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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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  • 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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  • Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
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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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Bill Falconer

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Buddy Rich had one of the most exciting bands ever for many reasons: Buddy's charisma and technique, skilled musicians and, for more than fifteen years, John La Barbera's a…
Lynne Jackson and Mike Palter are unabashed romantics in a cynical era. They care. They care about the world. They care about this country. The UNICEF anthem, "We Dream a B…
Christmas is joyous, colorful and full of surprises. So is this CD and that's why I'm reviewing it in March when it first came my way. This Connecticut-based big band has a…
The Temple University Jazz Band exudes energy and confidence. Some of this can be credited to their youth.They also have a strong leader, trumpeter Terell Stafford who has …
The Blue Wisp, a nationally known jazz club in Cincinnati, has been in operation since 1973. In 1977 the owner, a country-western fan, instituted a jazz policy to attract a…
Max Roach. Abbey Lincoln, Billie Holiday, Charlie Haden, Sonny Rollins, Trane, Archie Shepp, Mingus,The Liberation Music Orchestra. Freedom Suite, American Dreams, Freedom …
The Henry Mancini Institute and its summer education program were founded by composer/arranger Jack Elliott in 1997 to continue Mancini's legacy as a mentor for youth. Each…
Dave Frishberg is multi-talented. His jazz credentials include being accompanist for Carmen McRae (that says something!) and house pianist at New York's Half Note where he …
Shirley Scott was a creative and agile player out of the long-established Philly organ combo tradition represented by Bill Doggett, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Trudy Pitts,…
There were eighty candles on Flip's cake at the three-day March of Jazz 1995 in Deerfield Beach. While the birthday boy didn't bake it himself he sure took charge of the ev…