Jackson, Mississippi native Darrian Douglas has fashioned a successful music career with jazz groups throughout New Orleans and New York City. At age 11, Darrian began studying music at the Academic and Performing Arts Center under Dr. Perry Combs and several other inspiring music educators, including Alvin Fielder, London Branch and Chad Anderson. These musicians played a huge role in his early development and would also serve as his mentors.
In 2008, Darrian moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he took over the drum chair in Ellis Marsalis's quartet. He stated, "I love playing with Mr. Marsalis; he allowed me to grow and explore the music without consequence." Darrian continued to play with Ellis until his departure from New Orleans in December 2012.
Darrian is a rising star, drummer, composer, and band leader of The Session, a group comprised of unique characters he shared the bandstand with while playing in Jason Marsalis' vibe quartet. Darrian has performed in over 30 festivals worldwide. He has also performed at renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center, Herbst Theatre, Saenger Theatre, Aladdin Theater, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Snug Harbor, Smoke Jazz Club, and Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse. He has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Victor Goines, Irvin Mayfield, Godwin Louis, Jazzmeia Horn, Brianna Thomas, Joe Temperley, Germaine Bazzle, Jessie McBride, Bob Cranshaw, Bria Skonberg and Ellis Marsalis. Darrian has recorded with Ellis Marsalis (Live at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2011), Greggory Agid (Mystery Blues), The Session (This Is Who We Are), Sam Zeanah Band (self titled), Bria Skonberg (TBA), Christina Perez (self titled), and Regeneration Brass Band (Body and Soul).
In addition to performing, Darrian taught percussion classes at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Performing and teaching are two of Darrian's greatest passions! Darrian now resides in New York City where he is currently pursuing his music career.
Clarinetist Gregory Agid was born in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. He got his first clarinet at the age of seven—and when his family moved to New Orleans five years later, Agid discovered jazz.
After attending Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp, where he learned from legendary musicians Alvin Batiste, Kidd Jordan, and Clyde Kerr, Agid was accepted to the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Here, Batiste became his mentor. “Alvin Batiste once told me that the clarinet is also like a jealous mistress, and the moment you don't give her the attention she wants, she becomes spiteful and unruly,” Agid remembers.
Agid’s NOCCA classmates included Grammy-nominated trombonist and trumpet player Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Grammy-nominated trumpet player Christian Scott, and pianist Jonathan Batiste. In 2005, NOCCA awarded Agid a grant to study with clarinetist Eddie Daniels at Daniels’ home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
While earning his bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from Loyola University New Orleans, Agid dove into performing. In addition to playing alongside Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and Kristina Morales, he leads the Gregory Agid Quartet and performs regularly in the New Orleans area, Nationally, and Internationally.
Agid graduated from Loyola in 2010, and released his debut album, Mystery Blues, in 2013. The following year, he completed his master’s degree in music at the University of New Orleans. Agid’s sophomore record, Words Are Not Enough, was released in December 2016
Artist in Residence
Maryland raised saxophonist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, Braxton Cook is a status-quo challenging who first broke out in 2017 on the scene with the release of his solo debut album Somewhere in Between. Heavily influenced by John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, D’Angelo and Frank Ocean, Braxton mixes the improvisatory elements of jazz and the soulful melodies of R&B into a fresh sound all his own. His music pulls from his experience as a Black jazz musician in America and his music aims to speak to the margins in society.
While still a student at The Juilliard School, Braxton began his career touring the world with trumpeter Christian Scott. During this time Braxton recorded and released his first EP called Sketch (2014), quickly followed by Braxton Cook meets Butcher Brown (2015). Following the release of Somewhere in Between (2017), Braxton toured the album internationally performing in London, Japan and across the United States. The album had 4 tracks that landed on Spotify's Top 50 Viral in the U.S. playlist.
Shortly thereafter, multiple tracks from the album were listed on State of Jazz and Alternative R&B playlists and Braxton was even placed on the cover of The Butter Playlist. In Spring of 2018, Braxton worked with a number of West Coast producers (Swarvy, Kiefer, Allmos) to create a collaborative project called Somewhere in Between: Remixes & Outtakes.
Braxton is now working on his next project called “No Doubt” which is set to release in the Fall of 2018. He embarks on his first international headlining tour in the Fall of 2018 to support the project.
Jasen Weaver began playing the double bass at the age of 11. He received training at many programs such as the New Orleans String Project, the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO), the Don Jamison Heritage School of Music and the prestigious New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA).
Since then he has been privileged to play with many great musicians including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herlin Riley, Wes Anderson, Donald Harrison, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Adonis Rose, Los Hombres Calientes, Stephanie Jordan and many others. He has also recorded with Dr. John, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater), Jason Marsalis, The Session, Cliff Hines, Sasha Masakowski, and saxophonist Stephen Richard.
He has performed internationally in Europe, Australia, Japan, Russia, Honduras, Barbados, Israel, South Africa and New Zealand. Jasen graduated from the University of New Orleans in May 2012, as a Jazz Studies major, and is an active member of the New Orleans music scene.
In addition to being a sideman, Jasen has been leading his own band since Summer 2012. The group is currently a sextet and has been featured on Saturday nights at Bacchanal Wine since Fall 2012, as well as many other venues in New Orleans such as Snug Harbor, The Prime Example, the Hyatt Regency and Gasa Gasa. He will be releasing his debut album, "The Voscoville" in early 2017.
Music educator, saxophonist, bandleader, and mentor Scott Johnson was born in Jackson, MS. His versatility on many woodwind instruments makes him an extremely valuable commodity on the jazz music scene today. Equally Proficient on alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax and clarinet his musical impact and influence is even larger than his commanding stature. Scott holds two degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in Music Education and Jazz Studies. He taught music at Hattiesburg High School for 7 years and later became the Director of Band for the entire Hattiesburg Public school district. He’s given college master classes about the do’s and don’ts of being a band director for students about to graduate. He also served in several “student-teacher bridge from college to career” boards.
. He remains active in Mississippi as a jazz and clinician as well as an avid music educator. In addition to the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, he currently performs with New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Melanie Gardner Quintet in New Orleans and These Days featuring Jewel Bass, Capitol City Stage Band, and Mississippi Live Orchestra in Mississippi. and beyondSince moving to New Orleans in July 2013, Scott is spreading his musical influence in the Crescent City