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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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    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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Gerard W. O'Brien

Gerard W. O'Brien

This album is elaborate, quirky and quite a bit of fun, but it might easily be put in the "difficult listening music" category. I enjoyed Nine Gardeners Named Ned but I wou…
Carlos "Patato" Valdes’s "El Hombre" is a CD by a very laid back Afro Cuban ensemble, led by one of the musicians who has shaped the genre. It has a very rich smooth sou…
When I invest in a CD I want more from it than a sound to fill dead air, I want an experience. The self titled album by the band ABATERÍA provides such an experience, it is…
I listen to a lot of jazz on CD, live in clubs and other venues. A great deal of it is really good solid music. The kind you like to see played live. The kind you wish t…
This is number 46 in a series of free improvisation live from the decks of the ARTSHIP in Oakland, CA.I first heard William Roper perform on hammer percussionist …
This could be a novelty album if it weren’t for the following facts. First the music is impeccably played by a group of outstanding musicians. Second, the arrangement of…
I was given Patrick Boone's album by Jesse Bradley to hear a very tight combo with whom he was playing. I enjoy Jesse's guitar playing whether solo, in a duo with vocali…
Anybody who has walked down a street in New York City has met one of those people who although he or she has never met you wants to tell you about something important, p…
Is "KRIN" easy listening avant garde? Well, maybe. Is "KRIN" a world music party album with western ties? It could be. Is it a simple album to understand? Probably not. …

L.A. Radio Station KKJZ 88.1 FM is in danger of having its format and management changed. For 25 years, KKJZ, formerly KLON has played jazz and blues and nothing but jazz and blues. It is an oasis in a musical desert.

Recently and due largely to the generous contributions of jazz lovers the station was able to upgrade from 6,500 watts to 30,000 watts. Now Southern California Public Radio wants the station, so they can make it into another talk and NPR station. That will mean that there …

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