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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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  •  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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  • 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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Kia Dupree

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Through rain, mud and even the cicadas, The Fuzz Band won the Capital Jazz Fest Challenge on Saturday, June 5, earning $5000 and a mainstage performance on Sunday, June 6 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. The band opened for artists Kenny Lattimore & Chante Moore, Najee, Lizz Wright and David Sanborn at the 12th Annual Capital Jazz Fest.

"I felt honored and overwhelmed when they announced us as winners," said Duane Smith, bandleader and trumpet player. "The musicians in this …