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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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  • 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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  • 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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Beatrice Richardson

Beatrice Richardson

29.01.2011

Rose Bilal

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The Dazzling, the Beautiful, the Eloquent Rose Bilal

Her voice is beautiful in its simplicity and clarity, The Diva can croon a ballad and articulate in a unique way. If you don’t know Rose Bilal this is an excellent place to start your familiarization .


JAZZREVIEW: When did your interest in music begin?


ROSE BILAL: Music has always been in my life. My parents played the music of all the big bands on the radio and I’d use my make believe microphone to imitate the …

29.01.2011

Sue Terry

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" She’s been compared to the great alto players like Charlie Parker and Phil Woods .Sue Terry exemplifies excellence with a commanding sense of swing and a burnished tone"
- National Public Radio


JAZZREVIEW: Tell us your earliest …

29.01.2011

Peggy Stern

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"Luminous Lyricism .. the piano more caressed than played with subtlety, nuance, warmth, effortless swing, beauty of line, and sophistication of harmony and dynamics"
- Sydney Morning Herald


JAZZREVIEW: What is your earliest musical mem …

29.01.2011

Whitney James

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JAZZREVIEW: When did you discover you had a talent for singing?

WHITNEY JAMES: I was always singing and performing and choreographing shows at home from the time I was 5, my sister and friends were the cast and my Mom would hold a flash light as a spotlight. We would charge 10 cents a seat and have a stage, curtains everything. We sang and danced, and had a ball. I am sure that is where all my love of music started. My life was very full of music and my parents were b …

29.01.2011

Jesse Cook

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The origins of "Rumba Foundation" can be traced back to the 1800’s when sailors arrived in Spain with a new rhythm named rumba brought all the way from Cuba. This accessible and upbeat style of flamenco has attracted people across the globe. Rumba flamenco music reflects the soul of the gypsies, the passion of flamenco and the irresistible beats of Cuba.

Influenced by Natacha Atlas, Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia, Peter Gabriel, Vicente Amigo and the Gipsy Kings,
the charismatic rumba …

29.01.2011

John Novello

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Creative, distinctive, self-assured and trendsetting are just a few of the adjectives attributed to one of the most fascinating individuals in jazz, Hammond B3 legend John Novello.

JAZZREVIEW: I would like to talk a bit about your most recent release B3 Soul. This is a different sound. What inspired you to create the soul jazz sound?

JOHN NOVELLO: It wasn’t something that I premeditated. It’s simply the sound I hear inside my head and I guess it was time for …

With a long list of credentials to validate their considerable talent, Incognito has retained a massive fan base from their "not-to-be-missed" live shows. For Bluey, it’s a chance to get close to his audience. It’s not about playing the tune just to get audience applause. It’s about communicating, making sure people get it. It’s knowing that everyone shares a strong feeling of wanting to be together and experience a little utopia, something that’s not there in our daily lives.

I had th …

29.01.2011

Life Cycle

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If you ever wondered where the name Yellow Jackets originated from, you would have to go back to the year 1977, when Robben Ford assembled a group of veteran session musicians to record his album. The trio of musicians included keyboardist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Ricky Lawson. Being a mainly instrumental group, Robben Ford’s record label wanted him to record another album that was more pop and vocal-oriented. The group, known as the Robben Ford Group, preferred to p …

29.01.2011

Victor Wooten

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Victor Wooten is a powerhouse jazz bassist out of Nashville Tennessee, who graciously discusses his music, latest recordings, new book and his philosophy and life as a musician.

JazzReview: I’ve listen to several of your music recordings and this recording is different

Victor Wooten: Yes.

JazzReview: Very spiritual, almost mysterious, although I’ve heard the diversity in your music, the funk, jazz, blues, pop, soul, world and gospel music. How did this …

29.01.2011

Ramsey Lewis

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Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis celebrates his career and personal milestones in 2005:

  • 50 Years in the Entertainment Industry
  • 71st Recording Album
  • First-Ever Gospel Album, With One Voice
  • 70th Birthday

"This was not Ramsey’s first time performing religious music publicly. His unique style and versatility exemplify a fresh awakening in the sound of gospel music. The excitement generated by Ramsey is stimulating to observe and it is awesome …