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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

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It's a wonderful treat to hear Kenny Burrell, one of the world’s outstanding guitarists, in his formative years, playing with legendary greats, as well as contemporaries wh…
Owner Bob Weinstock founded Prestige Records in 1949. For over 20 years, the company put out records of some of the era’s great artists-Miles Davis, Red Garland, Sonny Roll…
Words like "tasty," "meditative," "witty" and "clever"-and, most appropriate, "swinging"-come to mind when you hear pianist Jessica Williams. Her trio’s subtly swinging sty…
It’s great to hear trumpet guru Wynton Marsalis recording with a small group before a live crowd, the players made up of musicians closely associated with Marsalis. In t…
This newly re-released CD, "Duke Ellington presents," originally recorded by Bethlehem Records in 1956, gives the listener a great to chance to hear the legendary Duke’s ba…
Who’d have thought it? A Swedish big band raising the roof with blues-shouting numbers, coupling this with some excellent contemporary jazz arrangements, some suggesting a …
Bassist Terry Plumeri, in his new CD Blue in Green takes a unique approach. As the group’s leader, he has decided that all introductory melodies and his solos will…
Too many young singers today come on with an affected jazzy veneer without really getting inside a song. So it’s all the more refreshing to hear the no-nonsense, straight-s…
When he put out his new CD, The Ed Barrett Jazz Trio, guitarist Barrett’s stated purpose was for his group to swing "their way way through a canon of standard tunes in the …
Scott Whitfield is truly versatile. For one, he is a respected trombonist, arranger and sometime singer; for another, he maintains two big bands Scott Whitfield's Jazz Orch…