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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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  • 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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    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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  •  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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Julie Murray Porter

Julie Murray Porter

Last night when the 52nd annual GRAMMY nominations were announced in Los Angeles, renowned jazz vocalist Kurt Elling was honored with his ninth GRAMMY nomination for Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman in the Best Jazz Vocal category. The album was recorded live at the Allen Room at Lincoln Center and has received critical praise.  The Washington Post  wrote:  "With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense …

"With his soaring vocal flights, his edgy lyrics and sense of being on a musical mission,

he has come to embody the creative spirit in jazz."

- Washington Post

On June 23rd, Grammy nominated and critically-acclaimed vocalist Kurt Elling will release Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman, his ninth overall album and second release on Concord Jazz. The live collection was recorded in January 2009 in

"The sound was familiar-that irresistible driving funk, capable of rising to ecstatic heights. Everything they played was touched with the same magic."

-The Daily Telegraph (London)

"The surprise is not that keyboardist Chick Corea and guitarist John McLaughlin have finally decided to form a band, but that it has taken so long. McLaughlin and Corea have known each other since the late 1960s and both played an important part in the birth of fusion as members of t

On May 20th, Concord Records will release Cultural Survival, the newest album from critically-acclaimed and Grammy award winning saxophonist David Sánchez. With this, his 8th overall album and Concord Picante debut, Sánchez continues to fuse his fierce, straight ahead jazz sound with African, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean influences. The 8-song album also features a new direction for Sánchez as he debuts a piano-less quartet on all but three of the eight songs and the inclusion