Echoes of Indiana Avenue Narrated by musician Herman "Butch" Slaughter and produced by Cultural Manifesto host Kyle Long, Echoes of Indiana Avenue is a weekly audio documentary from WFYI. Each episode focuses on the cultural achievements of Black artists and musicians from central Indiana.Also known as "Funky Broadway," "The Yellow Brick Road" and "The Grand Ol' Street," Indiana Avenue was the commercial and cultural hub for Black residents during the segregation era in Indianapolis. Decades of development and policy have erased many of the cultural landmarks of this area, but the impact of this vibrant community can still be felt today.
Echoes of Indiana Avenue

Echoes of Indiana Avenue

From WFYI Public Radio

Narrated by musician Herman "Butch" Slaughter and produced by Cultural Manifesto host Kyle Long, Echoes of Indiana Avenue is a weekly audio documentary from WFYI. Each episode focuses on the cultural achievements of Black artists and musicians from central Indiana.Also known as "Funky Broadway," "The Yellow Brick Road" and "The Grand Ol' Street," Indiana Avenue was the commercial and cultural hub for Black residents during the segregation era in Indianapolis. Decades of development and policy have erased many of the cultural landmarks of this area, but the impact of this vibrant community can still be felt today.

Most Recent Episodes

Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess

John W. Bubbles and Todd Duncan had deep roots on the Indiana Avenue music scene, and both were featured in the original cast of George Gershwin's iconic opera Porgy and Bess.

Chick Corea on The Avenue

Chick Corea on The Avenue

A special tribute to the late Chick Corea and his collaborations with Naptown jazz masters like Freddie Hubbard, Virgil Jones, Phil Ranelin, and Slide Hampton.

Carnaval on the Avenue

Carnaval on the Avenue

It's Carnaval time in Brazil, and though there's over five-thousand miles of land and ocean separating Indianapolis from Rio De Janeiro, the two cities have enjoyed a musical bond.

Rock and Roll Women of Indiana Avenue

Rock and Roll Women of Indiana Avenue

Indiana Avenue was ground zero for rock and roll music in the Hoosier state. Black women played an essential - but often overlooked - role in the genre's development.

Art & Soul 25th Anniversary

Art & Soul 25th Anniversary

Celebrate the 25th anniversary Art and Soul, one of the longest running Black History Month events in Indianapolis, featuring performances by some of the greatest legends of the Indiana Avenue scene.

J.J. Johnson - Part Three

J.J. Johnson - Part Three

The final installment in a three part tribute to the Indianapolis trombone master J.J. Johnson. This edition explores Johnson's work in Hollywood during the 1970s.

J.J. Johnson - Part Two

J.J. Johnson - Part Two

Before Hoosier jazz great J.J. Johnson came onto the scene, the trombone was considered too slow-moving to keep up with bebop's rapid fire tempos. Learn how Johnson turned the skeptics into believers.

J.J. Johnson - Part One

J.J. Johnson - Part One

Born in 1924, J.J. Johnson was one of the most important musicians to emerge from the Avenue scene. In part one of a three-part series, explore J.J. Johnson's early big band years.

Paul Weeden

Paul Weeden

Celebrate the late great Indianapolis jazz guitarist Paul Weeden, who recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Coleman Hawkins, Nancy Wilson, and Count Basie.

Leroy Carr

Leroy Carr

Explore the work of Leroy Carr, one of the earliest stars of Indiana Avenue whose songs became blues standards and have been performed by musical luminaries from Eartha Kitt to Eric Clapton.

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