Detroit Jazz

Renaissance Soul Podcast: The Charles Mingus ‘Jazz in Detroit’ Episode – wsg DJ, Music Historian and Owner of Strata Records Catalog, DJ Amir Abdullah

This episode’s guest is DJ, music historian, and curator, DJ Amir Abdullah. Known for his On Track mixtapes with DJ Kon, Amir currently run his own record label, 180-Proof (founded in 2011), which owns the exclusive rights to release Strata Records’ influential back catalog and unreleased sessions. This is a re-issue of an interview I did with DJ Amir back in December 2018 for the Fresh is the Word Podcast that would fit well as a Renaissance Soul episode.

During our conversation, we talked about Amir’s roots in music, his collaborations with DJ Kon and the On Track mixtapes, becoming a music historian and curator, researching music to reissue/unearth, obtaining the Strata Records catalogue, the history and political activism of Strata in Detroit, and Charles Mingus Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden and the stories behind the recordings.


Renaissance Soul Podcast – The Tribe Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990-2014 Episode (w/ Wendell Harrison – Co-Founder of Detroit’s Tribe Collective and Legendary Jazz Clarinet Player and Saxophonist)

For this episode of Renaissance Soul, we go back in time with legendary jazz clarinet player and saxophonist and co-founder of Detroit’s Tribe collective, Wendell Harrison. Back in the end of 2019, the London-based Strut Records released Hometown: Detroit Sessions 1990​-​2014, the first compilation bringing together the modern era recordings of Tribe, Detroit’s acclaimed independent jazz collective