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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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  • 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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  • 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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Cheryl Hughey

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In the '70s, bands like the Headhunters and Tower of Power fused elements of jazz with Afro vibes and R&B to create a titillating musical stew.  It was an unpredictable trip of cultural grooves that expanded not only the music but the social consciousness of America. Many have attempted to recreate this magical moment in time but few have successfully captured the unbridled passion of the message ... that was until fo/mo/deep released "A Beautiful Bang."

Just in time for Thanksgiving, jazz trumpeter and composer Mark Rapp launched a simple, but effective, web app (http://thankyou.markrapp.com ) to spread the feeling of thanks and gratitude. It features an original composition by Rapp appropriately named “Thank You” which was recorded and released on the trumpeter’s debut CD “Token Tales”(Paved Earth Music, 2009).

Professional music photographer Sherry Fisher shares her suggestions for taking better concert photos.

You’ve bought tickets, strapped on your camera and are ready to go to your favorite show. Need a few quick tips to get better pictures? This article outlines a few basic tips to help you get started.

Do you want the thrill of the big sound of a live concert in your home? Ditch that 80s boom box for a home entertainment system and set your jazz free.

The New York style jazz clubs of yesteryear often hold a sweet, nostalgic memory in the hearts of fans. We envision a dark place filled with swirling smoke and mysterious strangers chattering against a backdrop of bebop.  Although modern life has altered the landscape of the music and the city, the mystique of these historical venues remains.

With the decline of the contemporary jazz market in the US, you’d expect that recording artists would feel the pressure to follow prescribed trends. After all, part of the survival game has always involved releasing formulated “radio friendly” material.  However, there have always been a few brave visionaries who prefer to define the rules of the game. Welcome to the world of Acoustic Alchemy, who have just released their 18th CD, Roseland.

Have you ever dreamed of vacationing with your favorite jazz artists? From The Jazz Cruise to the Catalina Island Jazz festival, a jazz-themed vacation can be an enjoyable experience.

Whether you are attending a locally-based concert or a large national production, festivals play an important role in our jazz community. Although often not as intimate as a jazz club, they provide a place for both musician and the listener to come together as one.

The Jazz Review asked funk saxophonist Donn Bynum to share with us his favorite portable listening device.  For fans of Motown, Bynum has toured with mega names to include the Commodores, Bootsy Collins and Brothers Johnson.  From vinyl to digital, Bynum has witnessed the changing face of music today.

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