• 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…
  • 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…
  •  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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    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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Dave Stryker

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Album: The Scene

Musicians: Dave Stryker: Guitar, Steve Slagle: alto and soprano sax, flute

Jay Anderson: bass, Victor Lewis: drums, Special Guest: Joe Lovano

Tracks: Skee, The Scene, Six Four Teo, Two Sense, Kindred Spirits, Hopewell’s Last, Brighter Days, Fingers In The wind, Strikology


Bob James

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Salivating fans, awaiting the newest arrival, can now take a breath as Fourplay releases their latest album, Energy, on their debut with Heads Up label.

Captivating hearts for more than a decade, Fourplay brings together four of the hottest talents today-each member a musical genius, mega-star in his own right. Blending R&B, pop and jazz, Fourplay creates a distinct fingerprint of musical magic.

A quick and lighthearted introduction to the members:


Donn Bynum

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Rarely does a musician start his career at the top. Even more rare is staying on top for three decades, but that’s exactly what Donn Bynum did. Still down to earth, this mega star is debuting with his own creation-capturing the hearts and minds of all his listeners.

Playing with Bootsy Collins, The Commodores and The Brothers Johnson, Bynum knows his stuff. He’s taking his experience and putting into his audience’s hand, via his new release, Do You Feel Me.

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Driven by his passion for music, saxophonist, composer, Curtis Haywood, is committed to reaching deep into the hearts of his listeners and spreading the universal language of healing into their souls. Crossing all genres with his self-titled album, Haywood, a former member of the group Joshua, stirs the desire for love, intimacy, sharing and spiritual awareness.

Along with his own sultry, sexy, stellar musicianship, Haywood brings world known artists such as bassist Artie Reynolds, drummer Ai …

Derrick Gardner, jazz trumpeter, composer, educator and arranger has shared his love of music since arriving in New York in 1991, where he worked with some of the top musicians of the world. After five years in the Count Basie Orchestra, plus work with Frank Foster’s Loud Minority Band, Harry Connick Jr.’s Big Band, and The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, Gardner formed his own sextet, The Jazz Prophets.

Following his highly praised album Slim Goodie, his outstanding …

Creating an eclectic cocktail with the swamp tradition of New Orleans and the suave sophistication of New York, John Ellis has created a cocktail of pure attitude on his new release, Dance Like There's No Tomorrow.

Though geographically hundreds of miles separate the cities, an undefeatable spirit joins them. Both cities have faced recent catastrophes but both are coming back intact, licking their wounds, but healing and going forward in spite of their losses.

Pla …

The cover photo on the album Meow Baby displays a very good-looking, almost impish, young man. That photo comes to life when a rich, deep, mellow and very manly voice comes across the phone line for this interview.

With Danny Lerman on an extensive tour for his new album, it is almost natural to begin the interview with: "Good Morning. Do you know where you are?"

Lerman quickly comes back with a lighthearted chuckle, setting the tone for an interesting, lively conversation, …


Les Sabler

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The old saying, "Three times a charm," may be true for some things. But, for Les Sabler, his fourth album is a masterpiece. Braving deep waters with classic hits like Aretha Franklin’s "Daydreaming" and Peabo Bryson’s "Can You Stop The Rain,’ then adding a marvelous collection of originals, offering plenty of textures and moods, Sabler definitely will be on the map with his latest release, Sweet Drive.

Adding a group of all-star musicians and singers to this already exciting album, alo …

From Burghausen Jazz Festival in Germany to a New Year’s Bash in Morocco for King Hassan, and back in the United States at many of the finest settings, composer, pianist, all-around nice guy, Lafayette Harris, Jr., has enjoyed it all, including a coaching position for youngsters in Japan. Harris was also the music director and conductor for "Cab Calloway’s Legacy of Swing Tour" in a ten-week tour of the United States.

With all that experience and stardom, Harris has earned a station in …


Mark Elf

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Guitarist, Mark Elf, is dedicated to celebrating his music, his career and his life. For more than 30 years, Elf has written songs, played guitar, taught and recorded music. Now head of his own label at, Mark Elf is glad to be alive, and glad to be doing what he does, in a voice that’s all his own.

JazzReview: I first became aware of you when I had the good fortune to review Glad To Be Back. I was so impressed with your work, I began searching the web to find …