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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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  •  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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The third release by pianist/composer Amy Stephens provides further confirmation that jazz has matured sufficiently as an art form to serve as a vehicle for very different,…
Alex Brown is an up-and-coming young musician from the Maryland area currently attending the New England Conservatory. A pianist, composer and violinist, Alex has already c…
The Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) has its own annual awards, the "Wammies," and this year the Wammie for both jazz ensemble and jazz recording went to veteran pi…
Everyone raves about Romero Lubambo, particularly guitarists. He has been described by the late Herbie Mann as "the best Brazilian guitarist there is," and by Jazziz…
When Jimmy Heath was the recipient of the 2003 NEA Jazz Masters award he had a good use for the cash grant that accompanies the honor. Best known as a tenor saxophon…
Canada has produced a number of fine jazz musicians, including some excellent flutists. Moe Koffman (1928-2001) was one of the pioneers of the genre, helping to put jazz fl…
Andrea Brachfeld is another artist who deserves to be much better known. If she keeps making records like this one it should not take long. A New York-based Latin jazz f…
Having recently seen Steve Turre in performance--with McCoy Tyner's septet--and interviewed him for a section on Rahsaan Roland Kirk for my forthcoming book on The Flute…
Dave Valentin has been making recordings now for 27 years. He has yet to make a bad one. Reviewing his 2005 release World On A String, I attributed his success …
The music world lost a great soul May 10th of this year, with the passing of pianist John Hicks. Known as a "musician's musician," Hicks enjoyed a forty-plus year career…