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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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  •  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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  • 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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Brian S. Lunde

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Rene Sandoval, born in Chile but now a resident in Sweden, is likely an unfamiliar name to American jazz audiences. The Rene Sandoval 4 debut release Action / Reaction
29.01.2011

Marcus Miller

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A pro bass guitar player since the age of fifteen, 43-year old Marcus Miller has worked with a who’s who of jazz, fusion, pop, R&B, funk, and otherwise-you-name-it musical categories. Let’s take a quick sampling: Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Grover Washington Jr., McCoy Tyner, Randy Brecker, Luther Vandross, Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn, Lonnie Liston Smith, LL Cool J, Jay Z... the list goes on. Tell me you don’t have to be an incredibly solid, versatile player with scary chops to pla …
29.01.2011

Claire Daly

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Claire Daly may be a "new" name in jazz, but she’s hardly new to the music scene she’s been at it for nearly 30 years now. Daly’s accumulated a stunning array of compliments from the press. Like most professional musicians, she’s had to play her share of "pay the rent" gigs, but she’s never lost her heart for jazz. Daly’s discography as a leader began with the release of Swing Low on Koch Jazz in 1999, followed by her most recent release, Movin’ On (also on Koch, 2001). Indeed, Cla …
29.01.2011

David Weiss

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David Weiss is a jazz trumpeter - and happy to be known that way. But don't try to force him into either the hard bop or avant-garde fields. When it comes to his favorite musical pastures, Weiss is squarely on the fence between the two or Walkin’ the Line, as the inspired title of one of his recent CDs puts it and he’s quite happy to be there.

Listen to his latest release, Breathing Room, and you’ll understand what he means. This is real jazz, eminently listenable, but it’s not …

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