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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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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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Mark Keresman

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While comparatively uncommon in the past couple of decades, twin-tenor sax combos were a happening thing Sonny Stitt/Gene Ammons, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis/Johnny Grif…
Step into the Wayback Machine for a history lesson: Once upon a time there was a genre known as Western Swing it was an all-American mutant music, an amalgam of the "Wes…
On one hand you’ve got the free/out-jazz posse that looks upon anything "accessible" (that is, accessible to others besides themselves and their friends and adherents) a…
I’m a believer in quality over quantity, but jeez, this Bob Mover fellow takes it maybe too far It Amazes Me is only his seventh studio session as a leader sinc…
When she started out she was known simply as Lucinda, her repertoire consisting of traditional country blues stylistically she recalled the early years of Bonnie Raitt (…
One of the greatest soundtracks composers of America ever produced was and remains the late Henry Mancini, whose works adorn four decades worth (the 1950’s-1980’s) or so…
Jazz fans that are also history buffs know that once upon a time, jazz was actually a type of.... [deep breath] popular music. In the 1950’s, even afte…
Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, and theoretician best known for his association with Chicago’s seminal Association For The Advancement of Creative Mu…
Jazz sprung from the commingling of African and European cultures in the "New World," America. In the "Old World," Europe, jazz was imported from America via recordings,…
The late John Patton (1935-2002), better known as Big John Patton, was among the number of the 1960s Sultans of the Hammond B-3 organ. While he didn’t a…