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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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  • 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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Grammy-nominated jazz/pop song stylist Chris Bennett has taken a turn for bossa nova with the release of Until the End of Time, a Brazilian and Latin-flavored labor …
Tony Lujan is possibly one of the most underrated Jazz Artists of our time. At 44 this virtuoso trumpeter, composer, arranger and Band leader is too old to be a young lion,…
One favorite thing about music is its propensity for cross-fertilization, its ability to pull from many disparate sources and create something new, even to create new feeli…
The domination of the music industry by the pubescent, hard body, under thirty crowd has been a great loss for the culture as a whole. Although it is known that artists can…
The soundtrack to the Fernando Trueba film, "Calle 54," is like a fantasy twelve course feast in which each of the courses are served up one after the other. The luxurious …
One of the most hotly debated questions in Latin Jazz is " How do you combine the On The Beat clave feel with the Behind the Beat phrasing of traditional Jazz?" Rey Vega's …
Pianist Jesus "Chuchito" Valdes is true Cuban Royalty. The Grandson of Bebo Valdes and the Son of Chucho Valdes, Chuchito is carrying on the tradition of genius and innovat…
In the biographical film depicting the life of Cuban Trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, there is a scene where he switches on the radio program "Voice of America" and becomes lost …
Gonzalo Rubalcaba is releasing his seventh in a string of Blue Note albums--due in no small part to the perseverance of Blue Note president Bruce Lundvall. For Lundvall cir…
Grupo-X is a fine new British band on the emerging London latin jazz scene. It's refreshing to see a new group debut with a CD of their own compositions. The octet is becom…