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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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  •  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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  • 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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This exciting new release, the first by the Bill Holman band since Brilliant Corners in 1999, was recorded live at Stratospheric, a tribute to Maynard Ferguson hel…
No grass grows under Mike Vax's feet. He appears as guest lead trumpet and soloist with symphony pops orchestras. He has performed on more than 70 albums. He does workshops…
To quote pianist Bill Charlap, "Gershwin is the heart and soul of American music... Gershwin's music is designed for interpretation and reinterpretation. We will never run …
The fifties, the era of Elvis and Pat Boone, would not be the best of times for Woody Herman and big band music. It was scuffling time and the band joked about being the un…
"Echoes in the Night" is the debut release of this fine sextet assembled by Earl MacDonald, director of jazz studies at the University of Connecticut and former pianist, mu…
This compilation from the vaults of Fantasy and Concord covers 1958 to 2002 and is all about good taste. First of all, Kenny Burrell is as tasteful a guitarist as you will …
The most recent track on this compilation is "Everything Happens to Me" with Rosie and the Basie Band in the late nineties on the CD "At Long Last." What I said then was "A…
The late jazz pianist James Williams made the following observations a few years ago in the University of Memphis alumni magazine : " What I play is feel-good music. Some o…
Ace, recorded in 2004, represents jazz as it should be - a collaboration. The composer listing, "all music composed by Eyges, Blythe and Speller," reflects David Eyg…
The talented saxophonist/composer Katja Endemann has come up with an excellent CD for her recording debut. Born in Munich, based in New York, performing throughout the U.S.…