The Working Artist Project

Darrian Douglas

The Working Artist project is our attempt to answer questions and confront challenges that artists face on a daily basis. We are taking the time to get to know artist from every field with the intent of debunking the myths, and shedding light on the realities of the artist at work.

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In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Gregory Agid talk to Robin Barnes about her career, music, business ventures, and family. With a voice that is as powerful with a whisper as it is with a bellow, contemporary New Orleans jazz singer Robin Barnes is here to stun audiences. She’s appeared on Bravo, ESPN, BET, NCIS and more. She has also been featured in publications like The New York Times, Forbes, Southwest Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Marie Claire and Southern Living. In addition to being an award winning music artist, she’s also one of the city of New Orleans’ biggest ambassadors and influencers, and has been featured in the press for the fitness movement she founded, Move Ya Brass. Support this podcast

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Nov 29

53 min 17 sec

Albert Allenback, well known as the tall, lovable, goofy flute and saxophone player in New Orleans’ beloved https://instagram.com/tankandthebangas?igshid=1ismb0518whot (Tank and the Bangas), is up to some serious stuff these days. Albert released his first instrumental solo single under the moniker https://open.spotify.com/artist/3o0lWNxlA7SGQLm0d409Vg (Alb the Builder). Earlier in 2020, his duo project,https://instagram.com/saxkixave?igshid=ml8jjtmubibp ( SaxKixAve), in partnership with rapper extraordinaire https://www.instagram.com/underdogcentral/ (Alfred Banks), came out with an EP, a line of merch, a bunch of videos and teasers for what’s to come. With Tank and the Bangas, Albert recorded the EP https://open.spotify.com/album/3lyvbuaHTM8p1xEe9pqdXX (Friend Goals), dove into dozens of writing sessions and intimate performances and built up an archive of songs that will end up on a full-length release, sometime in 2021. Albert has also dipped his hand into producing several acts, this past year, and with the cache of artists in his corner, this could be the start of whatever he dreams it to be. -https://www.verylocal.com/author/sabrinastone1/ (SABRINA STONE) Support this podcast

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Nov 24

56 min 52 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Gregory Agid talk to Lydia Liebman about the subtle art of promoting musicians. Lydia Liebman is a New York City-based music industry professional with experience as a publicist, radio host, promoter, journalist, and musician. For a decade, she has been at the helm of Lydia Liebman Promotions, a leading music PR agency based in NYC that specializes in jazz, Latin jazz, and other creative music. Support this podcast

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Nov 15

54 min 13 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Gregory Agid talk to Makaya McCraven about creating new music and post-pandemic life! Makaya is a beat scientist. The cutting edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive style of performance defy categorization. Support this podcast

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Nov 8

56 min 32 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Noah Jackson talk to Andy Farber about his newest release, Early Blue Evening. Farber expands upon the legacy of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, paying homage to the kings of swings while bolding staking his place in jazz history. Support this podcast

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Nov 1

59 min 54 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Cameron Clark talk to Jon Gordon about his newest release, Stranger Than Fiction which features artists like John Ellis, Alan Ferber, and Jocelyn Gould. Support this podcast

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Oct 25

56 min 16 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Gregory Agid talk to Ropeadope Records recording artist Darren Hoffman. Darren is the guitarist and co-founder of New Orleans based duo Uncle Nef with legendary drummer and singer Shannon Powell; guitarist and bandleader of the NYC trio gorgeous! with Parker McAllister and Morgan Guerin; founder of Guava Records; creator of the Myxstem; and a faculty member of The Florida State University. Support this podcast

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Oct 15

58 min 52 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Gregory Agid talk to Roland Guerin about songwriting, Allen Toussaint, and how his music is influenced by life experience and mentorship. We also delve into his relationship with Ibanez and how designing a bass represents an embodiment of musical history and forward-thinking. Support this podcast

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Oct 7

50 min 49 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Gregory Agid talk to Emily Fredrickson about arranging and her role as Director for the Dee Dee Bridgewater Big Band. Connect with Emily on Instagram: @emilyfmusic Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Oct 1

56 min 36 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Gregory Agid talk to Christian Richardson about marketing, branding, and storytelling to create a successful business. Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Sep 23

54 min 32 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Jeanette Berry talk to Alexa Barchini about life, music, and creativity Support this podcast

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Sep 17

1 hr 3 min

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas talks to Conscious about NFT's, cryptocurrencies, and how artists can leverage this new technology. Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Sep 9

58 min

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas chat with Immanuel Wilkins about his inspirations and signing to the historic Blue Note record label. Connect with Immanuel Here: immanuelwilkins.com Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Aug 26

52 min 32 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas talk to Hannah Kreiger-Bensonabout her work as a professional musician, MACNNO, and ideas from her presentation on Life as a working musician. Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Aug 19

1 hr 6 min

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas chat with Adi Meyerson about her new album "I Want To Sing My Heart Out In Praise Of Life." Tune in to explore the multiverse of sounds and possibilities! Connect with Adi Here: adimeyersonmusic.com Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Aug 11

1 hr 3 min

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas talk to Julian Gosin about the Soul Rebels and pushing the limits of what a New Orleans Brass Band can be. Connect with Julian on Instagram: @nolajuice Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Aug 4

53 min 56 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Jeanette Berry and Darrian Douglas talk to Master Percussionist Alvester Garnett. Mr Garnett has performed with Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Regina Carter, Clark Terry, Pharoah Sanders, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Teddy Edwards, James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Charenee Wade, Lou Donaldson, Benny Golson, Al Grey, Rodney Jones, and Sherman Irby, among others. Join us as we explore his amazing career! Support this podcast

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Jul 29

1 hr 23 min

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Jeanette Berry and Darrian Douglas talk to Tahira Clayton about her research into Sexism in the music industry. Connect with Tahira Here: tahiraclayton.com Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Jul 21

50 min 29 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Jeanette Berry and Darrian Douglas talk to Lee Mo about her music and how life informs her art. https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/secondlineartscollective (#SecondLineArtsCollective) https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/music (#Music) https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/podcast (#Podcast) https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/theworkingartistproject (#theworkingartistproject) https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/neworleans (#neworleans) https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/musiceducation (#musiceducation) https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/newyork (#newyork) Support this podcast

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Jul 16

49 min 30 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian Douglas and Jeanette Berry chat with Theljon Allen about the power of uplifting yourself through hardships. Connect with Theljon on instagram: @theljona Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Jul 8

41 min 27 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas talk to Brent Birckhead about achieving peace through adversity. #SecondLineArtsCollective #Music #Podcast #theworkingartistproject #neworleans #musiceducation #newyork Support this podcast

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Jul 2

53 min 10 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas talk to John Michael Rouchell about the evolving music scene and what he thinks it should be. Connect with John on instagram here: @thatjohnmichael Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Jun 25

46 min 6 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas talk to Samara Joy about her creative process, recording a new album and the challenges of being an artist. Connect with Samara Here: samarajoy.com Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Jun 17

51 min 17 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas talk to Derrick Freeman about the link between New Orleans culture and Brass band Music! Connect with Derrick and SOUL Brass Band here: soulbrassband.com Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Jun 9

49 min 32 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas talk to Oscar Rossignoli about his new album INERTIA! Connect with Oscar on Instagram: @oscar.rossignoli Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Jun 2

44 min 59 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas talk to Calvin Johnson about the process of starting over in the Big Apple. Support this podcast

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May 26

47 min 24 sec

The ability to adapt yourself to any situation at hand is one of the most important aspects in becoming a successful artist. This ability inspires us to reach new heights, and to rediscover passions long forgotten. Join us on the next episode of The Working Artist Project as we discuss the power of change and imagination! Connect with Martina Here: martinadasilvamusic.com Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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May 19

51 min 11 sec

Crafting a story that people can connect with is at the heart of songwriting. These stories move us, along with creating commentary on the human condition. Join us on the next episode of The Working Artist Project as we explore what it means to create stories that everyone can resonate with. Connect with Vanisha on Instagram: @vanishagouldmusic Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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May 13

52 min 16 sec

On this special episode Darrian and Gregory answer questions about their favorite and most memorable parts of the show. Join us on the next episode of The Working Artist Project as we celebrate 100 episodes! Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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May 5

51 min 31 sec

Being able to fit adapt your skills to any situation is crucial in any professional environment. This is especially true for composers, who must be able to create soundscapes unique to the story they are telling. Join us on the next episode of The Working Artist Project as we discuss the artistic process behind composition. Connect with Nicholas Here: njlmusic.com Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Apr 28

51 min 53 sec

The influence that drummers have had in creating hip hop is undeniable. Grooves from different cultures were sampled to create some of the most defining moments in hip hop history. Join us on the next episode of The Working Artist Project to hear and learn how rhythmic expression and hip hop are intertwined. Connect with A.J. Here: ajhallmusic.com Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Apr 21

47 min 22 sec

We all strive to live in the moment, constantly reaching to allow ourselves to experience the fullness of life. When I listen to George Burton, I get the feeling that he has mastered this concept. Join us on the next episode of The Working Artist Project to hear, see and feel what it means to be a fearless creator. Connect with George Here: GeorgeBurtonMusic.com Join The Working Artist Project News Letter: SecondLineArts.org/newsletter Support this podcast

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Apr 14

50 min 14 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian and Gregory discuss the process of entering a music what it takes to enter a music scene, make a statement, and find the connections to help you achieve your musical goals all while maintaining what makes your sound unique with Marvin Sewell. Bio: Marvin Sewell was born and raised in Chicago. He learned how to play the guitar by hanging out with many Chicago basement bands. At that time, Marvin was exposed to a variety of styles of music such as: Blues, Gospel, and Soul. Rock, and Fusion. In high school, he started playing with the Malcolm X Community College Big Band. From there he started playing with many famous local Chicago musicians such as Von Freeman, Ramsey Lewis, Billy Branch, Jody Christian, Big Time Sarah, and Barbara La Shore. Marvin later moved to New York in 1990. Since he began living in New York, Marvin has played with various bands of different styles of music, ranging from acoustic to electric music. In 1992, Marvin made his first major Jazz band when he began working with Jack Dejohnette’s Special Edition. In 1995, he began playing with Cassandra Wilson with whom he played a variety of string instruments for six years. In 2002, Marvin did a tour of eastern Africa with the Newsome, Sewell, and Harris Trio. Today, Marvin spends most of his time writing music for his own band, The Marvin Sewell Group.  Support this podcast

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Apr 7

52 min 21 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory and Darrian discuss New Orleans' educational lineage and its impact on generations of musicians with John Michael Bradford and Brian Richburg Jr. Bio: John Michael Bradford is a trumpeter/singer/composer from New Orleans, Louisiana. John Michael’s passion for music was sculpted by the sound and spirit of NOLA. Bradford's musical gift has now taken him from the streets of New Orleans to performance halls around the world, playing shows in Japan, in Switzerland, Carnegie Hall, and the Grammys.  Brian Richburg was born and raised in New Orleans, and began playing in his father's church at an early age. While growing up, he was exposed to the diverse sounds and cultures that define the uniqueness of that city. Richburg's drumming incorporates the African and Caribbean inspired rhythms of the New Orleans street bands. He has appeared with Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison Jr., Ellis Marsalis, Christian Scott, Delfeayo Marsalis, Amina Figarova, and many others. Support this podcast

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Mar 31

50 min 28 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Darrian and Gregory discuss the power of happiness with Joshua Starkman. You wouldn't think that going through a divorce would lead you towards creativity, happiness and peace, but in Joshua's case, it did just that.  Bio: Joshua Starkman, sometimes known as "The Have a Great Day Guy", will bring a smile to your face and sweet music to your ears. Joshua has lived in New Orleans for the past decade. He enjoys making people smile, playing guitar and watering his plants. Guaranteed to make you have a great day or your money back. Have a Great Day, we love you! Support this podcast

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Mar 24

44 min 32 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas explore how finance and music collide with Wilbur Thompson. Wilbur quit his six-figure job in finance to follow his passion to become a full-time musician. Bio: Wilbur Thompson is a passionate bass player from South Carolina that exudes emotion every time he plugs up. Before moving to New Orleans in 2015, Wilbur worked in the financial services industry from 2005-2015. He worked as a relationship banker for BB&T Bank, an information consultant, for LPL Financial independent advisors, and an Integration Manager for LPL Financial. Support this podcast

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Mar 16

50 min

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas explore the modern world of tap dance with Michela Marino Lerman. Support this programming at SecondLineArts.org Bio: Michela Marino Lerman, winner of the 2019 Hoofer Award, is a globally sought after tap dance artist, performer, choreographer, educator and all-around creative spirit. The Huffington Post has called her a “hurricane of rhythm” and the NY Times has called her both a “prodigy” and has described her dancing as “flashes of brilliance” and Quincy Jones has said she is an “absolute tap dancing star who knows her roots.” She very proudly, was mentored by some of the masters of tap dance including Gregory Hines, Buster Brown, Leroy Myers, Peg Leg Bates, Marion Coles and Mable Lee. Lerman has performed, choreographed, produced, and directed many projects throughout her career.  Some highlights include leading her own band Love Movement and being a member of the band Mwenso and the Shakes, whom she tours with regularly. Some performance highlights include the Newport Jazz festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, opening night of The Shed at the Hudson Yards, The Other Palace on London's West End, and co-producing the documentary American Tap. She has had the honor of working with such masters as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Anna Deavere Smith, Jon Bastiste, Quincy Jones, Steve McQueen and many more. http://www.michelataps.com/ (www.michelataps.com) @michelataps Support this podcast

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Mar 9

50 min 40 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas explore Joe Dyson's newest recording aptly entitled "Look Within". The three of them explore the importance of introspection, community and creativity.  Bio:  Spirituality has been a major theme in drummer/composer Joe Dyson’s work. Dyson thrives at the intersection of the church, traditional study and apprenticeship. This trinity, combined with sounds and sights from touring the world, has culminated in a stunning debut album. LOOK WITHIN is an emotional and introspective journey that allows us a glimpse into the mind of Joe Dyson. Support this podcast

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Mar 2

55 min 54 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project Darrian, Gregory and Tim discuss the importance of digesting all styles of music. Support this podcast

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Feb 23

47 min 46 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project we discuss the importance of culture and relationships in the non profit space. Bio: Ashley Shabankareh (she/her/hers) is a musician, music educator, arts administrator, and music education and creative economy advocate. She received her M.M. and B.M.E. from Loyola University, New Orleans, with a concentration on conducting and brass instruments. Ashley is a certified K-12 music educator and spent her early years in New Orleans teaching PK4 through 8th grade students. She transitioned from full time music instruction to assist in the creation the curriculum and program guidelines for the Tulane University Music Rising Program. In addition, for the past 13 years, Ashley served as the Director of Programs for Preservation Hall Foundation, working with culture bearers and serving over 35,000 per year in programming in schools, detention centers, and community centers. In 2016, she was named a Top Female Achiever by New Orleans Magazine, a New Orleans Hero by the Times-Picayune, and a Woman of the Year by New Orleans City Business. In 2017, she was named a Top Millennial in Music by the Spears Group and I Heart Media. Today, Ashley currently serves as the Collaborative Action Strategist for Artist Corps New Orleans, and also works with the New Orleans Jazz Museum and Upbeat Academy. She also serves as the Vice President for the Jazz Education Network, Board Chair for the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO), and Board Member for Elan Academy Charter School. By night, Ashley performs as both a trombonist and vocalist, performing with notable musicians including Aretha Franklin, Allen Toussaint, Theresa Andersson, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in her own projects, Marina Orchestra and the Asylum Chorus.  Support this podcast

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Feb 16

53 min 30 sec

In this episode of the Working Artist Project Gregory and Darrian find out why Marcus Miller decided to leave Wall Street to pursue a career in music. Bio: Marcus Miller wants to spread curiosity, imagination, and beauty through his work in music, mathematics and other fields of interest. He began studying saxophone at age nine and, with the help of world-renown saxophonist Bruce Williams (Roy Hargrove, Juilliard, World Saxophone Quartet), developed a passion that put him on stage at 13. With gifts extending beyond music, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Mathematics. After a short stint at a major hedge fund, he moved to New York City to pursue music. He soon developed a reputation as a versatile and virtuosic player, while studying music production and engineering under Grammy-Winning Engineer “Bassy” Bob Brockman (Notorious B.I.G, Herbie Hancock, D'Angelo). Marcus has performed at the Obama White House, Madison Square Garden, The World Economic Forum at Davos, The Montreux Jazz Festival, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert alongside Jon Batiste, and Carnegie Hall. In addition, he has worked with musical giants ELEW and Jazzmeia Horn and is a regular at Daybreaker NYC. He works as a teaching artist at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and was noted as an Artist of Distinction by the state of New Jersey.   Marcus maintains his interest in mathematics and physics by giving talks and performances that combine Math and Music. He has been featured at the Falling Walls 2020 Virtual Conference for Berlin Science Week, TEDSummit 2019, TEDxOttawa 2019, Brown University, University of Georgia, University of Michigan, and venues in Istanbul, Hong Kong. He has also held a residency at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City. He hopes to encourage people to become more aware of the beauty in mathematics and the power of imagination.   Support this podcast

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Feb 9

50 min 30 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project Gregory, Darrian and Jeanette discuss the subtle differences between Equality and Equity in the arts space. Bio:   Jeanette Berry is a singer songwriter, poet, educator, and band leader. She is a student of the Black American Music tradition citing Jill Scott, Carmen McRae, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, India Arie and Donny Hathaway as influences. Not a stranger to different genres, Jeanette has worked with Hip Hop artists and producers, most notably Homeboy Sandman, Break Beat Lou, Grand Puba, Bishop Lamont, and many others. She has worked with her former original band Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds in the New York Tri-State area, New England, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and the DMV area. She's toured singing background for Ms. Lauryn Hill and spent 7 years as a member of the Voice of the Pops with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. She's released One full length album, two EP's and a live compilation album. Her music has been featured on TV. Her latest single, "Space & Timing" can be found on bandcamp with the rest of her music. Later this month she will be celebrating the one year anniversary of her EP, Solivagant with a virtual event including poetry and stories from her and musicians a part of the recording.  Support this podcast

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Feb 2

49 min 40 sec

Emily Braden and Darrian Douglas discuss the importance of soulfulness and growth. BIO  With a new album currently in the works, vocalist Emily Braden electrifies NYC and international audiences with her fresh, soulful sound and striking stage presence.  Winner of New York City's 'Best of the Best' Jazzmobile Vocal Competition, this Idaho-born, Harlem-based vocalist keeps her feet firmly planted in the straight ahead tradition while fearlessly exploring the range and nuance of the human voice. Her original music, co-created with producer and pianist Misha Piatigorsky, blends heavy grooves and carefully-crafted lyrics with soaring vocals and off-the-cuff bilingual improvisations. Before the COVID-19 global pandemic, Braden toured regularly and could be seen every first Friday at NYC’s famed 55 Bar. See her live and she’ll make you a believer. The official video for “Strength of Love," the first single from the upcoming album, was released on YouTube on June 5, 2020.  Currently mixing a new album. Folks can connect via IG (@songbody) or FB artist page under my name.  Support this podcast

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Jan 28

47 min 36 sec

Virginia, Gregory and Darrian dive into the complexities of creating and self-reflection during a time of hardship. Virginia's Bio: 2019 Stingray Music Rising Star Award recipient and 2020 International Clarinetist Corona Competition first prize winner Virginia MacDonald has established herself as a respected and sought after musician in the Canadian jazz scene. Virginia has performed extensively as both a leader and side woman at several venues across the city of Toronto, where she is currently based, including Koerner Hall, The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, The Jazz Bistro, The Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, and has performed in several Canadian and American jazz festivals including The Cambridge Jazz Festival, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Beaches International Jazz Festival, the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, the TD Markham Jazz Festival and the Cape Breton Jazz Festival. Virginia has had the opportunity to work internationally in the United States, India, Spain, and France. In 2018, Virginia received a $10,000 scholarship to take part in an exclusive five-week workshop at Berklee College of Music with Grammy Award-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. While at Berklee, she had the chance to work with Terri extensively, along with Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Tia Fuller. She also had the opportunity to perform at the Cambridge Jazz Festival, alongside Carrington and Fuller. She appeared on Juno Award-winning saxophonist Kirk MacDonald’s 2013 big band release, Common Ground, and his latest 2018 release with the legendary Harold Mabern, Generations: Ballads & Standards. In addition to her busy performance schedule, Virginia is an in demand educator and has given masterclasses at universities and post-secondary music programs both locally and internationally, including workshops at McGill University (Montreal), the Global Music Institute (Delhi), and the True School of Music (Mumbai). At this point in her career, Virginia is now focusing on composing and performing her own music. Her debut album is set to be released in 2021, and is comprised of original compositions written for jazz quintet. Support this podcast

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Jan 19

49 min 30 sec

In this episode of The Working Artist Project Gregory, Darrian and Loren discuss the path to self love through growth and music. Bio: Bay area native Smith sang his first solo at the age of 3 and never stopped. Smith’s latest single “Can’t Wait”, produced by Colin Boyd (Mac Miller & Frank Ocean) boasts over 750,000 Youtube views, and his first single “Break Free” was featured on NBC’s Today Show. Smith’s solo vocals have been featured in the motion pictures “GET OUT”, “Lincoln”, and the CW’s “All American”. He’s lent his voice to the recording projects of BTS, Nick Carter and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, shared the stage as supporting vocalist for Arcade Fire, Erich Bergen, Heather Headley and Andy Grammer and is currently tenor and vocal captain of Michael Buble’s Background Vocalists. Connect: Twitter, FB & Instagram @SangLorenSmith. www.facebook.com/sanglorensmith Support this podcast

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Jan 13

54 min 46 sec

Spike Wilner, Gregory Agid and Darrian Douglas discuss the importance of Jazz Clubs and how they contribute to the arts community.  Spike Wilner Bio:  Michael "Spike" Wilner, was born in the city of Manhattan, New York. Spike was inspired to play ragtime piano at a young age. Spike entered into the first class of the, now legendary, New School For Social Research's Jazz and Contemporary Music Program, then led by the late Arnie Lawrence. Spike performed with and has led many bands in New York City at many famous, now closed, jazz clubs including The Village Gate, The Angry Squire, Visiones, Augies, The West End Gate and The Village Corner. Spike also toured with The Artie Shaw Big Band, The Glen Miller Orchestra, Maynard Furgeson & Lennie Cuje.  In 1994, Spike began to work a regular gig at Smalls Jazz Club. This became his permanent musical home and led to his current position as partner and manager of the club. Spike now spends most of his time at Smalls making sure that it keeps on running. Each Tuesday he performs with his group. Spike's company SmallsLIVE LLC is a digital media company with the purpose of distributing live recorded music from Smalls Jazz Club. SmallsLIVE currently has a catalog of 40 HD titles, broadcasts live shows every night on the internet via www.smallslive.com. SmallsLIVE has also documented every show at Smalls Jazz Club since September of 2007. The audio/video archive now has more than 7000 recordings and represents from than 550 prominent jazz artists. Support this podcast

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Jan 7

45 min 8 sec

The Working Artist Project presents Victor Goines. Victor Goines is a jazz saxophonist and clarinetist. From 2000 to 2007, he was director of the jazz program at Juilliard. He has been a member of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993. Support this podcast

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Dec 2020

52 min 58 sec

Jackie Harris is a cultural ambassador who has sought to it that the music that we call "Jazz" is passed along through education and culture. In 2013 Mrs Harris was named the Executive Director of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. This foundation has a long-standing camp that goes by the same name. We hope that you tune in to learn more about Jackie and the many projects that she spearheads. Support this podcast

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Dec 2020

54 min 16 sec

Jazzmeia, Gregory and I sat down to discuss her new album entitled Where We Are. Her perspective on life is the same as her music, riveting! In this conversation, you will gain some insight into Jazzmeia's to success.  Connect with Jazzmeia: http://www.artistryofjazzhorn.com/live (www.artistryofjazzhorn.com/live) Support this podcast

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Dec 2020

49 min 2 sec

Ben Paterson website:  http://www.benpaterson.com/ (www.benpaterson.com), and Facebook / Insta at BenPatersonMusic Combining a joyful swing feel with an impeccable touch, Steinway Artist Ben Paterson has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young pianists on the Jazz scene today, garnering international acclaim for his superb musicianship and engaging performances. Originally from Philadelphia, Ben studied both classical and jazz music before moving to the great city of Chicago, absorbing the unique blend of Jazz and Blues that can only be found in the Windy City.  Now based in New York, Ben is poised to bring his unique talents and style to a wider audience, performing regularly at top notch venues around town, and at clubs and festivals around the world.  In 2018 Ben was named as the First Place Winner of the Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, with judges including Ellis and Branford Marsalis, Arturo O'Farrill and Jonathan Batiste. Notable collaborations include work with NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, Johnny O’Neal, Red Holloway, Eldee young, Jerry Weldon, Peter Bernstein and Ed Cherry to name a few, with performances opening for groups like Steely Dan and B.B. King. Ben has released 7 CD's under his own name: Breathing Space (OA2 Records 2007) Blues For Oscar (Meetinghouse Records 2012), Essential Elements (MAXJAZZ 2013), For Once In My Life (Origin 2015), That Old Feeling (Cellar Live 2018), Live at Van Gelder's (Cellar Live 2018), and I'll Be Thanking Santa (Meetinghouse Records 2019) Visit http://www.benpaterson.com/ (www.benpaterson.com) for more information. Support this podcast

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Dec 2020

52 min 50 sec