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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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Crooner Michael Buble lends his talents to seven original songs from the movie "Totally Blonde."Called "Totally Buble," this companion soundtrack showcases the 25-year-o…
Dianne Reeves has put together a solid 10-song set of standards."A Little Moonlight" is a straightforward collection that showcases Reeves’ fine, soulful voice. She kick…
Like an ever-dependable mail carrier, Abbey Lincoln always delivers.The singer has a long history of consistently superb recordings, and "It’s Me," her latest and 10th a…
The often-overlooked vocalist Gloria Lynne made a series of bold, luscious recordings in the early 1960s.Her music, full of pop pageantry and soulful drama, was a fittin…
Vocalist Carolyn Graye’s second CD cooks at a slow, gentle simmer."Songs" is a quiet, intimate recording. There’s not a trumpet, saxophone, guitar, bass or drum to be fo…
Armonica is a Portland, Ore.-based jazz vocalist with a fresh, easy style.Her debut CD, "From Me to You," features 11 songs, mostly standards plus a few lesser-known num…
Looking at the crowded field of female singers, Betty Carter ranks as one of the most innovative. Wide streaks of risk and improvisation blaze through her music as much as …
Understated and underrated Shirley Horn delivers another strong CD."May The Music Never End" doesn’t stray far from what Horn has done in the past. And, that’s a good th…
Songs from 16 of the greatest women jazz singers are brought together on Verve’s "The Ultimate Diva Collection."The CD features the Holy Trinity of Ella, Sarah and Billi…
Lizz Wright’s debut release, "Salt," is one of the year’s big surprises.The 23-year-old, Georgia native skillfully integrates jazz with a dose of rhythm and blues and a …