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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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  • 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 Falconer

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You may know Thad Jones as a trumpeter/arranger with the Basie Band (1954-1963) or as the co-founder of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra which debuted at the Village Vang…
after the city is gone : quiet by Vancouver pianist Chris Gestrin presents over two hours of music that is unusual and creative - unusually creative. The 2 CD set wa…
From Within is a remarkable debut album by trumpeter/flugelhornist Brandon Lee, the newest and youngest member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Lee recently …
The Masters Return! is the third recording by the Fabian Zone Trio. Christian Fabian, once Lionel Hampton's youthful bassist, established the zone concept to "allow …
Vocalist/pianist? Pianist/vocalist? The word for Dena DeRose is simply "musician" and her Live at Jazz Standard (Volume One) is a treat. This session, recorded in Ma…
It's rare these days to find a big band out on the road but there are many back home in the neighborhoods. It helps if the neighborhood is a stone's throw from New York Cit…
Music is the universal language and jazz is global. For decades we have seen this art form spread from America around the world. The original source was Africa and the colo…
Billy Taylor & Gerry Mulligan, Live at MCG documents a series of concerts in late 1993 at Manchester Craftsmen's Guild (MCG) in Pittsburgh, PA. On the same weekend M…
Traditional big band arranging focuses on give and take between sections - trumpets, trombones and reeds - with rhythm support. Spiced with counterpoint and polyrhythms, th…
No strings. No bass. No drums. No gimmicks. Simply the warm and supple voice of Carol Sloane with Brad Hatfield at the piano and Ken Peplowski on clarinet and tenor. No pro…