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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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  •  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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Mark Keresman

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Trumpeter John McNeil is a new quantity to this writer -- upon further research I learned he's been around since the 70s, playing with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra an…
What the Duke of New Orleans -- Dr. John -- has done with his latest opus, N'Awlinz.... is fashion a "symphony" (or "concept album," if you will) paying tribute to …
When they (you know, them) speak of "last of their kind"-type performers, one of the artists they'll be talking about (if "they" have any brains) is Clarence "Gatemo…
In the late 1950s, the Space Race was in full flower, for it was writ large: "They who control the heavens, control the world," or words to that effect. With that, and the …
The Frank and Joe Show are a consciously tongue-in-cheek "throwback" to an era where jazz musicians were entertainers (and not ashamed of it), before the phrase "Serious Ar…
Cal Tjader (1925-1982) was not exactly a cutting-edge innovator, but as a bandleader, composer, and vibist he did a great deal to bring jazz and Latin elements together lon…
Anyone expecting anything but the unexpected will likely be bothered and bewildered by Groundtruther's maiden voyage Latitude. Groundtruther is a more-than-the-sum-o…
SOMETIME AGO I mused upon the concept of a "typical" or "quintessential" 1960s Blue Note release -- you know, the great, weighty philosophical question, "If somebody from a…
The late Mongezi Feza is a quite rightly legend in UK free jazz circles, and he also appeared in the "overlap zone" between the jazz and creative rock circles in the Britis…
Though he's still goin' strong today, Jackie McLean was surely one of the hottest alto guys of the 1960s - all I can add: it’s a shame he & Art Pepper never (to my k…