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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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  •  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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Eminent sideman and solo artist, pianist James Weidman bridges modern mainstream with the outside schema on his fourth date as a leader. His support structure rings like…
From out of Denver, pianist Mark Sabatella delivers a fine collection of mainstream originals in Determination. Most are by himself; others by tenor sax man Keith Ox…
Leader Rob Thorsen, like most of his crew here, is a San Diegan. Compared to LA, there's not enough studio work in the city that calls itself America's finest to keep ja…
Full disclosure. I like this one. Guitarist Michael Higgins is a teacher and first-call musician in the Los Angeles area. His mates here are the equally capable and busy…
Associate Professor of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media, and ECMS Collegiate Instructor in Jazz Double Bass and in Jazz Combo & Improvisation at the Eastman School of M…
Guitarist, composer and author of two books, a third is upcoming, William C. Banfield, is the professor of Africana Studies/Music and Society at the Berklee College of M…
All the virtues of the jazz duo are heard on Cerulean Blue. Here, we have pianist Laura Klein and vibraphonist Ted Wolfe together, creating an eminently listenable r…
Danish born, but now living in Sweden, tenor saxophonist Christian Herluf Pedersen did his collegiate studies at the Berklee College of Music - where he studied with Fra…
Bruce Swaim is another jazz artist who would be better known if he lived and performed in New York. An accomplished tenor saxophonist who has lived in the Washington D.C. a…
Seattle, Washington, now Los Angeles-based pianist and composer Greg Reitan, a graduate of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, release…