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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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  • 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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  • 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 McNeill

Michael McNeill

Over the past several years, pianist Michael McNeill has become an integral part of the creative music scene in Buffalo, performing with bands led by Kelly Bucheger and Ravi Padmanabha, co-leading a quartet with John Bacon, and leading various projects, including a trio with bassist Dave Arenius and drummer Russ Algera. He’s also collaborated with trumpet legend Paul Smoker on projects of standards and of original compositions. Passageways, McNeill’s debut CD as a leader, features renowned improvisers Ken Filiano (bass) and Phil Haynes (drums).

Pianist Michael McNeill releases his debut CD as a leader, with renowned improvisers Ken Filiano (bass) and Phil Haynes (drums).  "The McNeill Trio plays high-level improvisational music... His extended solo during album- opener 'Hold On' offers a master- class in musical storytelling…" (Buffalo News)