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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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  • 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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  • 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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Thomas R. Erdmann

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When Arnold Schoenberg and others first began their experiments in pantonality the musical community quickly became divided. Was this new music the natural outgrowth of …
Johnny Katchoolik describes himself as an independent recording musician and composer. He began playing the guitar but eventually learned the bass, keyboard, percussion …
There is nothing you can write about the legendary organist Jimmy Smith (1928 - 2005) that hasn’t already been stated. His legendary recordings for Blue Note Records, be…
One of the nice things about the United States is how many good musicians there are located throughout the country. You can drive almost anywhere and quickly become awar…
There can be no dispute individually clarinetist/bass clarinetist Andy Biskin and his accompanying duo are all musical artists of the highest caliber. Texas raised Biski…
Colleges and universities are the last cultural bastions for the transference of knowledge from one generation to another. Where else can one go to hear and learn about …
New York State native and pianist John Esposito attended SUNY Albany as a composition major before spending several years there as the house pianist at the Gemini Jazz cafe…
Highly regarded pianist and educator Dave Frank currently directs the Dave Frank School of Jazz in Manhattan, has taught at the Berklee College of Music and was co-found…
If not for Origin Records, questing ensembles, such as Trio East, would not be able to find label homes. Origin continues their fine tradition of focusing on less well k…
That Kenny Garrett is an unusually talented musician is a given. That he plays with fire, an inner burning to communicate with his audience and technique without end is …