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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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  • 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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Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

Big band music was the pop music of that era and the emphasis was on dancing. After their gigs, players who wanted outlets for their creativity headed for small group jam s…
Tommy Newsom, known to many for his association with the Tonight Show, has long supported the all-female DIVA Big Band in a relationship based on mutual respect. In 2004 he…
Peter Erskine, the guest artist on this excellent CD, describes the jazz program at the University of Northern Iowa as a "true model of everything that's good about music e…
Dan McMillion and I first heard Maynard Ferguson play when we were young and we were impressed! My introduction to Maynard was at the Snowdon Theater in Montreal during WWI…
Music was Duke's mistress and this liaison lasted from the twenties until his death in 1974. The result was an output of over 1000 tunes and 1500 arrangements. He composed …
Fingers and Toes, released by Sai Ghose in 2002, was my introduction to the music of this innovative pianist/composer. Ghose is a thoughtful writer and rhythmic pianist who…
By the early sixties, when these tracks were recorded, Eric Dolphy had paid considerable dues. He gigged for a decade in LA, including a stint with Chico Hamilton. and then…
It's an intimate setting: Bucky, his guitar, you, and perhaps a few friends. With over six decades of playing experience Bucky has many a story to tell and uses them effect…
Thelonious Monk. Simple yet complex. Dissonant. Melodic. Jagged. Accents and space. A stride player present at the creation of bop. Most individualistic of pianists and one…
This double CD sells for the price of a single and its profits go to support the non-profit Statesmen of Jazz program which is dedicated to preserving the traditions of jaz…