephonne, Eddie Moore, Danny Cox, Just Angel, Okorie Johnson, Joni NehRita, Lady Nade, Samara Joy, and Sweet Honey In The Rock.
At 11:00 we’ll talk with Hermon Mehari who received his BM in Jazz Performance from UMKC Conservatory of Music in 2010. Hermon Mehari released his debut solo album, BLEU in 2017 and his sophomore solo album A CHANGE FOR THE DREAMLIKE in 2020. Mehari released his latest album ASMARA on November 18, 2022. Recorded and mixed by Félix Rémy in Paris with Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Peter Schlamb on piano & vibraphone, Luca Fattorini on double bass, Gautier Garrigue on drums, and Faytinga on vocals. In addition to performing, Hermon dedicates himself to being a serious educator, runs a weekly musical radio program called “The Session” on KCUR 89.3, and tours all over the world. Mehari was the winner of the 2015 Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition and a semifinalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2014 he released the album, OUR JOURNEY with Diverse. Hermon Mehari Quartet plays an ASMARA Album Release at The Folly Theater on Saturday, February 18, 2023. The Box Office Opens at 6:30 pm. Jazz Talk with Performers led by Steve Kraske is at 7:00 pm. Theater Doors Open: 7:30 pm. More info at www.follytheater.org and www.hermonmehari.com
AND, Marion Merritt of Records With Merritt, a minority owned business in KCMO, and Betse Ellis, critically acclaimed fiddler, singer, songwriter, and one half of Betse & Clarke join us as special Guest Co-Hosts to encourage our listeners to call 888-931-0901, or visit www.kkfi.org to support 90.1 FM KKFI – Kansas City Community Radio during our Winter Fund Drive Show.