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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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Peter Westbrook

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Here is something interesting from an unusual artist. An Irish born flautist presently living in the Netherlands, John Devitt has studied at The Royal Irish Academy of Musi…
One of the associations, both musical and personal, most cherished by trombonist Steve Turre was that with the legendary multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, "The fir…
After more than twenty albums and a Grammy award, Dave Valentin is well-established as a leader, and as the pre-eminent flutist in the Latin jazz realm. By now, then, Valen…
After more than twenty albums and a Grammy award, Dave Valentin is well-established as a leader, and perhaps the pre-eminent flutist, in the Latin jazz realm. So, by now, V…
Brazilian music, writes Paquito D'Rivera, "is the most balanced formula of rhythm-melody-harmony in the world." As a prime example of that you need look no further than …
New York city is home to a thriving Latin jazz scene, including several fine flutists, Andrea Brachfeld, Mark Weinstein, Jessica Valientes and recent Grammy winner Dave Val…
Saxophonist and flutist Carol Sudhalter belongs to the considerable group of fine jazz artists who are well known in their local area but have not built a national follo…
I encountered Lynne Arriale only recently, catching her at the Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival in May. I have now heard several of her recordings and they s…
There is an interesting story behind this recording that should give any musician, amateur or professional, food for thought. Flutist Tim Wallace and guitarist Rick Vandivi…
This is yet another example of the ever-growing crop of self-produced, self-distributed recordings by highly professional artists largely ignored by major record companies.…