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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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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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  • 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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Pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti’s second release on Concord, and sixth overall, Let It Come To You, arrives in stores as the young 23 year-old two-time Grammy …
It’s a shame that some truly great historic bands came on the scene and then subsequently left it way too soon. Both the First and Second Great Quintets of Miles Davis, …
Bandleader, bassist and composer Marcus Shelby has built an impressive resume as both a performer and teacher. In the 1990s he led the band Black/Note, which recorded on…
Young Seattle-based saxophonist Neil Welch produces distinctive and unique new music for his very first offering as leader with this new album. Containing sophisticated …
I am, alas, old enough to have noticed that every few years (or even months), somebody in a jazz or jazz-conscious publication will pen an article asking "Is Jazz Dead?" Or…
It seems like there are jazz groups worth listening to in every corner of the country. That is the case with Evidence Jazz Group from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Its leader, re…
Chat Noir, the debut album from newcomer Christoph Irniger is a good demonstration of free, expressive jazz coupled with some very decent traditional flavorings. …
ArushA is a group taken to the fine hybrid form of jazz, incorporating elements of straight-ahead jazz, blues, reggae, & R&B, complete with R&B vocals of genuine quality…
East West fancies its music as "music you haven’t heard before." In some ways, that may be true. In other ways, quite the contrary. This is very good music, the basic…
Pianist and composer Skip Wilkins, a native of Eastern Massachusetts, has a Bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross College and Master of Music degree from the University of N…