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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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  • 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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  • 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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Mark E. Gallo

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Keyboardist Clay Giberson is joined here by a first-rate core group of musicians in woodwinds player Hans Teuber, guitarist Dan Balmer, bassist Jeff Leonard and drummer Car…
Alto and soprano saxophonist Mark Taylor and labelmates RadioAction recorded this 8- track session in Brooklyn in January 2002. Opening with Monk’s "Bye Ya," they serve not…
The Gillespie legacy is preserved and propagated to superb effect on this exemplary collection. Under the baton of trumpet maestro Jon Faddis, the assembled cast of players…
This independently recorded and released big band effort from Detroit's Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra is a gem on a number of counts. There are few big bands, or large ense…
Pianist David Berkman has been a well-regarded fixture on the competitive New York jazz scene for over a decade. The Cleveland native studied at Berklee and the University …
It’s interesting that the opening tune on this Detroit homecoming for saxophonist James Carter, Oscar Pettiford’s "Tricotism," would feature a second line drumming confi…
There was a time in the mid-1970s when it seemed like every band in my hometown of Detroit played the sort of music that Groove Apparatus favors here, classic straight-ahea…
Guitarist Joel Newton’s self-produced One showcases an adventurous guitarist with chops to spare. Based out of New York, he and his band One re-invent the early jazz…
This self-produced acoustic guitar gem is the work of a man on a mission. Rick Washbrook is, you may have surmised, a fan of jazz guitar great Lenny Breau. There are moment…
Ability in acting does not assure musical talent, nor vice versa. The entertainment world is rife with crossover artists who have nothing to bring to the table. This is dec…