Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

Clad in a fringed, royal blue halter swimsuit, bassist Endea Owens and her band The Cookout have been all smiles. Though she’s no stranger to the Tiny Desk (taking part in with Jon Batiste in 2020) Owens was giddy with pleasure to carry out her personal music with fellow Juilliard alumni. She spoke concerning the significance of utilizing her music to talk for the unvoiced, and to construct and enrich communities. She’s not all discuss both — in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the home bassist for The Late Present with Stephen Colbert has hosted neighborhood cookouts, taking part in music for individuals in Harlem and handing out lots of of free meals.

The primary tune “The place the Nubians Develop” is a head-bobbing groove devoted to her hometown of Detroit. With “Really feel Good,” her fierce intro provides method to a catchy bass line that the band joyfully hopscotches over. Owens then dims the proverbial lights with “Love Cynical” a music that offers ballroom jazz with silky horn strains and a sensuous beat. Earlier than we will get too cozy, the band erupts into “Cycles,” a dizzying showcase for horns and drums.

To shut her reveals, Owens at all times asks audiences to take part in affirmations permitting a continuation of the constructive vibes. After a short introduction of “Carry Each Voice and Sing” the band performs “For the Individuals (In dedication to Taleshia Chandler),” one other uplifting quantity. This Tiny Desk energized the entire room, every musician a grasp of their instrument. Owens joked: “We’re all Juilliard alumni, so you may hear it within the sound.”


  • “The place the Nubians Develop”
  • “Really feel Good”
  • “Love Cynical”
  • “Cycles”
  • “For the Individuals (In dedication to Taleshia Chandler)”


  • Endea Owens: bass
  • Giveton Gelin: trumpet
  • Jeffery Miller: trombone
  • Zoe Obadia: alto saxophone
  • Sarah Gooch: drums
  • Jonathan Thomas: piano


  • Producer: Nikki Birch
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin 
  • Director: Kara Body 
  • Inventive Director: Bob Boilen
  • Sequence Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Editor: Kara Body
  • Videographers: Kara Body, Pierre Kattar, Michael Zamora
  • Animator: Alanté Serene
  • Audio Assistant: Natasha Department
  • Manufacturing Assistants: Jill Britton, Alanté Serene
  • Tiny Desk Group: Suraya Mohamed, Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer, Maia Stern
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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