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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Norm Breest

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For a man who has traveled almost around the world, the saxophonist simply know as Igor is one of the brightest smooth jazz talents around. After learning the saxophone as …
When a new Yellowjackets CD comes out, you always expect the unexpected. On their first studio album in five years, their first with the Heads Up label, Time Squared…
Some veteran smooth jazz performers are taking a step back and reliving the way R&B and soul were in the 1970's, where musicians took chances to help establish a sound that…
Keyboardist Joe Sample, saxist Wilton Felder, drummer Stix Hooper and producer Stewart Levine are helping to rekindle the magic and feeling they felt when they were togethe…
Guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. continues to make inroads in his solo career after working for years with some of the best performers in contemporary music today. His second CD …
Ever since their first release From Manhattan to Staten, the group Down to the Bone has been the innovator in mixing urban grooves with smooth jazz. Their newest rel…
For those who have never caught the Flamenco flavored sounds of guitarist Marc Antoine, now's your chance to hear his best. GRP has released Antoine's first best of CD call…
I consider Russ Freeman one of the most versatile smooth jazz performers today. He is a producer, writer, guitarist and keyboardist. He has a passion for whatever he does. …
After being part of the 2003 smooth jazz supergroup BWB with trumpeter Rick Braun and Grammy-winning guitarist Norman Brown, what can saxophonist Kirk Whalum do to top that…
The guitar duo of Acoustic Alchemy has returned to their acoustic roots with Radio Contact. After coming out with a release that earned Greg Carmichael and Miles Gil…