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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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  • 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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Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson

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Rahsaan Clark C. Morris has been a doughty shepherd in his Hyde Park community on the South Side of Chicago since 1993. He’s a progressive, grass-roots motivator who’s quic…
The seventeen-year relationship between alto saxophonist David Binney and pianist Edward Simon has been an open one. They’ve partnered with other musicians and have come ba…
April 2007 - Percussionist Kahil El’Zabar kneads his compositions with a penetrating "African sensibility" that connects with listeners on a communal as well as musical lev…
April 2007 - Bob Florence is like an on-call surgeon who is regularly paged to resuscitate the big band sound. With his long-time unit Limited Edition, he keeps the notes o…
March 2007 - Love Song is pianist Ted Howe’s third release for Summit Records. His six arrangements of tunes by Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and James Van Heusen add a …
March 2007 - New York pianist Misha Piatigorsky’s new release Uncommon Circumstance samples from the chalice of modernism and the stewpot of soul. It offers listener…
Trombonist and bandleader Scott Whitfield pares things down a bit. Instead of fronting one of his two orchestras (The Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra East based in New York …
Guitarist Stew Cutler gets all of his stuff out in one live recording. Trio/Live is betwixt and between jazz and avant-garde, blues and soul, rhythm & blues. Along w…
Pianist Dave Frank’s Ballads & Burners, like Rome, was not built in a day. It began in 2000 with three separate sessions and then over four years it evolved into his…
Inevitably, when you start talking about saxophonist Grace Kelly, people get a confused look on their face. They’re apt to politely correct you and enlighten you on her …
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