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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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    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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The Mili Bermejo Trio, led by Boston-based jazz vocalist, composer and Berklee College of Music Professor Mili Bermejo will perform on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as part of the 8th Annual Kennedy Center Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival on Monday, May 5th at 6pm. Joined by bassist Dan Greenspan and pianist Doug Johnson, Bermejo, who was raised in Mexico City and is the daughter of Mexican composer/performer Guillermo Ber …
The Playscape Recordings label is proud to announce the May 27th release of its two newest recordings, the Michael Musillami Trio’s Beijing (PSR #J121802) and Peter Madsen’s Sphere Essence: Another Side of Monk (PSR #J010303). Credited with "connecting the dialectics of classical with jazz and the mainstream with the avant-garde," in a recent AllAboutJazz-New York label feature, the quickly growing Playscape label has released more than 20 diverse and acclaimed recordings fr …
CHICAGO, IL -- 482 Music is proud to announce the July 22nd release of Rapid Croche (482-1016), Chicago-based bassist/composer Jason Roebke's debut as a leader. Known for his work with groups like tigersmilk, The Valentine Trio and Terminal 4-as well as performances and recordings with a variety of other musicians from Chicago and Japan-Roebke is a versatile composer who has studied with Roscoe Mitchell among others. Rapid Croche documents Roebke's original compositions for his two …
LONGMEADOW, MA -- Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the September 9th release of versatile reed player Ted Levine's Night Sounds (PSR#J072602), a collection of 13 spontaneous musical conversations with pianist and Playscape labelmate, Peter Madsen. The All Music Guide called the pair's only previous outing-a performance of Duke Ellington's "Star-Crossed Lovers" on Levine's 2001 Playscape debut, event #6 (PSR#J080600)-"a real treat," and Night Sounds reunites the two …
NORTHBROOK, IL -- Chicago's 482 Music label is proud to announce the September 30th release of Document Chicago: New Jazz and Improvisation (482-1015), a compilation that celebrates both the new generation of musicians working in the diverse Chicago improvised music scene and the forthcoming Document Chicago Series that means to record them.  Document Chicago: New Jazz and Improvisation features 13 original tracks by young musicians working in the Chicago tradition, but building th …
BOSTON, MA -- Boston-based guitarist/composer/educator Giovanni Moltoni is proud to announce the September 23rd release of his latest recording, openground (C Sharp Squared Music Productions), featuring bassist Paul Del Nero and drummer Bob Tamagni. This three year-old trio of Berklee College of Music faculty members performs seven of Moltoni's original compositions, combining the open sound of unusual chord voicings with the familiar guitar trio format. Two additional tracks feature Molt …
BOSTON, MA -- On October 7th, Boston-based guitarist Garrison Fewell will release his sixth recording, Red Door Number 11 (CDH857.2), on Italy's Splasc(h) Records. Utilizing the warm analog sound of the legendary Barigozzi Studio in Milan, where many of the classic Black Saint and Soul Note label titles were recorded, Red Door Number 11 spotlights the rapport between Fewell and longtime collaborator, pianist George Cables. The recording also features the famous Italian rhythm secti …
LONGMEADOW, MA -- Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the October 14th release of the Mario Pavone Nu Trio/Quintet's Orange (PSR#J061803), the follow-up to the all-star group's acclaimed 2002 release, Mythos (PSR#J111401), which was named to best of the year lists by the Village Voice, AllAboutJazz.com and Slate.com. In the same vein as its predecessor, Orange features four tracks by the veteran bassist/composer's core trio, which first recorded 1999's Rememb …
LONGMEADOW, MA -- Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the December 2nd release of its three newest titles: Armen Donelian's Quartet Language, Michael Musillami's Those Times, and George Schuller's Round'bout Now. These new recordings, which follow Mario Pavone's Orange released in October, are distributed by North Country (USA), IRD (Italy), Super Stop, Inc. (Japan) and Verge (Canada). Playscape titles are also available through Tower Records, amazon.com, jazzlo …
Veteran bassist/composer Mario Pavone will celebrate his new October release, Orange (Playscape), with a three-stop mini-tour of New York City in December featuring his all-star Nu Trio/Quintet. Orange is the follow-up to the group's 2002 release, Mythos (Playscape), which was named to best of the year lists in the Village Voice, allaboutjazz.com and slate.com. Pavone has been an active jazz performer since the late 60's, with a career characterized by fruitful long-t …
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