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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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  • 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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  • 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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Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

Pops stands for pleasure and this is an entertaining CD. The orchestra's arrangers have provided crowd-pleasing charts of swing favorites from "String of Pearls" to "Sweet …
Colores del Fuego," the first of four Gary Urwin originals on this CD, should be its title. There's so much fire and color here, provided by this creative arranger/composer…
Remembered by a scattered few, I wonder sometimes if they knew those were the legendary days......Lorraine Feather. Lorraine Feather doesn't take us back to those legend…
This fine album is the second in Telarc's "Live at Starbucks" series. The first involved the Ray Brown trio in Seattle. Here the setting is 29th and Park in NYC. The invite…
The CD ends with Bob Haggart commenting on "Big Noise from Winnetka" as we listen to his 1995 rendition. This will bring you smiles and memories. But there's a lot more to …
Jay Patten has a musician's voice. (Those voices are not only the most musical but also the most interesting.) I'm reminded of the late vocalist/pianist Joe Derise. He is a…
Paul Cacia is a bandleader, studio musician and a trumpeter with a flair for the stratospheric. He will remind you of Maynard. Cacia played with the Kenton orchestra and pr…
Cornetist Ruby Braff epitomizes the Arbors artist. He is mainstream, well-grounded in the tradition, and brings an extra dimension of creativity to the mix. If you define t…
Creativity is the core of jazz and the center of composer/pianist Andrew Hill's being. His half-century career reads like a jazz history. Discovered by Earl Hines, mentored…
The swing dance revival appears to be on the wane, which isn't all bad. The main beneficiaries were dance teachers ( some even claiming to be therapists), wardrobe supplier…