NEM#156: Emma-Jean Thackray’s Modern Mix of Jazz, R&B, and More

Emma-Jean is a trumpeter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, techie… She even runs her own record label. She’s had five releases since 2016. 

We discuss “Say Something” (and listen at the end to “Spectre”  from Yellow (2021), “Open – Remix feat. Blu” (a 2020 single), and “Um” from Um Yang (2020). Intro: “Baro Bop” from Walrus (2016). For more see

See a full EJT band live-in-studio show from 2020. Here’s a very different show with orchestra instruments at the London Jazz Festival 2018. 

Watch the “Say Something” official video. Here’s “Spectre” played live. Listen to the original version of “Open” where Emma-Jean reads poetry. And here’s “Open Again” which provided the sampled bed that served as foundation for “Open.” Hear all of “Baro Bop.” We talk about a couple of the videos that Emma-Jean put together herself with pre-existing footage: “Movementt” and “Walrus.” 

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Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop.

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