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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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  • 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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  • 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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For over a decade Joey DeFrancesco has reigned undisputed as the king of the new generation of B3 Organ players. The unexpected emergence of Tony Monaco in the past three y…
Bold and ambitious, René Marie’s first live recording Live At Jazz Standard is an aural postcard of a galvanizing three night stand at the venerated New York jazz cl…
In theory, Janis Siegel’s new album Friday Night Special seems like a can’t miss project: arguably the most recognizable voice in the Manhattan Transfer records an e…
Released last year in Europe and long overdue for release in the States, Stacey Kent’s tribute to the Richard Rodgers songbook, In Love Again, proves well worth the …
Among classic women singers of jazz, Etta Jones came late to critical and popular acclaim. Although she made her professional debut at 16 with the Buddy Johnson Big Band, s…
Lately in my music listening excursions I’ve been deeply exploring the parallels between jazz and country music. I’ve always had my suspicions that the two are close cou…
Maryland-based vocalist Sue Matthews strikes a delicate balance on her latest album One At A Time. Full of torch, show tunes, and a Celtic number ("Caledonia"), and …
An album of subtle excellence, Jenna Mammina’s "Meant To Be" is a wonderful collection of smartly interpreted standards, pop covers, and original compositions by a s…
The liner notes on the back cover of Christina Machado’s record, Gone With The Wind, make mention of the New Orleans-based singer’s Cuban heritage and her love affai…
It seems like I'm familiar with this dance. An album is released by a highly touted young female singer to a blizzard of marketing and PR. While I am almost numb to it by n…
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