Wendell Harrison Ensemble & Rebirth Inc.  Awarded Residency Grant

from Chamber Music America:


Artistic director Wendell Harrison talks about his new exciting project Exploring Jazz & Its African Rhythms presented by Rebirth Inc.


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From our own Xavier Bonner who we encountered during his years at Ellington Fine Arts Academy Middle School during our workshop and residency series.  Now continuing his education at Wayne State University he has released his first project.  Check it out!


“A Place Far Away” is a concept album that explores the themes of change, growth, and peace. During the creation of these compositions it was my intent to create melodies that grasp the listener in a sincere way. It is my hope that this music sparks self reflection and positivity. I also want to give a special thanks to all the musicians, artists, and sound engineers involved. “To one day may you reach your Place Far Away.”

Benny Rubin Jr. is a product of the Detroit Jazz scene.  During Wendell Harrison's teaching days at Detroit High School For The Performing Arts has formed in intergenerational relationship.  Benny now attends the The New School for the Performing Arts in NYC.  

Here's Benny's first release WHAT'S NEXT.  Take a listen!!


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Community warriors, dancers and educators LISA McCALL and ERIKA RED STOWELL have been included in Rebirth's residency and concert presentations.  Both Lisa and Erika have been teaching all forms of dance to our community and youth.  Their participation has allowed Rebirth to reach different segments of our community audience and to other arts community members.  

Benny Rubin, Jr.

New! From Benny Rubin Jr. Listen Here!


Michigan Council For The Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America  helps Rebirth Inc. with COVID19 financial aid.

The funds will be used to assist in producing Wendell Harrison's Be Boppers Method Book for online instructions.  The video will be the first of several series to introduce the lessons and the content.  Follow up podcasts for students are planned later in the year.  The BeBoppers Method Book lessons will be available to students all over the world.  

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Wendell Harrison

Bird Lives! Tribute to Charlie Parker Interview

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Detroit

August 2020

Pamela Wise Ensemble

Bird Lives! Tribute to Charlie Parker

featuring Kresge Eminent Artists Bill Harris and Wendell Harrison

with Kresge Arts Fellows Marion Hayden-bass and Pamela Wise-piano and Louis M. Jones III-drums, and Trunino Lowe-trumpet

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

August 2020

The Be Boppers Method Book Volume I

premier promotion video

Produced by Wendell Harrison, video by Matt Martin, edited by Evan Armstrong and Matt Matin