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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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  • 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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  •  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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Shaun Dale

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Despite his considerable credentials as a guitarist, composer and teacher, Colin Tommis doesn't make an appearance on his latest release, except as the writer of 10 brand n…
I've never considered the trombone particularly characteristic of Brazilian music, nor can I remember encountering a assemblage of six trombones outside a marching band, bu…
Albums likely to excite music historians aren't always apt to satisfy general music listener. Many early recordings fail to measure up, both in terms of fidelity and musici…
Trumpeter Rebecca Coupe Franks was a friend and student of Joe Henderson and his death in 2001 inspired this tribute, featuring 11 original compositions by Franks. To pay t…
If you're a jazz fan from anywhere near Sacramento, California, the question posed in this album's title would almost surely be met with a resounding yes. Singer Vivian Lee…
This is the debut release of a new voice in British jazz. After years of working in rock and R&B bands across the English countryside, Gill Cook has turned her attention to…
Shawnn Monteiro works in the tradition of the great ladies of jazz, and springs from one of the great families of jazz. One night in 2002, she held a bit of family reunion,…
The sounds on Home Speaks To The Wandering are as adventurous as the music of such obvious influences as the World Saxophone Quartet and Roland Kirk and as deep 'in …
The challenge of documenting George Shearing's remarkable contribution to the world of jazz in just a pair of CD's is daunting, but this set from Concord Records is probabl…
Pianist Marian McPartland is such a jazz icon these days that it's hard to remember that just 25 years ago, as these recordings were being made, she was still working to ac…
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