AhSa-Ti Nu meets with trombonist, scholar, activist, a third-generation musician, educator and founder of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music (OPC Music), Angela Wellman.Hailing proudly from Kansas City, Missouri. She has performed with the McCoy Tyner Big Band, Joe Williams, Al Grey, Slide Hampton and other noted musicians. Ms. Wellman has a Masters degree in Music Education from the Eastman School of Music and is a Ph.D. Fellow in the School of Education, department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Growing up in Kansas City, Ms. Wellman was nurtured in a musical family and community. Her initiation into the world of Jazz as a player began while hanging out at jam sessions at the famed chitlin’ circuit Local 626, the once–Black musicians’ union in Kansas City and now sanctuary for the spirits of jazz pioneers such as Ernie Williams: The Last of the Blue Devils, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, and countless others who got their start in that very place. Ms. Wellman is the proud founder of the nation’s first Public Conservatory of Music, The Oakland Public Conservatory of Music (OPCM). Founded in 2005 in Oakland, CA, OPCM is dedicated to the study of American Musical culture and identity.
You can connect with her through the following:
Twitter – @angelawellman4
Instagram – @wellmanangela