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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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    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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John Goto

John Goto

Jazz greats of the 20th Century are being brought back to the streets of London today through a collaboration between a University of Derby artist and a technical wizard. Renowned artist Professor John Goto's series of photo artworks West End Blues: Jazz Migrants in London 1919-1974 shows silhouettes of jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Art Pepper and Sidney Bechet against the real London music spots they once played at. Mobile phone users can now bring those same silhouette images up o

29.01.2011

West End Blues

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John Goto’s newly launched web presentation, ‘West End Blues’, is a tribute to migrant jazz musicians who played in London’s West End between 1919-74. Goto begins his story with Sidney Bechet, who appeared at the Royal Philharmonic Hall in 1919 as the 'blues specialist' in Will Marion Cook's large concert band, the 'Southern Syncopated Orchestra'. It was here that Swiss conductor Ernest Ansermet heard them play, and in his review famously referred to Bechet as 'an extraordinary clarinet virtu