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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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  • 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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    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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  • Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
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A Layman's Approach to an Original American Art FormUnderstanding Jazz is a classic work by Vinson Hill, a well-know jazz pianist and educator. This…
Defiant Jazz Sounds of Depression-Era Saint LouisSaint Louis was and is located on the Mississippi River; a strategic midpoint between New Orleans and Chic…
An Excellent Early Miles Davis Rarity In July 1956, Miles Davis returned to his hometown for a two-night stint at the infamous Peacock Alley in Gaslight Square. A…
Double Bass: Bad Pun, Good RecordDouble Bass is a near historic summit of two legendary jazz bassists: Niels-Henning Ørsted Pederse…
Classis Miles Davis Soundtrack to a Classic Film NoirEuropean concert promoter invited Miles Davis on a three week European tour at the end of 1957. Miles wasn…

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If you're into jazz, you're surely into Miles Davis. The money-makers know this too, which is why you see countless Miles tributes and marketing tie-ins. But all cynicism aside, last Friday's 80th Birthday Party in East St. Louis was the real deal. A simple idea to celebrate a local son grew into a full-blown, week-long jazz-fest celebration of the region's living legacy. Plans a

Last Wednesday night, the place to be in Saint Louis was Webster University's Music Annex. In this humble concert hall nestled in the trees behind a vast Tudor-style home, a capacity crowd was treated to an unforgettable set of hot jazz. Trombone-leader Charlie Halloran fronted his sextet to culminate his studies at the university, but this was no average senior recital.

Only recently has Charlie reached legal drinking age, but he’s been playing in bars and appearing on records for yea

Tommy Halloran performs old-timey music anyone would appreciate, but as is often the case, his savvy draws many unusual folks. Tommy, on a first-name basis with practically anyone cool in Saint Louis, has always hung on the fringes. He is to jazz as Uncle Tupelo was to country-western or Steve Earle to bluegrass. He possesses the schooling (both formal and hard-knocks) as well as the "chops" of a great jazzman.

Tommy is, however, a generalist more than a specialist. The basic truths of

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