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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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  • 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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Almost fifty years ago, Herbie Mann and Phil Woods began playing together at a joint called Tony's Bar in Brooklyn, at a regular jam session, where the pay, if they …
Combining jazz and "classical" or "serious" or whatever we call European Art music these days is by no means a new idea. Indeed, when I set out to document the phenomenon I…
The influence of Brazilian musicians on jazz has been so pervasive that Brazilian Jazz is now a category of its own. However, there are still not too many jazz stations pla…
When Tito Puente passed away in May of 2000, the world of Latin music lost a true giant, indeed, he was billed variously as the "King of Latin Music," the "King of Mambo," …
This recording has been out for some time but I came across it recently when researching versions of one of the tunes, How My Heart Sings, for a recording I am prepa…
This is yet another example of the kind of music being produced throughout the country by artists who are relatively unknown on the national level, and who have to produce …
From its very beginning, one of the ways jazz has developed and grown has been by fusing with elements of non-Western music traditions. There is evidence, for example, of C…
This is a remarkable recoding from a number of standpoints. To begin with, Mark Weinstein is not your ordinary jazz musician! He is currently on his second career. He began…
Chip Shelton is an unusual figure in jazz. With half of his time devoted to his practice as an orthodontist, he is able to devote the rest of his time to the study and perf…
In the early years of the twentieth century, European Art Music began to move away from the use of tonality, leaving behind the bulk of its audience in its process. At this…