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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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  • 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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  •  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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Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

I love jazz. I love childrens books on jazz especially when they are as rhythmic colorful and upbeat as this one. Savor the description of Dizzy's ...
An inspired Marek Los illustration opens "Lookin." Miles Davis, young and alone, blows his trumpet with the New York skyline as backdrop . The back...
There are many myths about Louis Armstrongs start in life including a few of his own. Roxane Orgill's story is based upon a combination of her rese...
A painstakingly-accurate performance by a jazz repertory orchestra can leave you with the feeling that something is missing. A fact-filled chronological presentation of jaz…
The first sound from Scotty Barnhart's debut release, Say It Plain, a parade whistle, will make you sit up and take notice. Your attention is justified. Barnhart is …
Legendary, indeed. Renowned pianist, composer, arranger and musical director (Vikki Carr, Julie Andrews), all prior to his founding of this talented big band over three dec…
I suspect that you'll enjoy It's Time immediately. I did. Art Lillard's music is described as "accessible". Often that means "Easy Listening" in caps but that's not …
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. That's where the 2…
For over a decade, saxophonist Matt Renzi has created innovative music with a sax-bass-drums trio. No piano. This provides the musical freedom illustrated by their third al…
In 2003, guitarist Ilya Lushtak founded Lineage Records in order to record surviving jazz masters as an inspiration for younger players. Lineage's first studio date feature…
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