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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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  • 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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  •  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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Don Byron has indeed done "it" again - put out an expectations-defying platter that manages to be both creative AND user-friendly. If composer/clarinetist Byron has a dictu…
Purchase College at SUNY has come up with an idea that other educational institutions should emulate: It has created its own record label. Other colleges and universities m…
On paper, "Serengeti" has a diverse source of compositions penned by Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine as well as pieces from Cuban musicians, T…
Andrea Tofanelli is a sweet gentleman and one of the greatest brass instrumentalists and trumpeters of Europe. In Italy where Andrea was born and lives, he is an icon. L…
Canadian bassist Roberto Occhipinti is a virtuoso. He has performed all over the world and even played with legendary saxophonist Sam Rivers. Roberto, playing with the C…
Despite stooping to the occasional Muzak-like whitewash, percussionist Steven Kroon's "In My Path" is a smooth set of Latin inflected pastiches. Musically, Kroon builds his…
I remember Orquestra de la Luz and being so thoroughly surprised and impressed at their grasp of salsa and Latin jazz. What I knew of course, is the historical Japanese res…
This new release will be a certain hit with devotees of Latin jazz. Joyce Yarrow and Jovino Santos Neto composed all twelve songs on the album and the result is wonderful. …
FLAMENCO JAZZ LATINO is a knockout of a Latin CD featuring the guitar stylings of gifted Mark Towns, with guests Hubert Laws playing flute with Rainel Pino on piano in the …
Blue Jackel Entertainment has given the jazz listener an outstanding CD in Maria Ochoa's LIKE THIS I WANT TO LIVE, a collection of Cuban music in the son tradition. It is a…