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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/support

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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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive/support

    S3 EP3 Community Organizer & Cultural Maven Shawana Brooks

    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

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    • 45 min
    S3 EP2 Jacksonville Piano Man Michael Murphy

    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.

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    Listen here - https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive

    Submit any episode ideas or suggestions to tastetestlive@gmail.com!


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    • 32 min
    S3 EP1 First Taste of 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 spectrumnews1.com]:  


    The Day the Music Burned
    The Death of Nipsey Hussle
    Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Takes Crossover to New Heights
    The Year of Lizzo
    Billie Eilish Spearheads Alt Revival.

     "Have A Taste" segment Damien Lamar reviewed the January 5th 2020 show where he produced the radio show and invited guest curator and soul singer Chris Williams to the studio to share some of his hand-picked tunes. Here's the Spotify playlist in case you missed the radio show: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/69keZOKXyGPmkwEqKkwtgo?si=Ge-UFl-eRxWTf3GZnHMQIQ

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    New episodes available every Wednesday on Spotify, Apple & Google podcasts, YouTube, the Anchor app and more!

    Listen here - https://anchor.fm/tastetestlive

    Submit any episode ideas or suggestions to tastetestlive@gmail.com!










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

    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)


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    • 42 min
    S2 EP15 -Spoken Word Artist and Poet Trinity Estelle

    S2 EP15 -Spoken Word Artist and Poet Trinity Estelle

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

    Learn more at www.tastetest.live

    Follow her on Instagram: @trinity.estelle


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    • 14 min
    S2 EP14: The Life of Robert Arleigh White

    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.


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    • 27 min

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