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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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  • 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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  • 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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Darren Nealis

Darren Nealis

The evening began with a quiet acoustic bass solo by Andy LaCloud. As the solo intensified in volume and complexity, Savion Glover walked onto the stage and joined in, matching Andy’s rhythms and melodies with precision. This intricate duet set the tone for a set of amazing tap dance and jazz pieces that were choreographed to allow each member of this quintet to improvise over a set of jazz themes composed mainly by John Coltrane.

The second piece had a Hammond B-3 sound provided by Tommy Jam