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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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  • 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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  •  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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Mark Keresman

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In 1980s New York City, the late, great Microscopic Septet were the greatest, swinging-est, coolest, hottest avant-anachronistic combo that ever was, only darn few outsi…
Though fellows like Krupa, Rich, Roach, Blakey, and Haynes generally get all the props when it comes to jazz drumming, there IS one fellow that hugged the background for…
Brad Mehldau is a modern master of the piano, an eclectic and very creative musician in mainstream clothing, at home with jazz standards as well as songs by the Beatles …
Guitarist/singer Jimmy Thackery is known to aficionados of contemporary electric blues as a former member of the legendary DC proto-blue-wavers the Nighthawks, but for t…
In recent years, there seems to be a greater "above-ground," i.e., not limited to die-hard fans and collectors, awareness and appreciation of "roots music." It includes …
Saxophonist/composer Jason Rigby is a relative rarity amongst youthful jazz players (sometimes referred to as "Young Lions" or in the words of the late Steve Lacy, "rebo…
While she's got a ways to go before Legendhood, pianist Ms. Helen Sung (Houston by birth, NYC-area based) is up on the scoreboard (if a scoreboard there be) as a mature …
Terry Day is one of those "marginal figures" in the world of modern music, one of those intrepid souls who make music with little or no regard to fame, …
Groups and bands are one thing, but Mushroom is more of a concept --like the Golden Palominos and Material, there’s a consistent core of a few musicians but an …
Once upon a time, music was not only listened to for pleasure, but to find out (in the words of Saint Marvin) "what’s goin’ on." Whether you think about minstrels in med…