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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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  • 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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Chuck Vecoli

Chuck Vecoli

Billed as the "greatest free jazz festival in America", the 32nd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, is the centerpiece of the Chicago jazz community. There are three distinct reasons why this event can be declared a success. First is the programming. The second thing is the opportunity it gives to young jazz musicians coming up in the Chicago jazz scene. The third and most o

(West Bend, WI) The Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival is the brain-child of a handful of West Bend Sunrise Rotarians. On September 10th and 11th they held the thirteenth annual event to benefit this community in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin. To date the event has raised over $300,000 in funds to benefit local and global charitable causes. West Bend is situated in one of Wisconsin’s most scenic areas, and located conveniently to Milwaukee. Lying in the heart of the Northern
For over fifty years the term jazz festival and the city of Newport, RI have been synonymous. While this annual festival has been the host to some of the greatest jazz musicians to ever grace a festival stage, each year the festival line up seems to grow bigger and better. This year, the best way to describe the line-up was as an international celebration of old meets young, with tributes and accolades for legends of the past and present. Friday’s uncomfortable weather was soon forgotten when
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