This episode is hosted by musician and With Good Reason sound engineer Jamal Millner, who spent 20 years as a professional touring musician and composer and was a member of the Corey Harris 5×5.

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The Black Fiddlers of Monticello

David McCormick

Some of America’s first maestros of European art music were enslaved and free Virginians of African descent. Violinist David McCormick shares the music of the Black violinists of Monticello from the Hemings and Scott families.

12 mins

American Maestro

Ernie Jackson

Justin Holland was a black man who was born free in 1819 in Norfolk County, Virginia.  He became one of America’s first classical guitarists and was respected by European Classical Guitar Masters. Ernie Jackson discusses Justin Holland and Jackson’s own life as a contemporary classical guitarist of African descent. 

16 mins


JoVia Armstrong

Renowned musician JoVia Armstrong plays some of her latest works and discusses how her childhood led to her life as a musician and composer.

24 mins

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