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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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  • 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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Diane Hadley

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The New Year finds award winning jazz guitarist, composer Lloyd Gregory's CD, Gentle Warrior, surging up the jazz indie and radio airplay charts with its first single "Haiti." January 9, 2012, Gentle Warrior jumped from 79 to 46 on the "SmoothJazz.com Current Top 50 Indie Chart." It moved from 23 to 18 on the "SmoothJazz.com Radar Chart." The album is on jazz icon Stanley Clarke's new label, Roxboro Entertainment Group, which is distributed by Bungalo Records division of Universal Music Group.

Jazz bass legend Stanley Clarke is thrilled to win 2011 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album with his most recent CD, The Stanley Clarke Band, on the Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, and the Roxboro Entertainment Group label. He was also nominated in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Performance, “No Mystery.” Clarke is especially pleased because he feels that this album’s music is fresh and different from just about anything he’s done before. He realized early on in the recording process that the range of collaborative material he was creating with fellow band members would allow him to venture to new l...
LOS ANGELES - May 17, 2005 - Three of music’s most influential groundbreakers are set to break new ground for the first time together. Bassist Stanley Clarke, banjo player Bela Fleck and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty will debut as a trio in the aptly named Trio! for a summer tour that promises to be one of the most exciting musical events in years and genuinely worthy of the group’s exclamation point.

"Miles Davis told me once that it takes a lot of courage to be different," says Clarke, who will …

Legendary bassist Stanley Clarke was presented with this year’s Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday, October 28, at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City, which was the site of the 2006 Bass Player LIVE! weekend bass conference/extravaganza. Presenters of the award to Clarke were solo artist and Flecktones renowned bassist Victor Wooten and funk and jazz bass superstar Marcus Miller.

"There’s no way I would pass on the chance to present this award to Stanley Cl …

Renowned bassist Stanley Clarke’s new recording, The Stanley Clarke Band, is scheduled for release on June 15, 2010, on the Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, and the Roxboro Entertainment Group label. The album is produced by Clarke and Lenny White. Unlike his previous acoustic bass release, Clarke feels that this album’s music is new and different from just about anything he’s done before. The range of collaborative material here has allowed him to venture to new levels
Jazz artist Liza Lee’s new CD, Anima, has been released for only a few weeks and fantastic reviews are already coming in. It is joining radio station playlists across the country and selling out at online retailers with more CDs on their way. Most important though, Liza’s ultimate personal mission is being accomplished. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Anima are being donated to The Society For Women's Health Research (SWHR), a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the heal
Jazz artist Liza Lee’s new CD, Anima, is due to be released January 27, 2009, on the Jazz Doll Records label. It is an extremely personal CD. In 2006 her promising jazz career as a recording artist, performer and composer was taking off with the breakout critically acclaimed release of her first CD Scarlet Mark, when 29-year-old Liza suffered a stroke. Now, having made a full comeback, Liza (pronounced the same as the famous Minnelli) is back with a new CD reflective of her life altering experie
After thirty years as an accomplished first-call session and touring player, veteran bassist Sekou Bunch is breaking new ground with his first solo CD, The Next Level, on the Trippin N Rhythm record label. The CD was officially released to stores and Internet outlets this month. The first single from The Next Level, "Take Five, In Three," was released for airplay in March.

Bunch’s credentials gained over his career are impressive. He has shared the stage and or recording studio with such arti

Legendary bassist Stanley Clarke has invited two very special friends, Patrice Rushen on piano and Lenny White on drums, to perform limited engagements at Washington DC’s Blues Alley Thursday Sunday, March 15 18 and Annapolis, MD’s, Rams Head Tavern Monday, March 19. In addition to the Blues Alley and Rams Head dates, the three groundbreaking musicians will perform together at only one other venue, The Blue Note in New York City March 20 25.

"I'm very happy to be touring again with my old band