Mel Valentine, Melissa Valentine, and Melaina Valentine

Mel Valentine (63) shares his experiences as a second-generation American, a Vietnam War veteran, and a retiree with his daughters, Melissa Valentine (33) and Melaina Valentine (27). Note: This recording contains mentions of murder.

Williams (Bill) E. Arant, Jr.

Dad talks about jazz, working in NYC and Lake Tahoe, baseball, meeting Al Anastasia, Marian McKnight, meeting Mom, and entanglement.

William McAllister, Lisa McAllister, and Amy Farges

William McAllister was interviewed by his daughters, Lisa McAllister and Amy Farges, as well as his grandson, Julien Farges. They talked about William’s life growing up, the Depression, WWII, William’s return to college after the war, his Masters and PhD,...

Jeremy Pelt interview conducted by Nickel Five

Jazz trumpeter Jeremy Pelt speaks on his inspirations, favorite places, Roy Hargrove, Kool Moe Dee and much more...

Charles Carrington and Betsy Hastedt

Coworkers Charles Carrington (76) and Betsy Hastedt (72) discuss Charles's career and their time working together at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center.

Lillian Porch and Leon Harris Jr.

Cousins Lillian Porch (61) and Leon Harris Jr. (74) share a conversation about the legacy of their uncle, Lawrence Leo “Snub” Mosley, a famous jazz musician.

Content with My Life

Charles King feels that he has led a good life. He feels fortunate to have obtained a good education, have a successful career as a jazz pianist, and now has the opportunity to teach piano to kids.

Anna Grady and Carol Clarke

One Small Step partners Anna Catherine Grady (24) and Carol Clarke (58) discuss jazz history and environmental justice in Birmingham, AL. They also discuss Rwanda, the COVID-19 pandemic, and how their family members have shaped them.

Claudia Parvanta and Richard Harner

Claudia Parvanta (66) shares a conversation with her significant other, Richard Harner (86), about Richard’s family, his experience growing up in Iowa, how he became a doctor, his career, and his love of music.

The Paul Studer Story

He lived in Nazi-occupied Europe, befriended Louie Armstrong, and aided in work on one of the first ever computers as a professor: Paul Studer is an immigrant, an artist, a father, and a friend. This is his story.

Gina Livingston and Decio Rubano

Gina Livingston (40) interviews her father Decio "Dez" Rubano (91) about the role playing drums in bands and orchestras has had in his life, and Dez relates many stories about the interesting experiences he has had as a result of...


"Once I got married, I had more than just a beagle to keep me warm. That winter, everyone started putting heat in." Michael Sullivan Smith moved to upstate New York in March 1969 into a crumbling resort with no heat,...

Thankful to be home

Amanda (37) interviews her dad Charlie (75) at the family farm. The first half of the interview didn’t record, but the second half is fun!

Jamie Citerin and Laura McInturf

Jamie Citerin talks with her mother (64) about her life from growing up in Elkhart Indiana to family history, to being a young mother in the 1970's, from her faith to historical events that she has witnessed/experienced.