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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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  • 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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Stephen Latessa

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Misconception by the Chicago-based Ted Hogarth Collective is an album of rich and varied textures. From the deep velvet baritone and quirky C-Melody saxophones of le…
First off, Back Before The Why by singer-songwriter Roberta Donnay is not a jazz album. Rather, it is a sturdily constructed pop effort, by someone who probably like…
The relationship among the musicians on Lenore Raphael’s A Beautiful Friendship can be summed up by the title of the album. Pianist Raphael, bassist Hilliard Greene,…
The problem with a lot of solo instrument recordings is that over the length of a whole album, the player may start to seem, well, annoying. Like the proverbial know-it-all…
Introducing Alma the first solo album from Serbian singer Alma Micic opens with a lovely and haunting take of Ellington and Strayhorn’s "Day Dream." Brandon McCune u…
One of the great mysteries of a working band is that some nights are better than others. The factors that contribute to such a state may be myriad and yet elusive, dependin…
Got No Blues, the striking first track on vocalist Brigitte Beraha’s debut album Prelude to a Kiss conjures a shifting and shadowy noir world of lovers who discover …