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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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Richard Bourcier

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While most jazz-loving moms and dads would like the kids to inherit our passion for music, there are not many tools available. Some top-notch New York jazz musicians got to…
Margie Baker probably won't win a Grammy but she will certainly win your heart. The 68 year-old singer waited more than 20 years to cut her first record. She made it a big …
There have been many tributes to Benny Goodman over the years but here is one with a delightful difference. Singer Terry Blaine, clarinetist Allan Vaché and stride pianist …
Maria Muldaur's first record sits on the desk as this review is written. That vinyl disc has graced my shelves since 1964. Muldaur's official billing on the Even Dozen J…
Clarinetist, Mart Rodger played his first gig more than fifty years ago. He's been a driving force on the Manchester jazz scene ever since. In fact, Mart Rodger's Manche…
Many jazz organists left their imprint on Vince Seneri including Groove Holmes, Jimmy McGriff and Wild Bill Davis. None, though, was more important an influence than…
For the past twenty-seven years, European traditional jazz fans flocked to the Femo Jazz Festival. Held on a tiny island in the Baltic Sea, the island's 150 full time resid…
Chicago pianist Denny Zeitlin is a complex and compelling character. The sixty-seven-year-old is an active psychiatrist, a university professor and a top-notch jazz …
The New Orleans revival bands in Scandinavia show a tremendous interest in the origins of the music they perform. The Gota River Jazzmen are a prime example. Everyth…
It's refreshing to open the mail and find a jazz CD featuring tuba. We are accustomed to the bulky horn within New Orleans recordings played by colorful players like Anthon…