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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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  • 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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Ron Bierman

Ron Bierman

I recently reviewed an outstanding album of boleros sung by Raquel Bitton. Irene Nachreiner reminds me of Bitton because she takes an entirely opposite approach vibratol…
Raquel Bitton's voice immediately brings Edith Piaf to mind, and that's no coincidence. Henri Contet, who wrote many of Piaf's most popular songs, has said, ".... your t…
Leader Rob Thorsen, like most of his crew here, is a San Diegan. Compared to LA, there's not enough studio work in the city that calls itself America's finest to keep ja…
Full disclosure. I like this one. Guitarist Michael Higgins is a teacher and first-call musician in the Los Angeles area. His mates here are the equally capable and busy…
This release features the original tangos of composer-pianist Roger Davidson. He performs them in duos with Raúl Jaurena, one of the world's finest bandoneon players. (T…
This is a solid, straight-ahead session with a mix of younger and older players. Jimmy Cobb, over 50 years ago a member of the most successful Miles Davis group ever, is…
Bill Carter serves as pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church of Clark's Summit, Pennsylvania. An Owego, New York native, Carter received his Bachelor of A…
Wow! Even though rock is far more popular today, tons of enthusiastic youngsters participate in first-rate college and even high-school jazz bands. Because these …
Stan Getz had a unique sound. Robert Kyle, a successful LA leader and sideman, comes close to reproducing it here. And he does it in a Brazilian groove that pays homage …
Sausalito Summer. Great name for an album and as good a two word summary of what you'll hear as you're likely to get. Balmy breezes, surfers on breaking waves, …
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