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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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  • 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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Tim Berne is a Brooklyn-based alto saxophonist and composer, influenced chiefly by the late, great Julius Hemphill, who’s been one of the leading lights of jazz’s outer lim…
The interesting aspect of Virtuosi, besides its splendiferous music, is how Gary Burton still is creating new forms when he sees a void or a need. One of the true ma…
American Composer William Grant Still (1895-1978) is not a Third Stream proponent in the usual sense - but then, "the usual" you can get anytime; seekers of The Unusual be …
The Modern Jazz Quartet was together for 20 years and disbanded in 1974. The best thing about breaking up is getting back together again, and MJQ reunited in 1985 for "Tops…
Have you wondered what became of Astrud Gilberto? Wonder no longer, for after a long absence, she is back on the jazz vocal scene with a new CD release titled JUNGLE. This …
Six Degrees Records is one of the more eclectic American labels active - their wares cut across - and blur - concepts of category and genre. (Nicely packaged, too.) Our sub…
Elliott and the Untouchables’ Smokin’ the Blues is the kind of CD that you might want to play at a party or when you just want to be cheered-up (and there is a lot of that …
Brenda just released the new enhanced version of Paris Rain on Sept. 25th. You have to get in contact with your favorite record store and tell them to get on the shelves to…
This album just dropped on Tuesday October 2nd and it's already number one on my list. It's for hip hop and jazz heads alike. It's a new and exciting project that takes con…
I am somewhat of a new fan of jazz music and have stumbled upon a real treasure. A friend of mine recommended a new jazz recording by singer Beverley Staunton called Here's…