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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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  •  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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    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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One might say that freestyle improvisational Jazz, in all its forms, has never really evolved since its humble beginnings in the gritty urban clubs and backrooms of the jaz…
Experimental World Music can’t really be defined as a "style", but that is exactly what Roland Chadwick appears to be excelling at these days. His compositions usually have…
Leaders of Chicago’s nu-Jazz scene, Frayne Lewis and father Ramsey, give birth to another prime example of multi-generational progressive Funk/Jazz with unyieldingly heavy …
Listening to Hamish Thompson’s new album for the first time is much like seeing Pink Floyd perform live - you never know what to expect. Unlike the first album which was a …
Bill Connors has spent the last 30 years moving through a myriad of phases of both popular and progressive jazz; most notably, Connors’ leading role in Chick Corea’s Return…
Bryan Lubeck is well known throughout the Chicago jazz scene as one of the sharpest flamenco guitarists around, and his schedule reflects the fact. On his latest full lengt…
Best known for his internationally recognized Afro-Cuban Septet Mezcala, Pablo Menendez is arguably one of the most recognized Cuban guitarists of this era. Born in Oakland…
Jackie Allen’s latest release, "Love is Blue", is the rarest of combinations. It satisfies tastes for artistry, familiarity, jazz, pop, blues, hope, sultriness and playfuln…
With the jazz world so dominated by small groups and combos, there are very few big-bands at the professional level. Academia, however, provides an outlet for those who thi…
These days it is rare to hear a new release that can fit into the classic genre of 50s and 60s popular song. Those days are lost forever it would seem. Some long for that t…