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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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  • 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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  • 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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Flutist Ali Ryerson returns to the studio with an all-star cast of collaborators.

Holly Hofmann (www.hollyhofmann.com) is one of the premier flutists in jazz, "Along with Hubert Laws. . . the best jazz flute player today" according to Phil Woods. Bill Cunliffe (www.billcunliffe.com) is an outstanding pianist--1989 winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Award--and an award-winning arranger--he won a Grammy in 2010, with three other nominations, including another one this year. Together they provide one of the finest examples of the art of the jazz duo. This is
Jazz education is a burgeoning field these days, with multiple university jazz programs and a great many method books on the market. In spite of th...
The world of woodwind doubling is foreign to many performers, certainly those from a "classical," or what has become known as a "legitimate, or "le...
Every student of jazz is familiar with play-along instruction books, mainly through the Jamie Aebersold series which has grown into a virtual cotta...
Bruce Swaim is another jazz artist who would be better known if he lived and performed in New York. An accomplished tenor saxophonist who has lived in the Washington D.C. a…
Those who believe, with F. Scott Fitzgerald, that "There are no second acts in American lives" should check out Mark Weinstein. Originally a trombonist who developed a role…
As a collector of oxymorons and other strange combinations of ideas (my favorite is "clean dirt," followed closely by "military intelligence") even I had never considered t…
The dual rhythm model of dreaming states that, under high sensory thresholds, heightened general cortical activation common to both REM/NREM and circadian-driven activation…
I am having a deja vue experience. Two years ago, I wrote a review of "two octogenarian jazz masters, one of whom has been recognized as such by the National Endowme…
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