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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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Beatrice Richardson

Beatrice Richardson

The staff is friendly and the vibe is perfect for enjoying some of New York's finest jazz musicians, live, Seven days a week.

The waitresses escorts customers to tables, which soon fill up with local aficionados as well as tourists from the world over.

"This is the home of jazz, the traditional jazz" Announces the emcee, whose smile radiates throughout the club. It's Thursday night and Arlene Talley and her new crew are the featured artists. They play an energetic blend of music …

Though he was a different kind of musician Ray Brown’s type of music signaled that a new kind of musician was beginning to appear. Brown was a scholar and a theorist of music, he wasn’t just a performer, but someone that set no limits on what his music might be.

Reviewing the lives of jazzmen, there are certain recurrent features, the instant and early recognition- often almost in infancy-of the music that is to be their destiny. In a recent interview with Brown, I asked the bassist of his e …

29.01.2011

Joe Henderson

Published in Artist Biographies
He’s not Pres-like or Bird like, not Trane-ish or New-ish. None of the stylish adjectives so commonly use to describe the work of tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. It’s evident he’s listened to the greats, to Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins- to them and all the others he’s enjoyed. But he doesn’t play like them, doesn’t sound like them, Joe Henderson is a master, and like the greats, UNIQUE.

Henderson, whose brother is also a saxophonist, first came to prominen …
29.01.2011

James Carter

Published in Artist Biographies
The first time I heard James Carter, he was performing at Yoshi's for the Eddie Moore festival in August, 1995 with the New York Organ ensemble. The group included Lester Bowie on trumpet, Amina Claudine Myers on organ, Frank Lacy on trombone, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Don Moye on drums and Carter on all saxophones.

Carter's performance was high powered and high energy; although he was the youngest of the group, he appeared to be a well-experienced musician on stage.

James Carter c …
There is a new sound of jazz being heard around Florida that is quickly blossoming. That sound emanates from 16 year old Eric Darius. It’s hard to believe such silky sounds come from an artist too young to vote.

Darius, a resident of Lutz, Florida attends Blake performing Arts High School where he plays with the Marching Band, a symphony band, and is the first chair with the all-county symphony band.

Darius’s influences range from John Coltrane and Charlie Parker to Kenny G and …
29.01.2011

Dave Koz

Published in Artist Biographies
He goes for the heart - that’s for sure. Close your eyes and imagine a tear dripping from the bell of the horn. Or envision the keys blasting off the alto, straining under torrential sound. Judging from his acceleration in today’s musical marketplace, Dave Koz conjures up a range of feelings and always leaves a mark.

You’ve heard the sound maybe on his 1993 album "Lucky Man" achieving gold status; where it ranked #1 on radio and records year end NAC airplay chart after holding the pole …
29.01.2011

Coleman Hawkins

Published in Artist Biographies
Jazz has been around long enough for us to see it's most respected practitioners become gray, paunchy, and venerable. The precocity of a Wynton Marsalis already famous by the age of twenty-three is startling. But during the swing era, youth was the norm and the advent of middle age a potential symptom of stagnation.

Nearly all the prominent jazz musicians active in the 1930's (with the notable exception of Duke Ellington, born in 1899) were born in the twentieth century. Most had establis …
29.01.2011

Art Blakey

Published in Artist Biographies
Art Blakey (Abdullah Ibn Buhaina) worked with Fletcher Henderson 1939; Billy Eckstine 1944-7, Buddy DeFranco Quartet 1951-3. He started working as a leader at Birdland in 1954. His group evolved into the Jazz Messengers, who came to prominence in 1955 and toured the US and Europe during the next five years.

Despite changes in personnel, Blakey continued to dominate the particular area of jazz of which he had become a symbol (ie. hard bop), with a tremendous kinetic force for which the l …

The latest album from French composer and pianist Christophe DelValle is titled ‘Shared Moments’. It is an interesting collection with some compelling collaborations so when Christophe recently took time out to talk with JazzReview the first thing on the agenda was to discover the motivation that lay beneath the music.

29.01.2011

Stanton Moore

Published in Jazz Artist Interviews

Stanton Moore is one of the most innovative and influential drummers around. He is always pushing boundaries and has steered jazz towards more distinctive expressions. His latest release is titled Groove Alchemy.

JAZZREVIEW: Tell us about your earliest experience as a musician and growing up in New Orleans. Who are or were your biggest musical influences?

STANTON MOORE: My mom started bringing me to the Mardi Gras parade when I was eight months old. …