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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Bill Barton

Bill Barton

1963 was a very good year for Thelonious Sphere Monk. After almost two decades of neglect at best, and derision at worst, from many jazz fans and much of the critical estab…
Referring to trombonist Curtis Fuller as a "prolifically recorded" musician would be a major understatement. In a career that now spans over 47 years in the major leagues o…
Miles Davis certainly ranks as one of the most influential, innovative, and often controversial musicians in the history of post-WWII jazz, but we often think of him primar…
Those of us who toil in the CD racks - whether involved with print reviewing, radio broadcasting, or netcasting - seem to still be sifting through the veritable stacks of r…
The late 1970s and early 1980s were a problematic time for jazz recordings, particularly those released on the so-called major labels. The Fusion steamroller was still flat…
Founded in 1974, the Willem Breuker Kollektief has been bringing their joyous and virtuosic blend of jazz, European traditions and Dutch humor to a worldwide audience for well over 25 years now. The Kollektief’s engagement at Jazz Alley was their second stop on an extensive North American tour.

In live performance even more so than on recordings the parallels between Mr. Breuker’s artistic vision for the Kollektief and that of the late Edward Kennedy Ellington for his orchestra become apparen