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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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  • 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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  • 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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  •  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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Since Anglo-Indian composer John Meyer's 1967 recordings, Indo/Jazz Fusion has developed into a genre in its own right, involving jazz musicians such as John McLaug…
The flute has taken an interesting journey through jazz history. Initially excluded from jazz by virtue of both its relatively small sound and its reputation as a women's i…
Flutist Ali Ryerson is living proof that success in polls depends more on publicity machinery than pure talent. Whatever the polls may indicate, there are one or two jazz f…
Here's another one for the unexpected delight department. The FAB Trio is out of Baltimore, Maryland, and is named for its members Frank, Amy and B<…
Known as the "Segovia of Jazz," Gene Bertoncini has lent his acutely sensitive, often acoustic guitar to work with a wide range of jazz artists, from Benny Goodman and Budd…
Jacky Terrasson was recently acclaimed by The New York Times Magazine as "one of 30 artists under the age of 30 most likely to make an impact on American culture in the nex…
Flutist, pianist, vocalist, composer, Dotti Anita Taylor has been well known in the New York area for many years, although this is her first recording under her own name. W…
Mark Weinstein is strictly an amateur jazz flutist -- in the best possible sense. These days "amateur" is usually taken to mean less than competent, but the word is derived…
The post-war history of the clarinet in jazz is summed up in a 1961 Down Beat article: "The Clarinet In Jazz . . . What Happened?" "Face it:" wrote Leonard Feather, …
I got off on the wrong foot with Anat Cohen. I have been very concerned recently about the hyperbole that surrounds some performers; when the hype gets out too far ahead of…