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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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  • 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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Don Williamson

Don Williamson

A serene D.D. Jackson? I don’t think so. Compared to what? Compared to his former self, before his recent matrimony and domesticity, he may indeed feel serene. Co…
Plenty of music exists to excite families about the Christmas holidays, particularly when they step into a retail store anytime between Halloween and Christmas day itself. …
Telarc International has combined its resources, orchestral and jazz, to offers holiday listeners a treat that features once again the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Under the …
A Charlie Brown Christmas is so well known that there is no need to describe the songs or the performances on the album. Indeed, the music of this annual Chri…
Jazz Yule Love II is a jazz album first and a Christmas album second. And that’s a rarity. The reverse is usually true. Normally, singers and musicians decide to rec…
As a pattern emerges, it appears that Don Byron’s recordings arise from one of three origins: the making of a musical point in argument against a prevailing critical view, …
How gracefully Nancy Wilson ages. Would that everyone could with as much class. I’m sure that Wilson wouldn’t mind my saying that. She says as much through the songs …
After playing Stefon Harris’s latest CD from beginning to end, it occurred to me that I had played the CD in the wrong direction, forward instead of backward. It would h…
In her search for spiritual musical expression, which continues to this date, Jane Bunnett has established one of the more interesting jazz careers of her generation. A Can…
Funk-n-Blues is an authentic blue-collar blues album that too seldom is heard any more. After all, no longer is there a real B-3 organ circuit that covered…