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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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  • 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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  • 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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You don’t just listen to Lisa Sokolov. You experience her.The New York-based vocalist and pianist stretches far beyond traditional jazz with her drama-filled singing tha…
On her debut CD, Norah Jones pleasantly beckoned us to come away with her.Eight million people responded, and with one record Jones set a lofty benchmark for a new gener…
An impressive 11-minute, five-song Duke Ellington medley opens Denise Perrier’s CD, Live at Yoshi’s: Blue Monday Party.It’s a strong and fitting introduction to…
Something To Say is the debut CD of vocalist Tony Gallo.Gallo is a likeable jazz-pop singer with a strong voice and a cool swagger that suits him whether he is singing a…
Michael Raitzyk is a top jazz guitarist working in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area.The journeyman musician has played in everything from his own big band to a regga…
Sandy Dennison is a wise woman.On her debut CD, "Love You Madly," she sings 11 evergreens by Duke Ellington and his assorted collaborators. The choice of material is evi…
Three years in the making, K.J. Denhert’s "Girl Like Me" offers a satisfying blend of first-rate originals and some unexpected covers.Described on the CD as an urban fol…
The Westport Art Ensemble (WEA) is a Kansas City-based jazz quintet that focuses on new music.The band is made up of Jake Blanton, guitar; Josh Sclar, tenor and alto sax…
Fifty selections from Jay McShann and his Orchestra have been assembled in the two-disc collection "Jumpin’ The Blues" from England's Proper Records.Dating between 1941 …
Sixteen recordings from piano virtuoso Eliane Elias have been assembled in this enjoyable collection.An artist who uniquely bridges classical and jazz music, Elias has a…