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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

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Chicago's Atavistic Records are reissuing some of the rarest avant-jazz records of the 70s & 80s that ever were, some recorded in America but received only minimal distribu…
Pauline Oliveros is a peer of John Cage and Terry Riley, a composer who’s written for both acoustic and electronic sound-makers and whose accordion performances have explor…
The story of blues singer Reverend Gary Davis is the stuff of which indie documentaries are made. Born in South Carolina in 1896, Davis - who lost his sight as a child - mi…
Keenan Lawler is an improvising guitarist who’s performed with Rhys Chatham, David Watson, Lukas Ligeti, Alan Licht, Kevin Drumm and Jack Wright. He concentrates on the use…
Like many long-lived bands, from Duke Ellington’s Orchestras to The Grateful Dead, The Art Ensemble of Chicago’s members have "outside projects" on the side (solo, group an…
Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, the reigning king of saxophone cool, is one of the few cats of his generation that has never really stood still. Without bowing/bending to tren…
This Cheshire cat (sorry, couldn't resist) is, for me, a pinnacle of uncommonness: a "mainstream" jazz guitarist that doesn't bore the crap out of me. True, I can appreciat…
Long before he set the jazz world - and beyond - on its collective ear with the legendary fusion band Weather Report, Joe Zawinul was featured as pianist and composer for C…
Where is the essence of swing? cries a voice in the wilderness. "Does it reside solely in old-school cats like Ruby Braff and Bucky Pizzarelli, and is it doomed to be appro…
Beth Custer is a San Francisco-based musician who's known mainly as a clarinetist for the Club Foot Orchestra and taking part in the lively, vital Bay Area improv scene. Th…