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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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  • 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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Bob Brookmeyer, master of the valve trombone, was an arranger at 14. Influenced by 20th century classical music and such jazz giants as Eddie Sauter, Gil Evans, and George …
Every now and then I happen upon a CD by a player with a strong local reputation, who deserves to be heard more, and heard of more, in the rest of the world. This is one of…
I heard a lot of the legendary J.Geils Band in the seventies. My teenage son was a fan. Never would have guessed that by 2006 Jay Geils would be co-leader and producer on a…
The first time I heard pianist Daniela Schaechter perform was on the Katja Endemann Quartet's 2004 release, Black Box, and I was impressed. Her solos were innovative…
Trumpeter/composer Randy Sandke's The Subway Ballet takes us, and a young dancer with her mother, from downtown to Harlem. At forty-five minutes or so with interes…
The Word is Out treats us to an electric performance by the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. Like its predecessor, Word of Mouth Revisited, special guests include an …
Stan Getz was a perfectionist. He once described the ideal saxophone player as one who combined his technique, Al Cohn's ideas and Zoot Sims' time. He also said, "All you c…
Dave Frishberg is a sports buff with a severe case of retromania. He longs for the days when "basketballs had laces and halfbacks played safety on defense...and there were …
Director Susie Jones must be proud of her festival-winning bands at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, and justifiably so. The current edition is just back from…
Prestige Profiles: Eric Dolphy was previously released by Fantasy as The Best of Eric Dolphy in a 2004 collection. My 2004 review appears here unchanged. Howe…