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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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  • 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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  • 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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Andrew Johnston

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Lee Konitz first came onto the jazz scene in the late forties as an exciting young alto saxophonist sticking his foot into the late bebop movement and exploring the poss…
Rubato is a difficult to define term, but it can be described as taking liberty in the tempo to obtain a certain feeling or mood. It is more common in classical solo pie…
Gerry Mulligan was a great jazz pioneer and an innovator of the bari sax. He has become a role model for many bari sax players, and West Coaster Jennifer Hall is no exce…
A harmonica in Brazilian jazz is uncommon to say the least. Yet Hendrik Meurkens makes it sound expressive and soulful in his New York Samba Jazz Quintet. Surroun…
On Osage County, Scott Neumann’s quartet plays with a hip and unique groove. Neumann on drums lays down solid funk beats while David Berkman and Don…
Samo Salamon’s Two Hours is a very unique album. His combo produces very modern sounding music. At times the quartet of Salamon on guitar, Tony Malaby on tenor sa…
Brian Swartz’s new album, Three, features the drumless trio of Swartz on trumpet and flugelhorn, Larry Koonse on guitar, and Darek Oles on bass. In Three, …
A duo of trombone and piano is very rare in jazz, but Jiggs Whigham and Wolfgang Köhler make this combination sound exceptional. In their new CD Two-Too, they pla…
The Fantasy Sessions is the debut album for 81-year-old Bobby Sharp. He is a well known songwriter, whose "Unchain My Heart" was made famous by the great Ray Char…
Randy Sandke’s new CD The Subway Ballet shows that he has made many musical innovations since playing with one of the greats of old time swing, Benny Goodman. The…
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