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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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One night in 1969--April 29, to be exact--Richard Nixon threw a party and all the jazz stars came out.Actually, Nixon employed an avid jazz enthusiast in the person of L…
It took Eddie Palmieri a long time to agree to record his La Perfecta band again. After all, the group hadn’t recorded since the 1960’s, and Palmieri felt that he couldn’t …
Once, an office tower near Chicago’s Miracle Mile bore the Playboy logo at its top. It no longer does. A few artifacts of the Playboy empire remain, though. O…
My Shining Hour is the latest in a growing string of CD’s that Howard Alden has released on Concord. This time, though, he records alone, without rhythmic accompanim…
The interesting aspect of Virtuosi, besides its splendiferous music, is how Gary Burton still is creating new forms when he sees a void or a need. One of the true ma…
In what she said was the first public performance of the songs on Tales Of Wonder, Nnenna Freelon explained that she has been listening to Stevie Wonder’s music most…
Curtis Stigers surprised more than a few people with Baby Plays Around, his first Concord CD. While Stigers spent a decade recording pop tunes and gaining a high deg…
Just seeing Dexter Gordon in the audience on Oscar night--a bemused jazzman among the glittering and posturing actors and actresses like James Woods or Jane Fonda--made the…
While the name of "The Classic Trio" may sound presumptuous if a member of the trio itself had chosen it, that's not the case. When Sharp Nine producer Marc Edelman was sta…
Hillsboro Jazz took the leap last year into jazz CD production with a string of releases featuring Nashville musicians who for years have backed up some of the well-known n…