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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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  • 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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I found the key to this recording in the liner notes. Thanking the musicians on the date, leader Terry Gibbs writes "They all came in with the same feeling and spirit of ‘L…
There has always been a good deal of classical/jazz crossover going on over the years, but it is notable that the musicians who seem to excel at both genres are primarily j…
Now here is something unexpected. I have been aware of guitarist Paul Wingo for a long time; he has been a fixture of the Washington/Baltimore scene for years--more than 25…
Having reviewed two recitals by Imani Winds over the past year, it is a pleasure to receive their latest recording, the music from the first of these performances, t…
Recently, by one those cosmic coincidences, several recordings by artists from the great North West have arrived at my door, two from Seattle and this one from Vancouver B.…
Here's another one for the Great-Music-That-Might-Go-Unnoticed department. Bassist Nilson Matta is not exactly a household name but he is a musician's musician. Originally …
I have written quite frequently now about artists who would be better known if they lived in New York or Los Angeles. There is no better case-in-point than guitarist Steve …
Since appearing on the scene in the 1990s, Sheryl Bailey has become of the most highly-rated young guitarists in jazz, with five CDs, two books, and an assistant professors…
There is no doubt that jazz in Europe is alive and well. Indeed, musicians in different parts of Europe have not only shown that they can compete with the best American mus…
Here is a recording from an overlooked jazz master. Alto saxophonist and flutist James Spaulding has had a long and distinguished career that has seen him work with artists…