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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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  • 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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Norm Breest

Norm Breest

This is a true story of two people who came together due to the love of Dixieland music. Walter Sereth is a person who enjoys Dixieland music. He says, I lived next door to Alan Crowne and his brothers when I was 12 and some years later, got into play Dixieland. I never, except in the Army, played professionally. Mary Ann Stevens played violin and had an interest in fiddle music when she was going to college in Oklahoma. She says, I learned some fiddle tunes in college and then I came …
29.01.2011

Jeff Golub

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In August, Jeff Golub (pronounced Goal-ub) released his 8th solo album, Blues for You. Jeff is known primarily as a smooth jazz guitarist, but he stretches out his blues chops on this album - the blues being an early influence in his musical background. Blues for You is also a different album for Jeff in that four of the tracks are vocals. Although Jeff has had vocals on past albums, his focus has been instrumental music. Blues for You reunites Jeff with Billy Squir …

Sax man and vocalist Walter Beasley has two great loves that he has a passion for. One of those is his role as an educator. Teaching at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he says, "I like the give and take and I like being able to share what I learned over the last 30 years in the classroom. I have educational DVDs online that I do, too. If you stay in one bag too long, I think for me anyway, I become rusty and because life is so quick and because I think we're all charged with being abl …
29.01.2011

Chuck Loeb

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Chuck Loeb does it all - guitarist, performer, arranger, composer, producer, teacher, and novelist. To highlight just a few of his accomplishments, he has written themes for CNN, The New York Yankees, the Knicks, has played on Number 1 hit recordings and movie soundtracks, taught at Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California, and the University of Tenerife, Spain, produced recordings by Spyro Gyra, and Bob James, and composed and recorded a number of his own CDs.

As C …

Keyboardist Brian Culbertson is making this Christmas the best ever. He has always celebrated the holidays with his family in central Illinois in a big way. He says, "I love getting together with the whole family and I really love making fires in the fireplace, just chilling out in the living room and listening to pretty Christmas music, and obviously the food. Everything about it is just wonderful. A great time of year."

To celebrate this holiday, Culbertson has released A Soulful Christm …

29.01.2011

Shilts

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The group Down to the Bone has always been in the forefront of breaking the smooth jazz mold. One of the group's signature personnel is saxophonist Paul "Shilts" Weimar, who is the group's longest running member. After working nine years with Down to the Bone, Shilts is breaking out with his own style of music in a solo project called HeadBoppin'.

Not only has Shilts been playing sax with Down to the Bone for nine years, he has been playing sax since he was ten years old. He says, W

The group Down to the Bone has always been in the forefront of breaking the smooth jazz mold. One of the group's signature personnel is saxophonist Paul "Shilts" Weimar, who is the group's longest running member. After working nine years with Down to the Bone, Shilts is breaking out with his own style of music in a solo project called HeadBoppin'.

Not only has Shilts been playing sax with Down to the Bone for nine years, he has been playing sax since he was ten years old. He says,

29.01.2011

Nick Colionne

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Nick Colionne has become a guitarist that is setting the pace in smooth jazz diversity. His style is all together different than many other guitarists, even though he respects the abilities of his mentors. He knows that in today's world of music where it's not only how you play, but the way you present yourself to the audience, you must project the best positive attitude you can to show the audience what you're made of.

Not only does Colionne perform for audiences around the world, he also he …

Guitarist Grant Geissman, who played a classic solo on Chuck Mangione's Feel So Good, is standing up against smooth jazz radio programmers. He says they are just like people who want to colorize old movies. However, he says, "It's worse than that because it's saying 'we like this part of your movie, but we don't like this part, so we're going to chop that out and then we'll go back to the last half of your movie.' It's kind of like that what they are doing at radio because they're saying …

So Strong’ is a combination of things. The whole album is saying where I am and what’s going on in my life. That’s the Message - Jonathan Butler.

JazzReview: Your new CD ‘So Strong’ is an amazing compilation of hope, inspiration, joy and romance.

Jonathan Butler: Thank you. You said that so well. I love the way it came together. All I wanted to do was to play something that sounded good and which had this flavor be …