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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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Not many vocalists could sing ballads in the slow sultry, romantic style as Shirley Horn, also, known as a very accomplished jazz pianist, Horn died Thursday evening (Oct. 20) at a nursing home in Maryland from a prolonged illness with diabetes, she was 71.

Born in 1934, Horn grew up in her home state of Washington, DC where she began playing piano at age four. Later she studied music at Howard University School of Music; Horn also, received a music scholarship to attend Juilliard in N …

29.01.2011

Lou Rawls Dies at 72

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The man with the deep, silky, and, distinctive voice, who gave so much pleasure to millions of people all over the world with his music, has succumbed to lung and brain cancer. Lou Rawls passed in Los Angeles, CA at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Friday morning January 6, 2006. Rawls was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2004 and brain cancer in May 2005. Even though Rawls’ doctor felt he only had a short time to live, Rawls remained positive to the end.

Rawls’ career sp …

Central Avenue one of the historic platforms in jazz history where legendary jazz artists performed from the 1920’s thru the 1950’s in the mist of the jazz era. These Artists include Dexter Gordon, Billie Holiday, Clora Bryant, Buddy Collette, Lionel Hampton, Melba Liston Teddy Edwards, Art Tatum, and Hadda Brooks. In addition to Gerald Wilson, Cab Callaway, Count Bassie, Duke Ellington and, many more jazz greats that graced the stages of the numerous clubs and theatres along Central Avenue. …

The Big Easy was in full swing for its’ 37th Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival. The city of New Orleans once again came together after the aftermath two years ago of both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita to showcase one of the largest tourist attraction in the United States. New Orleans is the original birth place of jazz with the greatest jazz sound in the world and home to some of the greatest jazz musicians that ever lived past and present.

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Jazzfest got under

The Big Easy was in full swing for its’ 37th Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival, the city of New Orleans once again came together after the aftermath two years ago of both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita to showcase one of the largest tourist attraction in the united states. New Orleans is the original birth place of jazz with the greatest jazz sound in the world and home to some of the greatest jazz musicians that ever lived past and present.

Jazz fest got under way

Jazzfest in The Big Easy took place in spite of the damage that Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita ravaged the state of Louisiana with last year. The city of New Orleans would not be denied of its beloved Jazz & Heritage Festival, which show cased New Orleans as one of the largest tourist attractions in the United States. New Orleans is the original birth place of jazz with the greatest jazz sound in the world and home to some of the greatest jazz musicians that ever lived past and pres

India Aries’ performance at UCLA’s Royce Hall was simply amazing Thursday evening. Arie sung beautifully in her "Brown Skin," a top ten song from her first platinum CD Acoustic Soul. Arie vast musical styles can sometimes range from Neo Soul, R&B with a pop flavor and drippings of smooth jazz vibes.

Arie performed an array of songs from her first CD as well as her latest platinum CD Voyage To India, which she won two Grammy Awards. "Vagina Monologue," a song Arie wrote for an u

After fifteen years the Old Pasadena Summer Fest moves to Brookside Park, Brookside is much larger, roomier and more accessible. The summer fest is one of the largest free jazz events in Southern California, attracting visitors in the thousands. The Playboy Jazz Fest offered plenty of live music-with various styles of jazz from traditional / contemporary smooth to Latin and Afro-Cuban-R&B and traditional blues as well. Percussionist Poncho Sanchez, blues guitarist Zac Harmon, smooth jazz
Once again tenor/soprano saxophonist Wayne shorter proves why he is the recipient of eight Grammy Awards and thirteen Grammy nominations. Shorter is joined by his quartet, drummer Brian Blade, pianist Danilo Perez and bassist John Patitucci also featuring the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra. The evening was set at the University Of Southern California in the Bovard Auditorium as the jazz fans awaited the start of the show.

Thelonious Monk Institute @ USC Ensemble began the evening with great con

29.01.2011

Rivers' Trio

Published in Concert Reviews
You’re as young as you feel; just ask eighty-year-old Sam Rivers- truly one of the few icons of contemporary jazz still performing like nobody’s business. The Multi-instrumentalist jazz pianist, tenor/soprano saxophonist and flutist came to play. Energetic, lively and witty as Rivers performed wonderfully at the Jazz Bakery with great support from the others in the trio, bassist and bass clarinetist Doug Mathews and drummer, tenor saxophonist and pianist Anthony Cole.

A six days engagement w