Elizabeth Wise’s Kickstarter

Elizabeth Wise, who was set to join us on Dec. 9th with her full band to record a live album while streaming, has decided to move forward with recording a studio album instead.  Our goal is to have them join us in September for a CD release concert at In Your Ear; by then it may be feasible to have at least a limited live audience in Studio A.  Elizabeth has launched a Kickstarter drive to fund the production of the album and we hope you’ll consider being a part of it.

In the meantime, Elizabeth is performing “Monday Blues” every Monday, 7 to 7:30pm, through the end of her Kickstarter campaign on her Facebook page showcasing some of the new songs she’ll include on the album. Cricket the dog often joins in. Check it out!

We’re on hold right now

All of us at JAMinc hope you share in our renewed optimism for what the new year will bring and that a gradual easing of pandemic restrictions will let us get back to our live music offerings from Studio A. JAMinc … Live streaming concerts remain on hold until the board feels it’s safe for artists and crew to return. Amythyst Kiah (originally set for Jan. 14th) along with Mike Farris and Rod Picott remain in the wings and are basically ready to schedule when we are.

We wish you all of winter’s best, and urge you to catch the weekly Shockoe Sessions streaming every Tuesday night at 7:30 from Studio A. Carlos Chafin and company have created a wonderful environment to spotlight and support RVA’s formidable base of musical talent. Here’s a fine example from a few weeks ago.

Shockoe Sessions Live has raised over $10,000 for musicians and over $800 for Feed More.

What a year this has been …

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:

  1. Show your appreciation for the artists during the concerts by making $25/person donations similar to what a ticket would cost. Show artist appreciation »
  2. Consider making a small recurring monthly donation to support our charitable missions. Support our mission here »
  3. Without incurring any cost to you, consider designating JAMinc your charity of choice on AmazonSmile and Amazon Prime Smile. Visit Amazon Smile »
  4. Avoiding paying taxes on your retirement RMDs by contributing directly to JAMinc.
  5. If you itemize your tax deductions, you can write off the total appreciated cost of your stock, bonds or mutual funds (up to 30% of your AGI) by giving directly to JAMinc.

If you’d like more information on your donation choices please call or email your questions (info@jaminc.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.

With gratitude,

Tim Timberlake, President

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys join us in Studio A

November 19th at 7:30pm

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Did you miss Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys? Watch the archived show.


About Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and heart-lifting sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show, even when they’re stuck at home due to the pandemic. Jonathan’s perfected the art of the live stream with his weekly Shake Sugaree Americana Residency live from The Kraken in Chapel Hill, his hometown. He performed solo in our own Studio A for JAMinc’s In Your Ear concert series in December of 2010.

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 »

Hank, Pattie & The Current Video School Outreach

Shana Tucker Video School Outreach

Our radio show returns Oct. 17

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

Hank, Pattie & The Current coming to Studio A

October 23rd at 7:30pm

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Did you miss Hank, Pattie & The Current? Watch the archived show.

Also watch their School Outreach video »


About Hank, Pattie & The Current

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 »

Shana Tucker kicks off In Your Ear Concert Series this fall!

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.

Shana Tucker kicked off JAMinc’s In Your Ear livestream Sept 24

September 24th at 7:30pm

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Did you miss Shana Tucker? Watch the archived show.

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.


About Shana Tucker

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 »