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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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Women of Jazz is one of the latest in the Putumayo Presents series and it features the tracks by today’s women vocalists. The lead track for Women in Jaz…
A lot of the time, singers will try and imitate the singer whose song they are covering. When it came time for Elaine Lucia to record her version of Nat King Cole’s "Don…
There are two things Seattle vocalist Kelley Johnson knows how to do: provide a home for Nana, the cutest kitten on earth, and sing jazz/blues songs.Returning fro…
Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and her new quartet ma-do, consisting of trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, Norikatsu Koreyasu on bass and drummer Akira Horikoshi reveal their debu…
While attending the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2001, pianist Michael Coleman, bassist Nathaniel Brenner and drummer Rob Schwartz recognized one common goal: explor…
Relocating to Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Chris Cortez not only went a new direction geographically but also musically. His new album titled Awake…
Normally, a ten minute performance can drag on after about the sixth minute - not here. The Aaron Koppel Quartet takes us through eight self-penned performances that tha…
Two pianos - one vision. Tony Pancella and Larry Willis have released a duo album titled Alter Ego and with their flow and beautiful lines, it is hard sometimes t…
There is nothing wrong with a little bit of Tony Bennett. Vocalist Russ Lorenson is proof that a little bit of Bennett can really do a lot.The combination of "Com…
On the back of Johan Berke’s CD titled The Cactus Suite it lists all the players on this album but also says with guests: Jan Eriksson on lap and pedal and Barr…