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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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  • 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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  • 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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Bob Florence has been a consistently innovative and surprising arranger, even as he has worked in Hollywood’s studios, worked as musical director for the likes of Julie And…
Ever curious about indigenous musical forms that arise from the people of countries around the world, ever explorative about new means of expression through culturally allu…

Robert Glasper’s trio is back after claiming much well-deserved attention with its first release, Canvas. That album proved several things: the infinitude of possibi…

Marian McPartland’s hosting of Brad Mehldau on one of the ever-growing list of invaluable Piano Jazz programs occurred in 1996, just after he released his second alb…
Considering the ongoing upheaval in the music and entertainment industry, it’s gratifying to see long-deserving talent signed to a major label. Not that Steve Kuhn has been…
Maynard Ferguson was, in his own professional and hard-working way, one of those "threshold" jazz musicians who excited an interest in the art form and opened listeners’ ea…
Maybe it’s a sign of the times, but happiness appears to be pursued more vigorously than before.... and with less satisfying results. Will Smith’s movie character, the init…
Some jazz musicians may incorporate steel pans for effect or atmosphere, but few of them maintain the sound of steel pans as a consistent component of their music. Not A…
The catz of Big Bear Lake, California are not those of the untamed variety, though wild they may be at times. Rather, these catz, who happened to wear fedoraz, are trained …
Sometimes Jonathan Poretz sings like Frank Sinatra. Sometimes Jonathan Poretz acts like Frank Sinatra. Sometimes Jonathan Poretz is Frank Sintra. After years of purs…