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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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  •  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

History has plenty of characters that flash upon the cultural landscape like the proverbial shooting star - a bright, unforgettable flash, then gone, leaving only an afterg…
Trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas is one of the most eclectic jazz musicians of our day - no, he doesn’t flit from style to style to see what sticks (commercially OR critical…
Just when I’ve darn near had it with the excesses and redundancies of jazz’s avant garde (skronk, doodle, wheeze, blatt) to the point where the only new jazz releases I fee…
Charles Earland (1941-1999) emerged on the jazz scene as the Great Wave of '60s Jazz Organ was cresting-the same "school" whose most popular exponents were Jimmy Smith, Jac…
The Vandermark 5 is a Chicago quintet led by multi-reed player/composer Ken Vendermark, who might be termed a member of the "post-Anthony Braxton generation' of young jazz …
Wither "mainstream" jazz? Does the world REALLY need another version of "Stella By Starlight" or "There'll Be Some Changes Made?" Not to say these and other Immortal Standa…
This is a "reissue-plus" of the 1960 debut album (originally on Vee-Jay Records) by jazz trumpet great Lee Morgan. Morgan had one of the sharpest, brashest modern trumpet s…
Bebel Gilberto is the daughter of one of the big Brazilian bosses of the bossa nova, Joao Gilberto. She sounds a bit, no a lot like Astrid Gilberto ("The Girl From Ipanema"…
In Britain in the late 60s & early 70s, there was a loosely-defined movement of bands whose members routinely crossed the "lines" between rock and jazz, often blurring the …
Quickly, how many bop-oriented clarinetists came you name? Not many come to mind seemingly, many players from the bebop-and-beyond generation seem to have associated the cl…