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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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  • 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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  • 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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Lonely is a three-track EP from Minneapolis-based crooner Jerry Grillo.A throwback to the days of cabaret, Grillo has earned comparisons to Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin…
Instead of fitting neatly into one musical genre, the David Harenstam Band’s "What happened in Fremantle?" fits into none. It is an odd, but mostly effective, mix of folk, …
Carlos Johnson’s "In And Out" is a Japanese release that’s found its way home.That’s good because it would be a shame to miss the Chicago bluesman.Johnson, who cites his…
In a departure from her earlier recordings, vocalist Judi Silvano delivers her first CD made up entirely of standards. "Let Yourself Go" is described as a salute to her 80-…
Even when the material is show tunes, Anita O’Day manages to make the music swing.The proof can be heard on this recording of Rodgers and Hart songs she made with arrang…
The CD opens with Liza Lee slowly singing the opening line of "Strawberry Fields Forever."Her wistful delivery creates a sense of mystery because it’s not evident where …
If Jen Rathbun were an actress in the 1940s, she would have owned the part of the smart dame who wore killer suits and spouted off snappy one-liners.Instead, she’s a mod…
Peggy Lee's "Black Coffee" is as good today as when it was released a half century ago. Time hasn’t diminished any of the late-night sultry appeal that Lee squeezed into ev…
Secrets of the Soul is a strong debut for vocalist Sendy Brown. A collection of 11 standards, the CD showcases Brown’s warm, assured interpretations of evergreens like "’Ro…
An Evening With Scott Hamilton & Friends features an all-star cast skating to standards and other songs performed by singer-pianist Michael Feinstein.A presentation of a…