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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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  • 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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  •  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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Richard Bourcier

Richard Bourcier

This recent disc by Scott Hamilton and the Bill Charlap Trio will be a great attraction to DJs. They are always scratching around hoping to find a new CD that…
New Orleans Delight is one of the finest little traditional groups in Europe. They seem to have a never-ending schedule. Like jazz music itself, the band is always i…
While it seems like yesterday when I raved about Cassandra McKinley’s first album Stay The Night. That was five years ago. That CD proved McKinley’s unerring …
George Gershwin is one of the most recorded composers in American popular music. His 70 year-old folk opera Porgy And Bess probably leads the list with such tunes as…
There's a tremendous measure of musical flexibility within the form of a duo. Initially, duos were an economy measure instigated by club owners. It wasn't long before jazz …
Pure emotion! Bluesman Chris Beard pours it out in abundance on his Live Wire session. Recorded live at concert in Grand Rapids and Chicago, the 48 year old g…
Here's a nice re-issue CD that's faithful to the original vinyl pressing. No alternate takes are added to fluff-up the thirty-five minute performance. Elvin Jones (1…
Most jazz fans are familiar with Irvin Mayfield and his tremendously successful Los Hombres Calientes recordings and their blend of Latin and New Orleans jazz…
The French Preservation New Orleans Jazz Band returns with their second release on Big Bill Bissonnette's Jazz Crusade label. The band, however, is quite diff…
Vocalist Katie Bull released Love Spook in March of this year and has another coming out at the end of July. While my JazzReview colleague, Don William…