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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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  • 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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Michael Laprarie

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"Impromptu" is the second solo release by French guitarist Angelo Debarre. Debarre is a full-blood member of the manouche (gipsy) community of France, and has…
San Francisco area guitarist Dave Bernstein (no relation to New York guitarist Peter Bernstein) has released an impressive debut effort in "C the Blues". The …
A tight band turning out a mighty funkified (or "fonkified", to use local parlance) set of tunes would be a good way to describe New Orleans’ pianist, singer, and multi-ins…
Arbors Records has finally released a live recording made in March 1994 at the first annual "March of Jazz" festival in St. Petersburg, Florida. "The All Stars at…
In the true spirit of erudite elitism, I could open this review by stating that I knew what I would say about Dave McKenna and this CD well before I had listened to …
"Biding Time" is guitarist Victor Saumarez’s debut recording. This is also his debut as recording engineer, producer, and graphic artist - truly a one-man eff…
Those who know what a big fan I am of traditional jazz will not be surprised by how much I enjoyed Ken Peplowski’s latest effort, ".... and Heaven Too!" which…
"The Mennonite" is one of two CD's released last year by southern California-based trumpeter Nate Birkey. While not well known nationally, Birkey and his Quin…
Mel Martin's new Bebop and Beyond CD, "Friends and Mentors", chronicles the relationships that he has had over the years with a number of jazz's finest talent…
The music of Steely Dan is not unfamiliar to most mainstream and contemporary jazz listeners. Albums like "Pretzel Logic" attracted jazz fans with its nods to Ellington ("E…