show notes for episode 3:

Kamasi Washington

click here to listen to the episode.

conversation recorded October 2017.

thank you for listening.

some organizations offering care & support to children & families at our southern border:

International Rescue Committee

(Providing clean water, shelter, health care, education, and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.)

Freedom for Immigrants

(Dedicated to abolishing immigration detention worldwide, while ending the isolation of people currently suffering in this profit-driven system.)


(Providing free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families,and refugees in Texas.)

Fronterizo Fianza Fund

(The Fronterizo Fianza Fund is a community bond (fianza) fund based in El Paso and serving Far West Texas and New Mexico. Many detained migrants have no chance to be released while they wait the months or years until their trial. When someone does receive a bond, they are often way out of reach for most families, ranging anywhere from $1500-50,000.)


(American Civil Liberties Union defending and preserving the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.)

National Center for Youth Law

(non-profit law firm helping low-income children achieve their potential by transforming the public agencies that serve them.)

This is an excellent list of resources compiled by the Texas Tribune.

theme songs:

Instrumental versions of “Turn the World Around” and “The Story of My Morals” by Bunk

references made throughout the conversation:

Leimert Park, Billy Higgins, World Stage, Pharoah Sanders, Horace Tapscott, Gerald Wilson, Black Note, John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Rickey Washington, Snoop Dogg, Terrace Martin, Malcolm X, Autobiography of Malcolm X, UGMAA

further recommended reading & viewing:

Read an amazing speech by Kamasi’s father, Rickey Washington

Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles:


World Stage video:


Kamasi’s and his father, Rickey, playing together:

Trailer for Kamasi’s short film “As Told To G/d Thyself”:

Kamasi Washington - “Street Fighting Mas”:

Ibeyi feat. Kamasi Washington - “Deathless”:


Horace Tapscott & The Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra - “Village Dance”: