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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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  • 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 Falconer

Bill Falconer

A reviewer quickly learns that sound musicianship and creativity are not the exclusive province of nationally-known players. The Al Maniscalco Quartet's fourth release, …
Baron Tymas, Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC, is a fluent and inventive guitarist with a gift for composition. Blue…
Four-to-the-bar. Unamplified. Felt more than heard. An unlikely choice for a key ingredient of a jazz orchestra but rhythm guitarist Freddie Green made a difference to the …
Dick Johnson of Brockton, MA., is known throughout New England, and a lot of other places, as a master of all the reeds. On Stardust and Beyond, a tribute to Artie S…
The evolution of the big band has emphasized intricate charts and unusual instrumentation. I have reviewed many of the resulting CDs and have been impressed. However, Richi…
This is muted bebop and I like it. Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and the other originators were uncompromising rebels who radically changed the harmonic structure of jazz…
Imagination: a gift to improvisors. "Here's That Rainy Day": one of the loveliest ballads ever written. "Darn That Dream": another delight. "Come Fly With Me." Check out th…
A massive stroke felled Ralph Sutton in December 2001, ending a musical career that started when a small boy in Missouri first heard Fats Waller on the radio. He was one of…
Check out that roster! You can't get much more "all-star" than that. The Dizzy Gilespie All-Star Big Band is well-suited to continue the Gillespie legacy. One example: Jame…
Mulgrew Miller is the complete jazz pianist. He combines full command of the piano's orchestral possibilities with an intuitive sense of musical adventure. Live at the Kenn…