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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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  • 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

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In its sixth vocal jazz issue, Maxjazz offers Phillip Manuel with his debut album for their label. Phillip performs a nice blend of originals and standards in his unique ja…
It's always nice to receive a new CD by players who are still active after decades of playing and especially when the musicians don't dilute their dedication to traditional…
This is the most exciting release by Dee Dee Bridgewater ever to grace my collection. The singer is at her very best on this live session recorded at Yoshi's in Oakland on …
Wonderful recordings have resulted from the collaboration of US and Canadian jazz artists on the west coast during the past decade. The state of Washington and province of …
Brass bands are a time-honored tradition in New Orleans and this is second only to the Excelsior Band in age. The group was assembled in 1885 and was active until 1930. Man…
This recording is a bit of a departure from our normal jazz fare. Although Caroline Peyton has considerable experience as a jazz vocalist, the content of this Christmas CD …
Here is a young vocalist/pianist who will be placing a bit of heat on Diana Krall. The Minnesota born artist raised within a musical family. Christine holds a Bachelor's De…
The concept and economy of the Duo is common in mainstream and contemporary jazz but is indeed rare in a setting of vintage "dixieland" material. Pianist Andy Fielding and …
This CD takes the listener by surprise. It is certainly "New Music" but cannot be further defined within that category. Careful listening reveals threads of pop, bluegrass …
It's traditional jazz time again folks. John Sheridan has just released a solo piano session on Arbors Records. The first track illustrates John's warmth with "They Can't T…