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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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  •  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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  • 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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  • 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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Larry Taylor

Larry Taylor

It seems like there are jazz groups worth listening to in every corner of the country. That is the case with Evidence Jazz Group from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Its leader, re…
Need for Peace shows off trumpeter Fabio Morgera’s considerable talent on trumpet. He also plays cornet and fleugelhorn, as well as sings on the disc. If this wasn’t…
I thoroughly enjoyed Notes to and from My Friends, starring Bobby Floyd on organ, with his exuberant trio, playing a slew of standout tracks. Group regulars are Dere…
Skip Wilkins Quintet Volume II, released last year, contains nine original tunes by the leader, some terrific, all interesting. What’s more, this is definitely a gro…
How fortunate that Branford Marsalis recorded clarinetist Alvin Batiste before he died on May 7, 2007. Tragically ironic, he passed the day before he was to be honored in a…
It seems like there are jazz groups worth listening to in every corner of the country. That is the case with Evidence Jazz Group from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Its leader…
On Better Late a quintet of top players from Portland, Oregon, have put together a funky, straight-ahead album, proving again that there is a lot of good jazz being …
In this, Dale Fielder pays tribute to Pepper Adams, the man who inspired him to play the baritone sax. Fielder, who plays all four saxes with equal authority, has released …
Gary Tole and Legends of Swing is dedicated to bringing new life to big band classics from the swing era decades back. Shining up these jazz gems, Tole leads a solid band c…
The guitar trio sound takes on new elements in Steve Herberman's Action: Reaction. Herberman plays a 7-string guitar. The extra two strings extend his range on the …