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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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  •  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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  • 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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Don Williamson

Don Williamson

Gorgeous. As ever, Take 6’s ability to harmonize produces gorgeous results on its new CD, The Standard. Admired throughout the group’s career for its unique so…
It’s not that Kelley Johnson is an unknown jazz singer. Despite her residency in Seattle, she tours the world and performs with top musicians like Wynton Marsalis and Fred …
Roy Hargrove hasn’t defined the term "Earfood" explicitly as far as I know, but his new CD by the same name, provides a 67-minute-long musical demonstration of the concept.…
Too often, jazz musicians leave us too soon. Sadly, the list is unfortunately, relatively long. It includes Michel Petrucciani, who passed from a pulmonary infection at the…
Once again, Martial Solal proves that he continues to be one of the leading jazz pianists, as he has been throughout the past 60 years, though the distribution of his recor…
When they first performed together in New York in the late 1960’s, Chick Corea and Gary Burton thought that playing as a duo would never work out, and they went their se…
Liz McComb’s The Spirit of New Orleans represents a return to her roots of sorts. Now living in France, McComb started as a singer in a small Pentacostal church i…
Perhaps because Pete Malinverni lives in the midst of one of the world’s great cities and earns his living there as a professional musician, he was struck by the concept of…
South African a capella vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, though most often singing in Zulu, has developed a sound that many listeners nonetheless recognize instantly, s…
Roots & Grooves preserves one of those live performances where everyone on stage is "on." Maceo Parker was decidedly inspired by the forceful back-up of the WDR Big …