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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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  • 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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Todd Horton is a versatile musician and trumpet player. He has gone on to record with a disparate group of artists from the Spin Doctors and Aaron Neville, to Buddy Miles a…
Geoffrey Keezer began playing and studying piano at the age of three. He quickly developed his talents and abilities. Keezer stayed a year at Boston’s Berklee School of Mus…
Ray Brown, until his death, continued to perform and record. His popular "My Best Friends" series under the Telarc label placed him against the young Jazz lions of today. A…
The acoustic guitar is a rather reclusive instrument in jazz. It has been, historically speaking, relegated to time-keeping functions as a part of the rhythm section in the…
Live at the Roosevelt Grill is recorded in Manhattan. In its trendy and beautiful setting, Bobby Hackett played a stint here during the year 1970. What we have here is a li…
Erroll Garner and his expressions in music are warm, melodic, and rhythmic. It is a pleasure and joy listening to the pianist. His style and poise have not lost its magic p…
Kali Z. Fasteau is dedicated to extending and further exploring the visions of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Don Cherry. She has the chops, the education and the expe…
As musical director of the highly visible Cubanismo, Nachito Herrera unleashed Cuba’s formidable musicians before the public with a ferocity and zest unmatched in any curre…
Lee Konitz appeared at the Iridium, a jazz club nestled just above the jostling and ever-awake Time Square in New York City. Celebrating his 76th Birthday, he appeared with stellar band mates Gary Peacock on bass, Bill Frisell on guitar and Matt Wilson on drums. Not quite packed full, the club must have seated 90-plus patrons. If it were not for the holiday weekend retreat in which people were packing kit and caboodle into cars and heading out of New York City, Konitz certainly would have had a
Dave Douglas and his sextet played at the venerable Village Vanguard located in the heart of the Village in New York City. It was a balmy and warm evening on the foot trek over to the set. Washington Square was aglow with pedestrians, students and stragglers. A lone man was heard on the saxophone playing Horace Silver’s "Song for My Father." At my friend’s request, he played "St. Thomas." It lifted my spirits and only enhanced my anticipation for the show.


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