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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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  • 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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  • 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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Thomas R. Erdmann

Thomas R. Erdmann

That there is still, in this jazz label-less era we currently live in, a place where experimental jazz can find a home and a means to release music that is not self-prod…
Sometimes it’s just nice to sit down and listen to a trumpeter who is unapologetically, a hard-bopper. So tightly aligned with the bebop and swing tradition, one could e…
Bassist and composer Yuka Tadano was born into a musical family in Ibaraki, Japan. While her early studies were on the violin, starting at the age of six, she eventually…
Decoy is the British free jazz trio of Hammond B-3 organist Alexander Hawkins, bassist John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble. 49 year-old Hawkins has played with free jaz…
Southern California saxophonist and composer Ian Tordella’s debut CD, Magnolia, places the young musician in quartet and quintet settings. Originally from the Was…
Composer and vibist Chris Varga has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Music degree from DePaul University. He has also s…
Tenor saxophonist, flutist and composer Tsuyoshi Furuhashi was born in Mitocity, Japan. His background includes study with Takeru Muraoka and winning an award at the Mai…
While Nnenna Freelon never became the pop star Columbia had hoped for, jazz fans never felt a bit of regret. With a style that owes much to Carmen McRae, Freelon has alw…

New Orleans native, Berklee College of Music graduate, trumpeter and composer Christian Scott is one of the rare jazz artists of today who makes so significant a statement …

Guitarist, composer and visionary John McLaughlin, easily a jazz master under anyone’s definition, has created another wonder recording in his ever expanding catalog. Hi…