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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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  • 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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  • 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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Carolanne Matteson

Carolanne Matteson

Like vocalist Rene Marie, this composer-vocalist-arranger and band manager, Carolanne Matteson gave up singing rock and swing; then, took a 17-year timeout to raise four children. During this time, she also obtained a BA in philosophy and an MA in the history of art and architecture, after which she published several articles in journals.

But recently, she and her husband, Jim, returned to music. Ms. Matteson rediscovered her love for the bebop and hard bop music of Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rolli …