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FEATURED INTERVIEWS

  •  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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  • 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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  • 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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I’ve never had the good fortune of meeting multi-reedman Carlo Actis Dato. And judging by his musical demeanor, I’d go out on a short limb stating that he is not the shy…
From the opening note of Chip Shelton’s newest release, Imbued With Memories, one is flooded with masterful tributes, like the one to Joe Henderson on "Recordam…
Not being that familiar with Memphis, TN native and multi-woodwind artist Salim Washington’s career, only amplifies the significance of this outing. And it looms as an u…
This newly issued 2008 release stands as bop/avant-garde pianist Mal Waldron’s last known recording, per the press release. And of course the artist is revered for his w…
This smooth little "hoe-down" with its clearly defined cowboy/western swing edge might take one a few listens to get acclimated but, once you’re on board, Cow Bop’s
Canadian-born vocalist/keyboardist Mary Kastle is one truly refreshing artist. Her knack for integrating pop, reggae, jazz, and other exotic forms of music into her repe…
A very heavy new-age influence dominates this album touted as a mix of "Nu Jazz," new age, and electronica. For a fleeting moment here and there, there is perhaps a slig…

There’s a new kid on the jazz block, Esperanza Spalding, an innovative and challenging acoustic bassist/vocalist/composer who brings a new meaning to finesse, class, and…

Keyboardist Robert Walter really does know how to capture one’s attention. Known for his fat and heavy Hammond B-3 sound, the artist struts pizzazz and funk, and yet his…
From the opening notes of The Next Level, bassist D-Lucca frames this as a San Francisco treat, as you can hear the trademark nuances that so often mark music fro…