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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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Norman Granz, the founder of Verve Records, died at age 83 on Thursday, November 22nd, 2001 at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.

Granz was one of the most influential executives in the jazz world. He is known especially for founding Verve Records and the Jazz At The Philharmonic concert series. He is also respected for his fight against segregation in the 1940s and 1950s, as he paid performers equal wages and held his concerts only in non-segregated clubs.

Ron Goldstein, President of The …