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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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  •  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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  • 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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Charles Sudo

Charles Sudo

Blessed with an infectious, groove-oriented sound that all but dares the listener to resist the urge to leave his seat and shake his thing on the dance floor, Soulive very …
Bobbi Wilsyn teaches voice at Columbia College Chicago and for the past ten years has also been the featured vocalist in William Russo’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble. It’s Abou…
Bay Area keyboard player Michael Bluestein is a Berklee graduate who has cut his teeth playing with everyone from Steve Smith and kitty Margolis to pop singer Shelby Lynne.…
In this post Ken Burns "Jazz" status quo, where legends are dusted off for an occasional spin and treated as footnotes and "authoritative" types like Wynton Marsalis and hi…
The legendary Oscar Brown, Jr. treads a fine balance between jazz vocalist, playwright, poet, and social activist. As a vocalist and student of vocalese he rarely gets ment…
San Antonio based vocalist Ken Slavin is one of the most popular singers in that Texas town, and the hardest working. Since he started his singing career at a relatively la…
This is simply a beautiful album in more ways than one. On the centennial anniversary of the birth of one of the founding fathers of American musical theater, the not-for-p…
The legendary Brazilian modernist poet Manuel Bandeira also indulged a fixation with songwriting throughout his life under the nickname Manduca Pia. Thirty years before the…
In 2001 the Chicago Composers Project, a joint venture of the American Composers Forum and the Jazz Institute of Chicago, commissioned bassist Tatsu Aoki to compose a music…
The Chicago free jazz scene is one of vibrancy and daring, which is one of the keys to its success and being held in high esteem by players, fans, and critics around the gl…
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