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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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  • 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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It is standard procedure for university music departments to create promotional materials in order to showcase, explain and elucidate on a given major or program. For en…

Glimmer of Night & Day is not the first CD by Texas Tech University’s Jazz Ensemble One under the direction of Alan Shinn. Their CD Seein' the Light...Hearin' …

Mike Barone, a trombone king, a big band leader, a composer, an arranger, a dedicated jazz artist, driving his big band to glory. His newest album, By Request -- the…
It's rare these days to find a big band out on the road but there are many back home in the neighborhoods. It helps if the neighborhood is a stone's throw from New York Cit…
Educator, pianist, and one-time member of Art Blakey’s fabled Jazz Messengers, this endeavor showcases Donald Brown’s formidable compositional acumen. He’s the pianist a…
Composer, bandleader, bass player, and jazz educator Graham Collier has propelled the British jazz scene since the 1960s. His passion for live jazz and the interaction o…
This 2005 New Year’s Eve show recorded at the Blue Note in Tokyo offers the best of the Mingus Big Band. Here are Eddie Henderson, Jack Walrath (who was with Mingus in T…
High Octane and firing on all cylinders, this new CD release by big band leader and trumpeter Dan McMillion pushes his Jazz Orchestra well past the stratosphere. Pay…
In 1941 the Mills Novelty Company introduced the Panoram, a combination movie projector and juke box. When patrons inserted a dime, they were treated to a low budget three …
Traditional big band arranging focuses on give and take between sections - trumpets, trombones and reeds - with rhythm support. Spiced with counterpoint and polyrhythms, th…