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WXXI Classical 91.5 is in the process of building a resource of photos and brief biographical information about musicians of African descent. This resource is by no means complete, and we rely on you to help us build the site by sharing your information. Please click on the alphabetical groupings below to begin your discovery.

Lady Jess (Jessica McJunkins), violin

Lady Jess (Jessica McJunkins)

Artistic Director and lead violinist of the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra (UPCO) in New York City, Lady Jess (Jessica McJunkins) is a regular Los Angeles session musician and soloing member of Beyoncé K Carter’s band. Her recent projects include the Emmy-nominated documentary "Homecoming" with accompanying live album; the "On the Run II Tour" with Beyonce and Jay-Z; the Grammy-nominated joint album "Everything is Love" and recently released soundtracks to Disney’s "The Lion King" with Hans Zimmer. While in LA, LJ also performs with the Hollywood Bowl orchestra, most recently for performances of Disney’s "The Little Mermaid" and Disney Pixar’s "Coco" as well as lead strings under the baton of Darin Atwater’s Soulful Symphony in Baltimore, MD. In 2021, she served as contractor and concertmaster for the Oscar award-winning film "Judas and the Black Messiah."