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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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Strings for Schools will pay tribute to jazz pianist, composer, and educator Dr. Billy Taylor, honoring him in the year of his 80th birthday, at the Kimmel Center on April 27, 2002 at 7:30 PM. Led by jazz violinist and Philadelphian, John Blake, Jr., the evening will feature jazz and conversation with members of Dr. Taylor’s Trio, Chip Jackson, and Winard Harper, who will be joined by the nationally recognized jazz talents of artists Geri Allen, Frank Wess and Jimmy Owens. Hosting the evening wi …
Strings for Schools, the premier non-profit music education resource for schools on the East Coast, will hold its Spring Benefit Concert "Celebrating Music 2003" with a gathering of six nationally recognized jazz artists at the Four Seasons Hotel on April 4, 2003. Under the musical direction of Philadelphia born jazz violinist, John Blake, Jr., the concert will feature a trio of jazz violinists Diane Monroe, Regina Carter and John Blake. This all-star trio will …