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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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  •  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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Vocalist Alison Ruble has gathered a strong set of jazz and folk-rock songs for her second Origin Records release. After displaying her diverse musical taste on her 2008 debut, This is a Bird, Ruble drives home the point that she is as comfortable reinterpreting the American songbook as she is covering recent songs by Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt. Ruble also continues to work with some of Chicago’s top musicians, including guitarist John McLean, who did all the arrangements on Ashland. The 10
Debi Raven’s debut album is a warm introduction to a vocalist at ease covering a variety of material. With selections ranging from Fats Waller to Billie Holiday, from Bu…
Gabriele Tranchina’s ambitious, new release, A Song of Love’s Color, brings together a wide array of rhythms and languages. A native of Germany who has settled in…
Aled Thomas sounds like he could use a hug. Lucky for us that means he has written some good songs. His trio opens the CD with the title track, a clever number about che…
New York-based pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton has released her third CD, The Breeze and I, a 13-song collection of lesser-known standards. A bit of a tradit…
The tagline for Sylvia Bennett’s new CD, Smile, is "songs we love with a twist to make you smile." The twist comes by way of the Latin flavors she adds to a well-cho…
Let’s face it. The bassoon has never been the glamor instrument in the band. If anything, it’s been more like a character actor, serving to make the stars look good and to …
Vocalist Sara DeLeo would have fit in nicely swinging with a big band in the ’40s or playing it cool with a hip little jazz combo in the ’60s.Lucky for us, all he…
Vocalist Laura Hull’s new CD, Take Me Home, gets its title from the Tom Waits composition that closes the collection.The song is one of the high points of …
Vocalist April Hall has released her first jazz CD, Fun Out of Life, a 12-track album of classic jazz numbers.Hall, who has been singing in jazz clubs in B…