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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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  • 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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Jaki Byard was an encyclopedia unto himself; in a French concert it's said he went "from James P. Johnson to Cecil Taylor." You hear that in his albums, even in the same so…
Jazz seems to avoid technology as other genres embrace it. While overdubs and electronics have been a rock staple for decades, they come to jazz slowly, and often criticize…
There's art and there's commerce. The musician needs gigs, to hone her craft, and reputation, to get more gigs. And the fastest way to build a reputation is through a recor…
Tom Knific is an invisible jazzman, one of those people who live playing music, while known to few but the musicians. Work on soundtracks, theater pit bands, and studio pop…
She was asked if she had made a CD, and the answer was direct: "Well yes, I am making plans for that, as a matter of fact." Simple but confident, like the cover picture: a …
Ed Walsh, Jr. was a baseball pitcher of little renown, the son of a beloved Hall of Famer. Ed, Jr. said something to the effect of "It's a curse to be the son of a great ma…
The lesson here is: watch. A major talent could be right next door: Scott Hall teaches in an Illinois high school; at night he's in Barry Winograd's big band. The group her…
It was a habit among record companies: pair Monk with an unlikely partner and see what happens. Sometimes it worked (Mulligan Meets Monk), sometimes it didn't (a session wi…
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