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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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  •  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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  • 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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It’s About The Melody is the fourth CD from the members of Saltman Knowles, but the group’s first featuring vocals. Singer Lori Williams joins the set. Her role, how…
Torch Rock isn’t just the title of Wensday’s debut CD. It’s also an apt description of the vocalist’s big, ranging style. While many female singers have been desc…
Elin’s journey began in her hometown in Sweden, where she listened to her parents' record collection, which luckily included some Antonio Carlos Jobim recordings. Inspired …
Ron Kaplan performs nine standards on Lounging Around, an album that originally had limited distribution, mostly at live performances. Recorded in 1999, the CD has b…
SongSpirit is a solid 12-song compilation from vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin. The CD draws from her 40-year career, with material dating as far back as 1963 and as r…
Marilyn Harris’ Round Trip stands out because it features a big band sound and spirit but with fresh, original songs. The vocalist has writing credits on 10 of the d…
No one brings to life the New Orleans sound better than Dr. John. In case anyone forgot, he reminds us with his fine Blue Note release Mercenary, which was recorded …
Janine Gilbert-Carter is a journeyman jazz singer who does everything well. She delivers the goods even if it is without the fanfare given to lesser singers. Like many o…
Pianist and composer Manuel Valera caught listeners’ attention in 2004 with the release of his debut, Forma Nueva. His star continues to rise with Melancolia,…
Geoffrey Armes has created a song cycle around the life of Noor Inayat Khan, daughter of American Amina Begum and Hazrat Inayat Khan, an Indian Sufi musician. Noor was a Br…