DER Weekends: Timashion Jones is making moves and a film about jazz legend Marcus Belgrave

On Detroit Evening Report Weekends, we take a step away from the news of the week and spend some time with the community members who make up Detroit’s rich culture and identity.

Brad Torreano and Timashion Jones pose in front of the WDET logo

Producer Brad Torreano (left) and director Timashion Jones smile in the WDET studios, April 25, 2023.

In the latest episode of DER WeekendsCultureShift co-host Tia Graham talks with filmmaker Timashion Jones about his work and a new project focused on Detroit jazz great Marcus Belgrave.

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Timashion Jones is a Detroit native, a Cass Tech alum and an Emmy-winning filmmaker. He won the award in 2016 for Cody High: A Life Remodeled Project, a documentary about the renovation of an abandoned Detroit High School by community members and a local non-profit.

Jones’ current project is focused on the life and influence of the late Marcus Belgrave. Belgrave was a jazz musician — a trumpet player — who was not only a champion for jazz in the city, but a mentor to generations of the city’s jazz musicians.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.