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S3 EP17 - We're Not Worried About It (Social Distancing Issue #2)
This week's "Put This In Your Mouth" segment we paid a discussed a bunch stuff: Drake's new single “Toosie Slide” which all started with a DM, Damien Lamar recaps watching the Instagram Livestream of "Girls with Guitars" curated by HER Music, Brandy posts a photo of her in a studio session, possibly hinting at new music, Damien Lamar also pays tribute to @Bill Withers who recently passed away from heart complications, MJbaker Music shares a snippet of her newest single "Not Worried About It" which she plans to release soon, Erykah Badu performs an exclusive, interactive 3-hour live-stream concert through her "Badu World Market" website for $2 and blows fans away. Blue Franswa asks: "Who had the better 'battle'? Scott Storch vs Mannie Fresh or T-Pain vs Lil Jon? Comment and let us know your thoughts!
April 9, 2020
S3 EP 15 Introducing Che Forreign - Lyricist, Writer, Vocalist & Activist
New podcast alert! We're kicking off #womenshistorymonth and it's "All About Che" (pronounced CHEE)! Lyricist, writer, vocalist, activist who is no stranger to the word “Expressionism”. She considers herself an expressionist, which, by definition is a painter, writer, or composer who is an exponent of expressionism, seeking to express through their work the inner world of emotion rather than external reality. Che’s cornerstone is most experienced through live performance, often memorable and heartfelt by audiences all over. Che lives and breathes through the lifeline of creativity. From California to New York, Che has had the pleasure of collaborating and performing with many great artists, which is vital to the life of a living canvas. She is the leading lady and ⅕ of L.O.V.E. Culture, an eclectic Hip-Hop Collective out of Jacksonville, and Âœ of experimental RnB duo, FRANKIE with Rob Mari. It is with these many identities she continues to evolve and reinvent herself - there is simply no box, only a universe that she has made her playground. Learn more about Che Forreign by visiting: Follow her on Instagram & Twitter: @allofche
March 6, 2020
S3 EP15 Introducing Vocalist, Songwriter & Educator Kiaya Cash
Taste Test Live is your music digestion podcast! Hosted by singer, radio presenter & producer, Damien Lamar along with his co-host, 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. This week, we're joined in the studio with the lovely, new artist and singer-songwriter Kiaya Cash who brought a Taste Test Exclusive. We were the first to share the song ahead of its release! Listen to the full interview and hear Kiaya's debut single and Jill Scott remake "Comes to the Light", ahead of her new forthcoming album!  Kiaya Cash is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. She is a professional vocalist, background singer and music instructor.  Her performances include recent guest appearances at the 2018 Jacksonville Jazz Festival with Ulysses Owens Three and the Jazz Series at the Ben Tucker Pavilion in Georgia. Kiaya is currently the Choral Instructor for the Don’t Miss a Beat organization in their Academy of the Arts program where she has been providing instruction for the last four years. She is featured on numerous albums and is currently working on her debut album with music director Liston Gregory III. “Comes to the Light” is currently available on all digital outlets. Follow Kiaya Cash on Instagram at Check out S3 EP14 PUT THIS IN YOUR MOUTH with commentary by guest Kiaya Cash
March 2, 2020
S3 EP14 PUT THIS IN YOUR MOUTH featuring commentary by guest Kiaya Cash
Taste Test Live is a weekly music review podcast series hosted by @damien.lamar along with m co-@BlueFranswa & @mjbakermusic . 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. This week, we're joined in the studio with the lovely, new artist Kiaya Cash who chopped it up with us on our "Put This In Your Mouth" segment. We discussed how the March 2020 issue of Rolling Stone magazine featured SZA, Megan Thee Stallion, and Normani on the cover, Billboard reported that Justin Bieber Earns Seventh No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Changes, Diddy is planning to bring the hit MTV show "Making the Band" back to TV and has already announced official audition dates, plus news on how Boosie Badazz wasn't feeling Dwayne Wade and Gabriel Union's decision to support his 12-year old child Zaya who recently came out as a transgender girl. Plus - on Saturday, Feburary 29th, we'll be closing out #BlackHistoryMonth with a full interview with rising star @kiayacashmusic who dropped by the studio to bless our ears with the new debut single produced by @ulyssesowensjr_ and they presented their flawless execution of the celebrated @jillscott cover, “Comes to the Light” - officially out March 1, 2020. We were all blown away by her version. You will be, too.
February 27, 2020
BONUS: DJ Mas Appeal - Sound Bending Sensai (Taste Test Mix)
Taste Test Live podcast is back! We've returned for the latest pop culture and music entertainment news. Taste Test Live features in-depth music discussion, passion-filled opinions, and interviews by creatives, change-makers, exclusive tracks and more. BONUS: EXCLUSIVE MIX curated and mixed by DJ Mas Appeal features the brand new LPT Track (Sin Parar) that plays at 24:20 is an EXCLUSIVE Remix that has not played ANYWHERE yet and will be showcased exclusively on Taste Test!! Photosynthesis - Saba; Jean Deaux Am I The One - Dualib Napkins - Riz La Vie Yazmin Lacey - 90 Degrees Amazonas - Smooth Operator 3000 The Road - Lotch Brown Sugar (Bonus Track) [Prod. Amerigo Gazaway] - D'Angelo City Samba - Konteks Chuckee - Christmas in Brazil Sin Parar (SHNKY Remix) - LPT 16 July In The Sky ft. Paten Locke - Batsauce Place in My Heart - Taylor McFerrin
February 20, 2020
S3 EP12 Sound-Bending Sensei DJ Mas Appeal
Emcee/Radio Host/ Event Organizer and #Soundbenders, Mas Appeal is a living legend among Northeast Florida’s independent artist’s community.  His accomplishments boast contributions from some of independent music's most sought after Beatmakers and MCs like Willie Evans, Jr., Batsauce, Johnny Quest, Arsun F!st, Midaz, Reach and Mas Appeal's Simple Complexity partner in rhyme, Tough Junkie, just to name a few.  as the host of The Lyricist Hour Podcast and Webcast, a show dedicated to providing exposure for underground and independent Hip-Hop artists, like himself and also as one half of the critically acclaimed Hip-Hop duo, Simple Complexity, with whom he released four albums. He is also the creator and event organizer of Summertime in the City! To add to an already full plate of accomplishments, Mas Appeal is the Creator and Brains behind the "Hip Hop & Hookah" Brand!  He moved to Jacksonville in the early 2000s and has been an ambassador for Hip Hop in the City ever since.  From Podcasting to Promoting, his passion for music fuels his desire to create and host different events in the city!  After opening a mobile hookah company, he quickly tied the two things he loved to do together; Hip Hop & Hookah!  He has been hosting a weekly Hip Hop & Hookah Event since 2013!   On February 21, Hip Hop & Hookah Presents "Going Donus for Dilla" at Spliff’s Gastropub from 6-9 PM! Come Celebrate one of Hip Hop's most respected producers in the game!  The late and great J Dilla aka James Yancey was a Legendary Producer/Emcee loved by many!  We will celebrate his life by playing his music and some of the samples he used!  DJ's Lunaxcel & Mas Appeal will be on the Decks spinning the hits! There will be Donuts!!!  Come Cheers up with us and as always, No Cover/$15 Hookahs/Full Bar and Menu and Dope Vibes Guaranteed! And on March 5, catch Mas Appeal at Wildcrafters for SoundCloud Sessions 100th Episode featuring Rashon Medlock’s new album “Hims”. Get drunk on love at the trending booze-free bar as he spins the new episode!  BONUS: Check out the Sound-Bending Sensei (Taste Test Mix) curated by DJ Mas Appeal - Listen here Give him a follow @MasAppeal on all social media platforms to keep up!
February 20, 2020
S3 EP11 PUT THIS IN YOUR MOUTH "The Puh and Fuh" featuring commentary by guest DJ Mas Appeal
Oh – it’s really “Taste Test Live!” – you’ll definitely want to hear this week’s music digestion session. This week’s “Put This In Your Mouth” segment is sexy, funny and filling. Dig into the news like a chunk of chocolate cake with the latest hot topics and music news and culture. We were joined in the studio with DJ Mas Appeal who added his flavor to the music industry commentary. Mas Appeal is the Creator and Brains behind the “Hip Hop & Hookah” Brand! He moved to Jacksonville in early 2000s and has been an ambassador for Hip Hop in the City ever since. From podcasting to promoting, his passion for music fuels his desire to create and host different events in the city! — Blue Franswa starts things off with borderline explicit sexual innuendos and admits that he needs to makes sure he does his part in the bedroom — slowly
 — Chris Brown Posts & Deletes Old Video Clip Of Himself And Karrueche As She Celebrates Valentine’s Day With Boyfriend Victor Cruz — Snoop Dogg apologizes to Gayle King and attacks here character after seeing her interview with Lisa Leslie. — Erykah “On and On” Badu is changing the game again with the upcoming premiere of her new online store: “Badu World Market” launches on 02.20.2020.  Fans worldwide will finally have a chance to get their hands on E. Badu’s new premium incense and perfume line BADU PU$$Y along with her new clothing line, accessories and fake fur coats! In an interview with 10 Magazine, Erykah Badu said: “I took lots of pairs of my panties, cut them up into little pieces and burned them. Even the ash is part of it
The people deserve it. There’s an urban legend that my pussy changes men. The men that I fall in love with, and fall in love with me, change jobs and lives.” Damien Lamar references the Sway in the Morning interview where Erykah Badu says “cranberry juice promotes a sweet vagina”. Well, Ms. Badu’s “Puh and Fuh” will finally be available for sale! — Jay Electronica hints at dropping a new album. Maybe it will be released through Badu’s new store? Who knows? Either way, the new web store debuts 2.20.2020 at Finally, producer Rick Boss plans to release a new film that claims Tupac Shakur is alive and well in New Mexico.S3 EP11 The Puh and Fuh – Put This In Your Mouth segment with guest DJ Mas Appeal
February 20, 2020
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.
February 13, 2020
S3 EP9 Celebrating Black History Month with Dancethropologist Christa Fatoumata Sylla
Taste Test Live podcast is back! We've returned for the latest pop culture and music entertainment news. To kick off Black History Month, we were joined in the studio with Jacksonville-based African Dance Instructor and culture contributor, Christa Sylla. Christa chimed in on our segment and later shares her personal spiritual journey, dancework, working with a local Afrodance and music movement. This week's "Put This in Your Mouth" topics include: Tribute to honor the legacy of rock hitmaker & songwriter, Chuck Berry airing on PBS on February 29, 2020 People are reportedly upset and very angry at Nicki Minaj for her song lyrics Wendy Williams goes off on Jay-Z for not standing up during Demi Lovato's performance of the National Anthem J. Lo & Shakir's Super Bowl performances were "a concoction of Afro-Beat, Bachata and were a strong variation or copy of African-Colombian dance incorporated that was entertaining and political at the same time Demi Lovato's performance gets compared to that of Whitney Houston About Christa Fatoumata Sylla Christa, or "Fatou" as she is often called on the African Dance Scene is the founder and director of Nan Nkama Pan-African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Christa has been sharing cultural dance with the Jacksonville community for over 15 years and has received notoriety for her warm and passionate personality and energetic, moving choreography. Christa joined the dance faculty at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in 2015 as a World Dance Studies instructor and has taught master classes at DASOTA, Lavilla School of the Arts, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University and more. She has been an instructor/choreographer at Jacksonville Centre of the Arts for over a decade and periodically does master classes for other institutions out of the city. She has traveled internationally for dance exchanges in Guinea, West Africa; Jacmel and Port au Prince, Haiti; and Limon and San Jose, Costa Rica. More on her work can be found at
February 8, 2020
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
January 30, 2020
S3 EP6 Civics Lessons with Lashonda "LJ" Holloway
Lj Holloway (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. House to represent Florida's 5th Congressional District. She declared candidacy for the Democratic primary on August 18, 2020. She stopped to discuss her campaign, and candidly shared the importance of voting and offers a really understandable, relatable message on civic engagement and why she began a career in politics. About Lashonda Holloway LaShonda "Lj" HOLLOWAY has launched a People Powered Campaign to Rise Up against the status quo of Underachieving Politicians in Florida's Fifth Congressional District.  She is the ONLY Candidate who resides in Duval County and is a former Capitol Hill staffer. LaShonda knows firsthand how Members kowtow to Lobbyists. Frustrated with a Congress that offers thoughts and prayers rather than Gun Sense Legislation, Holloway plans to return to the Hill to more effectively REPRESENT the People of the Fifth Congressional District.   As a Government professional in Corporate America, she sold the largest deal in History to United States Customs as an Executive at Lexis Nexis, to wit, then--4 Star General Colin Powell after 9/11 said, "Thanks to Lexis Nexis we were able to track down Al-Qaeda."   LaShonda J. HOLLOWAY is the Founder of All About HealthCARE Advocates and is the host of the LJ Holloway Show. She is the ONLY candidate in the race who resides in Duval County and is determined to bring the seat back to Jacksonville. She started All About HealthCARE Advocates after overcoming a Brain tumor and has awarded more than 40 Scholarships through The Celebration of Life Annual Benefit to Students who major in Health or Science.    Holloway has always spoken TRUTH to POWER as she helped form a group at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called "NO FEAR" that resulted in the NO FEAR ACT that provided Whistle Blower protections to Scientists that has since been repealed.  QUOTE: Holloway said, “we’re going into a new decade and can't have the same old Members of Congress afraid to effectuate change in the best interest of the People. After all, Schools should be a safe haven, not a place for mass shootings. To learn more about LJ Holloway, visit her website at
January 28, 2020
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, Check out this quick example of Ulysses teaching in this Open Studio video on playing with brushes.
January 28, 2020
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.
January 28, 2020
S3 EP3 Community Organizer & Cultural Maven Shawana Brooks
Back for our third show with the most interesting black woman in Jacksonville, Shawana Brooks. She joined the Taste Test Live crew to discuss her recent career change and starting a new chapter with JAMS (JAMS - Jacksonville Arts & Music School) a 17,000 square feet campus for the arts and leadership development.  Shawana Brooks is the new Development Director for the organization whose mission is to inspire Jacksonville’s talented innercity youth and young professionals to become their wildest dreams.  "Shawana radiates creativity. She is a poet, storyteller, and devout advocate for the arts. As an advocate, Shawana passionately campaigns for progression of not only the arts and culture sector but the city at large, by way of inclusion of both women and minorities." - Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville ________________________________ New episodes available every Wednesday on Spotify, Apple & Google podcasts, YouTube, the Anchor app and more! Listen here - any episode ideas or suggestions to!
January 10, 2020
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 - Submit any episode ideas or suggestions to!
January 7, 2020
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]:   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: ________________________________ New episodes available every Wednesday on Spotify, Apple & Google podcasts, YouTube, the Anchor app and more! Listen here - Submit any episode ideas or suggestions to!
January 7, 2020
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. Genasis About Chris Williams Chris 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)
December 14, 2019
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 Follow her on Instagram: @trinity.estelle
December 12, 2019
S2 EP14: The Life of Robert Arleigh White
We're back for another solid week of tasty interviews with a brand new post-Thanksgiving music digestion session with Artist Advocate and Educator, Robert Arleigh White. MJbaker discussed the alternative music set she provided for her family on Turkey Day, Damien Lamar had his first "White Thanksgiving" and BlueFranswa offered tons of laughs on this episode. About Robert Arleigh White Robert Arleigh White, Principal with Robert Arleigh White + Associates, has over twenty-five years’ experience overseeing and advising nonprofit arts organizations in North Florida where he has also been active in promoting a host of arts-related, community and civil rights initiatives.  In recognition of over 20 years of successful legislative and community advocacy, the City of Jacksonville named August 12 “Robert Arleigh White Day” and Jacksonville’s City Council similarly authorized a resolution in his honor.  Additionally, the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, where he served as executive director from 2000 to 2013, named its most prestigious award, The Robert Arleigh White Award for Advocacy.  Previously, Bob served as the Executive and Artistic Director for Theatre Jacksonville where he was directly responsible for the artistic direction of fifty plays and worked to produce dozens more.  A recognized artist in his own right, Bob has received numerous awards for his performances and directorial undertakings. He continues to collaborate with Charlotte Mabrey, until recently the Principal Percussionist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, in performance and story-telling events. He has also collaborated with Barbara Colaciello, first as Director of her one-woman performance piece, Life on the Diagonal, and also as a storyteller. Bob began his career in Northeast Florida as a teacher, first at Wolfson and later at Fletcher High School, where he loved learning from his students.
December 12, 2019
BONUS: Have a Taste of "Art Nuggets" at CoRK Open Studios 7
We went LIVE at Have a taste of “captured essence!” We popped open the cork and decided to spontaneously record a few conversations and interview a handful of our favorite “movers and shakers.”  The atmosphere at CoRK Open Studios - Year 7 was lit! Among the hundreds of creatives and supporters who attended, we had conversations with founder and creator of Mister Peterson's Neighborhood/The Groove Suite podcast, Mr. Al Pete, artist, and arts educator Erin Kendrick, plus meet videographer and promoter Javaris “westmcfly” Weston,  Founder & Director of Yellow House, Hope McMath, and Pastor Jay Harris, owner and creative director at Strght & Nrrw and his collaborator Amy Donofrio founder of the EVAC Movement, a crusade of hope co-led by young men. Put this in your mouth!
November 24, 2019
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.
November 23, 2019
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: NeƟe 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.
November 20, 2019
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.
November 15, 2019
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:  Follow us on social media @tastetestradio and visit our website
November 13, 2019
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.
November 11, 2019
S2: EP7 For the Love of Music with Bassist and Multi-Instrumentalist Lawrence Buckner
This week, we were joined in the studio with Bassist and Multi-Instrumentalist Lawrence Buckner who discussed his love for music, music education as well as the importance of unity and solidarity among musicians. About Lawrence Buckner: A U.S Army veteran, bassist, vocalist, songwriter, producer; Lawrence performs and records in a variety of musical situations. He has worked on movie soundtracks and jingles and currently tours with Mark Farner formerly of Grand Funk Railroad. He ha shared the stage with The Doors, Journey, Styxx, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Brandford Marsalis, and many other acts. He has numerous appearances as sideman and leader at Jazz Festivals in the United States and Europe. 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. If you want to be guest on the show, please email tastetestlive [at] 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.
November 7, 2019
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: Business: Snapchat: cjazzwalker Instagram: cjazzwalker Twitter: Jazz_Walker YouTube: JazzWalkerFilms If you want to be guest on the show, please email tastetestlive [at] 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.
October 31, 2019
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] 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. 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.
October 31, 2019
S2: EP4 Put This In Your Mouth segment plus hosts of the inaugural Jacksonville event, DĂźner en Blanc
Taste Test Live crew is back for another hilarious show featuring Blue Franswa's favorite segment: "Put This In Your Mouth". This week's topics of discussion include Frank Ocean's new music, Ella's Mai's Good Morning America announcement that she's hosting the 2019 American Music Awards, Grammy-nominated rapper, Nikki Minaj marries Kenneth Perry; Steve Harvey's daughter Lori Harvey allegedly hitting a parked vehicle and was arrested, Transgender activists and allies had publicly urged Proctor & Gamble to remove its Venus symbol from its sanitary products, Lyricist Tobe Nwigwe “ The Ivory Tour’ coming to Jacksonville to The Murray Hill Theatre on December 13, 2019.  Plus a bonus interview with Markesha Fuller and Lauren Maddox, hosts for the Jacksonville event "Düner en Blanc" . "At the last minute, the secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where “Düner en Blanc” will take place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space. Over the course of the evening, guests experience the beauty and value of their city's public spaces by participating in the unexpected. Beyond the spectacle and elegance of the dinner itself, guests are brought together from diverse backgrounds by good taste and a love of beauty. Le Düner en Blanc recalls the elegance and glamor of high French society, and guests engage one another, knowing that they are taking part in a truly magical event. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic—only amazed and astonished looks from passersby observing the scene before them. And participants, like spectators, wonder whether it's all not a dream
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October 29, 2019
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 Exchange Major 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: Follow Zo! on Social Media Twitter: Instagram Facebook: FourFront album ‱ Music for @ShermansShow ‱ Score for #TheTakeover ‱ #MakingSkyBreak Documentary ‱ #FEMusic ‱ Booking: Zack Johnson -   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.
October 25, 2019
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".
October 3, 2019
S2: EP1 - Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with guest Yanira Cardona from YaYa Productions
🌟NEW EPISODE!🌟 We've been away and are kicking off our second season with the first episode which happens to be released during Hispanic Heritage Month! Hear a Taste Test Live-exclusive interview with the Latina influencer, media maven and founder of YaYa Productions, Yanira Cardona. We're so excited to have an opportunity to have a fun, yet candid discussion about growing up in Puerto Rico, her family, time in music and media and FOOD!   Yanira Cardona Bio Since the age of 17, Yanira Cardona has worked in radio. She's worked in AM and FM stations, from low power to commercial stations. Once she realized her love for radio, she decided to attend Full Sail University graduating as the Advance Achiever of her 2012 class; Receiving her AA in Recording Arts and Bachelor in Music Business. As soon as Yanira graduated, she already had an internship lined up with the record label, Universal Music Group Latino in their Marketing and Public Relations department. There she worked on a project of Alejandro Sanz, Luis Fonsi, Marco Antonio Solis, Juan Gabriel, Juanes and many more. While working with UMG Latino, she got offered a job as Junior Marketing Manager and Publicist for Acoustyle Marketing. They worked for Pina Records with artists such as Arcangel, Zion y Lenox, Plan B, Elvis Crespo, and many more. Although she was content with her job, she couldn’t resist an offer to work as the Marketing and Sales Accounts Manager for Norman Media Group in Jacksonville, Fl. There, Yanira organized 3 back to back festival called “Jacksonville Hot Summer Fiesta”, where over 10,000 people attended. Yanira was also the Manager for the first 24-hour Reggeaton radio station, Urbana FM in Orlando, Fl. Yanira now lives in Jacksonville, FL where she started her own Marketing and Promotions company called “Yaya Productions” and is the Promotions Director for the Urban and Latin Stations for iHeart Media Jacksonville. She created a Hispanic Festival named Viva La Fiesta which celebrates the Hispanic Culture. She just won First Coast Hispanic Chambers of Commerce 2019 Rising Star Award. Yanira loves to work with and for the community. Her dream is to see her city united no matter the race or financial status!   Want more Taste Test Live? SUBSCRIBE NOW to get notified when we release an episode! #TasteTestLive podcast is now available wherever you listen to your podcast.💙   If you want to get behind-the-scenes action, more exclusive performances and see Damien Lamar work on his upcoming album with Neon Motherboard, become a patron here:
September 21, 2019
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 CafĂ©, 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 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 Walton The 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.
May 26, 2019
Episode 47: Conversation with Emerging Visual Artist Christopher Clark
Welcome back to another episode of Taste Test Live, the tasty podcast For our episode 47, we sat down with emerging visual artist, Christopher Clark to discuss his work, writing a children's book for his daughter and creating as an artist. Christopher Clark has written and illustrated a children’s book and is looking for publishers. He is also working on a second children’s book. “The artist is just as important if not more important than the art.” He finds it important to share his life experiences. He’s very transparent about his art process. Always loved African sculpture and finds inspiration by it. He’s had installations in D.C and Miami for Art Basel. He’s done everything from illustrating books to being a muralist. “Just do it.” Right now he prefers acrylic painting. Glonda’s Hair - a children’s book he wrote and illustrated inspired by his daughter and loving her natural self. The Little Artist - another children’s book inspired by his daughter and her love for art, and creativity. His first mural was on Main St in downtown Jacksonville, another on Church St was through Art Republic. “The wall tells me what it wants and I do it freehand.” He has a show currently up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and in the Jax Makerspace at the Main Library in Jacksonville. Listen above and subscribe now to stay updated on all things tasty!   About Christopher Clark: Christopher Clark is an emerging visual artist.  His body of work celebrates black identity and captures the roots of black culture and its beauty.  Clark uses various mediums such as acrylic and watercolor paints, ink, and mixed media. He has participated in group exhibits at Downtown Cigar Lounge and Delo Studios. In 2015 Clark embarked on a project to write and illustrate a children's book.  The book's main character was inspired by his daughter, who at the time was 3 years old.  Clark's objective was clear as he started work on the book. He wanted to make a story where the main character looked like his daughter and other children in their community. Clark finished writing and illustrating his debut children's book, titled "Glonda's Hair," in early 2017.  The narrative focuses on Glonda, a young African American girl and, as the title suggests, her hair. Clark uses the book as a teaching tool, encouraging young girls to embrace their natural looks and celebrate their individual beauty. Clark received a proof copy of "Glonda's Hair" and is now working with a publishing company to secure distribution.  Clark has also begun working on his second book, titled "The Little Artist," which will be a children's book of poetry paying homage to the authors of Clark's youth, such as Dr. Suess and Shel Silverstein.  Like "Glonda's Hair," "The Little Artist" is inspired by his daughter. Clark isn't just an artist and a father.  He is also an advocate for young black artists.  Clark invests in his community by serving as a mentor, providing guidance to black youth interested in the arts.
May 26, 2019
Episode 46: Bachelor Party Brothers and entrepreneur Ty Williams Jr.
Put This In Your Mouth (Segment) Janelle Monae & Lupita Nyong'o Rumoured To Be Dating After Met Gala. Woodstock50 was cancelled. Ayesha Curry gets backlash from Red Table Talk. Los Angeles based musician, Flying Lotus, has new music coming out.   About Ty Williams Jr   Planning Bachelor Parties is a vision and talent that came from God. Ty Williams was in one wedding after another of friends or family. The only exciting part for him was the bachelor party. He would anticipate the excitement around the Bachelor Party. Since the age of 17, Ty has been working funeral services with Sarah L Carter's Funeral Home. Where Ty Williams began to learn the importance of serving others along with planning, with his excitement for Bachelor Parties he decided to get in the wedding industry with Bachelor Party Brothers. You have wedding planners, florist, bakers also transportation specialist all in the wedding industry. Why not a Bachelor Party Consultant? They plan to reform Bachelor Parties and get rid of the negative stigma's that goes along with it. To make every client's Last Single Night one to remember. ‱ Worked at a funeral home since 17 Sarah Carters Funeral Home (Jax)‱ Graduated from Wolfson High then to Morehouse College, and finally graduated from University of North Florida - Economics‱ Owner of a parking lot in downtown Atlanta, GA also 444 Film Group‱ Prides himself on service and branding.‱ Cigar Aficionado Behind the Scenes of "Last Single Night"
May 26, 2019
Episode 45: Learning About ArtLife with KD Sadler
Welcome back to another episode of Taste Test Live, the tasty podcast For our forty-fifth episode, podcast hosts Damien Lamar & Blue Franswa chat with Art Life Studios founder, KD Sadler. Listen above and subscribe now to stay updated on all things tasty! In the recent past, World Arts Film Festival was held inside Main Library of Jacksonville. Students were having hands-on workshops regarding the film industry. Most of the students had learning disabilities. During the evening films from all over the world were played. Experiencing the world through our senses. KD worked with the Florida School of the Deaf and Blind, experienced a photo that was taken by a blind student and stated that she could hear the photo. KD found her drive to do her work because loves the artist inside of everyone. The evolution of the arts community, as she sees children evolve she sees the arts evolve. It’s about the inner spirit of creativity. Art Life Studios, focus is to create a space for the community. KD wanted to focus on the busy teachers, staff, volunteers etc. She wanted to focus on arts and involving the arts in school programming. About KD Sadler As an independent film professional in New York City for over 20 years, Karen Douglass Sadler produced hundreds of music videos with industry celebrities and worked in broadcast television commercials for Fortune 500 clients. KD Sadler also holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, NY and also holds a Visual Arts degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. After moving to Jacksonville, Florida, her work focused on providing world-class multicultural arts programs for schools and communities with countless events, workshops and festivals through her organization Art Life Studios. Sadler continues to serve as a community volunteer and has produced four years of inclusive filmmaking camps with Hollywood film director Joey Travolta for children with autism.  Karen also started World Arts Film Festival which is the signature program of 501(c)3 nonprofit World Arts Education, an organization that supports diverse and inclusive arts and educational programs. Sadler has also worked in collaboration with the Office of the President, College of Education, Department of Exceptional, Deaf and Interpreter Education, Student Union, Interfaith Center, and Center for Intercultural Peace at the University of North Florida. Her work has received program funding from community sponsors including the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, HEAL Foundation, MDI Holdings, PGA Tour, THE PLAYERS Championship, The Community Foundation, Women’s Giving Alliance, Girls Inc., Boys and Girls Club, CityKids Art Factory, YMCA, Police Athletic League, Duval County Public Schools, Exceptional Education Student Services, Episcopal High School, The Bolles School, City of Atlantic Beach, City of Jacksonville Beach, City of Jacksonville, and many more.   Links:
May 26, 2019
Episode 44: Paul Holmes Teases New Album ‘The Whinnys’ & Shares Exclusive Preview with Leading Single "Reaction"
From touring with Franz Ferdinand,  Tegan and Sara, The Futureheads, Divine Comedy, Gomez, and Los Lonely Boys to having been featured on MTV, Paul Holmes is as dynamic of an artist as he is talented. Paul Holmes spent years collaborating with other artists and bands in Boston, New York, and London. Some of these collaborations have even made it to recognizable ads for Target and Macy’s. Paul has recently side stepped from collaboration to develop his talents as an individual artist. He is certainly one of the most dedicated musicians out there to the point of releasing new songs every week for two solid consecutive years. His new album 'The Whinnys' showcases the stronger pop-rock/alternative side to Paul Holmes’ music, but don’t lump him in with a brand.  Listen to the full-length interview and hear the leading single "Reaction", for the first time on Taste Test Live!
April 27, 2019
Episode 43: No Other Options But Music - Exclusive Interview with Music Producer and Performing Artist, Jai.Mal
Put This in Your Mouth Brandy and Monica may tour together soon. Coachella was a big hit, Ariana Grande brought on Justin Bieber to perform, Childish Gambino put on a great show, Ella Mai, Jaden Smith brought out Will Smith and Tierra Whack floored the crowd. Kanye West’s Sunday Service at Coachella - apparently had 50,000 people in attendance. BeyoncĂ© released Homecoming: The Live Album which was a dedication to HBCU’s. Anderson .Paak released 'Ventura'. Aretha Franklin became the first female artist to receive the Pulitzer Prize. Guest Interview: Jaimz Mallett, also known as Jai.Mal performs music because he has no other option, he can’t do anything except music. He currently makes music to please the consumers, such as trap music compared to the music he used to make and doesn’t really listen to music. He is also inspired by math and science. He is heavily influenced by frequencies. “It’s all a science experiment.” Most recent album,'Knowledge of Good and Evil', Jai.Mal believes that album is not for right now it’s for the future. What’s next? Jai.Mal has about three albums, a live album, and part two of 'Knowledge of Good and Evil'. He’s unsure if he will ever release them, he stopped writing and now just goes in without a plan and freestyles using music as his art form.   About Jaimz Mallett Born in the backwoods of Mississippi, Jaimz Mallett began his musical journey atop the aggravated cords of heavy and southern rock at a juvenile age. He spent most his teens in Memphis, TN where he was classically trained in a wide range of musical disciplines. With his bluesy surroundings and the life experiences of not many his age, Jaimz vastly developed into an organic artist whose outlook on life seeped through his writings and voice.  As a band member, Jaimz received vocal coaching from renowned industry vets, who gladly took him under their wing simply because of his undeniably raw talent. Jaimz truly found his style, after a stint in the army. He came out of the service with the soul of Jimi, the style of Lenny, and the beats of Three 6 Mafia. Jaimz Mallet, now widely known as Jai.Mal is at a point in his career where it has all come together personally, professionally and musically. Through the guidance of his mentors, whose years of experience has helped him turn this gift into a functioning business, Jai.Mal now has the ability to be a solo RnB star, a world-class guitarist and rocker,  and an industry beat maker with hits that won’t stop! Instagram: / YouTube:
April 27, 2019
Episode 42: From MizTheWriter to the Ministry of Marc Dickerson
Singer/songwriter/Sr. Pastor/Worship Leader of Amazing Life Church, Marc Dickerson shared his journey touring with R&B superstar Fantasia, his life in ministry and shares a Taste Test Live exclusive of his new single "King of My Heart" which is available worldwide in online digital stores and streaming services. Check out this exclusive interview to learn more about this amazing man of God. About Marc Dickerson Marc Dickerson is a singer, songwriter, and Lead Pastor of Amazing Life Church. His love and passion for music and its role in the church has deep roots in the Pentecostal denomination where he was raised, sang, and played the piano and drums for many years. Pastor Marc left the church and pursued a career as an R&B artist/songwriter in the early 2000’s. During which time he won several songwriting awards, landed a major recording deal with MCA records, and would later spend 5 years singing background for R&B Soul Singer Fantasia.    Now as a Senior Pastor, his heart for God continues to increase as does his heart for the next generation of worship and arts leaders in the church. As God teaches him, he’s compelled to be one to reach back to help teach others some of the lessons he’s learned over the years.  ---- Social Media: Twitter: Facebook:
April 19, 2019
Episode 41: Celebrate Jazz Appreciation and National Poetry Month with poet Love Reigns and jazz bassist, Jonathan Baptiste
This week, we had the privilege of interviewing award-winning poet, Founder, Artis(Tree) Live and The Artis(Tree) Youth Project and Co-founder of The Cypher Open Mic Poetry & Soul, Taryn C Wharwood, also known as @IAmLoveReigns who dropped by to discuss the upcoming Jax Poetry Fest: Party in the Park with Al Letson which will be held in Hemming Park later this month. Then we witnessed jazz bassist Jonathan Baptiste perform a special rendition of the gospel-classic "Amazing Grace" and discuss his concert Jazz In The Gardens which will be held TONIGHT at Freedom Church Jacksonville, a jazz interpretation of Jesus’ last days in the Garden of Gethsemane and features vocals by Tori Peoples Tori L. Peoples @thetoripeoples ), poetry by Tilly and Jus Amanda Batts, and a live painting by Erin Kendrick of Erin is Creative TARYN WHARWOOD - BIOBorn and raised in Miami, FL, Taryn “LoveReigns” Wharwood is a proud product of The Ebony Village School in Dania, FL. Curated by the Dr. Merita Green and late Dr. Josephine Ivey, The Ebony Village School would prove to be the purposeful foundation of LoveReigns career as a performing artist, a host, entrepreneur, community advocate, curator, mentor, and activist. Along with the direction of her mother, retired Teacher, Sharon Wharwood, Drs. Green and Ivey saw a spark in Taryn that would lead her to develop a deep love for poetry. LoveReigns’ passion for people and words has afforded her opportunities to perform and advocate on the hills of Washington, DC, Canada and educational institutions from elementary to university levels. LoveReigns is truly in a lane of her own and isn’t afraid to create another one if she has to. JONATHAN BAPTISTE - BIOJonathan Baptiste is a bassist/composer, and native of Orlando, Florida. Raised in the church, his roots are predominantly in Gospel. He attended Polk State College's music program, where he received the Marie Ann Golden and the Polk County Cultural Arts Scholarships. Jonathan was the recipient of the American Music Scholarship and Weinstein Memorial Scholarship in Leadership at UNF. He received the Most Outstanding Musician of the Year award at the UNF School of Music. Jonathan is the 2018 Northeast Florida Jazz Association Jazz Scholarship Recipient. Jonathan is also a teacher at Jacksonville Arts and Music School. He is also a freelance musician, having played with the likes of 2x Grammy Award-winning Saxophonist Tivon Pennicott, Sofija Knezevic, Terry "Doc" Handy, Daniel D, Marcus Printup, Riza Printup, Nat Adderley, Jr., Jon Irabagon, Charenee Wade, Patrick Bartley, Jamison Ross, Fred Wesley, Alyson Williams, John Lumpkin and International Gospel Recording Artist, Lisa McClendon and others. Recently, Jonathan received the great honor of being chosen by the legendary jazz trombonist Teddy Adams, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, as a “Future of Jazz” recipient and have been recognized for their work in Jazz. He and the other recipients were honored at the Savannah Heritage Festival (2017,2019). Jonathan has also played with his band, The Urban Intellectuals at the 2018 Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The Urban Intellectuals is built with the some of the finest musicians Florida has to offer. The phrase “Urban Intellectuals” derived from the phrase “Urban Renewal”, often criticized by the great James Baldwin, which was a tactic used in the 60s that relocated a majority of African Americans into what we now know as the projects. Those “urban” individuals that refused to just go with the flow and to enlighten their communities is what sparked the name: The Urban Intellectuals. Jonathan Baptiste and The Urban Intellectuals look to educate and inspire people through their music. The band endeavors to set a consistent example and be role models to inner city kids — showing them that they make music and be creative— no matter their skin color. Music:
April 19, 2019
Episode 40: What's in the Stank Sauce
Have a taste of last week's "Put This in Your Mouth" segment with our guests Stank Sauce who joined us for our "music digestion" session and later performed "I Know Who I Am". Can the full-length interview on our Taste Test Live Youtube Channel.  About Stank Sauce Band The Stank Sauce Band started in Jacksonville, Florida in 2011. This group of musicians have grown and played around each other for many years, some as early as elementary school. But, it wasn't until they decided to come together with one goal: Make great music for the world. Under the leadership of Jawren Walton, Stank Sauce takes the elements of jazz, blues, funk, reggae, pop, hip-hop, and rock, and fuse them together to bring a unique experience for the music listener. After formation, It didn't take Stank Sauce long to gain traction. Our endeavors over the years have given us the opportunity to open for acts such as Jason Derulo as well as take our talents across the world. Performing in places like the United Arab Emirates and China as well as across the USA. With all of the flavors and excitement, this band has to offer. Stank Sauce has the kick everyone needs for all of their entertainment offerings.
April 18, 2019
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 segment Jussie 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 Idol Cardi 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 Park What 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 downtown She’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 SPAR Sculpture 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 students Collaboration 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 date Ebony’s involvement with Jax Poetry Month, a lot of nationally recognized poets are Jax natives Performance Academy teaches troubled kids poetry much like Hope at Hand What 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 auditorium As two women in leadership are there any struggles? Christina says there is one advantage of being a woman: we tend to be more collaborative Christina 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 womb Ebony 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 Stone Christina 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-English Ebony Payne-English is a literary artist
March 29, 2019
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 jail A new BioPic - Jennifer Hudson is going to be playing Aretha Franklin Cardi B is starring in a stripper film called "Hustlers" with Jennifer Lopez and more Tierra Whack release three new singles MySpace lost 50 million songs because they were updating their server and something went wrong  SXSW in Austin, Texas happened this week   GUEST INTERVIEW: DEVIN WAY plays dumbs, bass, piano, guitar and a vocalist first 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 songs pianos were the instrument he picked up after drums, took on the responsibility to play the piano at church Prince is his favorite artist - he had a lucid dream about Prince playing drums while he was playing the guitar in a church Anytime after midnight is when he thinks the music feels the best TASTE TEST LIVE - Exclusive "Room 404" 2 muses inspired that track He has two albums releasing this year and planning to move to Atlanta later this month
March 21, 2019
Episode 37: Powerhouse Vocals and Passion with Kim Reteguiz
Put This In Your Mouth- Colorism debate about Will Smith’s new role, the debate started because of the complexion of Will Smith compared to the role of Venus Williams’s father - AP press sited the Jaden Smith is working with a church to bring water to Flint - Leaving Neverland omitted details, Michael Jackson was already investigated, ‘Leaving Neverland’ and “leaving out” details how the investigation was dropped, settled and expunged - breakfast club reported that empire could face cancellation due to Jussie Smollett Have a Test (segment)- MJbaker’s favorites: ”Wifeable” by Masego and Somi’s “Ginger Me Slowly” - Damien Lamar’s favorites: “Imma Be a Boss” by Young King Jai, “Like Really” by Oddisee, Losing interest and Afrocentric New Releases - Carlos Santana - “In Search of Mona Lisa” EP   Kim Reteguiz is the lead singer for Kim Reteguiz & The Black Cat Bones, which includes Music Director Bernard Johnson, Kent McKinney, Ihlan Martínez,  Tish López, Alexander Hernández, Diego  Herrada-Ventura, and Luis Ocasio.  She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication and a minor in Education. Before she turned into a Gator, she attended the University of Mississippi on a full vocal scholarship where she studied opera, classical music, piano and music theory.  She is a top 3 winner of the 2018 Folio Magazine Annual Best of edition, a Semi-Finalist winner of the 2017 International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN, The 2016 Jax IBC winner and the 2015 Jax Idol winner.The Black Cat Bones are currently wrapping up their LP titled 'No More Lettuce', produced by Christopher Flowers. Interview with Kim Reteguiz- Kim Reteguiz is the lead singer of Kim Reteguiz & The Black Cat Bones. - As a child was full of energy, began singing (and harmonizing specifically ) at the age 3 in a church choir to harness her energy- Her biggest influences are her father, mother and great uncle. Music is in her family - Kim didn’t become comfortable with her voice until she was about 23- An incident at 14 caused her to feel suppressed because she let go singing and an older kid in the same choir made her feel judged - Kim Reteguiz and The Black Cat Bones was started 7 years ago originally with an Ex- Challenges as a woman being a band leader? When she was first starting there were challenges because she didn’t know the technical side of being the leader. - Culture appropriation? “Our generation has grown up in a world where other cultures are comfortable.”- The next release is relatable and is a change for people to forgive themselves - Forthcoming album “No More Lettuce: is about loving yourself - “I’m not going to eat lettuce for anyone but me”
March 14, 2019
Episode 36: Meet Evolving Violinist, Philip Pan
Taste Test Live hosts welcome Philip Pan, violinist and former concertmaster with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Philip dropped by to share some really insightful stories & favorite memories during his tenure with JSO, growing up with musical parents, being an Asian guy in a Mariachi band and also shared two exclusive songs from his work with Folk is People andMariachi Primera Costa:  "Jesusita en Chihuahua" and "The Siren Song", respectively along with his work with the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble. About Philip Pan: Philip Pan was born in Schenectady, NY to Chinese immigrants. He began studying the piano at age six and violin at eight. His teachers include William Kroll, Felix Galimir, Jens Ellerman and Dorothy DeLay. After receiving his M.M. from the Juilliard School he became Concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and held that position for thirty-two years. Philip performs extensively throughout the Southeast and beyond. He founded many concert series including Bach and Beyond and Sound Effects at MOCA.  He works in diverse musical styles from bluegrass to prog metal as a performer, arranger and composer. He was a member of indie bands Canary in the Coalmine and Folk is People, and currently plays in the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble and Mariachi Primera Costa. His instruments include an 1837 August Bernardel, a five-string violin by Barry Dudley, a seven-string Viper by Wood Violins, and bows by David Forbes. A sports enthusiast, he enjoys running, hiking, cycling, kayaking and skiing. Follow Philip Pan on Facebook / Instagram: @fiddlingpanda  / Twitter: fiddlingpanda   During the "Put This in Your Mouth" segment, the team discussed: Solange’s new album “You’re not BeyoncĂ©â€ Unpacking the awkwardness of the new Solange album Mask Singer - TV shows Brian Bishop Jones is the bass player of MJ Baker produced some songs on T Pains album T Pain was on it and can actually sing without autotune T Pain dropped an album BET Social Awards The basis of the show is to highlight the titans and most popular social media users Blueface performed "Thotiana" Soulja Boy playe
March 7, 2019
Episode 35: Musical hugs from the incomparable & soulful Mama Blue
On this week’s episode, we are joined in the studio with the incomparable, soulful and everybody's favorite - Mama Blue who dropped by to share her journey through song, sharing her love for music and connecting with the people with her voice. She also performed an exclusive live set of new music she's working on and gives Taste Test Live listeners a taste of "Brown-Skin Blues"  and "No Need" originally performed by Orcastratum featuring Eric Bibb & Shaneeka Simon. And of course, we laughed during the funniest  (and intentionally not-raunchy) ‘Put This In Your Mouth’ segment where Blue Franswa, MJbaker and Damien Lamar discussed hot topics of the week including The Oscars, Iggy Azalea and more.     SONG CREDITS: "Brown-Skin Blues" and "No Need" - Keyboards: Andre Martins & Krishna Achath on percussion   GUEST BIOS:  ABOUT MAMA BLUE Mama Blue is an original. She brings the “live” in live performance. Her connection with her audience, whether they’ve ever heard her before, or even heard of her, has to be experienced to be appreciated. The songs that Mama Blue has written are the core of her performances. Her songs are unsparing in their self-examination, but compassionate and supportive of those around her. Mama Blue’s originals are destined to reach an audience far beyond the area in which she has, until now, performed live. Mama Blue’s songs are about her own life, the lives of people she’s known, and the lives of everyone. They’re about the joy and pain of love, about being a mother, about the social forces that influence our lives. And she sings directly to her audiences 
 not just figuratively, but walking out with a wireless microphone to sing to them close-up. Combine that original material with a selection of songs by artists who’ve inspired Mama Blue – ranging from soul sisters Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Alicia Keyes and Nina Simone to rock bands like Queen and The Rolling Stones – and you have a musical journey through modern American life. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Mama Blue graduated from the city’s prestigious Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She earned a scholarship to Jacksonville University, where she majored in vocal performance and drama. Mama Blue and her crew have performed at festivals from Springing the Blues, Dancin’ in the Streets and Porch Fest in Jacksonville, to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and at events and nightclubs across Northeast Florida and beyond. With a signature flower in her hair as the finishing touch to her visual style, and a unique ability to reach people at the center of their souls, Mama Blue brings the warmth and understanding of an irresistibly genuine person to the stage. You can get an idea of her talent from the videos and audio clips on this website. But to truly experience the magic of Mama Blue, hear her live – the first chance you get. Follow Mama Blue on social media: Facebook: Instagram:   Credits: Damien Lamar (Host, Executive Producer & Audio Engineer) Blue Franswa (co-Host) MJbaker (co-Host) Autumn Lee – Production Assistant Intro/Outro Music – StĂ©phane Pitois --------- Here is the podcast schedule for the next few weeks! In March and April, we’ll be joined by violinist and vocalist Philip Pan, performing artist, Kim Reteguiz, multi-instrumentalists and studio masters Devin Way & Orlando” Twenty8” Woods Jr., managing director of Friends of Hemming Park, Christina Parrish Stone and award-winning poet Ebony Payne-English and so many more!  This and More Episodes at
February 28, 2019
Episode 34: Why Jussie? Plus guest interviews with Latina Polymath, Carliana Harris and founder of Ronan School of Music and singer-songwriter Darren Ronan
Tuesday night was jammed packed with fun and the most interesting conversations! On this week’s episode, it’s the first time we featured TWO GUEST!!!  Latina Motivational Coach & Journalist, Carliana Harris and founder of Ronan School of Music and singer-songwriter Darren Ronan — who also gave us an advance exclusive from his forthcoming album, “Good Things”. #HaveATaste - Damien Lamar and MJbaker reviewed highlights from music played on the air during Taste Test radio show which on aired on Saturday night, February 16, 2018, on WJCT 89.9 FM. And of course, we tasted the highlights of Saturday night’s show and laughed during the funniest đŸ€ŁđŸ€ŁđŸ€Ł (and intentionally not-raunchy) ‘Put This In Your Mouth’ segment where Blue Franswa, MJbaker and I just want to know . . . “Why Jussie?” There are too many questions surrounding the developments with the Jussie Smollett investigation. Since we recorded the episode, Jussie Smollett arrested for allegedly making up hate-crime attack.   GUEST BIOS:  ABOUT CARLIANA HARRIS Carliana was born in Puerto Rico and spent almost all of her life in the small town of Jesup, GA. She now resides in Jacksonville, FL. She is the sideline reporter for the Jaguars Spanish broadcast, a reporter for a show called Se Habla Español en Jax and the owner of an online boutique called AzĂșcar. Carliana is one of the founders of the Fairy Godmother Project, an initiative to help low-income high school girls obtain a prom dress. She enjoys quality time with family and friends, do-it-yourself projects, travelling, drinking wine, eating chocolate and she enjoys listening to the stories, jokes, journeys, adventures, and antics of the people she meets. “I want to empower and inspire Latina women. I want them to understand that we are all filled with unlimited possibility, regardless of age and social class. If your heart desires it, go for it. Nothing can stop you, but YOU.“ ABOUT DARREN RONAN Darren Ronan is a professional musician who has been teaching at Grace Episcopal Day School since 2008. He graduated from University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2002, served as Band Director at St. Johns Country Day School '00 -’07, and founded Ronan School of Music in 2010. While at UNF he was fortunate to study percussion with Charlotte Mabrey and drum set with Rick Kirkland. He has also toured the southern and eastern United States playing in a variety of musical settings; opening shows and sharing stages with such notable performers as Booker T., Diane Schuur, Linda Purl, Elvin Bishop, Dwight Yoakum, and so many more. Darren also has provided percussion for local productions of musicals Pippin and Bye Bye Birdie, and along with respected Broadway pianist Eugene Gwozdz as music director, backed Theater Jacksonville executive director Sarah Boone on her show, "The Double Threats: A Celebration of Composer/Lyricists.” He currently performs as a solo acoustic act and also with his rockabilly band, The 77ds. "Good Things," his album of all-original music, was released in 2009. Follow Darren Ronan on Facebook    Credits: Damien Lamar (Host, Executive Producer & Audio Engineer) Blue Franswa (co-Host) MJbaker (co-Host) Autumn Lee - Production Assistant Intro/Outro Music - StĂ©phane Pitois   Here is the podcast schedule for the next few weeks! Next week, we'll be interviewing Folio Weekly's Best of Jax 2018 Female Vocalist Mama Blue, and next month, we'll be joined by violinist and vocalist Philip Pan, performing artist, Kim Reteguiz, multi-instrumentalists and studio masters Devin Way & Orlando”Twenty8” Woods Jr., managing director of Friends of Hemming Park, Christina Parrish Stone and award-winning poet Ebony Payne-English and so many more!  This and More Episodes at
February 22, 2019
Episode 33: Have a Taste and Put This In Your Mouth with new co-host MJbaker
It’s “new podcast release day”. We're releasing this episode a day early --- Hosts Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa are back for another week of music digestion with a new co-host, singer-songwriter and return guest MJbaker who will now be featured on the weekly "Have A Taste" segment where Damien and MJbaker will review highlights from music played on the air during Damien's Taste Test radio show which aired the previous Saturday night. On this week's show, the "Put This In Your Mouth" segment, the hosts discussed the winners & highlights of "music's biggest night" - The Grammys, black-face concerns with Gucci, news about 21 Savage, forthcoming unreleased music from Marvin Gaye, new faith-based music from John Legend and more. Here is the podcast schedule for the next few weeks! We are looking forward to hearing more from these upcoming guests: media maven Carliana Harris, musician Darren Ronan, Folio Weekly's Best of Jax 2018 Female Vocalist Mama Blue, violinist and vocalist Philip Pan, performing artist, Kim Reteguiz, multi-instrumentalist Devin Way and managing director of Friends of Hemming Park, Christina Parrish Stone and award-winning poet Ebony Payne-English! New podcast episodes are distributed weekly on Thursdays at 11:00 AM. Be sure to head over to your favorite podcast app and hit "SUBSCRIBE" to be notified the moment a new episode hits the web. Search "Taste Test Live" and subscribe on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher,  Podbean and more! If you want to be guest on the show, please email for consideration and instructions. Got new music you want to be played on Damien Lamar's radio show or on the podcast?  Send music:
February 13, 2019
Episode 32: In the Spirit of Now with Mixed Media Artist Overstreet Ducasse
We're back again this week with mixed media artist, Overstreet Ducasse who shared his experiences growing up in a hard-working background which led him to become an artist. Overstreet is an unorthodox creative and who turned to art to release frustrations. Creating art as a social experiment, Overstreet's work is also visually controversial. He hopes that it will bring awareness to and make fun of serious and political issues through his work. Overstreet Ducasse refuses to be locked-down by own kind of art style. He's now creating shoes for Colin Kaepernick. Overstreet also brought prints of his work as gifts to Damien Lamar, Blue Franswa and our production assistant, Autumn Lee! Check them out on the website at “I don't want to sell art I want to sell ideas” - Overstreet Ducasse Be sure to check out Overstreet Ducasse's next show which will be held at Bold Bean Coffee Roasters on Stockton Street in Jacksonville from 7-8pm on Friday, February 8th and on the 11th, and hear him speak at St. Mark Episcopal Church (4129 Oxford Ave, Jacksonville FL 32210) at 5:30-7pm.   ARTIST BIO: Born in Haiti, Overstreet Ducasse came to the United States at the age of six.  Faced with the challenges of an unfamiliar environment, a new language, and a different culture, Ducasse turned to art as a means of expression and communication.  He deems art the universal language and a way to release frustrations and aggravations. The art of Ducasse goes beyond the visual.  His work is captivating, direct, and abundant is filled with metaphors and meaning. As an artist, Ducasse refuses to be locked down by one particular style. He creates using a variety of materials and mediums, including found objects. Inspired by the desire for reason and understanding, Ducasse's work is the expression of his lived experiences and his intellect.  Ducasse describes himself as a "Deepressionist," a term he conceived to express both his frustrations and the depth of thought and imagination his work exudes.   ======== This week's Put This In Your Mouth Segment included topics such as The Superbowl LIII and half-time performances, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and how the City of Philadelphia is passing a bill to ban R. Kelly from their city. Damien Lamar's "Taste of the Week" goes to Black Focus Records, guitarist, Mansur Brown Check out Overstreet’s show at Bold Bean Coffee Roasters on Stockton Street in Jacksonville from 7-8pm on Friday, February 8th and on the 11th, and hear him speak at St. Mark Episcopal Church (4129 Oxford Ave, Jacksonville FL 32210) at 5:30-7pm.
February 7, 2019
Episode 31: The Crew Meets for Damien Lamar's Not-So-Birthday Show
Each Week on our podcast, Taste Test Live, we have heartfelt and insightful  “music digestion sessions” and highlight the happenings in the music and entertainment industry. On our show, you’ll hear artist interviews AND exclusive music you won’t hear on other podcasts!  We want to keep our podcast subscribers happy by offering new fresh content. We are also now booking guests into April 2019. So, if you’d like to be a guest on this podcast, Taste Test Live - head over to and contact us so we can talk about having you on. This week, Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa invited production assistant, Autumn Lee to the mic for our "Put This In Your Mouth" segment: Jussie Smollett was attacked in a possible hate crime and assault by MAGA supporters in Chicago, sending him to the hospital with injuriesAccording to the Taylor Glascock with New York Times: 2 men “who yelled racial and homophobic slurs and wrapped a rope around his neck”, the Chicago police said he took himself to Northwestern Hospital after the attack and was described as in “good condition.” Fyre Festival was a "luxury music festival" created with the intent of promoting the Fyre music booking app. It was scheduled to take place April 28–30 and May 5–7, 2017, on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. Reports say that Lil Uzi Vert is quitting musicHe posted a graphic a couple week ago: “I wanna be normal, I wanna wake up in 2013,” James Blake dropped his fourth and brand new album “Assume Form” with guest appearances from Metro Boomin, Travis Scott, Moses Sumney, Rosalia and Andre 3000He told Apple Music, the plan is to become reachable, to assume material form, to leave my head and join the world.’ Reports say Rihanna, Beyonce and Offset all have albums in the works and could possibly have their albums released this year. If you like what you heard, please follow us on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at “Taste Test Radio” @tastetestradio
January 31, 2019
Episode 30: From Sweet Nothings to Beautiful Chaos with Charity Linique
Listen to Taste Test Live for an exclusive interview with R&B Diva and singer-songwriter Charity Linique who joins hosts Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa to discuss her debut "Sweet Nothings". Charity talked about balancing work and artistry, dancing, the inspiration process and being inspired after Blue Franswa gave her the opportunity to perform live. Since beginning a solo career, Charity Linique allows herself to get uncomfortable which lead to her learning how to adjust to the changing music styles. C. Linique also shares one of her favorite songs from her debut, "Love Down". She considers herself to be an advocate for women where she's currently working on a women's empowerment event along with a new mixtape, tentatively titled "Beautiful Chaos". Also discussed during the "Put This in Your Mouth Segment": DJ Maseo of De La Soul stopped in Jacksonville, Florida off his tour and performed at 1904 Music Hall, did a podcast interview with DJ Al Pete and DJ Guru Travis Scott set to headline Pepsi pre-Super Bowl party in Atlanta Soulja Boy's interview with The Breakfast Club went viral J. Cole released a new album called "Middle Child" Chris Brown in hot water again with rape & narcotics allegations   About Charity Linique Charity Linique born and raised in Jacksonville, FL believes to be destined for artistry. Her debut project "SWEET NOTHINGS" is a small, yet profound glimpse inside her mind. As a singer/songwriter Charity Linique expounds on being focused, not losing sight of one's true tunnel vision. The intentions for “Sweet Nothings” project was to shed light on everyone, especially creatives who are working on their dreams, in hopes to remind them to AVOID BEING DISTRACTED --- BUT TO STAY FOCUSED.Before pursuing music, C. Linique catered to many gifts. Freelance modeling, professional dancing for Jacksonville Giants, and even exercising her intellectual skills by working for corporate America. Like many creatives who are called for a bigger purpose, she never felt fulfilled. This process was not an easy one. It was one that ensured the strip-down of who she thought she was, to become who she now is. Charity Linique has gracefully experienced tough storms and sunny days which has lead to her to write every piece of content on her Sweet Nothings debut album. Relatable, the lyrics she has put out allow listeners/viewers in on who Charity Linique really is, without the gimmicks. This soulful diva gives us class and a sprinkle of hood as she is true to her Duval-culture and home training.   Follow Charity Linique on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and check out her website for more information and info on new music.
January 24, 2019
Episode 29: Turning Poison into Medicine with Ace Winn
Taste Test Live, your new weekly “music digestion” podcast. Each week, the hosts sit down to talk to some of Jacksonville Florida’s my prolific culture creators and artists. This week, Ace Winn dropped by to discuss the beginnings of his music career, recording with Christian reggae band, “Christifari”. Ace also shares their hit single from my years touring with the band. He toured and recorded 5 albums with them from 1997-2005. The album entitled “ Word Sound and Power’ achieved a Dove award, which is the equivalent of a Grammy in the gospel community. Later Ace Winn shares two intimate acoustic performances for Taste Test Live exclusive.   About Ace Winn "Drifting, ascending guitar figures formed from the elemental tones of wood and wire that sing out acoustic music" is how North Florida's Folio Weekly describes the unique sounds of Ace Winn. Creating acoustic music for as long as he can remember, Ace made his solo debut more than fifteen years ago. Since then, loyal fans have been enjoying his captivating performances in coffeehouses and clubs throughout Florida. In the early 90s, before performing solo, Ace was frontman for the psychedelic funk rock band, Piewackit. Deciding to move in a different direction, he opted for the alternative - thoughtful lyrics over the unbelievably full sound of his acoustic guitar. Influenced by such performers as Sting, Bill Withers and Cat Stevens, Ace's inspired, original compositions call upon virtually every genre of music, including rock, folk, reggae, gospel, jazz and funk.The Florida Times-Union wrote, "The basics. An acoustic guitar, naked lyrics and a voice that climbs the scales in magnificent style, nothing shy about it, stretching syllables out as if each word is being torn from him". The songs speak of everyday life; experiences of a musician raised in a southern town.” Winn’s superb songwriting skills are clearly evident in his music. He was featured on a 1993 album of local acoustic musicians titled "The Kitchen Sessions" and a similar follow-up album titled "Mystery Date" which was released in November 1995. His own acoustic albums titled "25 years and a Day", "Half Way There" and "Music For The Soul" were released and immediately sold out. In 1997, while working on his unfinished album, "Masterpiece", Ace was approached by the international Reggae band, Christafari. After an extensive national tour with the band during the 1997-98 season, Ace returned to Florida to continue his solo career, even though he occasionally performed with the group and provided lyrics for several albums including "Word, Sound and Power" (Lion of Zion/Diamante). Ace has shared the stage with names like Green Day, Kirk Franklin, 247 Spyz, Living Colour, Newsboys and Follow For Now. He has performed at major benefits for the Aslan House, Ronald McDonald House, and has played for frequent Florida Poet Society events.
January 17, 2019
Episode 28: The Meaning of Beautiful with Christopher White of The Katz Downstairz
Taste Test Live is back into a new season with this week's guest interview: Christopher White, leader and founder of The Katz Downstairz. Christopher stopped by to talk about updates with The Katz Downstairz, how the name came about, what sets them apart as a band and who are now expanding original music which they plan to release by summer 2019. Be sure to listen in for an exclusive first listen at the new song "Beautiful", released last year - which is the first single from the band and that also serves as a reminder to black youth that they are beautiful just as they are. Christopher also brought his wife Jihan along who joined us on our Put This In Your Mouth segment where we discussed: Tiffany Haddish’s New Year's Eve comedy fail MTV reported the new Coachella lineup - Gambino, Ariana Grande, Tame Impala the new headliners Beyonce's and Jay-Z's daughter, Blue Ivy had a birthday on Jan 7th Golden Globe winners - The Green Book, Bohemian Rhapsody, and more Chris Brown just gained ownership of his masters with a deal with his new label RCA Toni Braxton may have called off the engagement with Birdman R Kelly is MUTED. Reports say that he is now under criminal investigation after the release of Lifetime Network's "Surviving R Kelly". The Oath of Manifestation   About The Katz Downstairz Over the past 9 years, The Katz Downstairz has become a household name in their native city of Jacksonville, Florida. Providing an unprecedented and unique sound that is an amalgamation of Jazz, Hip Hop, Neo Soul, Rock and Rhythm and Blues with an unmistakable Urban undertone, they are unrivaled on the city’s current music scene. Their bi-weekly “Live Basement Party” is one of the most highly anticipated and well attended ongoing events in Downtown Jacksonville. Reminiscent of a “back in the day” type house party, the throwback style is both an appealing and refreshing breath of fresh air in a music scene long gone stale. The band members – Christopher "Professor” White, Ernest "e.don" Jackson, Cearrow "Ce Ce” Muri, Don "D.G.” Green, Rashard Lavender, Victor "IamBizzzy” Harris, Kevin "KJ" Leonard, Jr., Trini "Lil Jimi” Farrow, and Ivan Ray – have a wealth of musical training and foundation between them. Their years of experience and discipline show unmistakably when they take the stage. Working together has afforded them a sound like no other and their loyal, ever-growing fan base proves that.Since emerging on the scene in the summer of 2011, The “Katz” have set themselves apart from the typical, run of the mill Jacksonville bands providing a “grown and sexy” yet fun reprieve for Jacksonville’s professional, career-minded, family-oriented crowd.
January 10, 2019
Episode 27: Nothing Like This Time of Year featuring Guest MJbaker
MJbaker returns Taste Test Live with hosts Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa to discuss her latest project “This Time of Year”, a holiday EP.MJbaker also discussed worked alongside Jacksonville-based, underrated producers Bishop Jones & Orlando "Twenty8" Woods, Jr, who also co-produced and engineered songs from the new EP and the growth behind the project which will lead to another record in the coming future.  Tune in to hear two new Taste Test Live exclusives: “This Time of Year” and “Night Out” - Stream her new albums at "PUT THIS IN YOUR MOUTH" segment features a discussion about: the newest inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Teyana Taylor and Wu-Tang Clan remix, the recent passing of jazz vocalist, Nancy Wilson & Famous Dex - who fell asleep during his Instagram live broadcast.
December 21, 2018
Episode 26: Breaking Barriers & The Power of Words with Mal Jones
Taste Test Live, your new weekly "music digestion" podcast. Each week, Blue Franswa and I sit down to talk to some of Jacksonville Florida's my prolific culture creators and artists. This week, Mal Jones dropped by to discuss being the "Cultural Ambassador" and creator, growing up in Jacksonville, using his platform to enhance the lives of youth through conscious, non-violent rap, The Lyricist LIVE, how he feels about Hip Hop in Duval.   Mal Jones Of The Lyricist Live even brings 2 BRAND NEW EXCLUSIVE TRACKS: "She Movin' It" and "Pull Ya Heel Out". Mal Jones is a Recording artist, Arts educator, Visual artist, Master Folk Artist, and documentarian who curates and host The Lyricist Live at the Jacksonville First Wednesday Art Walk. The Lyricist Live is an all-inclusive community youth Cypher that has been taking place in downtown Jax every month consecutively since 2011. The number 1 rule is NO CURSING and this cipher has seen NO VIOLENCE in its 6-year history keeping the youth of our community inspired and safe. Mal also runs a state-funded apprenticeship through the Florida Folklife Program and Division of Historical resources and has placed his educational programs in several Title 1 Schools in Duval County. in November 2016 Mal traveled to England to represent Jacksonville Arts and culture, becoming the 1st Cultural ambassador of the Arts in Jacksonville History. Follow Mal Jones on Facebook, Instagram and visit his website at to learn more. ------------  "Put This in Your Mouth" segment Cardi B and Offset split Frank Ocean - went online to tease some new music Tierra Whack - whack world questlove interviews Michelle Obama
December 12, 2018
Episode 25: From Dance to Song with Chris Thomas
We’re back and are a day late with another episode of @tastetestlive !! Hear the full 1hour exclusive interview with this week’s guest – Jacksonville‘s favorite crooner and the winner of 1st Place: Best Jazz Band, Best Cover Band & 1st Place: Best Male Vocalist in Folio Weekly Best of Jax! It's Chris Thomas, who joined us to discuss his career in dance and music. A native of Chicago and longtime resident of Jacksonville, Florida, vocalist Chris Thomas has performed with various bands within Florida for the past 15 years. In June of 2014, he formed The Chris Thomas Band in order to bring the highest level of quality and showmanship to his fans and audiences. Chris Thomas lost his hearing at 6 years old and started singing to records his parents owned. He discussed starting off playing sports with big names until his senior year when he got into a scuffle with a ref which ultimately led him to began dancing after going out to nightclubs to dance for fun. Chris later opened his own studios and recently became began performing live music all over Southeast Florida. Chris Thomas also shared stories of his life in dance, “a day in the life” - “where gratefulness is there is no fear”, marriage, raising three kids, balancing life between being a father, meditating and teaching dance all while playing gigs too.
December 6, 2018
Episode 24: The Emancipation of Patrick Evan McMillan
Taste Test Live is your weekly conversational podcast!!  Each week, we discuss the highlights and happenings of the music and entertainment. We also highlight local artist, singers, producers, entrepreneurs and more right here in our own backyard in Jacksonville, Florida! Taste Test Live returns with another full-length exclusive! Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa sat down with Duval Soul Legend, Patrick Evan, who brought along our friend Overstreet Ducasse to discuss 20 years as a solo artist, the ups and downs of writing, grief and love and conflicts with bandmates over the years, as well as the beginning his music career where he sang background vocals for the likes of Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight, and Michael Bolton. The interview looked back on the last 20 years of Patrick’s career, filled with personal stories and a recounts working with his early life in the music business, based in New York, with the likes of Trey Lorenz, Kelly Price, Michael K. Williams & Donovan Frankenreiter, Batsauce and Lady Daisey (Spooney). We also talked with guest, dangerously eclectic Overstreet Ducasse who also plans to return to Taste Test Live in 2019. Patrick Evan McMillan is a Vocal Musician, Songwriter & Project Producer. Toured for three years as a background singer with Mariah Carey at the beginning of her career. Currently based in Jacksonville Florida and lead singer of several bands in the Southeast Region, notably Aerial Tribe (whose album “Aerialistic” is available on iTunes) - other groups include VibElement, Co-Alition, & Caron Marcelous & The Big Band Theory.
November 28, 2018
Episode 23: What's Jazzing with Guest Tracy Morris
Have a taste this week, as we feature legendary Saxophonist Tracy Morris. As founder and director of the Morris Music Academy, Tracy was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida where he excelled in music at a very young age and earned numerous musical honors while in middle and high school. Tracy graduated from the University of North Florida jazz program where he studied with legendary alto saxophonist Bunky Green and the late euphonium master and jazz pioneer Rich Matteson.  He performed with and composed for the top jazz ensemble there and was the featured baritone saxophone soloist on UNF’s critically acclaimed debut CD, “Have You Heard?” Tracy has performed in concert with many notable artists including Dr. Billy Taylor, Louis Belson, Marcus Printup, James Moody, Rich Matteson, Vincent Gardner, Kevin Bales, Cassandra Wilson, Clark Terry, Elian Elias, and others. Tracy has taught at Florida State College and Duval County Public Schools and performs regularly throughout the Southeast. A firm believer in equal access to the music and arts for all, Tracy remains very active in the cultural arts community and currently serves on the board of Beaches Fine Arts Series in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Don’t miss out on his exclusive audio interview where he discusses how he began playing saxophone, working as a music educator which ultimately led him to start his own school, the Morris Music Academy. In December 2017, Morris Music Academy had the dubious honor of performing during a student and faculty showcase at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall.  Tracy also shared his love for educating students from age 3 to 73 and recounts his numerous performances with other Jacksonville greats, to sharing the stage with Damien Lamar - where the two also recall stories growing up in a musical family.  For more about Tracy Morris visit
November 21, 2018
Episode 22: A Visit to Mister Peterson's Neighborhood with Hip Hop Polymath DJ Al Pete
In the latest episode of “Taste Test Live”, hosts Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa is joined in the studio Hip Hop polymath, DJ, radio host, actor DJ Al Pete. Take a journey through the eyes of Duval's most prolific home-grown producers. Mister Pete shares growing up in Jacksonville, what inspired him and his work with artist and promoters. Also, hear two exclusive cuts from his debut LP "Mister Peterson's Neighborhood".
November 14, 2018
Episode 21: The King of Grooming Corey Duval
Hosted by @damien.lamar and @bluefranswa, this week's show, Damien and Blue welcome “The King of Grooming” and media visionary @iamcoreyduval. Corey Duval drops by to recant his stories from “the barber’s seat”, mentoring young black males and brings a moving message everyone should hear about moving the city of Jacksonville forward. Discussion and favorites from the week in the “Put This In Your Mouth” segment include news about Jaden Smith & Tyler the Creator, H.E.R., Ye, Bruno Mars and more.
November 14, 2018
Episode 20: A Day in the Life of Darryl Green
Taste Test live returns with the weekly music discussion with news about Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande and Vince Staples plus we are joined in the studio with this week's guest, landscape photographer & artist Darryl Green who dropped by to discuss his involvement on upcoming projects such as the Eyes Wide Open Photography Exhibition in Jacksonville's Memorial Park and his band, Universal Green's performances at the annual Jacksonville PorchFest. Darryl also discussed the parallels between music and photography and creating a legacy.
October 31, 2018
Episode 19: Toast and Freckles with The Suedes
Taste Test Live welcomes love duo The Suedes (Cyrus Quaranta & Linzy Lauren) who dropped by the studio to share how they two met and co-writing songs. Also hear two exclusive live performances (Toast & Freckles) along with an first-ever interview by @thesuedesmusicÂ đŸŽ»đŸŽ€đŸ’‘đŸŽ¶đŸŽ”   "The Suedes is a stage name for the on-stage duo and real-life couple Linzy Lauren and Cyrus Quaranta, that formed in early 2018 as a way to tell the stories of their life together through music. Linzy plays the ukulele and Cyrus plays double-bass and guitar, combining their voices to cover classic duets, pop tunes, and original pieces of their own -interspersed with stories from their life together."
October 24, 2018
Episode 18: Introducing the Voice Behind the Band, Heart of Elaine
Hosted by @damien.lamar and @bluefranswa, Taste Test Live #podcast is back with your weekly update and features an in-depth music digestion about the latest in urban music, exclusive tracks, remixes and more.  This week's show, Damien gets steamy and overly sensual with a seductive story about "Honey on the Lips", after which he named this week's mix show. Damien also reviews his favorites from the week, which included "The Newbies Lift Off" from the upcoming release from jazz drummer, Makaya McCraven, new music from H.E.R. and the latest release from Maxwell. In addition to this week's "Put This In Your Mouth" segment, we welcome guest Mia Salter from the band, Heart of Elaine, who joins debuts an exclusive, live in-studio acoustic version of their new single "You". Damien and Blue in the studio as discusses how she came up with the name of the band, getting a start in the local music scene and winning The Hamiltones Instagram contest - which landed her on stage in front of thousands!
October 17, 2018
BONUS: EXCLUSIVE MIX - The Balance King presents "Nuclear Fun on the Peripheral Gates of Imperialism"
Taste Test Live is a music digestion podcast. Hosted by singer, radio host & producer, Damien Lamar along with his co-host, 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. This specific excursion into rampant decibels, by The Balance King, is an outlier of conquistador theology. The normative radio and dance clubs will never extinguish his butane. Dive into the forever! The Balance King molds songs into the shape of memories. The Balance King is as unknown as you and me, and yet familiar. The Balance King is here to keep your heart on the dancefloor.
October 10, 2018
Episode 17: Truth in Music with The Balance King
Taste Test Live is a music digestion podcast. Hosted by singer, radio host & producer, Damien Lamar along with his co-host, 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.
October 10, 2018
Episode 16 : It's a Happy Day with guest Emanuel Washington
Hosted by @damien.lamarand @bluefranswa, Taste Test Live #podcast is back with your weekly update and features an in-depth discussion about the latest in urban music, exclusive tracks, remixes and more.  This week's show, Damien his favorites from the week, along with news about @seinabosey @erykahbadu @homergaines @johnlegend @ellamai @marshaambrosious @tyresegibson @macmiller And guess what? It’s a “Happy Day” with week’s guest is a film-maker and history buff, Emanuel Washington, who joins Damien and Blue in the studio as discusses his new film documentary about the creator of the gospel classic “Oh Happy Day: The Journey of a Song” by the godfather of contemporary gospel music Edwin Hawkins.   About Emanuel Washington Since 1999 Emanuel Washington and his partner, Tiffany Duhart, have been working to bring exposure and promote the cultural arts entertainment in Jacksonville through their company, Nokturnal Escape, LLC. For Emanuel, it really began when he noticed that there was a missing audience at events that were of artistic value. The desire to spread the word became his mission and with this came the creation of Jacksonville’s biggest and longest-running spoken-word and live music event, Soul Release. Emanuel has also produced plays from local writers, fashion show after parties and historic parties for regional and national artists. As Nokturnal Escape grew, they began to provide marketing services to companies like the Florida Black Expo, the St. Augustine Amphitheater, the Ritz Theater the Florida Theater Florida State College of Jacksonville Broadway productions of Drumline Live, The Color Purple and more. In 2012 Emanuel filmed and produced a documentary entitled “We remember Raines, an American high school” which was screened at the Auburn African-American Library in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, Emanuel is the Creative Director of a literacy program entitled “Before e-mail: A reader’s theater production.” After creating “Before e-mail,” the program was presented during the second year of One Spark crowdfunding event. It was also highlighted in an ARBUS article entitled “20 Set to Shine.” As a result, the program was picked up by the Jacksonville Public Library and featured live performances at various library branches. Emanuel Washington is currently working on his next film and is proud to be joining the board of DieRections, Inc. He discovered that he had met Loutricia Gebbs-Tolbert, the Director, at an earlier session of Soul Release Poetry. It is with great honor that he is joining her in support of the inspiring work at DieRections, Inc.
October 3, 2018
Episode 15: "Put This In Your Mouth" with Independent Hip Hop Artist JAY HAM and Lydia
We're back with another fun episode of Taste Test Live with this week's guests Hip Hop independent artist, Jay Ham and newcoming, singer-songwriter Lydia who joins us to discuss music news, mainstream record labels, the music industry. Jay Ham ("Just Another Young Hungry Artist Manifested") also shares the powerful and inspiring new single, "We Are Power" aimed at raising the vibration and consciousness at the Black community to remind them not to forget where they came from. Also be sure to check out the new segment called "Put This In Your Mouth" with news about Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Spotify, Netflix, Esperanza Spalding and more. Follow JAY HAM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @officialjayham
September 26, 2018
Episode 14: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Singer-Songwriter Goliath Flores
In the latest episode of “Taste Test Live”, hosts Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa is joined in the studio with guitarist, singer-songwriter Goliath Flores who discusses the news of the week, discusses his passion for music and plays two original songs.
September 19, 2018
Episode 13: Hip Hop Millionaire Mindpower with Braheem Larke
This week, we're joined by a special guest Braheem Larke for our music news of the week and joins in the discussion and Taste Test show recap. Braheem also shares his extensive Hip Hop knowledge, his new company Milliionare Mindpower and listen as he shares some insightful financially-charged conversation centered around economic empowerment for this generation as well as his business partnersip with myEcon, Inc. a growing, Black-owned is a privately held, debt free company based in Atlanta. Follow Braheem Larke on Facebook at or his company website at
September 12, 2018
Episode 12: Back Pushing the Limits with Special Guest Carter Ash
Taste Test Live is a music digestion podcast. Hosted by singer, radio host & producer, Damien Lamar along with his co-host, 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.
September 5, 2018
Episode 11: Aretha's in Heaven
Hosted by Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa, Taste Test Live podcast is your weekly download source and features in-depth discussion about the latest newsmakers in urban & pop music, exclusive tracks, remixes and more. On this week's show, Damien and Blue pay tribute to the late, Queen of Soul and "Voice of Black America", Aretha Franklin as well talk about the MTV VMAs, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Two Chains, Lianne La Havas, Brandy, singer/producer duos, Janet Jackson and more.
August 22, 2018
Episode 10: Releases, Reviews and Refreshments
Hosted by Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa, Taste Test Live podcast is back with your weekly update and features in-depth discussion about the latest in urban music, exclusive tracks, remixes and more. On this week's show, Damien recaps the August 12th show - "L.A. Sweets" and his favorites from the week including: @taylormcferrin, @hermusic, @avilabrothers along with news about Aretha Franklin, H.E.R., Moses Sumney, Robert Glasper, Lauryn Hill, Travis Scott. Damien also recounts his first trip to Los Angeles and his "meeting" with Usher.
August 15, 2018
Episode 9: The Life of Professor Rahman Johnson
In the latest episode of “Taste Test Live”, hosts Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa sits down with one of Jacksonville, Florida’s most distinguished gentlemen Professor Rahman Johnson for an exclusive interview. Rahman “knows the greatest song ever written”, mentions his influences and discusses his professional journey from being a television personality to becoming a storyteller and “learning coach.”
July 25, 2018
S1 EP8: And the Ratchet Award of the Week Goes To
Hosted by Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa, Taste Test Live podcast is back with your weekly update and features in-depth discussion about the latest in urban music, exclusive tracks, remixes and more. On this week's show, Damien recaps the July 15th show and his favorites from the week including: @IAMSoloWoods, @JTimberlake, #ChildishGambino along with news about Jaden Smith, Ella Mai and Azealia Banks - the recipent of Ratchet of the Week Award.
July 18, 2018
S1 EP7: Singer-Songwriter MJbaker Just Wants People to Feel Somethin'
MJbaker joins Taste Test Live hosts Damien Lamar and Blue Franswa to discuss her “intense pheromones”, her amazing debut album “Feel Something” and her journey of discovering self love & overcoming the fear of loving. This full one-hour exclusive interview offers an inside look at her vulnerabilities and “chosen exposure”, being a woman in music working Ill Clinton with DJ, producer and radio personality Mr. Al Pete and shares artist who becomes one with her instrument. Artists mentioned: Erykah Badu, Sade, Lauryn Hill, Lianne La Havas, Solo Woods, Drake, Tamar Braxton and more Show MJbaker some love and help her make the final 16 and a chance to play the mainstage at AFROPUNK Battle of the Bands! AFROPUNK BROOKLYN returns to Commodore Barry Park on August 25th & 26th, 2018 VOTE NOW - Voting ends 07/16/2018. One vote per device per 24 hours @ Stream her new album at
July 12, 2018
S1 EP6: “Into the Groove” with Tommy Bridgewater, Self-proclaimed Legend and Rock Historian
It’s not often you can interview  a self-proclaimed legend. Tommy Bridgewater considers himself as a legend as well as a “rock historian”. During this exclusive interview, Tommy stresses the importance of “the groove”. As the visionary leader and bass player in his band, The Groove Coalition he shares his extensive music knowledge and shares the most interesting stories and reminisces about his band German band, “So What” and his connection with Helmut Hattler’s bass.
July 9, 2018
S1 EP5: Back to the Beginning
Taste Test Live is a music digestion podcast. Hosted by singer, radio host & producer, Damien Lamar along with his co-host, 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.
July 6, 2018
S1 EP4: Blue Franswa Extraordinaire
Everyone is intruiged by the man behind the lens, Mr. Blue Franswa, Haitian American Photographer, entreprenur and music aficionado. Damien Lamar welcomes Blue to Studio 3 to learn about how music infused their long-time friendship, learn what music influences his photography.
July 4, 2018
S1 EP3: Dangerous with B.DeVINE
Damien Lamar sits down with the sultry, singer-songwriter and performer, B.DeVINE. Listen as we discuss what's next for her music career and brings her new single electronic release, "Dangerous" produced by J. Dash.
July 4, 2018
S1 EP2: Lift with Akia Uwanda
Damien Lamar is joined in the studio with homegrown, Jacksonville singer-songwriter and performer, Akia Uwanda. Listen as we discuss how we met, her performance at the 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival and here her new single "Don't Have the Time".
July 4, 2018
S1 EP1: The Real Kela
Damien Lamar sits down with vocalist, Kela to discuss her thoughts on the weekly curated mix show and her latest projects.
July 4, 2018