• 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…
  •  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…
  • 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…
  • 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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Jimmy Haslip

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
What would you call a world famous, energetic, enthusiastic, totally engaged musical genius, who has written, played and produced for more than 25 years? You could call him Pro. Or, you could call him Ace. Or, you could call him by name-Jimmy Haslip.

For some, the name Haslip is synonymous with Yellowjackets. But, for many, master bassist Haslip is a musical wonder in all phases of production, with an appetite for diversion.

Stepping out of a recording session at ten o’clock in th …

After 15 years of rehearsing, Frank Vignola and Joe Ascione have arrived.

Virtuoso guitarist Frank Vignola and master percussionist, Joe Ascione have worked together steadily, developing a symbiotic union which breeds energy, excitement and delicious memories with their 33 1/3 recording.

Rarely do artists of such extreme caliber work together so well for so long. Now at their peak, Frank and Joe have reached in to bring other brilliant artists into their world, givin …


Andy Narell

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Their name Sakesho (pronounced sah kay show) is the French Creole saying for "its gonna be hot." And on January 22 and 23rd this Caribbean-influenced jazz band would be creating more than a sizzle when they perform at the Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles, California.

This would be the band’s first performance in Los Angeles and they promise to give audience more than a treat within their two-hour nightly performances.

Sakesho is pan virtuoso Andy Narrell, pianist Mario Canonge, …


Skip Heller

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
There’s nothing fake about Skip Heller He knows how to work his guitar-make it talk-make the audience weak in the knees. And, Heller knows how to choose his band members. As Heller relates, "Dragging Robert Drasnin out of retirement was one of the smartest moves I’ve ever made."

After years of writing songs, authoring a book, scoring movies and bits in Hollywood-- plus going back to Philly-just to keep the attitude ‘live,’ Heller has paid his dues. Now, he has gathered the hottest tal …

Just in time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the end of Apartheid in South Africa, Dave Love speaks for the many creative musicians still in that part of the world who as yet, don’t have a voice on the world stage. A remarkable producer, founder and president of Heads Up Records, Dave Love also has a vision: bringing the world together through wonderful music and fantastic artists.

Love’s timing is impeccable with his January 2004 release: Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Raise Your Spirits …

After four years of silence, during which Monk, Jr. fought a bought of pneumonia, TS is back in the spotlight.

Already a world famous star, TS makes his comeback on his own terms and on Higher Ground.

Multi-talented, articulate, yet warm and a bit humble, TS Monk, Jr., tells where he was, where he is and where he’s headed.

T.S. MONK: Hello.

JAZZREVIEW: Oh my goodness. Did you just wake up or is your voice always that deep?

T.S. MONK: No, it’s alwa …

Known as the B-3 Bomber for his incredible skill on the Hammond B-3 organ, playing the B-3 comes naturally for Joey DeFrancesco who as a child, played along with his father, Philly organ legend Papa John DeFrancesco. By age 16, DeFrancesco was the first recipient of the Philadelphia Jazz Society’s McCoy Tyner Scholarship and a finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Piano Competition

Miles Davis was so impressed with DeFrancesco’s talent back in 1988, he asked the (then) 17-year ol …



Published in Press Releases
Singer, songwriter, Robin Stine has made her CD debut, with Daydream hitting #9 on the Podcast charts, after enjoying success for more than two years as a local favorite across the Gulf Coast.

Surviving two hurricanes, including Ivan, the Terrible, Stine determined she would produce her album regardless the weather.

Three weeks before Katrina hit New Orleans, Stine had gotten together with a studio to record her album but was moved, again, as the storm barreled down on the famous ci

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