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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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Guitarist and composer Scott Sawyer has worked for over 30 years with artists like Nnenna Freelon, Charlie Byrd, Jack Wilkens, David Murray and Jon Lucian, to name a few…
Percussionist, composer and Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) member Kahil El’zabar, has found a way to incorporate real African music and ins…
Plurality is a self-produced and self-released CD by guitarist Chris Vazquez. Currently a student at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, his previous schooling…
That jazz has become an international language has always been best exemplified in the cutting-edge artists of Europe. Han Bennick, Evan Parker, Tony Oxley, Enrico Rava …
There are few absolutely great jazz duet recordings. Lots of artists have tried the format (Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck, Jim Hall and Ron Carter, Jim Hall and Pat Meth…
Guitarist Bobby Broom has had a career in jazz envious of many. He’s played with Miles Davis, Stanley Turrentine, Dr. John, Charles "Mighty Burner" Earland, and Sonny Ro…
Pianist Monika Herzig came to the United States in 1988 from the pedagogical institute in Weingarten, Germany as a one-year exchange student to study at the University o…
Keyboardist and synthesist Pete Levin is one of the more interesting musicians working today. Known primarily for his abundant technique behind a wall of synthesizers, h…
Saxophonist, bass clarinetist, electronic artist, composer and arranger Bob Mintzer has quietly crafted a career to be the envy of anyone in the business. Probably most …
Trombonist and composer Nelson Hinds’ recording, Streamin’, proves, once again, just how many good musicians there are scattered throughout the United States. A g…