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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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  • 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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  • 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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Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

I'm not usually a fan of compilations. They seem so easy to produce and the result is often a hodgepodge. On the other hand I won't take a long drive without my set of "The…
Greg Piccolo may hail from Rhode Island but he is definitely a Texas tenor. The word "homage" may suggest an atmosphere of quiet reverence but that's not what you will find…
WHY did Russ Freeman need a drummer? Such was my reaction to the hard-driving opener, "Getting Sentimental Over You." Like Dave McKenna, Freeman possesses a barreling left …
The borough of Delaware Water Gap, PA, (population: 744) is a special place. It's the location of the Deer Head Inn, a jazz mecca for about half a century. Since 1978 it ha…
It's not the same Birdland but not much else has changed. We've heard that soothing sound for fifty years or so. It's one of the most recognizable voicings in jazz - piano,…
Ty Cobb felt that Joe Jackson had the most natural swing he had ever seen. My candidate for winner in that category is Zoot and he proves it again on this CD. During the fi…
Delaware Water Gap in the Poconos has been the home of a small gem of a neighborhood jazz festival since 1978. It helps that the area is a magnet for musicians and the neig…
This talented group is Scottish. The bass player hails from Sao Paulo. The drummer has taught music in the Czech Republic. The saxophonist played township jazz in Cape Town…
Over a 30-year career, composer/pianist Kirk Nurock has shown a flair for the unexpected. At 16, he was selected by Duke Ellington for a scholarship to the Eastman School o…
Nat King Cole is incomparable. His feathery swinging touch and clean articulation has influenced such diverse pianists as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Ahmad Jamal. His so…