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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Larry Taylor

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New Guitar Summit brings together three long-time guitar-playing buddies from different areas of music who decided they want to record a jazz album. The result: a pleasa…
With two CDs featuring standard tunes under its belt, the San Francisco group, Luna , has recently served up a selection of new compositions paradoxically called New Standa…
Lyrical, describing a musician’s style, is overused, but it certainly applies to Dutch pianist Erik van der Luijt’s in his new CD, "Express Yourself." With great help fr…
In her new CD, devoted to 12 songs she cherishes from old movies, vocalist Jane Monheit stands out in her renditions of ballads. Her sweet bell-like voice, riding on a cush…
In the notes to the CD, Think of One, by the Monk's Music Trio, drummer Chuck Bernstein writes about his visit to Japan in the rainy season and his time spent in the renown…
Red Garland is one of a few pianists whose style is instantly recognizable to fans of mainstream jazz. Thelonius Monk and Errol Garner are two others who come to mind.It…
If you like jazz and you like to take a cruise, there is nothing better than taking the Jazz Party at Sea on Norwegian Cruise Line. My wife and I agreed, so we signed on the fourth annual party on the Norwegian Sun, which left Miami this October for a week's cruise of the Western Caribbean.

This fall's cruise honored the 100th birthday of tenor sax great Coleman Hawkins with a stellar lineup of saxophonists to pay tribute, including Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Lou Donaldson, David "Fathead …

Since migrating from Brazil to America’s jazz scene in the 60s, bossa nova has been one of my favorite styles. I bought my first bossa LP in 1962, "Jazz Samba," featuring tenor Stan Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd playing compositions by innovators such as Antonio Carlos Jobim (pictured above) and Joao Gilberto. "Desafinado" was the big hit and the album skyrocketed to popularity, becoming one of the best sellers in jazz history.

This was followed in 1964 with the collaboration between Getz a …

With an appetizing array of over 500 artists appearing on 7 stages for 3 nights and 2 days of nonstop jazz, the 48th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by MCI offers fans a taste to please every palette.

From reunions reflecting its storied past to today's "New Grooves", from MJF debuts of vocal masters like Tony Bennett to Madeleine Peyroux, from the world premiere of commissioned music to the Festival premiere of its Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the world's longest running jazz fest …

Labor Day heralds the beginning of an eventful season of jazz for Orange County fans.

Kicking things off, the 11th Annual West Coast Jazz Party is slated September 1 through 4, during the holiday weekend at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. A Tribute to Lionel Hampton and an All Star Boss Nova Spectacular head the list of the party’s attractions, along with a group of the world’s top musicians, scheduled to play afternoon and evening concerts. As well, players will be on board the H …