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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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Ann Stahmer

Ann Stahmer

Watching Charlie Fishman at work is an exercise in perpetual motion. He is everywhere at once, making sure that details are taken care of for the latest Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. The festival is his personal campaign to awaken and enlighten jazz enthusiasts to the unlimited possibilities that Washington, D.C. offers. There is always music playing, whether it is in a concert venue or at his home that also serves as his office. Charlie speaks with the enthusiasm and conviction of a man who tru …
29.01.2011

Gladys Knight

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews
Gladys Knight is one busy lady. In addition to her concert performances, she is planning a concert tour to publicize her new CD, Before Me. She directs a Grammy award-winning church choir that will also have a new CD for the upcoming holiday season. When she’s not on the road performing, she’s in her new farmhouse redecorating, or traveling with her husband. If you look at her on the cover of her new CD, you can see that all of this agrees with her. She has a joy, a love for life that is …
Dr. Billy Taylor says that Benny Green and Russell Malone are " .the future of jazz." Taylor was among the members of a packed audience during the first of two spectacular performances by Green and Malone at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center Jazz Club. During the performance, members of the audience frequently voiced their approval and support for the performers’ efforts. It was definitely a warm, shared experience for the performers and the listeners.

Green and Malone are a study in contrasts. G …

Listening to Kerry Politzer’s new CD, Watercolor, is like spending a peaceful afternoon with a friend looking at beautiful paintings in a museum. Each song brings forth different moods and shades of emotion. Kerry’s music speaks to the inner child in all of us who wants to explore the world and find out what’s out there to enjoy.

From her earliest years, Kerry has been involved in creating and performing music. After comprehensive classical study, she discovered jazz in college. Like Ge …

29.01.2011

Bruce Barth

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Bruce Barth is a versatile, busy musician. Whether leading his own trio in performances in New York City's finest clubs, teaming with accomplished vocalists like Carla Cook or Luciana Sosa, sharing his music with Spanish or Japanese audiences, or playing in Steve Wilson's acclaimed quartet, his intentions are clear. He always works to follow his inner voice and stay true to the music.

Jazz Review: When we spoke last, you were getting ready for a live recording project that becam …