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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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  • 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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  •  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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Bryan Leonard

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(St. Louis, MO.) One might assume that after fifty-seven years in the music business internationally recognized Mel Bay Publications, Inc. has just about done it all...well, they’re getting closer. Mel Bay Publications, Inc. announces its entry to the recording industry with its new division, Mel Bay Records.

For years Mel Bay Publications, Inc. has prided itself in bringing the techniques and teachings of the world’s finest musicians to aspiring students and educators everywhere. The tradit …

(St. Louis, MO.) Capturing the attention of audiences and the respect of fellow jazz musicians where-ever he performs, internationally recognized jazz guitarist, educator and clinician Corey Christiansen takes the next step in his ever-growing career with the release of his new CD, Awakening on Mel Bay Records’ new jazz label, Guitar Sessions.

When Mel Bay Records decided to launch Guitar Sessions, they knew they needed an album and an artist who would set the stage for what is yet to come. …

(St. Louis, MO.) Jimmy Bruno is one of the finest jazz guitarists of our time. From the first note of every performance he captures audiences with his electricity and presence. For this reason Mel Bay Records proudly announces the release of Jimmy Bruno’s latest live, concert DVD entitled, Jimmy Bruno: Live at Chris’s Café Volume 1 (MB20523DVD) as part of their growing series of live concert DVDs.

This most recent performance, filmed live in Philadelphia, PA, presents the unique opport …

Cutting edge, jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen is still in his early thirties but musically he has been a long time in the making. Growing up in a home filled with music, Corey began to play at the early age of five receiving excellent instruction and inspiration from his father, Mike Christiansen, Chairman of Guitar Studies and professor at Utah State University. Since those early days Corey has developed a style of his own that is recognized as one of the most notable in jazz. He has built a …