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From May 5, 2005...

Arts news

Alabama lost a jazz legend this week...I'm Greg Bass and tonight on Tapestry we remember Jothan Callins. We also spend some time with another Birmingham native who's made it big in the music biz...and Tarrant's arts community gets a boost. That and music from Through the Sparks, after this arts news, from Tanya Ott.

Arts news

Jothan Callins (Photo credit: Larry Gay)

Birmingham's Jothan Callins died this week after a long illness. You may not recognize his name, but you surely know the names of many of the musicians he collaborated with. During four decades of performing, Callins worked with Lionel Hampton, Stevie Wonder, and BB King to name a few. But Callins had "his" inspiration from one of Birmingham's prolific band teachers, Amos Gordon at Jackson Olin High School. And Callins returned the favor by teaching hundreds of local kids the joy of jazz. Musician Tommy Stewart, an Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame member himself, tells WBHM's Tanya Ott that Jothan left an indelible impression on the local music scene.

Tommy Stewart interview

Musician Tommy Stewart talking about jazz great Jothan Callins who died this week at the age of 62. More about Callins and his career on our website, wbhm.org.

The Birmingham Youth Jazz Ensemble and Alumni Association, and the Council Elememtary School present: A Musical Tribute Celebrating the life of Jothan Callins on Friday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Councill Elementary School (1400 Avenue M) in Ensley.

Viewing will be Friday from 4-9 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home in Bessemer. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ensley.

Chuck Leavell

Glance through the classified section of a musician's magazine, and you'll frequently come across an ad that says something like this: "Band needs keyboard player. We're looking for the new Chuck Leavell." That's because the OLD Chuck Leavell, a native of Birmingham, is legendary among working musicians. Reporter Dale Short caught up with Leavell in between world tours recently, to talk with him about life on the road and, his life back home in the South.

Chuck Leavell interview

You can find an extended version of Dale's interview with Chuck Leavell, including an impromptu performance on his living-room piano, at our website, wbhm dot org.

Tarrant Arts Council

Tarrant, Alabama isn't exactly an artistic Mecca...but a group of folks out that way are hoping to redefine the town as a thriving arts community. They recently formed the Tarrant Arts Council and this weekend they kick-off the effort with two days of festivities, including a guest appearance by actress Elaine Hendrix. She's appeared in dozens of films including The Parent Trap, and television shows like Joan of Arcadia, CSI and Crossing Jordan. WBHM's Tanya Ott talked with Carl Peoples one of the founders of the Tarrant Arts Council.

Carl Peoples interview

Carl Peoples of the Tarrant Arts Council. Check out our online community calendar for details on this weekend's festivities.

Susan Rosko (aka Francesca's mom)

Mother's Day is this weekend. Some people may get mom flowers or take her out to brunch. Francesca Rosko, however, decided that the best way to pay homage to her beloved mother was to write a commentary about what makes her so special.

Francesca Rosko's commentary

What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.

Community Calendar

Through the Sparks

How about a little "folksy" Pink Floyd to close out this week's show? That's how Birmingham band Through the Sparks is described...and YOU get to be one of the first people to hear their new EP Coin Toss, which won't be released until next week. This song is "Tooth and Nail". Jody Nelson and Greg Slamen are with the band.

Music and interview with Through the Sparks

Thorough The Sparks plays Saturday at the Nick. Go to the Tapestry section of our website, WBHM dot org and download music from Coin Toss. You can also ownload an exclusive track called "Picture".

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell handles our musicians. Reporting this week from Francesca Rosko and Dale Short. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us!