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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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  • 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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  • 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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Karl Stober

Karl Stober

29.01.2011

Jamie Craig

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Music often echoes the soul and significance of a man's expedition. Through the notes, they mirror tears that fall from pains of the past, melodies give birth to one’s chronicles, and the arrangement is the evolution of one’s existence. This sole performance, by means of the vision of Jamie Craig, is just that--a retrospect of his life. Titanic eruptions of brilliance galvanized in sensitivity become the defining spin of A Dream Lost.

To articulate the impact of Craig’s multi-di …

29.01.2011

Don Immel

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
The slide travels in synch with the pulsation of his moods, the valves equally distribute the demeanor of the temperament, and the intellect is the oxygen that gives it life. The romance of this progression is Don Immel’s legacy and with that, he bequeaths an education in brass-coated passion.

Trombonist Don Immel is many things; a puzzle with many pieces all contributing to a complete instrumentalist. Some define him as an educator, others key into his musicianship, along with the characteri …

29.01.2011

Rosey

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
The tectonic plates of the music industry crust shifted when a certain star descended upon jazz’s earthly threshold. The cross-over from pop to jazz brought a new feel to the magnificence of this vocal seductress and songster, escorted by a youthful rule. This voiced architect envisions jazz as her destiny, with its many attitudes and arrangements yet cultivates the genre with her unsullied proficiency. Ladies and gentlemen its time you met... Rosey!

From her debut pop jewel-box Dirty …

In my exploration for a new artist-entrepreneur, my friend Kari (who is a pundit of independent performer’s) set my course to a unique and vibrant siren that swings with a pioneering eloquence. Adorning a smile that would light up the Broadway skyline and a revolutionary instinct that is tenacious by nature, flutist Ragan Whiteside entered unplugged, into my compilation of uncut diamonds. With ease and assured conviction, I can state Ragan has fashioned a masterful unveiling spin, branded Cla …
29.01.2011

Ellen Honert

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Echoing the element of traditional with diverse vocalization, Amsterdam’s Ellen Honert has hit the vocal jazz scene heavy with promise!

When I first spun the diabolically seductive tones of "Blue" from Ms. Honert’s debut release from Mill Station Records, Breath of the Soul, thoughts of a majestic romance came to mind. Ms. Honert seems to possess assured ingenuity along with an unclouded foresight; exposing ones past emotions with her vocal allure. Crisp in delivery, precise in harmoni …

One wonders if Jimi Hendrix had the blues students of today in mind when he said, "Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel." However, when the self-invented wild child of blues, Debbie Davies, hits the stage, it all makes sense!

From my first "plug-n-play" of Davies in my studio at a small stick in New England, Davies' manipulation and passion of the strings ignited the station populace. The Duchess of Blues was loose and out of control. Every lick had fever pitch. It was the blu …

29.01.2011

Pamela Hines

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

As one journey’s down the ivory keys of a piano one stroke at a time, each note is an attitude, however, when harmonies are in union with others they become a relationship soon to develop a story, the author is the musician and the beneficiary is the fan. Simple concept, but not so simple to orchestrate So let me familiarize you with one of jazz’s grand ivory authors Ms. Pamela Hines!

From the cunningly complex arrangement of "Return" to the ever-evolving emotions of "Very" this unclas …

29.01.2011

Taeko Fukao

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Taeko Fukao, a name widely known now, but in the very near future, artiste Taeko the talent, will be synonymous with harmonic ingenuity and inventive musicality. Taeko has unearthed emotional jazz both in performance and concept. Talents are hidden beneath this Japanese born musical philosopher with a range that is refreshingly crisp. Taeko also has a gift of putting fear aside and acting on logic and direction. Asked if she found scatting difficult as many do, Taeko just expressed it as "n …
29.01.2011

Marcomé

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

In the depths of the creative atmosphere that comforts us musically, a fresh resonance with a spirit so animated and enchanting (that cataloging is an exercise in futility) has emerged. The sound is that of Canadian, Marcome’, (Mar-ko-may), a multi-artistic phenomenon that will, I assure, change the way you perceive composition and performance along your journey through musical exploration.

Marcomé first emerged on the scene in 1995 and within a few months, engaged the World Music popu …

Jazz, in all its forms, is an art divinely created by a free spirit! An artist who" feels" from all directions, not just a specific occurrence, thereby evolving that process into an expressive sculpture mounted on sound. Along the way breaking down barriers and rules of which need not apply, for that spirit thrives and creates from within by one’s own manual! This is vocalist and pianist Melani Skybell.

Skybell’s delivery and insight offers a unique exploit into her world of jazz inter …