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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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  • 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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  •  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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Etta Jones had been singing for years, but it was this 1960 release, her first for Prestige, that helped establish her as a top-notch jazz singer.The album is hig…
On I Walk Alone, the sophomore release from Ellynne Plotnick, the jazz vocalist delivers of collection of original tunes and some well-chosen classics. Plotnick is a…
Singer Natasha Miller and songwriter Bobby Sharp continue their unique collaboration on Miller’s latest CD Don’t’ Move. The album is made up of 11 Sharp tunes, some …
Al Oxenhandler’s new CD is titled Something’s Gotta Give, but it could easily be called Al Swings Gently. The St. Louis vocalist grooves gracefully through…
The Color Purple was first a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and then it became a movie by Steven Spielberg. Two decades later, it has been reimagined…
Bonnie Bramlett reminds us how good she is with the release of Roots, Blues & Jazz. The longtime singer has recorded infrequently over the years, so she doesn’t wast…
Add Alexis Cole to the list of young, emerging jazz vocalists to watch. Her latest CD, Nearer The Sun, is a fine effort that showcases her rich, coffee voice and …
Considering the longevity of Abbey Lincoln’s career, one would think that there is an abundance of material from the great jazz singer. But, that’s hardly the case, with Li…
Led by steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague and multi-instrumentalist Robert Chappell, Panoramic playfully merges calypso, Afro-Cuban, and jazz music. Panoramic’s debut CD, …
Accompanied by a 10-piece string section, tenor saxophonist David Murray delivers a big, ambitious CD that showcases his wide-ranging moods and styles. Recorded in Decem…