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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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  • 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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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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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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Apparently entirely absorbed in his art and not so much in making a name for himself, Jason Moran is making a name for himself through the personalized art he creates. Seep…
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is releasing his seventh in a string of Blue Note albums--due in no small part to the perseverance of Blue Note president Bruce Lundvall. For Lundvall cir…
You have to give Mark Elf high marks for gumption. Defying the odds, he continues to self-produce his own CD’s, garner high praise from the jazz press, climb to the top of …
At a time when American artists like Dave Douglas, Michael Wolff or Chick Corea are infusing their work with rhythms and modes from Eastern European or Middle Eastern refer…
I have a suggestion for Mike Herriott: Apply to perform at the 2003 International Association of Jazz Educators convention in Toronto. Herriott appears to be known among Ca…
One would think that The Best Of Wynton Marsalis marks the occasion of the famous trumpet player's fortieth birthday, as well as the twentieth year since the release…
Wendell Hobbs likes to quote his former teacher, Kenny Barron, in his publicity materials: "Wendell plays in the style of the old masters. He has a firm understanding of th…
Following up on Swing Low, her first album as a leader, Claire Daly's Movin' On involves more than merely creating a second addition to her now-doubled discog…
Koch Jazz' remarkable CD, Jazz Casual: Count Basie/Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan is an unexpected pleasure--a rarity among commercially released CD's in that it present…
Dreyfus Jazz continues to stretch the definition of jazz, as it includes some of Europe's extraordinary musicians interpreting jazz standards, even as they push the limits …