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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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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Keith 'Muzikman' Hannaleck

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New York, New York-June 16, 2009- You’ve Got A Friend is Kevin Hays’ first release for 2009. The album was released on the Jazz Eyes label May 1st. An all instrumental foray into the realm of cover tunes, the CD features pop and jazz classics interpreted by the trio in their own special way.

The title track, a Carole King penned composition made famous by James Taylor, appropriately kicks off the album. From that point forward a who’s who of music makes an appearance

Susie Meissner began performing professionally with a dinner theatre group in the mid-70s earning a paltry $7 a night. The education she received during that tenure goes beyond anything tangible. Prior to that sojourn her lifetime love for jazz and great songwriters began in her youth by exploring that wonderful world through the recordings of Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday. Then once Susie was exposed to the genius of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Rogers and H

New York, New York-May 19, 2009-Scotty Barnhart has released his first solo offering Say It Plain. After 17 years as a featured soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra it was time to make his own statement.

Say It Plain totally encapsulates his experience as an artist and the advent of a long overdue solo album has put Barnhart in an entirely different setting and one that he is leading.

Scotty wrote The World of Jazz Trumpet, which is the first work o

Sugarland, Texas-April 14, 2009-Ed Maly is set to release his seventh studio album Guitar Jock on April 21, 2009.

Guitar Jock promises to be a continuation of the Ed Maly trademark sound featuring good time rollicking blues-rock that is fun for the listener and danceable at the same time.

It is always Ed’s goal to make people smile through his music and with Guitar Jock there does not seem to be any problem with spreading the universal good vibe that

New York, New York-April 14, 2009-Steve Elson is Mr. Saxophone. He plays the soprano, tenor and baritone saxophones with equal amounts of energy and preciseness, not to mention his additional range with the clarinet. With the release of Mott & Broome on Lips and Fingers Music scheduled to drop April 28, 2009, Elson has good reason to be excited.

Mott & Broome is destined to be another jazz classic to remember. Elson wrote all thirteen tracks on the recordin

New York, NY-March 30,2009- Radam Schwartz was born and raised in the New York City area. It came as no surprise after attending High School and playing saxophone and keyboards that his love for jazz began and then intensified while attending Berklee School of Music on a summer scholarship. After two semesters he decided to move on and try his luck working and playing gigs whenever the opportunity arose.

Radam's prolific career has led to many successful recordings. His own Orga

New York, New York-March 30, 2009-The Bob Albanese Trio with Ira Sullivan is ready to send lovers of jazz on a One Way/Detour. Their first release on Zoho Records (distributed by Allegro) is certain to satisfy the jazz purists and garner new listeners at the same time.

With a multitude of experience in jazz, classical, Latin, world, and theater, Albanese has few rivals when it comes to a well rounded career. He took his literal melting pot of piano experiences and

Eugene, Oregon-March 23, 2009-Halie Loren grew up on an island in Southeast Alaska and was outside of much what popular culture offered during her formative years. That did not stop the young music lover from soaking in all the vibes from legendary performers such as Etta James, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, and Patsy Cline. At age 13, she then plugged into the sounds of Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, The Cranberries, Annie Lennox and many others, which began her journey to finding her own

Los Angeles, CA-March 23, 2009-Margo Reymundo had a dream to release a collection of songs that would abundantly reflect who she was. With references to legendary figures such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn being made, any astute music listener can envision what Margo presents on her new recording.

With the release of My Heart’s Desire the promising diva decided to give her music a name because of the vast influences such as jazz, Brazilian, Latin, and pop. The music

Bill Wimmer wanted to connect to longtime jazz associates and record an album. It all finally came together when he met with Dave Stryker (guitar), Victor Lewis (drums), Tony Guilzia (percussion), and Mark Luebbe (bass) to record a live set dubbed Project Omaha, set for release April 7, 2009 on his own Wimjazz imprint.

Tony Guilza was the catalyst of the record, according to Wimmer, and then everything fell into place when Tony came onboard to pursue the project. From a collective v