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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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  • 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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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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Mark Keresman

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Was Duke Ellington one of THE GREATEST chefs in the crazily eclectic kitchen of American Music? Yet another long-unavailable chapter in Dukal lore has b…
The late trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry had not only a singular talent for playing (a unique cry, a most human tone), but Dame Destiny has seen fit to pair h…
I know NADA regarding Enrico Pieranunzi, save for the things that count: he plays piano, has good taste in friends/playing-partners and he’s from Italy. I should add Pieran…
Nina Simone (1933-2003) was a singer who, like Ray Charles, Bing Crosby and precious few others was, to appropriate The Duke’s phrase, "Beyond Category." Depending on wh…
Singer June Christy (1925-1990) had the good fortune to and curse of being associated with one of the most reviled (before fusion and free, that is) mov…
Guitarist/vocalist Doug Wamble is something of an enigma, unless you’ve heard Mose Allison and/or Ray Charles. Then, it all becomes clear who/what Wambl…
Groundtruther is at it again - Groundtruther comprises the duo of Bobby Previte (John Zorn, Jane Ira Bloom, a plethora of recordings as…
April 1964 - most of America was reeling from the British Invasion, and the a good-sized hunk of the jazz world couldn’t make up its mind which was worse, the Beatles an…
Jack DeJohnette joins the league of artist-run labels & starts out releasing a couple of discs most "major labels" would likely deem a tad "risky." [Their loss, I say.] …
In 1979, a bunch of big-name jazz hepcats got together to revisit/pay tribute to the style of music that put 'em on the map in the first place: Hancock, Williams, Carter, S…