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

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

If you enjoyed the show, it’s not too late to show your support!
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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 »

Andrew Alli and Josh Small perform Shockoe Sessions

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.

Mark your calendar!

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Planning for the fall …

and we’d like your thoughts as we adapt.

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All of us at JAMinc hope these last days of spring find you healthy, well and full of hope for the future. It’s been a rough and rocky season for sure but we hope you share our confidence that a bright light lies just ahead at the end of the tunnel. And it’s not an oncoming train. The swirl of events has driven a re-evaluation of so many aspects of our lives and a renewed appreciation for so many things that we may have taken for granted. Like gathering in Studio A for an intimate night of well-played music.

Since our collective health precludes that scenario for the time being, we’re forging ahead with plans for a high quality live stream for our IYE series this fall.

Shockoe SessionsCarlos and the gang at the studio have already broken ground with their Shockoe Sessions every Tuesday night at 7:30. The first one ran last week and can be seen on YouTube in its entirety. We’d ask you to take a look and enjoy the calming artistry of Michael Lille who some of you might remember as a Robbin Thompson compadre and an early guest at our In Your Ear series back in 2004.  This will give you an idea of at least the audio and video quality of the show but our concerts will be presented with our own look and structure. On future Tuesdays, they’ll be welcoming Coby Batty & the Rhythmasters, Kyle Davis and Elizabeth Wise (booked for our December show with a full band of outstanding locals) among others.
We’d welcome any thoughts you might have about the Shockoe Sessions…what you like about what you see and things you might imagine done differently for our shows.  We plan to make them free to watch but will be asking for generous tipping via PayPal or Venmo.  JAMinc will be offering our artists a fair performance fee in lieu of charging “admission” and they’ll also be recording a short 10 to 15 minute video expressly for viewing in our schools, to fill that important part of our mission. Send your thoughts and feedback to

And don’t forget our last two In Your Ear encore airings on VPM Music. Nellie McKay on June 20th and the Fireside Collective on June 27th. Both air at 5pm just ahead of Live From Here with Chris Thile. 
Here’s to an improving landscape on all fronts during the coming summer … be safe and support your artistic community however you can.

JAMinc’s In Your Ear Radio Show Returns

Good people …

Like countless presenters of music everywhere, JAMinc has had to cancel its spring concerts at In Your Ear Studios and it’s likely our fall season will fall victim to the pandemic as well. I know you share our disappointment as we long for the days of savoring live music and pot-luck delicacies in that intimate Studio A space. Until we’re able to physically meet again, we’re planning our move to a high-end live stream of concerts with multiple HD cameras and the audio quality that you’ve come to expect from the In Your Ear crew. We hope to be making announcements about how this will all work by sometime this summer.

In the meantime, we’re excited to announce that our radio partners at VPM Music will be re-airing the seven most-recent IYE programs from last year beginning this Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5 pm. This is a new time slot for us, making IYE the “warm up act” for Chris Thile’s “Live From Here” show. Below is a list of the featured artists you’ll hear starting this weekend.

May 16: Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
May 23: Rex Richardson Quintet
May 30: Aaron Burdett
June 6: Wayne Henderson & Helen White
June 13: Eric Stanley & Friends
June 20: Nellie McKay
June 27: Fireside Collective

These shows will air on 107.3 FM, 93.1 FM and via live stream.

We’re grateful to our music-minded public radio station for making this prime airtime available to us, and we sincerely thank our underwriters for their continued loyal support:

  • Digital Video Group
  • Threshold Counsel PC
  • Fralin Pickups
  • The Newport Festivals Foundation
  • Virginia Humanities and the Virginia Folklife Program
  • The Graduate Hotel/Richmond

And of course VPM Music is now holding its spring fundraiser and they need us now more than ever.

We’d appreciate your putting these dates on your calendars and sharing with anyone whom you think might like to tune in.

Like never before, we’re dependent on the healing power of music to see us through this unimaginable challenge. As always, you’re invited to keep up with us and our evolving reality here on our website:

Stay safe and listen up!

In the meantime …

All of us at JAMinc share deeply in the concern over the spread of the Coronavirus and its unprecedented impact on life as we know it. Especially on the touring musicians who grace our stages and enrich our lives in such a profound way.  The prospect of one’s income being abruptly cut off for weeks or months during what normally is the busiest time of year is heartbreaking. We’ve already had to cancel our March, April and May In Your Ear concerts, although we hope to reschedule these as possible.

We encourage you, as your are able, to support your favorite artists in a tangible, financial way, by buying music and/or merch on their respective websites, or by supporting one of the many collectives that are raising funds for those who make their living making music. Or you could visit our website and click on the “Donate” button and designate a gift to support JAMinc’s ongoing school outreach program.

Since our In Your Ear studio concert series is having to go dark for a while, we urge you to visit our archive at VPM Music where you can stream all 68 of our hour-long public radio shows featuring artists like the Kruger Brothers, Howard Levy, Alison Brown, Justin Kauflin, Wayne Henderson, Mipso, Miramar, Stray Birds, Birds of Chicago, Jonathan Byrd, Eric Stanley, Steve Bassett and the late Robbin Thompson.

JAMinc’s founder Wally Thulin ran video on a wide range of our past Studio A performers and starting today on our Facebook page, we’ll be posting links to some memorable tracks that we hope might help fill the silence until we can work through this difficult time and get back to live music in our intimate space. Be sure to “Like” our page if you’ve not already.

Until then, keep your distance, take good care of each other and keep the music playing.


Tim Timberlake, President