Category Archives: Interview

Oompa – Loud and Out

Poet, Musician Oompa talks with Tessil Collins about growing up in Boston, increasing popularity, collaborations with other artists and more.

Los Olvidados

A Documentary on Pan-Latin Jazz Los Olvidados (“The Forgotten Ones”) is a one hour audio documentary exploring some of the unique historical, cultural, and artistic contributions that encompass the Latin experience in Jazz. The program explores the viewpoints and music of a special group of award winning artists, scholars and activists. Jane Bunnett, Dr. Martha Gonzalez, Dr. Benjamin Lapidus,… Read More »

Creating a Masterpiece In Real Time – Ray Greene

By Ricardo Burke Born and raised in Americus, Georgia, Ray Greene came under the influence of soul-R&B-funk early in life as a result of his mother’s collection of 45 records. Ray’s father, who enjoyed the unadulterated grooves of Sam Cooke and the seamless harmonies of The Soul Stirrers, was himself a vocalist, performing gospel repertoire with The Sky… Read More »

Prince – The Story of Welcome 2 America

This one-hour radio special is produced by The Prince Estate to celebrate the release of the new album, “Welcome 2 America.” For the first time, a complete unreleased album is being issued from Prince’s vault. Over the next hour, we’re going to go deep on “The Story of Welcome 2 America,” a political and poignant album that Prince… Read More »

A Beautiful Conundrum – Kevin Harris

By Ricardo Burke Pianist Kevin Harris states emphatically that his family shaped who he is. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, he was surrounded by lots of great teachers in his family. His mom always had Motown on the record player: Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Gladys Knight and the Pips. His first instrument was the trumpet, which… Read More »

Something to Say – Camila Cortina

By Ricardo Burke Born in Cuba in the middle of Old Havana, Camila Cortina was prepared to receive a formal music education at a young age. It is no wonder she gained admission to a highly competitive arts program by the time she was six. Her mother and father, academics who were educated in the former Soviet Union.… Read More »

Story Telling with A Groove – Tim Hall

By Ricardo Burke During his formative years, saxophonist/vocalist/spoken word artist Tim Hall benefited significantly from a supportive family life, high-level community music institutions, and well-established middle and high school arts programs. All of these contributed to his early decision to pursue a career as a performer. While these elements were crucial, Hall attributes much of his success to… Read More »

A Brief Chat w/Adrian Younge

Tessil Collins talks with Adrian Younge of The Midnight Hour about the group and tour. September 2019