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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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With a set that challenges preconceptions about improvised music, woodwind player Charles Collins and string multi-instrumentalist John Jasnoch deliver, with Need & Desi…
Drummer-led ensembles seem to gravitate towards two disparate concepts. First there is the idea of promoting the ensemble and compositions, "music over chops"; leaders incl…
With the plethora of female vocalists emerging to interpret and reinterpret the Great American Songbook, it is interesting to note that some of the more innovative and uniq…
Laszlo Gardony is a forty-seven year-old pianist, currently Professor of Piano Studies at Berklee College in Boston, who continues to surprise with every recording. From hi…
With the proliferation of independent and artist-owned record labels, and the ability to self-promote over the Internet, young artists are getting opportunities for exposur…
With a reputation as a contemporary multi-keyboard player, Philippe Saisse returns to his acoustic roots with My Favourite Songs, an essentially acoustic trio that c…
On Matthias Lupri’s third release, Same Time Twice, he ups the ante by signing with Summit Records, a larger independent label, as well as enlisting a group of upwar…
With a résumé that includes Jimmy Heath, J.J. Johnson, John Faddis, Steve Turre and Wayne Shorter, saxophonist Dan Faulk has the credibility to support releasing an album w…
The sign of a truly unique artist is the ability to recognize his/her work, regardless of the context. On Dream Sequence Kenny Wheeler, this time completely eschewin…
E.S.T., has, through the course of ten years and eight albums, created their own voice in the realm of the piano trio. As much influenced by Radiohead, Wilco and Pearl Jam …