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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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  • 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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  • 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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Jeffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein

Here is classic piano-based jazz done very well. This is the kind of CD you don’t have to think a lot about - you can toss it in and hit almost any track and come up with a…
This two-CD set, which comes with a lavishly appointed booklet and pictures, is intended as a tribute to Chet Baker (1929-1988) the famed trumpeter and singer of American j…
This may or may not be the first jazz singer directly generated from the work of author Julia Cameron (The Artist's Way), but Elaine Dame claims that soul-searchin…
James Danderfur is a brilliant clarinet player and tenor sax man who offers here his first studio album, a study of very interesting music. Here is some really nice mainstr…
Not all bands have a unified vision and that's not necessarily bad. Different influences thrown into the mix can result in interesting and novel music. Such is the result o…
Say hello to a stunning voice, on what could be the best jazz vocal album of the year. Ilona Knopfler makes every song a pleasure. She ditches the familiar pop cover tunes …
At once familiar and new, the music of the Dan Tepfer Trio has unusual but inviting grooves, based largely around Tepfer's way with a piano. With Richie Barshay on drums an…
If you enjoy meandering, doodling, low-intensity jazz, this album might work for you. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and while many people prefer compositions a bit …
It is a rare treat to hear two powerhouse artists in a single show, but the double bill from Mack Avenue Records in Washington, DC's Blues Alley on July 27 delivered deluxe. The acts - French-American vocalist Ilona Knopfler and trad bandleader and trumpet player Sean Jones - are separate artists both promoting their second CDs on Mack Avenue. Both are now getting overdue attention as startling and talented finds. It says something for them that both of these very different acts were able to gre