Across 135th Street

Wendell Harrison

120 minsFirst aired 22 May 2019

Live from Detroit, Chairman Mao welcomes the legendary Tribe reedman for a chat and special in-studio performance.

Detroit’s Tribe was among the most revered independent jazz collectives of the 1970s. Cofounded by saxophonist and composer Wendell Harrison (along with trombonist Phil Ranelin), Tribe manifested as a brilliant instrumental ensemble, a record label and a self-published magazine committed to the expression and advancement of African-American creative voices. In the years since, the collective’s now-legendary recordings have only garnered greater interest and acclaim via reissues and remixes. On this special episode of Across 135th Street, live from Detroit, host Chairman Jefferson Mao welcomes Wendell to chat about his experiences in the vanguard of Independent black jazz in America, and perform live in the studio.


Produced by Jordan Rothlein
Engineered by Joe Hazan and Veniece Session

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