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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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Josh Nannen

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A Hammond B-3 organ-guitar-drums trio. No surprises. You know what you’re gonna get, like when you order a cheeseburger. It’s either going to be tasty or nothing special. T…
Wee Zee. Nice start. Driving bass, rocking drum beat and an aggressive head. Then, a gymnastic and restless solo from bassist and leader Michael Ross. I like it. Here comes…
Usually when people think of jazz violin, the swingy melodicism of such players as Stephane Grappelli comes to mind. Young lions? Regina Carter and Japan’s Naoko Terai. As …
Funny thing about the Fender Rhodes electric piano, it’s made the transition from being a sound that screamed "seventies!" to a more timeless one, like the Hammond B-3. Mar…
If you’ve not yet heard of pianist G. F. Mlely (I had not), and are an aficionado of adventuresome but tuneful solo jazz piano, "88 Keys and Counting" would be a good intro…
Bassist Scott Colley is becoming better known in jazz circles for all the right reasons. Possessing a rich, natural, and understated woody tone, Colley has provided seasone…
New Orleans has always generated a healthy mixture of cultural styles, and its brand of contemporary jazz is no exception. NO-based Albert-Ankrum Project’s eponymous disc s…
Nate Birkey, a California-based trumpeter and singer, has an honest voice. No pseudo-bluesy stylings or bends. Not afraid to hit some notes slightly above or below pitch. S…
Paraphrasing a comment saxophonist Paul Desmond once made about free jazz he said that it was like a house in which every room was painted red. Interesting to visit, perhap…
Guitarists Nicky Skopelitis and Raoul Bjorkenheim have, with the help of percussionist Bill Buchen and Bill Laswell (credited with "sounds"), put together an instrumental a…
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