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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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  • 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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Mark Keresman

Mark Keresman

I just raved about a George Shearing reissue (Out Of This World, Koch Jazz) in a review last week, so I’m not going to repeat the usual history lesson, he’s one of the last…
In the 1970s and 80s, while many fusion bands in the US and the UK were going for flash, funk and speed, there was this German band who thought of other ways to fuse seemin…
Though anathema to Serious Collectors and Strict Scholars, who still probably think anyone who doesn’t have the 78s or 10" albums of an old master is a dilettante, the conc…
Cuong Vu is a trumpeter whose established in NYC’s eclectic "downtown"/Knitting Factory/Tonic/friends of John Zorn scene, and is a member of Chris Speed’s fine freebop band…
When I was a callow teen getting into jazz in the 70s, I was into Miles’ electric stuff, Don Cherry, McCoy Tyner, Frank Zappa’s instrumental stuff, Gato Barbieri et. al. I …
When you say "jazz guitar" to most people, I’d be willing to bet a week’s lunch money that the first name to spring to mind would not be the fine Hungarian player Attila Zo…
All in one place at last, the Miles Davis "Kind Of Blue" Sextet live at the Newport Jazz Festival in '58. (It was previously available on one side of the "Miles & Monk At N…
Pianist Marilyn Crispell has been known to play some "out" jazz, on her lonesome and with fellow travelers Anthony Braxton, Peter Brotzmann, Mats Gustafason, Larry Ochs and…
The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra was one of the most popular of the Swing Era big bands, yet they seem to be somewhat less remembered than the bands of Goodman, Basie, Elling…
When there’s SO much world music around, what’s a listener/music addict to do? Especially with the price of CDs: domestic releases are high, but OY! Those imports! So one m…