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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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  • 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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  • 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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John Doll

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Matisse once wrote that "both harmonies and dissonances of color can produce very pleasurable effects." He might have referred to modern music as well as modern art. There …
The post-war period precipitated radical changes in how jazz was performed. The popular swing big bands began to wither and bebop started to emerge like wild weeds from the…
Bobby Vince Paunetto & The Commit to Memory Band looks great on paper. The titles of the pieces are intriguing: ‘Jazz for the Silent Majority,’ ‘Dirt Cheap Meets Dirt,’ ‘Si…
The John Adams Quartet conjures up an image of a four-volume biography of an American President or perhaps a new minimalist string quartet from a contemporary composer. The…
A Modern Jazz Symposium of Music and Poetry is a classic recording that should not be overlooked. It was originally released in 1957 between the absolut…
Like a novel, an album title usually characterizes a unifying theme or offers a flavor of the music. Sometimes they are obvious and straightforward. Sometimes they can reveal a pervasive mood (Miles Davis' Kind of Blue) or offer an affectionate requiem (Duke Ellington's And His Mother Called Him Bill). Occasionally, they can reveal the subterranean inspirations of a musician.

Virginia Mayhew's first release was the widely praised Nini Green, released by Chiaroscuro in 1997. The title ref …
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