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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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  •  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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    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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Frank Federico

Frank Federico

Between 1995 and 1998, in his time as a faculty member at Chicago's DePaul University, composer George Flynn wrote one work each to spotlight the school's three major en…
In 2005, an American and two Irishmen met at an artistic retreat in Canada. Out of that fortuitous meeting came this eclectic trio, White Rocket. The aspect of White Roc…
From the days of Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole, jazz musicians who could also warble a tune have found their instrumental prowess overshadowed by their singing. Pianist…
The slow but steady rise of male singers on the jazz scene today can be traced not to Sinatra or Bennett, but to Harry Connick Jr. He's been the benchmark of the modern gen…
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it is said. But it's not always artists doing the imitating. When a fresh sound hits the music scene, one can always expect …
Any artist making a commitment to the music scene in post-Katrina New Orleans merits celebration. It helps when you can lay down infectious grooves and songs the way Pap…
Single-named vocalist Irene gives equal billing to her Latin Jazz Band on Summer Samba, and with good reason. They're the saving grace of the CD, though a bit of a m…
Concept albums are two-sided undertakings. The artist must create a satisfying musical experience and, at the same time, convey the story in his or her head to the liste…
As our interconnected world continues to shrink, so does the concept of "regionalized" styles of jazz. This sampler from the British label GLP stands as proof, as the so…

This disc celebrates two jazz "traditions," if you will: the piano/vocal duet, and good old family ties.While groups of brothers, fathers and sons, and even siste…

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