Award-winning musician, writer and producer Brian Culbertson is the first guest on the new series, “The Experience with Dedry Jones,” which premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. on WTTW.
Each episode takes viewers on a journey through an artist’s life in the artist’s own words and in song.
Culbertson, who plays multiple instruments, said he began music lessons at age 8, learning classical piano. A few years later, he began writing his own music and experimenting with jazz.
His 17 albums cross the genres of contemporary, jazz, R&B and funk.
“I’m all about putting on a show, entertaining. This is the entertainment industry,” Culbertson said. “I never liked it when musicians would go up on stage and just sort of stand there and play the record exactly how it was. I always wanted to put on a theatrical event.”
Culbertson joins host Phil Ponce in conversation.
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