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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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Keith 'Muzikman' Hannaleck

Keith 'Muzikman' Hannaleck

New York, NY-March 16,2009- Hailing from the hotbed of New York City’s jazz scene can never hurt the chances of a musician getting some attention, especially if that musician plays like Seamus Blake. Blake is recognized as one of the finest and most creative young players in jazz and with the release of the double album set Live in Italy, Blake and his quartet are positioned to stake a claim to their own slice of jazz history.

John Scofield calls him "extraordinary, a to

New York, NY-March 2, 2009- Bassist Steve Haines directs the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With that responsibility comes many things including the future of young people dedicating their lives to music. Haines has been involved with some other activities as well besides his educational obligations at the University. The 2007 recording of his second release, Stickdaboom, is set to make its debut on March 10, 2009 on the Zo

The band takes the cue from groove masters such as Grant Green, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Melvin Sparks, and James Brown to create their own special blend of jazz and blues.

Iron City is Charlie Apicella (guitar), Beau Sasser (Hammond organ), and Alan Korzin (drums). They show avid listeners the way on Put The Flavor On It and those that enjoy instrumental jazz and blues receive a collection of tracks that range from straight ahead jazz to blues tinged numbers soaked with heavy Hammond

New York, New York-February 24, 2009-Jake Hertzog is a guitarist, composer, and bandleader that has just realized his potential with an all instrumental jazz fusion release titled Chromatosphere on That’s Out Records, which will be released April 7, 2009. This is Jake’s first full length solo recording and it promises to be well received by the media and smart jazz listeners everywhere.

Hertzog has been seen performing on nationally renowned programs and with top acts such as The Naked Br

New York, New York-February 23, 2009-For Meryl Romer being sure of her abilities as a vocalist comes as second nature and on her debut release So Sure. The singer embodies that driving spirit and exudes confidence at every twist and turn on all 12 tracks. The CD will be released on Lady Pearl Music April 4, 2009.

As comparisons to legends such as Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald are lavished upon her Ms. Romer takes it all in stride and delivers a

Jonathan Widran of Jazziz writes, "Always sly and cool, yet passionate as a vocalist, his wonderfully compelling, distinctively vivid lyrics tell tales that are clever and witty one minute, lovelorn and heartbreaking the next." Christopher Loudon of Jazz Times says, "There isn’t anything fake about Mark Winkler. He’s the real deal, and cool -- Dave Frishberg cool, swimming pool cool, Sunset Strip cool."
Many revered vocal albums are filled with classics from the Great American Songbook. Bu

Greg Skaff brings the harmony of life and expertise to every song he creates. Just as they were on his previous release on Zoho Music, Ellington Boulevard, the spirits of guitar and organ trios of the past are honored with the new release East Harlem Skyline. Skaff creates a bevy of tasteful originals while paying tribute to legendary artists such as Strayhorn, Shorter, and modern day alternative performers as Fionna Apple.

The soulful funkiness of the Hammond organ comes pouri

New York, NY-January 12, 2009-

The Leonisa Ardizzone Quintet adopts old-fashioned values and modern day recording techniques on their new release The Scent of Bitter Almonds

The Quintet and the articulate and seasoned Leonisa Ardizzone takes swinging jazz tunes and then makes it a memorable trip for everyone. The vocalists’ soft and sensual style allows her the flexibility to present perfected phrasing and at times the most enjoyable scatting in between her quintet’s

New York, NY - January 12, 2009-When a legendary jazz figure like Stan Getz states, "She’s as good as they come," surely long time vocalist Carol Fredette must feel that is a lot to live up to. With her long awaited release, Everything In Time people in the jazz community and critics alike are bound to be lavishing the vocalist with praise once again.

When you hear Carol sing and listen to her music, you know what she did as a child growing up in the Bronx. The music

Marcus Goldhaber takes a variety of classic and original jazz tunes and turns them into gold on his new release Take Me Anywhere. As the title suggest the sounds on the new album can literally take you anywhere at any time. This timeless music with the sounds of traditional jazz backed by smooth and reflective vocalizations is reminiscent of early Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick Jr.

As Marcus was growing up, his mother would call him over to the piano to teach him a new song ev