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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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  • 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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Don Williamson

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Unfortunately or perhaps on second thought, fortunately, most jazz listeners remember Kenny Drew’s work throughout the 1950’s, and slightly beyond, when he recorded with…
The internationalism of jazz has accounted for much of its innovation for at least the past decade. A restless and protean art form, jazz in hindsight may be described in i…
Marc Copland presents an interesting artistic personality within the long, and ever growing, list of jazz musicians who contributed to the advancement of the genre, keeping…
How many other Chris Humpheys are there who raise a family, buy a house, perform when they can, inspire future generations through teaching to share his passion for music, …
Breakfast on the Morning Tram is a charmer. No two ways about it. In her Blue Note debut album, Stacey Kent has modified her direction while remaining constant with …
Even in childhood, Jessica Medina absorbed a mixture of cultural influences that defined who she was to become. Medina grew up in New York City, but her parents are of Lati…
You may not be aware of Dave Tofani's extensive resume as a first-call musician, but you undoubtedly have heard him play. Like Phil Woods, who crafted the unforgettable sol…
Pete Mills: composer, educator and vastly talented multi-instrumentalist.Tony Monaco: recording producer, business manager and wildly entertaining B-3 organ player. <…
Bemun unintentionally could be one of the most interesting releases of the year, not only because of the honesty and the originality of the music as it synthesizes j…

Dave Brubeck continues to record, even in his 87th year, as if music were a necessary element of being, like breathing or talking. Which it is. The man who popularized jazz…