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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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  • 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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Lenore Eggleston

Lenore Eggleston

Merkin Concert Hall’s popular Jazz Breakthroughs series, hosted by noted jazz scholar and WKCR Radio personality Phil Schaap, offers two concerts in December highlighting the invention of today’s jazz masters. On Monday, December 3 at 8 PM, the program features the acclaimed saxophonist Joe Lovano and his Flights of Fancy. Of his recent recording of the same title, Lovano says, "It’s having fun and playing music with a free approach, so every time you play, it’ …
On Thursday, February 7 at 8 PM, New Sounds® Live welcomes jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine to the Merkin Hall stage. Known for his re-interpretations of various composers and styles, Caine here tackles J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations filtering the masterwork through his own lens and spinning out a unique theme and variations. Caine has been praised as "knowing when to bend his beautiful borrowings and when to leave them be"(The Guardian). Dick Connette and Sonya Cohe …
The Kaufman Center presents From Bach to Ellington, a benefit performance for the Center's Lucy Moses School , featuring internationally-acclaimed jazz pianist Ted Rosenthal ("a pianist of rarest skill, weaving rapid single note lines that span out into rich chordal patterns, parallel octaves and hints of the blues," The Los Angeles Times) alongside award-winning classical pianist Rorianne Schrade (described by The New Yorker as a performer with "wit, passion, and …