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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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  • 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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  • Kem Owens
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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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Jammin' reflects the Midiri brothers' "authentic yet creative" approach to the music of Benny Goodman. It's the fifth release by the these talented twins. Paul, whose instr…
The Boilermaker Jazz Band describes themselves as "an ecstatically fun band performing authentic hot jazz, ragtime, and swing." They're not kidding. Their music is energeti…
Scott Whitfield is multi-talented. He teaches, composes, arranges, sings and plays great trombone. Whitfield's vocals have been heard with many groups including the Pied Pi…
Lee Konitz and Alan Broadbent: Two craftsmen from different jazz generations united by an emphasis on exploration rather than emotion. The result is inventive music that cr…
The subtitle is "Modern Jazz Versions of Favorite Jewish and Israeli Songs."Jewish music and jazz! So what's the connection? Many pages of the Great American Songbook be…
Q. What does Zoot sound like on alto?
A. He sounds like Zoot on alto.Zoot would sound like Zoot if he played the didgeridoo! He was one of a kind. Swing was as natura…
Sometimes I wonder. Why analyze a CD in depth when music was designed for pleasure, not dissection? Buddy DeFranco is a versatile old pro who has won innumerable Down Be…
Leonard Bernstein was at home with jazz. He was cool enough that the musicians at his Young People's Concert, "Jazz in the Concert Hall," included Eric Dolphy and Benny Gol…
If you play the word association game with the word "Vienna" it is unlikely that "jazz" will be the first thought to pop into your mind. However this may well change after …
On so many jazz CDs the creative process is limited to performance. "She" is an exception. This inspired debut recording by drummer/composer Eric Starr displays creativity …