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S2 S10: Emmy Award Winning News Producer and Author Nikeshia Elise Williams

“I’M A BLACK WOMAN WHO WRITES FOR BLACK WOMEN ABOUT BLACK WOMEN. PERIOD.” — Nikeshia Elise Williams Damien Lamar was compelled to speak more with this week’s guest who he originally met at a PB&J (Party Benefit & Jam) Jam Session at the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida a few weeks ago. There, Nikeshia Elise Williams presented her 20x20 slide and “spoke about the state of education and how despite decades of attempts at integration, schools are still segregated which has led specifically to the situation that Duval County School finds themselves in; with the fight over the half-cent sales tax, [and] the schools that it would benefit, and the political wrangling in the city over that issue.” She discussed the parallels of the education system in Chicago and feels the root cause are based on issues surrounded by race. “I feel like across the United States, teachers are taken for granted. They’re not protected. They don’t get paid well enough. They don’t get the credit for what they do (especially at the elementary or secondary level.) … We, as a nation need to take better care of our teachers because are literally taking care of our children.” About Nikeshia Elise Williams Nikesha Elise Williams is an Emmy award-winning news producer and author. She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and attended The Florida State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Communication: Mass Media Studies and Honors English Creative Writing. Nikesha’s debut novel, Four Women, was awarded the 2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Award in the category of Adult Contemporary/Literary Fiction. Four Women was also recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists as an Outstanding Literary Work. Nikesha is a full-time writer and writing coach and has freelanced for several publications including ESSENCE, Very Smart Brothas, and Shadow and Act. Both Four Women, The Appeal of Ebony Jones and Adulting are available on Nikesha Williams’ on Amazon. Visit her website, or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ or contact her on good old-fashioned email.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

33mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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S3 EP5 Multi-Grammy Award-winning drummer and percussionist Ulysses Owens Jr.

Heralded as a “powerhouse of a showman” (Glide Magazine), a “legitimate jazz triple threat” (Critical Jazz) and a drummer who “take[s] a back seat to no one” (The New York Times), performer, producer, and educator Ulysses Owens Jr. goes the limit in the jazz world and beyond. One of the most sought-after drummers of his generation, Owens sets the mark. From GRAMMY award-winning performances with Christian McBride’s acclaimed Trio and Big Band to world tours with Kurt Elling and Joey Alexander, Owens’s artistic command of percussion has earned him positions in some of the most successful jazz ensembles of the 21st century. Owens’s reverence for tradition distinctly manifests in his straight-away playing style, but it is the versatility of his talent— his unique ability to manipulate texture and create penetrating musical shapes— that attracts the attention of jazz’s heavy hitters. His performance catalog includes collaborations with Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Monty Alexander, Dianne Schurr, Renee Fleming, and Mulgrew Miller, just to name a few. Owens is Artistic Director for Don’t Miss a Beat, Inc., a youth-empowerment nonprofit organization founded by his family in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. To find out more about Ulysses's work, projects and performance schedule, visit his website, usojazzy.com. Check out this quick example of Ulysses teaching in this Open Studio video on playing with brushes.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

38mins

28 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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S2 EP15 -Spoken Word Artist and Poet Trinity Estelle

Join Damien Lamar and his co-host MJbaker who were joined in the studio with 19-year old, Spoken Word Artist, Speaker, Writer and Poet and Yoga Instructor, Trinity Estelle. She dropped by during her mid-term week to share some words for young speakers, poets, and artists. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Trinity Estelle found her way to Jacksonville, FL after seeing a warmer climate and attend an HBCU, Edward Waters College. She was a Tedx Youth Speaker, scholarship recipient and guest speaker at the African American Community Fund 25th Anniversary and has also received a Skyscrapers Commissioned Poem for the MLK & Paul Laurence Dunbar-inspired Art Gallery Showcase. Trinity was the District Winner for the Rotary 4 Way Test Oratorical Contest and was the recipient of the Scholastics Silver Key Award for Poetry. She teaches campus yoga and hopes to inspire other young adults through the gift of her words.  Learn more at www.tastetest.live Follow her on Instagram: @trinity.estelle--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

14mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 38: What's in Room 404 with Multi-instrumentalist Devin Way

We’re back and are a day late with another episode of @tastetestlive !! Hear the full 1-hour exclusive interview with this week’s guest is up-and-coming producer and multi-instrumentalist, Devin Way.Put This In Your Mouth (segment)DMX is out of jailA new BioPic - Jennifer Hudson is going to be playing Aretha FranklinCardi B is starring in a stripper film called "Hustlers" with Jennifer Lopez and moreTierra Whack release three new singlesMySpace lost 50 million songs because they were updating their server and something went wrong SXSW in Austin, Texas happened this week GUEST INTERVIEW: DEVIN WAYplays dumbs, bass, piano, guitar and a vocalistfirst started playing the drums at the age of 4, then at 12 - usher came out with the song let it burn so he started singing usher and john legend songspianos were the instrument he picked up after drums, took on the responsibility to play the piano at churchPrince is his favorite artist - he had a lucid dream about Prince playing drums while he was playing the guitar in a churchAnytime after midnight is when he thinks the music feels the bestTASTE TEST LIVE - Exclusive "Room 404"2 muses inspired that trackHe has two albums releasing this year and planning to move to Atlanta later this month--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

51mins

21 Mar 2019

Rank #4

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S2 EP 16 Singer and Multi-Instrumentalist Chris Williams Teases New Single Ahead of Album Release

Our good friend Chris Williams - @chrissoulsinger joined us to spill his new single “Come and Get Your Man” dropping on 01/01/2020 and teases his sophomore album "Soul Power Revolution". We were graced with a #TasteTestLive exclusive, y’all and it’s good!Plus, our Put This in Your Mouth Segment features the latest music and entertainment news spotlighting The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, news about Lizzo, Nick Cannon's diss track "outing" Eminem, the passing of 21-year-old artist Juice Wrld, and Keyshia Cole's unexpected reaction to the new single from O.T. GenasisAbout Chris WilliamsChris Williams is a Soul/R&B singer/musician/producer from Jacksonville Florida. A self-taught instrumentalist, Chris plays 4 instruments fluently, allowing him to have accompanied several local and nationwide acts in both Florida and New York. Also known for his vocal range and falsetto, he’s drawn comparisons to both Prince and D’Angelo. He is best known for his 2013 debut album, “Vintage Soul”, in which he wrote and co-produced. He is also known for performing at several local music venues as well as multiple local and regional music festivals, such as the Oyster Jam Music Fest, Jacksonville Jazz Fest & the Funk Fest. With a background ranging from Soul, Funk, Jazz and even traditional gospel, Chris Williams has been able to combine all of these influences and create his own style of playing and singing. He is rumored to have a single scheduled for release in early 2020.Social media platforms: Chris Williams Music (Facebook) @chrissoulsinger (Twitter/Instagram)Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

42mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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S3 EP2 Jacksonville Piano Man Michael Murphy

Happy New Year! The Taste Test Live crew is back! Taste Test Live features in-depth music discussion, passion-filled opinions, along with interviews by creatives, change-makers, and artisans. This week, we welcome guest Michael Murphy discussing being a full-time independent musician, working with dancers at Jacksonville University and why he loves music so much. Michael also gave us a Taste Test exclusive - first listen of his newest song, "Act Like You've Scored" About Michael Murphy Michael Murphy started playing piano at the age of 3. He attended Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts and was awarded the prestigious Chopin award for composition and improvisation. Michael graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelors in Business Management. He is a producer, performer and teacher with students all over the country, original music on iTunes and plays all over North East Florida. With his loving wife, Michael has an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. He has been the Dance Musician at Jacksonville University since 2008; and has played at such northeast Florida venues as Seasons 52, Rhetts Piano Bar, The Tree Steakhouse, Enza’s, Vito’s, Santioni’s, Plantation at Ponte Vedra, San Jose Country Club and now River Club. Michael does special events such as the Florida/Georgia Tailgate party at Daily’s Place, Dueling Pianos at Dickens on Centre Street in Amelia Island, Jacksonville Art Walk and was one of the featured local entertainers for the 2005 Super Bowl. ________________________________ New episodes available every Wednesday on Spotify, Apple & Google podcasts, YouTube, the Anchor app and more! Listen here - https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive Submit any episode ideas or suggestions to tastetestlive@gmail.com! Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

32mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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S2 EP12 Introducing Producer Bishop Jones

Taste Test Live is a weekly music review podcast series hosted by Damien Lamar and his co-hosts Blue Franswa & MJbaker. The show features a revolving cast of local creatives, artists, singers, entrepreneurs, storytellers and more to discuss the diverse selection of local and international music tastes. This week, we  were join in the studio with the "Producer for the World: . . . Brian "Bishop" Jones worked with and produced tracks for T Pain, Young Cash,Tay Dizim, SHAWANNA & Twister, Bun B, Lil Boosie, Travis McCoy, and Juvenile to name a few. The views and opinions expressed are those of the host and talent of “Taste Test” or the “Taste Test Live” podcast and in no way represent the views, positions, and opinions expressed or implied of WJCT. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

1hr 7mins

23 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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S3 EP10 Singer-Songwriter Emanuel Jackson

This weekly music digestion podcast features in-depth discussions on culture, the influence of music, passion-filled opinions and hot topics along with interviews by creatives, change-makers, and artisans. This week's guest is singer/songwriter Emanuel Jackson from Jacksonville, Florida. He describes his music as "Bonfire Music'' (The type of music people enjoy sitting around the bonfire). Along with the top 40 covers, Emanuel also performs Soul, Pop, R&B, Country, and of course Bonfire Music and performs music as a solo artist or with his band.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

37mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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S3 EP8 Some Honeys Don't But This Honeydo with guest Colette Bing

Welcome back to another installment of your favorite music digestion podcast! This week, we had a special dedication to the late, basketball great and influencer, Kobe Bryant and discussed how he impacted each of us. During our Put This In Your Mouth segment, guest Colette Bing aka DJ Honeydo chimed in. Topics discussed: The Grammys, Tyler the Creator,  Billie Eilish, Tank and the Bangas, Lil Was X, Lizzo, Roc Nation brunch, Beyonce, Eminem. Originally from Seattle, WA, now as a Jacksonville influencer, Colette Bing figured out that she's a healer and creator. As a clinical massage therapist and "Player of Bop", she uses music and massage as her weapon. Follow Colette Bing/DJ Honeydo on Instagram: @fetty.davis --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

44mins

30 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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S3 EP4 Just Playing Games with Barbara Colaciello

We're back with a show we taped on January 14th, but just in time for our guest's birthday! Happy Birthday, Babs! We started off the show with our "Put This in Your Mouth" segment where Blue Franswa admitted that he's starting to realize his worth and the crew along with our guest discusses the when Meghan Markle And Prince Harry announced they are leaving The Royal Family. About Barbara Colaciello Multi-faceted artist and educator, Communication Coach, Dramatic Arts Educator, and Producer-Director Barbara Colaciello teaches the art of improvisation, guiding students to discover their voices, tell their stories, create collaboratively, and grow as leaders. Barbara brings a unique perspective and skill set to her teaching and writing utilizing her eclectic experiences and interests. Based on her extensive theater background, sales, and marketing experience and on Bab’s artistic journey as an actress, director, playwright, and educator, she has developed a process that promotes success through authenticity, focus, improvisation, and collaboration.Multi-faceted artist Barbara Colaciello began her career working with Andy Warhol for six years at the Factory in NYC as the Advertising Director of Interview Magazine.Barbara provides us first-hand insight on improv, the importance of “showing up” and ultimately having fun. Her home base, known as BABS’LAB is a place for experimentation, training, and performance. It’s a place inside the CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville, Florida that hosts readings, dinners, improv jams, listening parties, film screenings, concerts, and private parties. It is a place where the community comes together to witness work that uplifts, breaks barriers, and crosses lines. Babara Colaciello created Story Slams, a live storytelling friendly competition similar to poetry slams. Storytellers have 5 minutes each to tell a TRUE personal story based on a THEME chosen for the event without the use of notes.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

40mins

28 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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S3 EP1 First Taste of 2020

Happy New Year! The Taste Test Live crew is back! Taste Test Live features in-depth music discussion, passion-filled opinions, along with interviews by creatives, change-makers, and artisans. We have a new opening show and theme music and are glad to kick things off with two new segments. The crew discussed their New Year's Eve happenings and not-so-happenings, MJbaker breaks down why the "b" in her name is lowercase, and everyone's favorite segment, "Put This In Your Mouth" where Blue led with The Top 5 Music Moments of 2019 [source spectrumnews1.com]:   The Day the Music Burned The Death of Nipsey Hussle Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Takes Crossover to New Heights The Year of Lizzo Billie Eilish Spearheads Alt Revival.  "Have A Taste" segment Damien Lamar reviewed the January 5th 2020 show where he produced the radio show and invited guest curator and soul singer Chris Williams to the studio to share some of his hand-picked tunes. Here's the Spotify playlist in case you missed the radio show: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/69keZOKXyGPmkwEqKkwtgo?si=Ge-UFl-eRxWTf3GZnHMQIQ ________________________________ New episodes available every Wednesday on Spotify, Apple & Google podcasts, YouTube, the Anchor app and more! Listen here - https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive Submit any episode ideas or suggestions to tastetestlive@gmail.com! Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

40mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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S2 EP11 The Return of the Balance King

Taste Test Live is a weekly music review podcast series hosted by Damien Lamar and his co-hosts Blue Franswa & MJbaker. The show features a revolving cast of local creatives, artists, singers, entrepreneurs, storytellers and more to discuss the diverse selection of local and international music tastes. The Balance King is a sound curator, educator, composer, classically trained pianist, chemist, and trumpeter. He explores various disciplines and mediums to uncover the symbiotic relationship between virtuosity and invention. The Balance King has collaborated and curated with Mayo Clinic as a Research Scientist in a Protein Biochemistry lab studying aggregates of Alzheimer's Disease, Studio Allston Hotel, Jean Michel Basquiat's and Michael Holman's band Gray, Yellow House, King Britt, Jacksonville Public Libraries, Fashion photographer, Franklin Thompson and Tom Ford, Montessori Tides School, Liz Tran, Motif (interior design), Feeding Northeast Florida, Riverside Arts Market, Cool Moose Cafe, Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, Jacksonville Lantern Festival, and West End House among others, MOCA Jacksonville is committed to supporting the work and discovery of contemporary artists, including performing artists, in our city. The Balance King set on Thursday, Nov. 21 is a taste of their new music series which starts in December. Its focus is on the regional music scene, and to bring together people across the city downtown to enjoy some great music over a happy hour at the new MOCA CAFE, which is also set to open in December. Activating downtown with art and culture, food and drink, is what this new MOCA music series is all about. It will be happening every Thursday night from 5:30-7:00 starting in December, but you can come November 21 to my set and get a feel for what it’s all about. There will be cocktails and happy hour dining menu of lite bites available. Featured music selections in this episode: Neşe Karaböcek - Yali Yali (Todd Terje Edit) Daniel "Venom" Maunick -  (B1) Until the End The views and opinions expressed are those of the host and talent of “Taste Test” or the “Taste Test Live” podcast and in no way represent the views, positions, and opinions expressed or implied of WJCT. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

27mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 39: The Power of Women and Words with guests Christina Parrish Stone and Ebony Payne English

After a full day delay of our podcast, we are proud to present a special 2-hour show with guests: two managing directors, Christina Parrish Stone from Friends of Hemming Park and Ebony Payne-English with The Performers Academy. These influential women joined the hosts to discuss collaborating with Hope At Hand and the Florida Humanities Council on National Poetry Month, Jax Poetry Fest kickoff at Downtown Jacksonville's First Wednesday Art Walk and a closing ceremony with Peabody & Emmy winning poet and writer, Al Letson on April 27th in Hemming Park. Put This In Your Mouth segmentJussie Smollett case dropped of all 16 charges.Justin Bieber posted that he was stepping away from music to focus on his marriage and his personal life.There was a surprise proposal on American IdolCardi B admitted to robbing and drugging men when she was a stripper Interview Notes:What is Christina doing now? She says "working with Hemming Park has been one of the best experiences"Jax Poetry Fest - partnering with Performers Academy and Hope at Hand, Inc.This year a lot of events will be held in Hemming ParkWhat is it like living in Springfield? She’s loved it. A friend of hers wrote a piece for HuffPost about how Jacksonville has so many distinct neighborhoods but nothing going on downtownShe’s always loved art, she studied art as a child. Her mother was a writer and artist but Christina didn’t get super into art till she became part of SPARSculpture Project in Hemming Park: 3 separate sculptures being put into the park this summer. Hemming Park teamed up with UNF, all three sculptures are made by studentsCollaboration is key Ebony Payne English is a literary artist with several awards. As acting Managing Director of The Performers Academy, she has been featured in many different types of digital media. She has a discography of 5 albums to dateEbony’s involvement with Jax Poetry Month, a lot of nationally recognized poets are Jax nativesPerformance Academy teaches troubled kids poetry much like Hope at HandWhat to look forward to in April? Festival kicks off on April 3, in the Jax Makerspace inside the main library in downtown Jacksonville. There will be poetry performances all night. On April 7, MOCA Jacksonville a performance of “The God MC” will be held in their auditoriumAs two women in leadership are there any struggles?Christina says there is one advantage of being a woman: we tend to be more collaborativeChristina faces more struggles being a woman when she was in the banking and law workforce.Ebony says: she has the ability to be a master creator not because she has a wombEbony recently became a mother, how has being a mother changed her? “There is no good like motherhood” It has changed her completely. Her child is the most important and closest person in her inner circle. About Christina Parrish StoneChristina is a long-time advocate for Jacksonville’s urban neighborhoods, with significant experience in historic preservation and the use of arts and culture as tools for community development. A resident of Historic Springfield, she retired from a twenty-year career as an attorney specializing in real estate law, served as executive director of the Springfield Preservation and Revitalization for 7 years and now serves as Managing Director of Friends of Hemming Park, a nonprofit organization contracted with the city to revitalize the park in the center of Downtown. Christina was responsible for founding Jacksonville PorchFest, an annual music festival that brings thousands of people to Springfield to enjoy dozens of performances on porches and in parks throughout the historic district. A board member or chair of several other civic organizations, Christina recently completed her goal of visiting each of the fifty United States and believes Jacksonville is poised to end its reign as America’s most underrated, unappreciated, and misunderstood city. About Ebony Payne-EnglishEbony Payne-English is a literary artist--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

1hr 39mins

29 Mar 2019

Rank #13

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S2 S9: Who Really Let the Dogs Out?

Producer, songwriter and music lover with deep roots in Northeast Florida, Joe Gonzalez aka Papa Wheelie shares his story behind the song "Who Let the Dogs Out," which became a hit for the Bahamian group Baha Men in 1998.    “Sunshine is all it takes to illuminate. I’m not on the hunt for anything. But there’s definitely some things in the dark. So, I’m glad this movie’s out there to help highlight the reality….It was the hook so good that everyone wanted it.” — Joe Gonzalez Joe recounts how he and his friend began as two rappers who met at the Westside Skills Center, where they studied commercial art, but Joe's upbringing in a converted funeral home allowed him to explore music differently which led him to become a beatmaker for Brett's raps. See the Jacksonville premiere of “Who Let The Dogs Out” documentary at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St. in Five Points. It’s a benefit for hurricane relief in the Bahamas. Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/jaxdogs https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9617782/ Follow us on social media @tastetestradio and visit our website www.tastetest.live--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

51mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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S2 EP8: "Put This In Your Mouth"

Taste Test Live is your music digestion podcast! Hosted by singer, radio presenter & producer, Damien Lamar along with his co-hosts, Blue Franswa, photographer and serial-entrepreneur & songstress, MJbaker. Taste Test Live features in-depth music discussion, passion-filled opinions, and interviews by creatives, change-makers, exclusive tracks and more.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

19mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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S2: EP6 ‘Filmmaker, Actor and Voice-Actor Jazz Walker on Making a Film About Depression and Working on the set of 'Bad Boys 3'

Taste Test Live is a weekly music review podcast series hosted by Damien Lamar and his co-hosts Blue Franswa & MJbaker. The show features a revolving cast of local creatives, artists, singers, entrepreneurs, story-tellers and more to discuss the diverse selection of local and international music tastes. Filmmaker, Voice-Actor, Actor and above all else a Procrastinator in all those things Jazz Walker joins the hosts to discuss the release of his 13-minute film, "A GOOD MOURNING" Synopsis: With her husband no longer around, Brooke, struggles to find peace when dreams and memories plague her. Her closest friends take her out on the town in hopes of distracting her. The movie will be available for viewing online on November 1, 2019 (Jazz's birthday) Here is the trailer link: https://www.facebook.com/jazzwalkerr/videos/739783419767309/ Business: cjazzwalker@gmail.com Snapchat: cjazzwalker Instagram: cjazzwalker Twitter: Jazz_Walker YouTube: JazzWalkerFilms If you want to be guest on the show, please email tastetestlive [at] gmail.com for consideration and instructions. The views and opinions expressed are those of the host and talent of “Taste Test” or the “Taste Test Live” podcast and in no way represent the views, positions and opinions expressed or implied of WJCT. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

44mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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S2: EP5 - Creative Tasting Session with Emerging Artist and Arts Educator Erin Kendrick

👏👏New Podcast Episode! 👏👏 Taste Test Live is a weekly music review podcast series hosted by Damien Lamar and his co-hosts Blue Franswa & MJbaker. The show features a revolving cast of local creatives, artists, singers, entrepreneurs, story-tellers and more to discuss the diverse selection of local and international music tastes. Tuesday night was jammed packed with fun and the most interesting conversations! This week's "Put This In Your Mouth" segment the crew reviews the latest in industry updates & music news with several laughs. Topics include details about the new Coming to America sequel, Tyler Perry Studios, Monica Arnold and Shannon Brown divorce, possible new music from Justin Bieber, and Grammy-winning gospel artist Kirk franklin edited by GMA (Dove Awards) Also on this week’s episode, we sat down and discuss arts, education and had a creative tasting session with Erin Kendrick.  About Erin Kendrick Erin Kendrick is a visual artist and arts educator from Jacksonville, Florida. Her color-rich, acrylic ink-stained works of art and transformative installations seek to inspire a dialogue about contemporary spectatorship and the power of language as it relates to perceptions of and about black women. She has exhibited work in museums, galleries and alternative spaces throughout the southeastern United States. After receiving her formal art training at Florida State University (BFA, Studio Art, 1999) and Georgia State University (MFA, Drawing & Painting, 2003), she worked for many years as a Studio Artist and Arts Educator in Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently the Lead Visual Art Instructor at Jacksonville Arts & Music School and a Teacher Artist for Cathedral Arts Project. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Florida, Columbia College Jacksonville, and an art teacher for Duval County Public Schools. Erin was recently named the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s 2019 Art Educator of the Year. In 2018, she was voted Best Visual Artist, Best Art Exhibition, and Best Arts Educator in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax 2018 poll. She is a former Community First Foundation Art Ventures Individual Artist Grant recipient, a two-time “Lift Every Student” Artist-In-Residence grant recipient and a member of the Arts Advisory Board for DCPS. Erin maintains a studio at CoRK Arts District. Her current initiative, Artists Types, helps practicing artists with career advancement by providing workshops, mini-courses, and templates for CV writing, artist statements, proposals, and more. As an educator she lives by Elbert Hubbard’s quote, “Art is not a thing. It is a way.” Listen and subscribe now to stay updated on all things tasty! Search "Taste Test Live" and subscribe on Anchor, Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and more! If you want to be guest on the show, please email tastetestlive [at] gmail.com for consideration and instructions.  Damien Lamar (Host, Executive Producer & Audio Engineer) Blue Franswa (co-Host) MJbaker (co-Host) Jihan Grant White (show music) Vanderboogie by duckett (c) copyright 2014 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/duckett/48177 Ft: magmavander The views and opinions expressed are those of the host and talent of “Taste Test” or the “Taste Test Live” podcast and in no way represent the views, positions and opinions expressed or implied of WJCT. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

44mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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S2: EP3 Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer Zo!

This week's tasty show is a bonus! Listen to an exclusive Taste Test Live podcast interview with multi-instrumentalist, producer and Zo! – who dropped by the station to promote his new LP “Fourfront” and discussed working with Phonte, LittleBrother, Carmen Rodgers, Madison Mcferrin, Sy Smith and producing The Foreign ExchangeMajor shout out to Al Pete, the mastermind who orchestrated bringing an underrated producer to our city & to the sultry Megan Baker (MJbaker) for being an awesome co-host.Follow “Taste Test Live” where ever you listen to your podcast!Taste Test Live is executive produced by Damien Lamar and produced by Professorclock Media. About Zo!1. Detroit-born, Metro DC-based musician/producer Lorenzo Ferguson.2. An exceptionally talented multi-instrumentalist who claims the piano/keyboard as his primary instrument, but is self-taught on the bass guitar, the drums, and most recently the guitar.3. A Musical Architect who utilizes all sound elements to form original compositions that can be classified under no single genre of music.Though largely known for his solo work and a catalog that dates back to 2001, Zo! has collaborated with a variety of artists from the likes of GRAMMY-winning musician/producer/musical director Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, two-time GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Eric Roberson, Phonte, Anthony David and Sy Smith to Slum Village, Platinum Pied Pipers and Little Brother. In 2008, he became the Musical Director for the touring band that accompanies GRAMMY-nominated duo The Foreign Exchange.After relocating from Michigan to Maryland on February 10, 2006, Zo! released what would become the first in a series of three remake EPs entitled, ...just visiting. At the end of 2006, Zo! completed the production work for yet another instrumental album, Freelance - a 15-track creative spectrum of work once again showcases Zo!'s abilities not only as a talented multi-instrumentalist but as a dedicated composer who has a deep appreciation for the art of creating music.As 2005 came to a close, Zo! met and began working with Phonte Coleman (then of Little Brother). Little did they know, a solid working foundation was being built for what would lead to larger-scaled future collaborations with Zo! contributing production work to Little Brother on their 2007 Getback album ("When Everything Is New") and The Foreign Exchange's acclaimed 2008 Leave It All Behind LP ("If She Breaks Your Heart"), their 2010 Authenticity LP ("Fight For Love"), and their 2013 release Love In Flying Colors ("Listen To The Rain"). In the summer of 2008, Zo! and Phonte teamed up to release their limited edition album and ode to 80's music entitled Zo! & Tigallo Love the 80's. Official Website: https://zo3hree5ive.com/Follow Zo! on Social MediaTwitter: https://twitter.com/zo3hree5iveInstagram https://www.instagram.com/zo3hree5ive.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZoMusicFourFront album • Music for @ShermansShow • Score for #TheTakeover • #MakingSkyBreak Documentary • #FEMusic • Booking: Zack Johnson - zack@empireagency.com. The views and opinions expressed are those of the host and talent of “Taste Test” or the “Taste Test Live” podcast and in no way represent the views, positions, and opinions expressed or implied of WJCT.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

23mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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S2: EP2 Genius Conversations with Photographer Toni Smailagić

👏👏👏 New Podcast Episode Released! 👏Tuesday night was jammed packed with fun and filled with the most interesting conversations! On this week’s episode, it’s the first time we had TWO PHOTOGRAPHERS on the mic!!!  Cre8Jax founder, Toni Smailagić joined us for an insightful full-length 1-hour interview. In addition, Blue Franswa kicked things off and stirred up all kinds of emotions with this week's "Put This In Your Mouth" segment that was solely about the genius of Yeezuz aka Kanye West.Smailagić also discusses the new preorder campaign he launched to fund his first book of photography publishing. You can read more about the project and order a copy here.Click play below to watch "Smailagić introduce Introducing Jacksonville to Jacksonville".--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

1hr 16mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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Episode 48 - Singer-songwriter Jessica Leigh Walton

Put This In Your Mouth Rihanna and Drake will not be doing a collab on her new album, she’s working on a new album that will be an all reggae album.Ciara recently was accepted into the Ivy League school Harvard. (Essence Magazine)Kim and Kanye finally announced the name of their baby, Psalm West. MediaTakeout reported that Steve Harvey will likely be losing his job. Grammy award-winning DJ Maseo of legendary Afrocentric rap group De La Soul, is teaming up with SSH Investments to build a budding pizza franchise. Pierre's Eatery is a unique culinary mix of French, Greek and Italian food all made fresh daily from top quality ingredients. Pierre's only serves meat from humanely treated animals – there is no pork on site – which results in delicious culinary twists such as an all-beef pepperoni pizza. Each franchise also features its sister store Three Layers Café, which brings a community coffee house feel and delicious treats such as the famous J Squared dessert – nicknamed "crack on a plate" by the Florida Times Union due to its obsessive following.DJ Maseo will be leading the opening of 54 stores nationwide in the coming year. For more information, visit www.pierreseatery.com.About Jessica Leigh Walton:Jessica Leigh Walton is an accomplished Jacksonville recording artist. As a singer-songwriter she's recorded two albums and opened for bands such as: Jethro Tull, Vonda Shepard, Dan Fogelberg, and Doyle Dykes to name a few. She even recorded and performed with Janis Joplin's band, Big Brother and the Holding Company. As a vocal graduate of Douglas Anderson and a student at North Carolina School of the Arts, she studied singing in the following various styles: Opera, Blues, Musical Theater, Jazz and World Music. Jessica Leigh continues to build her varied repertoire while songwriting and maintaining independent music studies. Currently, you can hear her doing backup vocals with Mama Blue as well as maintaining performances as a solo artist."Guest Interview: Jessica Leigh WaltonThe first step in her career was at 15 when she picked up a guitar. Her dad helped facilitate her interest in guitar. Her dad was actually the first person to record her in his studio. Her dad who owned a guitar shop surprisingly didn’t play guitar. Jessica has two kids, 18 & 19, who are both musicians as well. She chose to find someone to teach her daughter guitar instead of being a dictatorial mother trying to teach her guitar.Once she started managing herself she was exposed to so many more genres. She idolized Janis Joplin, she was actually able to perform with Joplin’s band. One of the songs on her second album was a song that Joplin was actually supposed to sing.She sings backup for Mama Blue. They’ve been friends since high school at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where they both attended.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/message

46mins

26 May 2019

Rank #20