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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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  •  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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Multi-instrumentalist Frank London and vocalist / keyboardist Loren Sklamberg are co-leaders of the Grammy-winning klezmer group The Klezmatics. Theirs is a musical partner…
Is it me, or is the Big Band making a resurgence in the jazz world? As unlikely as it may seem in these difficult economic times, there have been a number of high-quality b…
Though I hadn't heard of Timucin Sahin when his latest recording, "Bafa," arrived in my mailbox, the personnel in his backing band certainly made me sit up and take …
A protégé of the great Phil Woods, saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon made his first big splash during the late 1990s when he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Sa…
A medical doctor by training, Krzysztof Trzciñski adopted the stage name Komeda to conceal his parallel life as a jazz pianist, composer and poet from his colleagues, and f…
Guitarist Gene Segal's debut recording Hypnotic is an appealing melange of contemporary jazz-funk á la John Scofield and Medeski Martin & Wood, no…
It's no coincidence, perhaps, that John Hollenbeck refers to his 20+ member orchestra as a Large Ensemble. The terms 'Big Band' and 'Orchestra' are rife with all sorts of c…
The Italian-born, Boston-based guitarist Massimo Sammi is currently a composition student at the New England Conservatory, where he's won the praise of giants such as Ran B…
Film noir - the dimly-lit, cynical and stylish urban crime dramas that flourished as a cinematic sub-genre during the mid-20th Century - appears to be the inspi…
Amirani Records, an impressively eclectic and adventurous Italian indie label, scores again with "Eclipse" by Ear & Now, a co-operative musical venture featuring mul…