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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave. His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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Rising Singer & Songwriter, Juliet Kelly, follows the success of her critically acclaimed debut album with a UK tour this spring that will pay special tribute to the late Nina Simone.

Her album, Aphrodite's Child, released on independent jazz label 33 Records, has attracted a host of admirers including the saxophonist Courtney Pine and actress Diane Parish (from ITV's The Bill). It showcases her Acoustic Groove sound that has been likened to Sade, Cassandra Wilson and Erykha Badu. However, Ju …

Growing up in a strictly religious family that banned her from listening to any kind of music apart from the religious variety, London-born, Juliet Kelly has already overcome the odds to become a jazz singer and songwriter, releasing a debut album to critical acclaim that has lead to many tipping her as "one to watch". Now she is attempting what she has labelled "either an excellent or disastrous idea" to raise money from the jazz community to help release her next album.

On her website, Juli …

"Soulful, dignified, somewhat Cleo Laine-like..." THE GUARDIAN (UK)

" a real jazz sensibility, depth in the writing, a band that doesn't mind stretching out and a little intensity; rare and welcome weapons in today's jazz vocalists' often limited armoury." JAZZ AT RONNIE SCOTT'S MAGAZINE (UK)

"A young Londoner with film star looks, Juliet Kelly serves up a good first recording that begs for listening by adherents of jazz and pop-jazz." DOWNBEAT MAGAZIN