10 Fingers: DJ Rasta Root

First and foremost, happy birthday Rasta Root! Second-most, This incredible entrepreneur – and human being – was very patient with all of my questions and shenanigans before, during, and after this incredibly long interview and he deserves a pat on the back and hug if you ever see him. We met in Chicago during the […]

10 Fingers: Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles is a business savvy, multi-talented musician who recently released a very successful album, Creole Soul. I caught up with him in Ann Arbor before his hit at Kerrytown Concert House, the intimate venue that’s a re-purposed Victorian home close to the almost-famous Zingerman’s Deli. We spoke about the usual “10 Fingers” questions, and […]

10 Fingers: Christian Atunde Adjuah

by Ella Campbell 1. What was the first album you couldn’t stop listening to? The Soundtrack to Purple Rain. I ended up playing “Purple Rain” with him too, so it ended up coming full circle. I was in his band for two years, but it was kind of a nightmare to – EC: It was […]

Messages From Masters: Tim Warfield

by Ella Campbell After a Terell Stafford Quintet concert, the musicians all re-entered the stage and opened up the house for questions. A member of the audience asked a question about how to keep her sons involved in music. She has a son who is taking piano lessons and she can’t convince him to keep […]

10 Fingers: Tomeka Reid

By Hannah Dexter Tomeka Reid 1) What music do you listen to when you’re feeling thoughtful? Violinist Michael White’s Pneuma record from 1972. I love the whole vibe of the record and the positivity it speaks. 2) What is your favorite music to dance to? That’s a tough one as I actually really love dancing. […]

10 Fingers: Antonio Hart

by Ella Campbell After we talked to Marcus Strickland at the Dave Holland Big Band concert in Ann Arbor, we talked to Antonio Hart. 1. What was the first record you bought that you couldn’t stop listening to? I don’t remember the name of it, it was a Johnny Griffin record. And then I bought […]

10 Fingers: Marcus Strickland

by Ella Campbell Yesterday, after a fun and exciting Dave Holland Big Band concert, a friend and I cruised backstage to find some musicians to pester. Marcus Strickland was kind enough to let us ask him what he’s listening to. The concert was so much fun to listen to, the band was very fun to […]