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Woke in 2017 with Dr. Ashley Jackson

Connect with Dr. Ashley Jackson here. Bio Praised for her rhythmic precision and dynamic performances, harpist Dr. Ashley Jackson enjoys a multifaceted career in New York and beyond. She holds degrees from Juilliard (DMA) and Yale University (BA, MM). As an orchestral harpist, she performs with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolis Ensemble, and NOVUS NY, and has appeared on stages in New York and around the world including Carnegie Hall, Park Avenue Armory, Royal...

Duration: 00:25:31

Embracing Your Power with Mimi Jones

For more than two decades she’s been on the scene, bassist/vocalist/producer/label owner and now filmmaker Mimi Jones has reigned supreme, as a side woman to an impressive coterie of musicians and as a leader with three CDs on her own Hot Tone Music label, A New Day (2009) and Balance (2014) ----her third CD for the label, Feet in the Mud, being her most powerful, propulsive, and personal recording to date. I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Mimi to discuss music, politics and...

Duration: 00:48:11

The POWER of ATTRACTION with Evan Arntzen

Evan and I dove into the topic of divorce, inner peace, and transcending musical barriers. Connect with Darrian here: or Connect with Evan Here: Bio Evan Arntzen is a saxophonist, clarinetist, and vocalist born and raised in Vancouver BC, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Coming from a musical family, he was instructed by his grandfather, Lloyd Arntzen (also a clarinetist), who taught him...

Duration: 00:44:27

Exploring the dynamics of authenticity with Melika Belhaj

Melika Belhaj and I discuss how she educates the community about her culture with her poetry, culinary skills and mentorship. We also dive into the complicated definition of identity. She herself identifies as Arab American. We discuss what it means to be Arab and how Eurocentric values tend to shape our thoughts on identity in the western world. Connect With Melika here Insta:mvbelhajjj Web: Connect with Darrian Here or...

Duration: 00:37:31

Curating the life you want with Chris Pattishall

Grammy-nominated pianist Chris Pattishall is a master curator of life and music. He and I discuss the challenges young musicians face in today's super competitive musical landscape. We also dive deep into his "old school" musical education and the community that supported his growth. We also listen to his transformative creations and discussed what it means to defy labels. Connect with Darrian Here or Connect with Chris...

Duration: 00:43:46

Laughing at Life with Rita Brent

Rita Brent and I dive into the complexities of honesty, humility and mastering the ability to learn from life as you go. She has a long list of accomplishments ranging from producing her own comedy special to giving Ted Talks. She the remarkable ability to make real life events funny and interesting. I know you guys are going to enjoy this one! Bio: A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Cherita Brent (also known as “Rita B.”) is a professional drummer, radio host, and stand-up comedienne. She...

Duration: 00:34:10

400 year obduction with Darrian Douglas

This is a unique episode. This episode I'm the one answering all the questions. Noah Jackson interviews me about my recent pilgrimage to Africa. We had a compelling conversation about the extreme emotions that surfaced after returning to my ancestral home after a 400 year forced exile. Connect with me here Become a patron here Connect with Noah Here Bio Jackson, Mississippi...

Duration: 00:50:12