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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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  • 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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Jean-Michel Pilc has done it again. That is, Pilc has recorded yet another superlative album merely by letting the intricacies of his imagination and the condensation of hi…
Fred Hersch remembered Andy Bey’s 1970s work with Horace Silver when he asked Bey to perform on his Ballads album, and then on to his Nonesuch tribute to Billy Stray…
When Bobby Floyd plays B-3 organ, he obviously feels the music. It inhabits him. It takes over his appearance even. A Bobby Floyd performance is one in which the aud…
Judi Silvano has always been one to make some interesting, and in some cases perspicacious, choices. Equally as interested in dancing as in singing, she has sometimes combi…
Will the abundance of super-talented young piano players never cease? Not that I want it to or that such a cornucopia of youthful energy or overflowing imagination should e…
Trumpeter Sean Jones conceptualized, and now has delivered, an album unlike any of his previous recordings on Mack Avenue, the label on which, at the age of 28, he has been…
Mark Isaacs is recognized as a force in the Australian jazz scene, where he busily records his own albums, composes for various groups, both jazz- based and classical, perf…
In one of those fateful instances of serendipity that lead to important life experiences, Cellar Live producer Cory Weeds visited The Jazz Record Center on his first trip t…

Recently, Ron Carter has been receiving his due. Though many listeners think that Carter’s most notable achievement was his participation in the second great Miles Davis qu…

How odd that Bobby Hutcherson, one of the innovators of jazz vibraphone, has not recorded an album as a leader in eight years. One would expect that there always would be e…