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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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  • 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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Richard Bourcier

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Morrison Records just sent along several items for review. This fine Australian company is dedicated to offering the latest jazz from Down Under.James Morrison is a man …
Fred Walker is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and has been active with The Mystic Voyage Band since the early 1980's. The group is well known on the local club scene and t…
I think I'm in love! This CD by vocalist and composer, Sharon Moore has been on my desk for a couple of weeks. Frankly, I can't stop playing the darn thing. Originally, …
This year, as you are all aware, is the 100th anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth. Reissues and tribute CDs are arriving on music store shelves at an amazing rate. This r…
Lenora Zenzalai Helm needs no introduction to jazz fans. The lady with the sultry and mystical voice is right at home with this new release. A great mix of old and new song…
What is there to say about any performance by the late "Ella"? The superlatives have all appeared in print, radio, TV and every media known to mankind including smoke si…
Kris Adams is a very impressive young vocalist. The Boston-based artist issued her debut CD in late 1999 for Jazzbird and I was pleased to receive this copy recently. Kris …
The band changes slightly from the last session reviewed here last week. Clarinetist Allan Vaché and drummer Ed Metz Jr. traveled up from Florida. Allan is regularly heard …
The Duchess" is Doris Spears' debut CD for Dreambox-Encounter and is quite a treat. The singer kicks off with a spirited version of Evil Gal Blues, once a very popular item…
The British born clarinetist, Sammy Rimington, entered the traditional jazz scene in the late 1950s with the U.K. bands of Barry Martyn and Ken Colyer. My first encounter w…