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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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  • 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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  • 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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Arranger Gary Urwin has recorded two albums with his Jazz Orchestra, which consists of well-known Southern California musicians, and now his third is being released on Summ…
Joe Lovano’s ever-active imagination is such that predicting the nature of his next album becomes a guessing game, thereby heightening expectations. Even so, Lovano’s tenor…
The first instrument heard on Azul Oscuro is Steve Hashimoto’s expressive bass introduction, as if it were a guitar and he were leading into a flamenco composition. …
Intuition is a varied, inventive and energetic album whose sound seems larger than that of a quartet and whose accessibility belies the complexity of some of the met…
Thankfully, Orrin Keepnews, co-founder of the legendary but unfortunately, relatively short-lived Riverside Records, is enjoying well-earned appreciation for his ground-bre…
Aki Takase and Lauren Newton, both raised in separate parts of the world (Takase in Japan and Newton in the United States) and then settling in Germany, have joined for an …
Jimmy Scott is a true original. From the time he first recorded with the Lionel Hampton Big Band, Scott deconstructed songs with such heart-rending drama that listeners had…
Marcus Goldhaber appears to be a nice enough guy. He certainly cherishes childhood memories and the times that his family gathered around the piano and sang standards witho…
Grady Tate: Drummer. That’s how most jazz listeners characterize him. But Tate has alternated between drumming and singing throughout a career that spans almost half …
Dominique Eade’s influence extends beyond her memorable recordings to her success in teaching another generation of jazz singers during her 22 years on the faculty of the N…