Listen to Endea Owens perform live in WDET’s Studio A

The homegrown bassist joined CultureShift to chat about growing up in Detroit’s jazz scene, performing on NPR’s ‘Tiny Desk’ and how she landed a spot on ‘The Late Show.’

Two Black women smile in front of the WDET logo, one of them holding an upright bass.

Bassist Endea Owens (right) smiles with CultureShift's Tia Graham in the WDET studios.

Detroit native Endea Owens is a rising star in jazz. She’s a student of legends like Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker and Ron Carter. She’s toured around the world and even landed a very prestigious spot in the band on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She is homegrown, a graduate of Detroit School of Arts and she’s getting ready to release her debut album, Feel Good Music, on April 20.

The bubbly bassist joined CultureShift for a live performance and to chat about growing up in Detroit’s jazz scene, performing on NPR’s Tiny Desk and her Community Cookout initiative.

“I try to be the best representation of myself, which is my authentic self. I never tried to be anyone else. I keep the integrity of myself in the music, and I hope the audience always feels that.” — bassist Endea Owens

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  • Tia Graham
    Tia Graham is a reporter and Weekend Edition Host for 101.9 WDET. She graduated from Michigan State University where she had the unique privilege of covering former President Barack Obama and his trip to Lansing in 2014.