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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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  • 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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  • 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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Mark Keresman

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As a wee lad in the '70s, at my local library, one could check out records for a week. The selection was mostly classical music (got me hip to Aaron Copeland, Harry Part…
Osorezan is not exactly a band per se, but a configuration of three musicians who routinely blur the distinctions between composition and improvisation, between rock, ja…
Singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist, and saxophonist Van Morrison has been at the game a good long time. An Irish lad smitten with the American sounds imported to th…
There've been many important, fascinating, entertaining, and sometimes even perplexing duo-performers in jazz: Bill Evans/Jim Hall, Ellington/Blanton, Marilyn Crispell/E…
I am, alas, old enough to have noticed that every few years (or even months), somebody in a jazz or jazz-conscious publication will pen an article asking "Is Jazz Dead?" Or…
Multi-instrumentalist and improv-wizardress Kali Z. Fasteau -- the artist formerly known as Zusaan Kali Fasteau -- is an amazing musician/performer, one that ought to be…
By the time these original recordings were completed, early-to-late 1990s, the late John Lee Hooker was comfortably in Elder Statesman (Statesperson?) Status. Somebody a…
For those digging the world music-charged whoop of the Pierre Dǿrge New Jungle Orchestra (where Ellington hangs with Fela Kuti, Eric Dolphy jams with Django Reinhar…
Guitarist Joel Harrison is a jazz musician of the generation(s) for which non-jazz inspirations are not anathema -- or, to put it far more simply, he's no elitist snob. …
Satoko Fujii is a Japanese pianist/composer whose (mostly) avant-garde key-cracking abilities have been raved about previously on these cyber-pages by yours truly -- Car…