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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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  • 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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  •  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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Paul Robeson (1898-1976) was one of the most truly gifted stage performers of the twentieth century. He was a talented athlete, a brilliant student (valedictorian of his 19…
Playful and smart interactions between trio members make Words and Music by the David White Trio an engaging small group effort. A Massachusetts-based guitari…
Over the years I've heard my share of mediocre "Dixieland" bands, usually made up of players who will admit that what they do is just a hobby. In fact, I tend to shun the w…
Professor Peter O'Brien is described in the notes for "Jazz Piano of a Celtic Soul" as an Irish national treasure. As an extraordinarily gifted and honored cl…
Guitarist Dom Minasi formed his group DDT a few years as a string trio of guitar, bass, and cello. Through this group, Minasi explored jazz along the paths la…
On a recent trip to Europe, a friend of mine who was not accustomed to European gypsy acoustic jazz guitar chanced upon some, and asked a friend, "What kind of music do you…
As Big Band fans will guess, this CD is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Fletcher Henderson's Unrecorded Arrangements for Benny Goodman", released three ye…
Wide Angles is the latest CD release from veteran tenorist Michael Brecker. Like recent efforts by fellow Verve Records saxophonist Chris Potter, Brecker's CD…
Cindique by Franco Baggiani and Urbanfunk provides a return to the heavy 1980's feel of Miles Davis' big funky electric bands, seasoned with contributions by …
The Satoko Fujii Orchestra - East is one of two big bands headed by pianist/composer/arranger Sakoto Fujii. As their names would imply, the West orchestra is …