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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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  • 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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  •  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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Don Williamson

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As Branford Marsalis continues with his worthy idea of honoring overlooked but important musicians by recording them on his own label, he has come around to producing a CD …
Eldar has progressed from the status of "teenage phenomenon" to "twenty-something phenomenon," now that he has passed the age of twenty. After all, some revered jazz musici…
Eerily, the press release that accompanied this album for review concludes with this statement: ".... Alvin Batiste and his band.... will be featured in the Jazz Tent at th…
As one who revels in opportunities to perform with jazz musicians he admired throughout the very early stages of his career in Cleveland, Joe Lovano enjoyed particular deli…
Jazz enthusiasts who have been fortunate enough to find and purchase Enrico Pieranunzi’s recordings have discovered a pianist who ranks in the top echelon of this generatio…
The Source doesn’t sound like a drummer’s album. And that’s by design. Like other younger musicians, Kendrick Scott is more interested in the totality of effect, col…
Even though Jeri Brown was born in St. Louis and refined her singing talent by performing in the United States, she settled in Montreal and continued her singing career the…
Not only is Hod O’Brien a thoughtful jazz piano player, but also is he thoughtful when he considers other people’s opinions. During two nights in July, 2004, O’Brien’s trio…
Tia Fuller already has received much well-deserved praise for this, her first Mack Avenue recording, Healing Space.... and deservedly so. The title of her first piec…
By releasing a string of CD’s on his co-owned Artistry Music label, Brian Bromberg has called overdue attention not just to his own superb musicianship, but also to the pot…