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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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  •  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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Peter Westbrook

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There are many fine jazz vocalists out there but Roberta Gambarini is truly something special. "Gambarini is a true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen …
Poll-winning violinist Regina Carter's fifth album for Verve crowns her previous accomplishments with an effort that is as much life-affirming as it is musically satisfying…
Flutist and sometime vocalist Nika Rejto has been performing in the San Francisco Bay area for more than two decades, issuing her first recording in 1984. The daughter of a…
Recorded in 2003, this session features two octogenarian jazz masters, one of whom has been recognized as such by the National Endowment for the Arts www.iaje.org/jazzma…
Originally from Texas, flutist Gerald Beckett is now a stalwart of the San Francisco music scene. Eight years of classical training at the San Francisco Conservatory, combi…
Those who love big-band jazz should go down on their knees and thank Art Lillard and his kind. The New York based drummer/arranger/bandleader has been leading the 12 or 13 …
After posting a review of Maria Schneider's brilliant concert at the University of Maryland last November, it came as something of a surprise to me to find no reviews of he…
For me there are always contradictions with this type of music. As I discovered myself after an extended involvement with free playing, it isn't free; it imposes a set of s…
This is an interesting set by an unusual trio. Denominators appear to be a relatively new group-certainly this is their first recording. More details are hard to find as ne…
One of the dangers a critic faces is becoming jaded. Over exposure to recordings and concerts can make even high quality recordings--and there are many of them--seem mundan…