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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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  • 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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  • 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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It looks as though Jim Snidero may be close to becoming an overnight success. So far it has only taken him thirty years or so! This is about par for the course for a jazz m…
Having just come from seeing a parade of young turks showcasing their not inconsiderable techniques at the East Coast Jazz Festival scholarship competition, it is in…
This recording is "dedicated to those destroyed daily by the US war of greed." Fair enough. There is a strong tradition of political commentary associated with jazz music, …
Best Of... collections can be of great value for jazz lovers who do not want to fork over $200 for a boxed set, but only if the selections are truly representative of the a…
Growing up in the same Philadelphia neighborhood as pianists Richie and Bud Powell and Bobby Timmons, as well as trumpeter Lee Morgan, saxophonist Archie Shepp, and bassist…
Gail Dobson is a vocalist and music educator who has been active in the San Francisco Bay area for many years. She is perhaps not as well known as her husband, pianist and …
Difficult as this music is to describe, we can turn to the group's publicity material:"Brpobr, Michael Bruckner (g), Fabian Pollack (g), and Bernard Breuer (d) improvise…
Currently Band Director at St. Jude the Apostle School in Atlanta, Jeff Andrew Simpson has been a jazz performer and educator for close on fifteen years, and that is rather…
This album is billed as "A refreshing new sound where Contemporary Jazz meets Celtic Rock." I am not sure what Celtic Rock is, but I am certain that there is not much jazz …
It is indicative of the current state of the music business when artists of this caliber are to be found distributing their work via the Internet on small, independent labe…