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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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  •  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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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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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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Richard Bourcier

Richard Bourcier

Here comes the Rebirth! New Orleans trumpet star Kermit Ruffins is marching up Basin Street for a return engagement with the Crescent City’s very popular Rebirth …
This CD began to impress before I removed the shrink-wrap. The list of songwriter credits reads like a who’s who. Names like Strayhorn, Ellington, Jules Styne, Johnny Merce…
Here's a New Orleans "street beat" brass band direct from the suburbs of Orlando, Florida. In itself, that's not unusual BUT they play in private homes. How would yo…
Don't feel badly if you don't know of Devere Pride as he is still on his way toward becoming a household name in jazz. A native of Cleveland, Pride made Huntsville, …
Ask any British fan to name a jazz legend and you'll be certain to hear the name of Ken Colyer. The trumpet star was not only a great player but, more importantly, promoted…
Parallel Mind is a Chicago based progressive rock trio whose music fits nicely into the niche of "Third Stream" jazz. All compositions are by band members Nad…
Flautist Bradley Leighton recently launched his second CD for Pacific Coast Jazz in California. The new disc Just Doin’ Our Thang is a lighthearted pro…
When this CD, Nature arrived on my desk, I scanned quickly through the publicity blurb and saw the words jazzy pop. The record came dangerously close to landi…
In his 5th CD, New Orleans bluesman Mem Shannon carries on the traditions of the Crescent City’s music. While the city’s musical styles differ widely, the sound is i…
Anyone scanning the musicians in the list above might wonder why there are no less than seven sax soloists. The fact is that this album is the result of recording sessions …