Guitarist, singer and interpreter of the music we call “the blues,” Elizabeth Wise was born in Virginia and currently calls RVA home. She’s traveled the world inhaling that music wherever she finds herself. Her career now spans more than a decade of performing professionally in bars, clubs, and living rooms as well as on festival stages up and down the East Coast. Listening to, learning from, and living with the music that inspires her and sharing her passion for great songs and good times, you’ll find her in solo settings with an acoustic guitar and in more raucous environs backed by a full band which she’ll have with her for our Studio A performance.
In the words of New York musician Kenny White, she, “Faithfully carries on the traditions of Elizabeth Cotton and Malvina Reynolds (with a dose of Bessie Smith, for good measure). Elizabeth Wise is a vital link who connects us to this fast fading golden era, and breathes new life into it.”
Wise has indeed traveled the world and truly lived in it, from the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and on up the James River to the “Richmondtown” she reflects wistfully on in one of her many original compositions. She’s equally at ease in the juke joints of Memphis and folk clubs of Manhattan to the wilds of New Zealand, where she spent a year communing with her restless muse and spreading her respect for the blues. Her formative years began playing piano and singing church music; later coming of age as a fully formed folk artist steeped in traditions that trace their roots back to Appalachian hills, Kentucky bluegrass, and, of course, the blues of the Delta. As the Memphis Blues Society noted, Wise is “authentic yet refreshingly original,” and “a blueswoman at the dawn of a superb career.”
Joining Elizabeth for our show, playing standards and originals, will be an A-list collection of some of RVA’s best musicians including Toby Whitaker playing trombone, Carlos Chafin on keys and accordion, Rusty Farmer on bass, Bob Miller on trumpet, Scott Milstead on drums and JC Kuhl rounding out the group on saxophone and clarinet. Elizabeth plans to produce a live album from the evening’s performance so tune in to hear it first!
To get to know her a little better, read more about Elizabeth Wise »
Our In Your Ear … Live setup at Studio A.
To our JAMinc family …
As we grapple with the uncertainty and impact of the pandemic on our lives and our futures, all of us at JAMinc trust you and yours are healthy and optimistic, and are finding ways to make the most of this unimaginable period. The coronavirus has turned everyone’s world upside down and we’re sorely missing our social interactions and musical gatherings. For many, livelihoods have been severely impacted, especially the artists who entertain and inspire us. As you know JAMinc is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and our missions are simple. Enhance musical education especially in primary schools. Support music and musical performers. Distribute and share musical diversity in our community. We encourage you to view and enjoy our new virtual live streaming concert series, In Your Ear…Live, presented monthly on our YouTube channel. While you are there, please subscribe to the channel!
There is no charge to view these concerts; they’re made possible by a seasoned group of volunteers and the artists are guaranteed a generous performance fee. All artists are also recording a special video appropriate for school distribution. Here’s an example »
Even with virtual “tip jar” donations, we fall significantly short of breaking even on these events so we humbly ask that you consider a donation, as you are able, in order to continue to support these artists and our mission. 100% of your donation goes to the artists and production costs.
Ways to donate:
If you’d like more information on your donation choices please call or email your questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) We’re grateful for your loyal support and eagerly await the time we can gather in Studio A once more. Here’s to a meaningful and hopeful holiday season.
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Byrd is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran and an award-winning songwriter, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd “one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.”
Joined on drums by Austin McCall (Kaira Ba, Violet Bell), and musical renaissance man Johnny Waken on Strat, mandolin and crosscut saw, Byrd shares the often-missed, always poignant tales of the small people that make the world such a big place.
To get to know him a little better, read more about Jonathan Byrd »
Due to unforeseen legal roadblocks, our eagerly-anticipated Page’s Kitchen retrospective spotlighting live performances from Page Wilson’s Out O’ The Blue Radio Revue on VPM Music, set to debut on October 17th, has been put on the back burner for the time being, so in its place, JAMinc is grateful for the opportunity to re-air some of the best of our 16-year archive In Your Ear radio shows.
Our first edition, scheduled for high noon on Saturday, October 17th, will feature beloved RVA singer/songwriters Steve Bassett and the late Robbin Thompson with highlights of three back-to-back sold out nights in Studio A from March of 2012. This program goes a long way in reminding us why these two Richmond musicians have made such an indelible impact on our city’s musical landscape.
Tune in at 93.1 or 107.3 FM or stream online at https://vpm.org/listen/stream?channel=music
Also watch their School Outreach video »
The band makes use of traditional bluegrass instrumentation in a creative, non-traditional way to arrive at a whole new musical place. The arrangements take on a new level of maturity that follows in the footsteps of Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, and Tony Rice.
Hank, Pattie & The Current want to pick up where seminal crossover groups like Punch Brothers and Strength In Numbers call home. The music is vocal and instrumental, allowing the band to experiment with arrangements and tailor the compositions to become vehicles for exploration. The Current includes Billie Feather on guitar and Stevie Martinez on bass.
Read more about Hank, Pattie & The Current »
We are excited to announce that JAMinc’s monthly In Your Ear concert series, on hold since March due to the pandemic, will resume on Thursday, September 24th in a live stream format. The first artist will be jazz cellist/vocalist Shana Tucker and her pianist, who had been scheduled to perform in March. Read more »
We’ll also be announcing soon a very special radio program to air this fall on VPM Music featuring the rich archive of “Kitchen” recordings from Page Wilson’s Out O’ The Blue Radio Revue. Tentative start date is Saturday, October 17th so put it on your calendars and stay tuned.
All of us at JAMinc sincerely hope you and your kin and kindred are remaining healthy and hopeful as we eagerly await the time when we can all gather again in closer proximity to share the music we love in person.
Also watch her School Outreach video »
JAMinc’s monthly In Your Ear concert series, on hold since February due to the pandemic, resumed on Thursday, September 24, 2020 in a live stream format. The first artist was jazz cellist/vocalist Shana Tucker and her pianist Christian Tamburr, who had been scheduled to be with us in March.
Shana and Christian joined us in an audience-free Studio A as we observed proper caution and distancing and presented a multi-camera video production with the peerless audio quality you’ve come to expect from In Your Ear.
Happily, it was also Shana’s birthday, so JAMinc president Tim Timberlake presented a dozen musically decorated cupcakes (Thanks Frostings!) to a surprised Shana at the end of her second set. Being the consummate artist she is, Shana actually worked the cupcake gifting into her final song. It was a delicious moment! Relive that sweet moment and the entire show using the link above.
With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, cellist/singer-songwriter SHANA TUCKER delivers a unique voice through her self-described genre of ChamberSoul™. Shana’s melodies weave strong hints of jazz, classical, soulful folk, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B into a distinctive rhythmic tapestry.
Touted by Jazz Times Magazine as “a talent whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible…” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a blend of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers. ChamberSoul™ best describes what the listener should expect when experiencing Shana’s music. “I’m intrinsically drawn to “real” instruments, with resonance, tone and depth that can sound without amplification. Whenever and however possible, I always try to set a tone of acoustic intimacy with my colleagues on stage, and also with the audience, so that the music, performers and audience feel close and tangible, no matter the size the venue.” The acoustic perfection of In Your Ear’s Studio A with just 80 seats, will provide just such a vibe.
Growing up on Long Island, NY as a beneficiary of public school arts education, Shana’s classical cello and singing talents awarded her a scholarship to Howard University in Washington, DC, where she was first introduced to jazz and other essential musical resources, on campus and around the city. While at Howard, Shana initiated her improvisation chops and honed her songwriting skills, but decided to relocate to NYC to study with master cellist Marion Feldman and complete her undergraduate studies in performance at CUNY-Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.
A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana is a newly-designated A+ (Arts Integration) Schools Apprentice Fellow, and has been a teaching artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts (NC and NV) since 2015. She has also been a teaching artist with United Arts Council of Raleigh/Wake County NC and The Smith Center for Performing Arts – Las Vegas. Shana incorporates artist-in-residences, workshops and community outreach opportunities wherever in the world her performances take her.
Read more about Shana Tucker »
It was a great performance!
Thanks to a generous gift in support of live music from the RiverFront Investment Group, JAMinc will co-present the August 25th edition of In Your Ear’s Shockoe Sessions. Our guest artists are two RVA favorites, blues harp master Andrew Alli and his reso-guitar duo partner Josh Small.
Check out a clip from Andrew and Josh.
Josh has played a prominent role over the years in SPARC’s Live Art program and Andrew is making a name for himself in the blues world, with recent nominations for the Blues Blast Music Awards. Andrew’s debut release, ‘Hard Workin’ Man’, has been nominated for two BBM Awards: ‘New Artist Debut Recording’ and the ‘Sean Costello Rising Star Award.’
We’re grateful to Rod Smyth and his colleagues at RiverFront for their commitment to keeping live music happening in our community, even while the current reality precludes a live audience. Carlos Chafin and the gang at IYE have developed an engaging concert presentation live streaming every Tuesday night on their YouTube channel starting at 7:30. Multi-camera video and the high quality audio to which we’ve become accustomed, make for a memorable virtual experience. We hope you’ll tune in and share this with friends who might enjoy the show.
This performance will stream on In Your Ear Studio’s YouTube channel beginning at 7:30pm. This is a non-ticketed show that depends on the generosity of the viewing audience. Tip Jars will be available via PayPal and Venmo.