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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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  • 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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  • 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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Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

It may seem to some that "little" big bands made their debut during the current swing dance revival. Not so! Actually, some of the new "retro" swing bands are caricatures o…
Jerry Jerome: Cliquot Club Eskimos. Jazz tenor for Miller (37-38), Norvo (38), Goodman (38-40) and Shaw (40-41). Freelancer, arranger, composer, NBC staff leader, TV commer…
You might expect a breath of fresh air out of the Pacific Northwest, but Latin jazz? The innovative Seattle-based Jazz Police orchestra provides both withcharts composed an…
I own only three soundtrack recordings. Two are Henry Mancini scores for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Two For the Road" which reflect my respect for Mancini and my long lo…
Marcelle Gauvin, another of those talented people from Southern New England, is an exciting jazz singer who will capture you with her versatile andexpressive voice. Not too…
Arranger, conductor and pianist David Matthews and the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra last saluted a master musician with "Bach 2000." With "Hey Duke!"they turn their atttention …
Fats Waller was a swinging striding piano virtuoso and an engaging singer with a sly wit. On this CD the piano mastery is served up by Dick Hyman (also Mike Lang on three t…
There are children singing on this CD. Now if you have had enough of precocious tots belting out that "Annie" anthem, "Tomorrow," not to worry! The kids are hip. The music …
It's a treat to see Derek Smith play live! This creative and energetic pianist conveys his enthusiasm to the audience with personality and body language. This is particular…
There aren't many musicians with the technical, inventive and emotional resources needed to hold the listeners' attention through extended solos. One is the old master, Son…