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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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  • 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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  •  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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Melisa Buigues

Melisa Buigues

The young, yet aging, Shutz Vtet is a Los Angeles-based quintet that aims to create original, improvised music while blurring genre lines and carving out a distinct, self-informed sound. Every musician involved is between fifteen and eighteen years old, and they have all attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Shutz Vtet recently won the Angel City Jazz Festival Young Artist Competition on September 17, 2011. They performed September 23 at LACMA, for their Jazz series as winners of the competition, as well as winning the $1,000 grand prize. In addition, members Jacob and Jasper have been selected to the Thelonious Monk National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Sextet. This entails a weeklong performance tour in early 2012 with renowned jazz recording artist Christian McBride.