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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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  •  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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Cj Shearn

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October 28, 1999 will go down in jazz organ history as one of the most electrifying nights on record. That was the night Joey Defrancesco and the grand master of the Hammon…
In an age where Jazz musicians make records, they often concentrate on technical skills and forget how fun a tune can be making a sincere, soulful statement, like how they …
Stanley Jordan came on the national jazz scene in the early eighties and was a revelation. Stanley utilized a style called hammering, in which he taps the fret board, to pr…
After a more than 20 year absence, the Headhunters are back with a new album. With returning members Bennie Maupin, Paul Jackson, and Mike Clark(who replaced Harvey Mason a…
During my tenure as a DJ at the local college radio station, I had an opportunity to take a listen to a first, and potentially exciting double organ encounter between Joey …
This incredible 4-CD boxed set from Mosaic chronicles trumpeter Lee Morgan's complete sessions as a leader in the 1950's for Blue Note. Through the set, one can hear the pr…
Secret Story represents one of the most ambitious projects in the Metheny catalog. Not only does it employ past and present members of the Pat Metheny Group, but also it is…
Ex-James Brown alto saxophonist Maceo Parker, along w/ fellow ex JB's: trombonist Fred Wesley, and tenor saxophonist Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis bring us a hot, funky live date …
Stanley Jordan is a truly remarkable artist. His "hammering" technique,(tapping the fretboard to produce lead lines, chords and bass simultaneously) has put him into a cate…
This is a CD issue of an informal blowing date recorded live at Smalls Paradise in New York on April 7, 1958. Organist Jimmy Smith is featured with alto saxist Lou Donaldso…
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