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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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  •  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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  • 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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Don Williamson

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After completing his plan to record a trilogy of solo albums, John Stetch is back in piano trio format as bassist Sean Smith and drummer Rodney Green join him in realizing …
I went to "A B-3 BBQ!" at the King Arts Complex in Columbus, Ohio last night (May 27, 2006) to hear Tony Monaco with guitarist Wilbert Longmire and drummer Louis Tsamous, a…
Visions. Such an ironic title. For the music of Visions is heard, felt, sensed. Certainly not seen. That’s not to say, however, that it can’t be visu…
With each successive CD he releases, Summit Records vibist Matthias Lupri exhibits noticeable growth. Not only that, but he also becomes increasingly experimental. In that …
The acknowledgements and thank-yous that one reads in the liner notes of various CDs are, most often, overlooked -- or else they are glossed over as a curiosity, perhaps to…
Searching for overlooked material to transform by means of the infinite creative possibilities of jazz, bassist Eddie Gómez and pianist Mark Kramer decided upon Jerry Bock’…
Sherie Marshall has been working for more than twenty years in the Toronto music scene, backing up other singers, opening for visiting performers, joining in other people’s…
In a number of ways, young jazz pianist Joel Holmes’ interests and background resemble those of Cyrus Chestnut’s. Both Holmes and Chestnut grew up in a religious background…
German guitarists Stephan Bormann and Thomas Fellow prove that a total, even of one plus one, can be vastly greater than its sum. Their playing on Offroad sounds unl…
Imagine a master’s degree project so good that it became a commercially released CD soon thereafter. That’s what happened to Chuck Gottesman, Philadelphia-area trumpeter wh…